SkyCity Fashions in the Field 
'The Online Edition'

While we weren't able to have our usual Fashions ON the Field at the SkyCity Boxing Day Races, this was the next best thing.

With not one, but TWO prizes from SkyCity Auckland each valued at over $1,000 to be won, this new virtual competition was worth getting dressed up for.

Our winners took home:

  • Two nights' at the SkyCity Grand incl. breakfast valued at $818

  • A $200 food and beverage voucher for use at SkyCity restaurants

  • AND a spot in the Regional Final of New Zealand's national fashions in the field final, The Ned Prix de Fashion.

In solidarity with our lockdown buddies, one of the two prizes was reserved for someone residing in Northland, Auckland or upper Waikato due to them being unable to strut their stuff on a runway for the majority of the season thanks to COVID-19 restrictions.  The other prize winner was able to be living anywhere in New Zealand (those abovementioned regions included).

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Entry details

  • Competition entry was free

  • This was a photographic competition - there is no in-person judging 

  • One entry allowed per person (women only)

  • Each entrant could submit up to five (5) images which had to include at least one full length shot and a close-up of a chosen aspect of their outfit's details 

  • Photos could be taken from an iPhone or similar and did not have to be taken professionally

  • Entrants could also submit one (1) 15 sec video should they wish

  • Contestants had to be at least 18 years of age and residing in New Zealand

  • This was a points-based competition with no conferring among judges

  • Other Ts & Cs applied

Entries closed Monday 31st January.


What did they win?

With each winner getting to spend two nights at SkyCity Grand (with a delicious breakfast included) AND a $200 food and beverage voucher for use at SkyCity Auckland restaurants, we got thinking about how one could best make the use of this time in Auckland's central city.

PLUS the winners also qualified for a coveted spot in the Regional Final of The Ned Prix de Fashion - New Zealand's fashions in the field final.

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Meet the judges

Sarah Stuart

As a fashion and celebrity stylist, head of news styling at TV3, PRIME News and judge here at Ellerslie for several seasons now, Sarah always has her finger on the pulse of what's stylish.  

Di Goldsworthy

Di has been a much loved part of the Ellerslie family for many years now and always cuts a stylish figure both on and off the course. With a day job in the NEWMARKET. team, and love for racing fashion that spans several decades, she really can be deemed to be quite the authority on all things fashions in the field. 

Hannah Marinkovich (pictured LHS)
Auckland Racing Club ambassador & ARC’s 2017 Prix de Fashion national winner (NZ), Hannah - who mixes a day job with running a vintage designer jewellery business and an enviable instagram account - is well-versed in judging fashions in the field competitions.

Carena West (pictured RHS)

Being an Auckland Racing Club ambassador & VRC’s 2019 Myer Fashions on the Field National Final winner (Aus) isn't her only experience in racing with Carena also moonlighting as a Club member, winning owner and seasoned fashions in the field judge (she's a horse rider too!).  In between attending racedays, Carena is kept busy with running an activewear label with her sister, a new pet product brand, a stylish Instagram account and motherhood.


Kate Gourdie (SkyCity Auckland representative)

Kate is no stranger to the races having worked for the New Zealand Racing Board before her current role with SkyCity Entertainment Group. Kate is often seen oncourse with her husband Andrew (current Newshub sports presenter) cheering on one of the horses they have shares in. 

Want to find out more about what judges might be looking for in racewear competitions?  Our website blog is a wonderful source of information. 

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