Prix de Fashion
Who's the fairest of them all?
The national fashions in the field final was virtual once again with 2022's competition coming complete with a $20,000+ winner-takes-all prize package courtesy of The Ned and the Victoria Racing Club (VRC).
The most competitive fashions in the field in the country, this runway-based event is the culmination of a year's worth of raceday (or virtual) competitions.
This year's competition saw 13 regional finalists lined up to compete with just one - the Supreme Winner - walking away with the coveted sash and title at the end.
New Zealand's national racewear title for 2022 has been won
This season's regional finalists
2022's edition saw 13 regional finalists make the field for The Ned Prix de Fashion after having won a qualifying fashions in the field competition (held throughout New Zealand) over the course of the 2021/22 season.
What did the regional finalists wear?
The regional finalists then had the opportunity to enter up to five (5) photos and an optional 15s video of their competition outfit (which can either be a new look or the same outfit they won their qualifier in) for the panel of NZ/AUS-based judges to then score.
Who made the Grand Final?
The Grand Finalists, as judged by a point-scoring system, were announced and, due to a points-tie, we had not five but SIX of them this season.
And who was named 2021/22's Supreme Award winner?
The winner of The Ned Prix de Fashion for 2021/22 was Eleanor Campbell (pictured).
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Your judging panel
Jill Humphries (NZ/AUS)
A Kiwi based in Melbourne, Jill is an award-winning milliner and is no stranger to having judged The Ned Prix de Fashion. Amongst many other accolades, she was the first international milliner chosen to be part of the Royal Ascot Collective in 2019. More on Jill here.
Crystal Kimber-Peters (AUS)
Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Ambassador Crystal is no stranger to our judging panel, having visited New Zealand on two previous occasions. Crystal has a long association with the VRC and was the 2019 Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador and the 2017 Myer Fashions on the Field National Final winner. Crystal also judged last year's competition remotely from Australia so has been a welcome addition to the panel for several years now, even from afar!
Bree Laughlin (AUS) (pictured)
Bree Laughlin has been a part of the racing fashion world for the better part of a decade and has immersed herself in the Australian racing scene as a racegoer, fashion competitor and VRC team member. In 2011 she was named the 'Face of Caulfield' before winning the Millinery Award at Flemington in 2014. She later joined the VRC content team which brought her to New Zealand for The Ned Prix de Fashion in 2020.
Carena West (NZ)
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 stylish Instagram account and motherhood.
Hannah Marinkovich (NZ)
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 and is known for her impeccable eye for detail and her knowledge of international trends.
Sarah Stuart (NZ)
Head of Styling at Discovery (TV3) & PRIME News, celebrity stylist & make-up artist, Sarah has sat on a fashions in the field judging panel - including that of The Ned Prix de Fashion - many a time and brings an astute eye for current trends, coordination and how an overall look best suits its wearer.
How it worked
Entry to the competition was restricted to those women who pre-qualified by winning one of the qualifying regional competitions held around New Zealand during the spring / summer of the 2021/22 racing season
Due to COVID-19 and associated Government requirements affecting the scheduled event day (Vodafone Derby Day 2022), 2022's competition is again being held virtually with no in-person judging
Each entry could submit one entry (i.e. one outfit)
Each entrant could submit up to five (5) images of their outfit 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 needed to be at least 18 years of age and residing in New Zealand
This is a points-based competition with no conferring among judges
From the regional finalists, scores were determined to work out the five Grand Finalists (six in 2021/22 due to a points-tie). From those Grand Finalists, the Supreme Winner is awarded and has walked away with the national fashions in the field title and the $20,000+ winner-takes-all prize package from The Ned and the Victoria Racing Club
Further terms and conditions applied and were supplied directly to the pre-qualified contestants
Following tradition, The Ned Prix de Fashion is a winner-takes-all competition with the Supreme Winner walking away with not only the national racewear title and that coveted sash, but a $20,000+ prize package courtesy of The Ned and the Victoria Racing Club (VRC).
With the Supreme Winner taking home a hospitality package at the 2022 Melbourne Cup Carnival as part of her prize, could this be the year another Kiwi takes out top fashion honours at Flemington like Carena West (pictured)?