The Ned Prix de Fashion
Who's the fairest of them all?
The Ned Prix de Fashion, the national fashions in the field final, was run virtually in 2021 and offered a $20,000+ winner-takes-all prize package courtesy of The Ned & Victoria Racing Club*.
The most competitive fashions in the field in the country, this competition was the culmination of a season's worth of raceday competitions held around the country.
Due to an alert level change in Auckland, the physical event was unable to take place on Vodafone Derby Day as scheduled. As such, the competition moved online with the 15 pre-qualified finalists invited to submit up to five photos and an optional video for the judges' perusal and their final scores.
On Monday 10th May, we presented Laura Campbell (representing Christchurch Jockey Club) with the Supreme Winner sash for 2021.
Laura becomes the first-ever women to win the Prix de Fashion title twice and goes on to represent New Zealand in Melbourne in the Myer Fashions on the Field competition in November.
The winner of The Ned Prix de Fashion 2021 will take home:
$15,000 prize package from The Ned:
A year's supply of The Ned wines (1 x 6 pack of The Ned wine of their choice delivered to their home for 12 months)
Weekend for four at Marisco Vineyards in Marlborough – flights if required and two nights' accommodation included
Dinner for six hosted by Brent Marris
A styling session at STORM including a $300 gift card to use on product during the session.
A $5,000 prize provided by the Victoria Racing Club consisting of:
Four nights’ accommodation at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Two general admission tickets to the 2021 Lexus Melbourne Cup Day with hospitality in the Myer Fashions on the Field enclosure
Two general admission tickets to the 2021 Kennedy Oaks Day with hospitality in the Myer Fashions on the Field enclosure
Entry into the 2021 Myer Fashions on the Field Preliminary Finals on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day (the prize will also include transfers to and from Flemington Racecourse on both days)
How to qualify
The qualifying rounds are over - now it's time to check out the regional finalists.
Selected regional fashions in the field competitions held throughout New Zealand during the 2020/21 racing season produced "qualifiers" - women who won those competitions and thus qualified for the national final. These women then had the opportunity to submit their entries for this year's virtual-format competition - wearing either the same outfit they won their regional qualifier in, or something completely different.
Meet the judges
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.
Crystal Kimber (AUS)
Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Ambassador Crystal Kimber 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 this year's competition remotely from Australia.
Carle Rutledge (AUS)
VRC's 2018 MYER Fashions on the Field National Final winner (Aus) (among other FITF titles) and having previously flown to Auckland to judge The Ned Prix de Fashion in 2019, Carle also judged this year's competition from the comfort of her home in Australia.
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) (pictured)
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.
Aleisha Mitchell (NZ)
ARC’s 2019 The Ned Prix de Fashion national winner (NZ) and two-time Hawaiian Airlines Fashions on the Field winner at Ellerslie, Auckland-based Aleisha has now turned her eye to judging FITF competitions. In her 'spare time', Aleisha - who has beenwell-known for making her own FITF outfits from scratch - juggles running a fashion advisory service for those looking to get into the industry, alongside a popular designer bag rental company and motherhood.
Katie O'Neill (NZ)
ARC’s 2020 The Ned Prix de Fashion national winner (NZ), Canterbury-based Katie is no stranger to a sash having won plenty around both New Zealand and Australia. A busy mother-of-four who also enjoys riding her horses and spending time at the gym - you might be surprised to hear she's just as at home working hard on her dairy farm as she is on a FITF runway.
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.