The Fashions on the Field marquee was housed in a new section of Flemington called The Park. Just making up for the fact that we could not see the track from this new section, The Park was home to a small Ferris Wheel and a gorgeous old carousel, which could bring out the inner child in anyone.
The quality of millinery on display during the general Fashions on the Field, but particularly during the Millinery Award, was outstanding and continues to raise the bar each year. I am so impressed with Australian millinery and really do believe we are world leaders in the millinery style stakes.
My Millinery Award entry was a coolie shaped hat with a wire frame, trimmed with a reflective material, which made the colours sparkle and shine as my model walked down the runway. It was inspired by some glass sculptures I had seen where each colour ran into the next when the light shone through it. I was surprised I wasn't disappointed not to make it through to the top ten for the first time, just glad I hadn't trashed the thing. Now, what to do for next year...
Photo: Kris Kotsiakos
Model: Lauren Corbett