Men of fashion get flair go
HISTORY was made when Perth’s most stylish men stepped out on stage and competed in Autumn Fashions on the Field.
The 2016 Perth Racing Autumn Carnival at Ascot Racecourse invited both genders to put their best feet forward and parade their attire for the first time in WA history.
Como-based fashion stylist Mikey Walton told Southern Gazette he was glad men’s fashion was finally being acknowledged at the iconic event. “We are a nation constantly fighting for equality and women’s rights, it would be off if we didn’t recognise men’s fashion on the same scale as women’s,” he said.
“Women definitely put a lot of time and effort into perfecting their looks for race day, but so do a lot of men.”
The winners were selected by a judging panel featuring some of Perth’s most prominent names in fashion, including Fashion Council WA creative director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan, Cabinet Noir owner Edward Maradona and winner of the 2015 Fashions of the Field Mildred Ellwood.
Walton, the director of personal styling business Stylespiration, won third place.
“My suit was all polka dots, so I played with the pattern and distracted its focus with an orange tie and coloured lapel pin,” Walton said. “The races are meant to be fun and people love patterns and colours. “But it’s best to always be tasteful; no one wants to see a bright red suit out there.”
Walton said he was impressed with the calibre of male participants.
“A lot of men made the effort,” he said.
Winners from Perth Racing's Fashions on the Field. From left: Clint Kenneth, Aus Molan, Mikey Walton, Dani Gogan, Annabel Slade and Morag MacDonald.
Stylist Mikey Walton won third place with this ensemble.