Men of fash­ion get flair go

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Kaylee Martin

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.

Pic­ture: Kirsty Noakes.

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.

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