Bold and beau­ti­ful dressed to the nines

The Press - - Front Page - LAURA BAKER

Fash­ion­istas went for big, out­landish head­wear and bold out­fits at the New Zealand Trot­ting Cup Day in Christchurch yes­ter­day. Women from across the coun­try took to the stage over five heats vy­ing for top honours at the cov­eted Style Stakes fash­ion com­pe­ti­tion. First-time en­trant Katie Par­ish, 39, glided through the heats to take out the ti­tle of Best Dressed Lady with an outfit she de­signed her­self. ‘‘I’m a wee bit shocked. I didn’t an­tic­i­pate win­ning at all. I feel very privileged,’’ the Christchurch mother said of her win.

Par­ish wasn’t afraid to think out­side of the box when cre­at­ing her outfit, util­is­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­rial. The dress was made with cur­tain ma­te­rial and the hand­bag had been a cush­ion.

‘‘I looked at my couch cush­ion [on Mon­day night] and thought it would work nicely with my dress, so I sewed it into a bag.’’

The strik­ing or­ange flo­ral head­piece was a be­spoke de­sign by Christchurch’s cou­ture milliner Sev­enth and Figg.

Par­ish was joined on stage by fel­low Cantabrian and Best Dressed Man Gun­ther Rowe, who has en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion for the fourth year in a row.

‘‘I won the first year I en­tered, then I had a lull, so it’s good to be back,’’ Rowe said.

Pick­ing the win­ning man and woman were stylists Luke Bettesworth, and Jackie O’Fee, along with The Hit’s ra­dio DJ Paul Flynn.

Bettesworth was blown away by the com­peti­tor’s at­ten­tion to de­tail, say­ing he’d never seen a higher stan­dard of dress at the show.

The pop­u­lar body art con­test was won by De­sign and Arts Col­lege stu­dent Daisy Tait. She took home the Body Art Over­all Win­ner award with the help of model Zoe Phillips. Tait’s tu­tor, An­gela Pethig, also com­peted and won the ZM Blend In, Stand Out Win­ner body art divi­sion.

PHOTO: GE­ORGE HEARD/STUFF

Best-dressed woman Katie Par­ish and her best-dressed male coun­ter­part, Gun­ther Rowe.

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