Fash­ion a win­ner at Rich­mond races

Nelson Mail - - News - Skara Bohny

What day at the races would be com­plete with­out a fash­ion show?

Rich­mond Show­grounds played host to the In­ter­is­lander Sum­mer Fes­ti­val over the week­end, with a Fash­ion in the Field com­pe­ti­tion yes­ter­day giv­ing pun­ters the chance to show off their best dress or suit.

The men’s sec­tion ran the full gamut of fash­ion, from Macca Springer’s clas­sic race-day tweed suit through to Ryan Roberts’ look com­plete with home-made hobby-horse.

Nei­hana Waitai wowed the judges and the crowd with a boat­ing look, a striped shirt and crisp white shorts with a match­ing fan to beat the heat and strike a pose.

Waitai said he signed up for the show ‘‘be­cause I look gor­geous’’.

‘‘I spent $150 on this out­fit, so there’s no way I’m not get­ting ev­ery­one to see it. Plus, I was the only one with a fan.’’

De­spite Waitai’s fan and panache, the top place was taken out by Springer’s clas­sic suit.

The women’s sec­tion fea­tured fas­ci­na­tors of all shapes and sizes, and the 17 con­tes­tants dis­played a wide range of styles.

There were plenty of vari­a­tions on the lit­tle black dress theme, like Ch­eryl Thibideau’s sim­ple but ef­fec­tive black pantsuit topped with a crim­son fas­ci­na­tor, to An­gela Miller’s tow­er­ing monochro­matic fas­ci­na­tor com­plet­ing her black-and-white look.

Not ev­ery­one stuck to the tried and true dark colours, though, with two brightly coloured lace dresses on show, Jenz Mor­ton in a pas­tel mint and Kauri Mars­den in yel­low.

Emma Silke-French, who took out the top place, wore a bright yel­low and pink silk dress with match­ing straw hat-in­spired fas­ci­na­tor.

Silke-French said she signed up for the fun of it.

‘‘My girl­friend and I come ev­ery year, and it’s al­ways a good time.’’

LUZ ZUNIGA/STUFF

Bronte McNa­mara, win­ner of the Fash­ion in the Field girls cat­e­gory, hits the cat­walk with her mum, Katie McNa­mara, who was a fi­nal­ist in the main women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

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