Fashion a winner at Richmond races
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.’’
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.