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Any point in entering race course fashion comps?

By johnboy 11 March 2009 37

Not reading the dead-tree CT I’ve missed what is apparently a major scandal amongst the luvvies, uncovered by Geraldine Nordfeldt.

It follows on from November’s business with Elkie Stuart where some might have drawn the conclusion that deep connections to the racing industry could be helpful to win these things.

The winner at the weekend’s Black Opal Stakes fashion comp, collecting $2k in cash and tickets for two to Paris (the one in France), was one Viktoria Novak, a milliner (hat maker).

With one of the judges already wearing one of her hats, another having already gushed about how great she is, and Novak listed in places as a sponsor, apparently it’s the scandal of the town. If one moves in the right circles.

Canberra fashion guru and fashion judge on the day, Ninaribena has felt the need to explain her decision:

    And our winner managed to use colours bang on-trend in an unexpected combination, anyone who can put together 2 shades of purple with silver and champagne – and make it rock – has my admiration! Beyond that, though, Viktoria also obviously went to extreme measures to match all of the elements of her outfit, from the swirl in her shoe, to the pearls in her fascinator… classic, elegant, fashionable and co-ordinated head to toe… bravo. And that’s why she won, so there.

I’d suggest Thoroughbred Park might want to make sure that such perceptions of undue influence don’t arise in future.

What’s Your opinion?


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Bettie 4:05 pm 13 Mar 09

I have an idea about style and I believe that the winner looked frumpy and dated.

Flemington fashions on the field would have laughed at her.

There is nothing ground breaking about a pleated a-line skirt, cropped short sleeve jacket, over matching colours and that ****ing parasol. Same every year with a different bow.

Canberra will never change, it only supports shameless self promoters in its fashion industry.

hurra 9:31 pm 12 Mar 09

Firstly, to all you loser War Hammer goof balls, I strongly advise you all to get a life and maybe even a job!!! After reading these comments, well all the loser ones, it reminded me of how many losers there are in Canberra.I think it’s safe to say that none of you were at the races on Sunday because you were too busy playing War Heads and eating left over pizza from 2 weeks ago. This website is a joke and it really proves that you people have no life and probably no girlfriends / wife, therefore you would have no idea about fashion or the races. If you were at the races you would have heard the non jealous people comment to how great the winner looked, but I guess you guys would never be asked to judge a fashion show, because your to busy on this website 🙂

Granny 2:43 pm 12 Mar 09

Kramer said :

Wow – all this uproar for a $5K prize? I’d hate to see you lot when they announce the next winner of the Apex car raffle!

They’ve announced that?!

emd 2:32 pm 12 Mar 09

A hat maker with a personal collection of thousands of pairs of shoes is going to stand a good chance at winning a horse race fashion show, regardless of connections. I personally think this is a bit of a non-issue.

Kramer 1:45 pm 12 Mar 09

Wow – all this uproar for a $5K prize? I’d hate to see you lot when they announce the next winner of the Apex car raffle!

AngryHenry 12:34 pm 12 Mar 09

Granny said :

Winning entry pictured here.

She stole my nannas curtains.

kelso 11:59 am 12 Mar 09

‘The rules usually state that sponsers and people with ties to the events can’t enter’

I don’t think she was actually a sponsor. Apparently she donated a hat for something, so it was more of a charity thing.

PreciousLilywhite 9:21 am 12 Mar 09

“So one of the judges was wearing her hat and another had gushed about her – doesn’t that prove they genuinely like her style? I think it would be a dodgier decision if they hadn’t picked her as a winner, since she clearly has some fashion nous.”

I think the point is that she shouldn’t have entered with all her sponsership. The rules usually state that sponsers and people with ties to the events can’t enter. I don’t pretend to be an expert on these things but my understanding is that she should have dressed someone else.
IMO Wearing your own product in a comp is like hanging around to smell your own farts.

Gobbo 9:04 am 12 Mar 09

At lest I feel inspired to enter the comp myself next year. I thought it was for the fashionable and well-dressed, not for dags like me.

I have a trunk of items from the forties and fifties that belonged to an aunt and my nanna. I should be able to get to Paris on those.

🙂

Pommy bastard 7:45 am 12 Mar 09

ant said :

Granny said :

Winning entry pictured here.

Only those in the “fashion” industry could find that mish-mash in any way appealing. It looks like a kid got into her grandmothers wardrobe.

poptop 11:12 pm 11 Mar 09

Where’s the lads’ comp then? Love to see photos of the bright young things in their morning suits.

[morning suit = A three-piece outfit consisting of coat, waistcoat and trousers. On the tailed coat, the front edge sweeps down from the lapels with a continuous curve into the leading edge of the tails which terminate just below the back of the knee. The trousers are long in the rise, high waisted, and best worn with braces. The waistcoat may be single or double-breasted. It is essential that there is sufficient height in the trouser waistband, and length in the waistcoat, to ensure that the shirt is not exposed at the midriff.]

GnT 10:34 pm 11 Mar 09

So one of the judges was wearing her hat and another had gushed about her – doesn’t that prove they genuinely like her style? I think it would be a dodgier decision if they hadn’t picked her as a winner, since she clearly has some fashion nous.

Granny 10:22 pm 11 Mar 09

I had to look ‘fascinator’ up in the dicshunary.

ant 10:12 pm 11 Mar 09

Granny said :

Winning entry pictured here.

OK , that is no good. The shirt is made of shiny satiny stuff. It’s tacky to wear such fabric in the sunlight. The skirt is OK but I’m not sure it’s your classic race outfit and the parasol is just WRONG and fussy. Ditto the gloves, I’m sure they’re evening gloves (bad ones). Nope, it’s a fail. The lady in the background with the veil thing on her hat looks better, but it’s still fancy dress.

And where the hell does the woman in the green skirt think she is? Certainly not the races. Ye gods.

pptvb 9:56 pm 11 Mar 09

Oh come on!
How can any of you question the decision?
Look at the photo,
It’s obvious that the positioning of the pearls in the fascinator tipped the judges!

bd84 9:01 pm 11 Mar 09

I suggest a mud wrestling competition for next years horse race, then there wouldn’t be any arguments over judging and they could btch fight all they want. More entertaining for all.

farnarkler 8:09 pm 11 Mar 09

Canberra fashion guru and fashion judge on the day, Ninaribena……………Please tell me that’s not a real name. Sounds like black current juice to me.

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