Fashions a firm favourite

FORGET the horses, it was the fillies who stole the show at the Jayco Bendigo Cup yesterday.Some of Victoria’s most glamorous men and women gathered under pristine blue skies for the annual Fashions on the Field - and the stakes were high with more than a hundred fashion fans vying for a slice of the $14,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.It was all about the dress this year with feminine floral designs and bright spring racing colours taking centre stage.Structured black and white ensembles were also a favourite and oversized decorative headwear featuring flowers and feathers completed the well-put-together outfits.Bendigo’s very own fashion consultant and event organiser Marnie Bowles said she was blown away by the high standard of fashion on show.“We’ve really raised the bar this year,” she said.“All the girls looked amazing, and the men, they’ve all gone to such a huge effort and it really showed.”For many, the day was about mixing high-end fashion with affordable chic.However, Melbourne teenager, Elly Dillon proved to have the winning idea with her black and brown polka-dot ensemble.“I designed it and my mum made it for me,” she said. The 19-year-old was crowned the Myer Lady of the Day.“I can’t believe (I won),” she said.Myer Racing Ambassador and Fashions on the Field judge, Rebecca Twigley looked stunning in a pale pink Bettina Liano dress and Gregory Ladner headpiece.It was her second time judging Fashions on the Field in Bendigo.“I love Bendigo, it’s such a cute town and everyone looks great,” she said.Ms Twigley praised the outfits on show saying the girls all looked amazing and stylish in their dresses.“It was really hard to pick. We wanted something that made us go 'wow' and a lot of girls fitted that.”

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