FASHION | Our wild cards have been chosen...

27 Apr 2023
Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

The Ned Prix de Fashion is underway for 2023 and, for the first time, we created an ‘opening round’ where women from around New Zealand had one last chance to submit a digital entry in the hopes of scoring one of the final four ‘wild card’ spots up for grabs.

These four women will join the line-up of 11 pre-qualified regional finalists from around country who have each won a qualifying competition held at racedays over spring / summer.

These qualifying competitions were held as far south as Invercargill and as north as Auckland, with this last ‘virtual’ chance meaning women from around New Zealand could try and squeak into the final.

Today we are pleased to announce who those ‘wild card’ winners are (listed in alphabetical order by last name):

  • Sasha Boyens
  • Deborah Lambie
  • Pauline Pattullo
  • Samara Singh

Each of these four women remain in the running to be named one of our Grand Finalists (and potentially even our Supreme Winner!) and take home the winner-takes-all $20,000 prize package from The Ned and Victoria Racing Club – plus the coveted title of being New Zealand racewear’s national titleholder for the 2022/23 season.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the Grand Finalists of The Ned Prix de Fashion which will follow sometime next week and be announced on this blog and our social channels.

Our sincere thanks to our judges for freely providing us their time and expertise:

  • Jill Humphries (NZ/AUS)| Award-winning Kiwi milliner based in Melbourne

  • Viera Macikova (AUS) | National Winner of VRC’s 2021 Fashions On Your Front Lawn

  • Crystal Kimber-Peters (AUS) | VRC Ambassador, 2019 Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador and the 2017 Myer Fashions on the Field National Final winner

  • Carena West (NZ)| Club Ambassador & 2019 Myer Fashions on the Field National Final winner

  • Hannah Marinkovich (NZ)| Club Ambassador & ARC’s 2017 Prix de Fashion national winner

  • Sarah Stuart (NZ) | Head of Styling at Warner Bros. Discovery (TV3) & PRIME News

  • Aleisha Mitchell (NZ) | 2019 The Ned Prix de Fashion national winner and two-time Hawaiian Airlines Fashions on the Field winner at Ellerslie

And a heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists – the judges commented on how high the standard was.

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