Today we’ve outlined how the competition works, what events will see their winner automatically qualify for the Regional Final AND answered some FAQs.
The first phase of this competition is the Regional Final which features winners of competitions that have taken place around the country (see qualifier competitions below) in the lead-up to the day AND four women who earned themselves a ‘last chance’ spot in the Adashiko Fashion Qualifiers in advance of The Ned Prix de Fashion.
Points from the above Regional Final are tallied up with the top five-scoring finalists being announced and sashed as the competition’s Grand Finalists.
From the Grand Finalists, the Supreme Winner – the person with the most points – is announced and takes home the winner-takes-all prize package, the all-important sash and one year’s worth of bragging rights to being the national titleholder. There are no placegetters.
16 October | Livamol Classic, BOSTOCK New Zealand Spring Racing Carnival, Hawke’s Bay Racing Club – Took place virtually
2 November | Style Spotter| Jarden Melbourne Cup Day – Auckland Thoroughbred Racing, Ellerslie – Raceday and competition cancelled due to COVID-19 alert level restrictions
2 November | Wingatui Melbourne Cup Day – Otago Racing Club
13 November | New Zealand Cup Day, New Zealand Cup Week – Canterbury Jockey Club
20 November | Counties Cup Day, Counties Racing Club – Raceday cancelled due to COVID-19 alert level restrictions | Fashion competition took place virtually
*LATE ADDITION* 11 December | Southland Racing Club
*LATE ADDITION* 11 December | Waikato Racing Club
26 December | Boxing Day Races, Auckland Thoroughbred Racing, Ellerslie (Two qualifying spots) – in-person competition cancelled due to COVID-19 alert level restrictions | This competition was replaced with SkyCity Fashions in the Field ‘The Online Edition’ – View competition results
29 January | Wellington Cup Day, Wellington Racing Club – In person competition cancelled due to COVID-19. Replaced with a virtual competition. Entries close 27th March. For more info, click here.
26 Feb | Matamata Breeders Stakes Day, Matamata Racing Club – Fashion competition cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions
Entries opening 5 March |Adashiko Fashion Qualifiers, Auckland Thoroughbred Racing, Ellerslie (four women will earn the final spots into the Regional Final)
THEN The Ned Prix de Fashion (only open to those who qualified in the above competitions)
** Given the ever-changing nature of the current COVID-19 outbreak in New Zealand, we’re unable to predict what position Auckland will be at come the 5 March; however, we’re keeping a close eye on Government updates regarding the COVID-19 Protection Framework and its impact on events. As such, the fashion competitions scheduled to take place on Vodafone Derby Day have been moved online to allow free and easy access for all women across New Zealand.
Pre-qualified women will be contacted directly as and when further information becomes available.**
The Ned Prix de Fashion is traditionally held on Vodafone Derby Day. Derby Day events are traditionally black and white – does this mean I should stick to that colour-way?
This is a tricky one and we admit it’s confusing! Since its inception alongside that of Vodafone Derby Day, The Ned Prix de Fashion has always been held on this day BUT, it’s only in recent years that racegoers have started to take notice of the day’s suggested (and traditional) colour palette.
We appreciate that some Regional Finalists may wish to wear the same outfit they wore in their local competition and that outfit may be colourful. Further, we don’t want to put pressure on anyone having to organise a new outfit – particularly if they think theirs has the winning edge.
We also want to ensure our judges select the best dressed, no matter the colour they’re wearing.
SO – for The Ned Prix de Fashion 2022, judges will be well-briefed that ANYONE can win the title – no matter what colour(s) they are wearing. Black and white will not provide an advantage and, if you cast your eye back through past winners, you’ll see we have had a mix of monochrome and colourful winners.
The Adashiko Fashion Qualifiers, which are held earlier on the day that The Ned Prix de Fashion takes place, also has an open colour policy – wearing the Derby Day colours of black and white will not provide an advantage or disadvantage.
Spectators, however, are encouraged to get into the spirit of Vodafone Derby Day and wear black and/or white!
The conditions remain the same for 2022’s competition as they always have – pre-qualified regional contestants may, but do not have to, wear the same outfit they wore when winning their local competition.
Nothing! Like all the fashion competitions held at Ellerslie, entry into the competition is free for all female racegoers on course aged 18yr+. Men on course aged 18+ are welcome to enter the day’s Menswear Award which is also free to enter.
If you have pre-qualified for the Regional Final, you’ll receive complimentary tickets to Vodafone Derby Day in order for you to get on course and compete.
Entering is easy. You can either enter on the day at the registration desk by the fashion marquee OR you help avoid the queues and speed things up on the day by pre-registering online.
We open up pre-registrations closer to the event date. Keep an eye out on this website for more!