Kirsten Morland | Meet The Ned Prix de Fashion Qualifiers

22 Apr 2023
Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

Kirsten Morland was one of two lucky ladies who qualified for this season’s national fashions in the field (FITF) final at the Pukekohe Park Boxing Day Races. This is now Kirsten’s second year qualifying for the prestigious The Ned Prix de Fashion. We recently chatted with Kirsten about all things fashion and racing ahead of the 2023 virtual final. Read on to find out more…

 

Kirten pictured in one of her stunning raceday looks

 

A huge congratulations on qualifying for The Ned Prix de Fashion for the second time. Can you tell us a bit about what we can expect from your entry?

I’m wearing a style and colour combination that makes me happy.

This season we saw the introduction to colour on the runway with bright and bold, hot pinks, turquoise, sunny yellow and vivid greens. There is also a trend of ‘separates’ being worn by both men and women. These two trends inspired my outfit choice.

Kirsten pictured here in her 2022 The Ned Prix de Fashion entry

 

We can’t wait to see it! Now tell us, what’s your number one rule for a racewear look?

Dress to impress.

What’s your top tip for a day at the races?

Place a bet. Horseracing is an exhilarating sport, nothing beats cheering your horse down the home straight and across the finish line.

Is it all about the ‘sash’? What keeps you entering fashions in the field competitions?

For me, it’s the sisterhood and friendships that I have formed with some incredible women around New Zealand.

Kirsten with fellow fashonistas Gabby Cashmore and Stephanie Murray

 

How do you think Kiwi racewear differs from that around the world?

Kiwis have a very strong sense of individuality in racing fashion and this is evident when you see us up there competing on the catwalk. We had such a strong showing in Melbourne last year with Laura Campbell and Eleanor Campbell representing New Zealand in the Myer Fashions on the Field. They both absolutely showcased how incredible and individual Kiwi racing fashion is.

What’s your favourite raceday on the season calendar?

The Melbourne Cup is the absolute highlight of the Spring Carnival season and for this raceday, colour is crucial.

If you could visit any raceday in the world, which one would it be?

Royal Ascot. Ascot has a-300 year history in racing, and is the centrepiece of the summer social calendar in Britain.

Finally, what’s your favourite trend you are seeing in racing fashion at the moment?

Colour and colour blocking, by choosing shades on the opposite spectrum of the colour wheel and clashing them together. Colour blocking is a surefire way to make maximum impact


The Ned Prix de Fashion is New Zealand’s national fashions in the field final. There’s still time to enter the opening round with entries closing on the 23rd of April.

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