My favourite thing is that it’s a different look for me. It’s maybe not what I would have expected to have loved and I really wanted to be able to showcase my personality. This outfit is my favourite for different reasons than previous ones.
I don’t think I have one that I can name, but I love following the Australian girls as well as our NZ girls. We are all so different so I find inspiration from all sorts of sources.
I love following designers who are doing things differently all over the world. I scroll for hours and I always try to find things that speak to me. I have lots of screenshots of different design aspects I love.
My mum is always involved and I love showing her my ideas. She has been a huge part of my journey in fashions and I am pretty lucky.
Lots of different lengths and silhouettes.
I am also loving all the textures and people clashing more colours and patterns.
Be prepared, I have had so many outfits not work as I was not prepared.
You also have to think about the whole look and the polish. Think about your look as one cohesive look.
Yes the fun is in the win but equally important is the love and support you show others. You may think your look is the best, but not everyone will. Always run your own race.
It was an off-the-rack dress from a UK brand that my mum and I changed ever so slightly. I had a vision of sequins and ruffles and I truly think I manifested it! My milliner knows my sense of style and we wanted it to be simple but effective. Which is hard to do with sequins and ruffles.
It was a pretty modern look for me and a departure from my usual, but it worked out.
I definitely took a risk but I am glad I did. I stayed true to myself and I was super proud of the outcome.
I think it’s a mix of things that keep me coming back to enter more, it changes every time I compete.
I love the friendships I have made and the people I have met. I live in the South Island so the kindness I have been shown with places to stay and dinners out with friends makes me feel lucky to have found these women.
I would be lying if I said I don’t love a sash, but it has to be more than just that. It’s the love and fun that I have found in my fashion community.
Find your people and hold them tight.
When I won on Derby Day, my friends cheered for me so loudly. Most of them made the top 10 as well and it was in that moment that I knew I was with the right people.
Don’t be afraid to be you. Dress for you and only you. Make sure you photo grid your looks to see if they work. Don’t tell your husband how much stuff you may or may not send back and experiment with everything. Don’t forget to nail the small things.”
Obviously The Ned Prix de Fashion! But ATR Derby Day was so much fun this year! I seem to have luck in black and white as that’s how I qualified both this year and last year.”
I love seeing all the volume in garments that are not just in a sleeve and the return of a bubble hem that makes me excited.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival, I would love to compete at all 3 days.
I think we are bold and beautiful. We tend to see people trying new things at each raceday. I would say it’s hard to tell what people will wear as it’s always new and different. I like that we take risks that may not always land, but we do it in a way that’s true to who we are.
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.