Fashion in the Field judges announced for Riccarton

An esteemed panel of style and fashion industry experts will judge the hotly contested title of Best Dressed Man and Best Dressed Woman at the Fashion in the Field competition, taking place at Riccarton Park Racecourse on Saturday 18 November.

A part of New Zealand Cup and Show Week, this event has a panel of judges made up of individuals from the fashion and modelling industries. Co-ordinating the Fashion in the Field is local fashionista Angela Stone. Judge Mel Radford Brown, Director of Portfolio Model Agency is joined by co-owner of menswear boutique store Sergios, Paul Dean. Also joining the judging panel is former winner and local businesswoman Nettles Lamont and Myf Colvin, Spa Manager at Champs-Élysées Day Spa .

The ladies will compete for a range of prizes, with the overall winner securing flights for two to Singapore on Singapore Airlines. They will stay five nights with Millennium Hotels and Resorts, courtesy of Mondo Travel. The winner will be invited to represent the region at Ellerslie Racecourse in the Viva Prix de Fashion on 3 March 2018.  The prize includes flights to Auckland for two with three nights’ accommodation, courtesy of Millennium Hotels and Resorts.

The Sergios Best Dressed Man’s finalists will compete to win flights for two to Brisbane, staying seven nights at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.

‘Fashion and racing are inextricably entwined and there is no more a fashionable event than the New Zealand Cup and Show Week. Race day attire is all about style, sophistication, glamour and elegance and this is reflected in the fashion. When dressing for the track, think couture not cocktail – this is the day to dress in your finery,’ says Angela Stone.

When asked for advice for entrants, judge Mel Radford Brown says, ‘this is such a high profile day, both from a social and racing perspective. We will be looking for a unique and stylish look in terms of best dressed with flair and personality. The entrant must show strong, but natural deportment and wear the outfit with confidence. The outfit must be an eye-catching ensemble, worthy of the prize.’

NZ Cup and Show Week attracts approximately 200,000 attendees to the festival each year and injects $30m into the local economy. An array of events are being held at Riccarton Park Racecourse, Addington Raceway and the Canterbury A & P Show.

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Angela Stone – coordinator

This year Angela is co-ordinating activities for Fashion in the Field. Angela is a life and fashion stylist, ambassador, personal brand developer and author. She has over 25 years of experience in the fashion industry, beginning her career as a model before founding Portfolio Modelling Agency. She is now the director of Angela Stone Consulting, a stylist and personal branding service provider.

Mel Radford Brown – judge

Portfolio Model Agency Director, Mel Radford Brown has 25 years’ experience within the modelling industry. Firstly, signed to Portfolio at the age of 16, Mel has evolved over the years within an industry she is hugely passionate about; and has owned Portfolio for the past 11 years.

Mel is regarded as amongst one of the country’s top agents, managing a very strong and professional team. She has a great natural eye and fun flair for fashion.

Nettles Lamont – judge

Nettles Lamont is a Canterbury business woman who is well known for her work in business, charity and policy and also for her love of fashion. Nettles is a past winner at Riccarton, winning the Youngs High Fashion Award in 2010,  followed by the Best Dressed Woman in 2011.

Nettles is the managing director of Conquest Training Limited, and is also the CEO of the Dublin Street Charitable Truse, a philanthropic Trust that helps many charitable causes in Canterbury.

Paul Dean – judge

Director of Sergios Menswear, Paul Dean, has been a regular feature on the judging panel at both Riccarton and Addington fashion events during NZ Cup and Show Week over the past 8 years. With over 20 years’ experience in the fashion industry, Paul has a well trained eye for detail in men’s and women’s fashion.

When Paul is not judging fashion competitions, you will find him travelling, sourcing garments for the new seasons collections for Sergios. Paul also helps to run Sergios made to measure suit business, so it’s safe to say he has a wealth of knowledge in the industry.

Myf Colvin – judge

Myf Colvin is the Spa Manager at Champs-Élysées Day Spa in Christchurch. Myf has strong a interest in all matters related to the beauty and fashion industries. With over 30 years’ experience in hair, makeup, beauty and fashion, she has a keen eye for fashion and related trends.