Adelaide Cup Day, amidst all the ‘Mad March’ events, still managed to pull in a large crowd from all corners of Australia and beyond. The standard of entrants for FOTF was high with many ladies adding their own personal touch to their outfits. The variety was endless with tasselled shoes, handmade flowers, dyed gloves, lace overlays, embellished details and of course stand out millinery creations.

3rd: Bernadette wearing a dress By Kaye Teede Design, Olga Berg clutch and Locopa Designs millinery.
2nd: Bec Butcher wearing a dress by SA label Couture + Love + Madness and headpiece by Jill and Jack Millinery. She customised the dress and hat with a vine of handmade flowers.
1st: Melissa Barnes (eeeek that’s me) wearing a Roksanda skirt and top by by SA label Couture + Love + Madness along with accessories by Windsor Smith, Olga Berg and Lovisa. My hat was revamped from the Balaklava Cup.

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There were a few technical ‘hiccups’ with tallying points but finally the correct top 10 was announced. Pale blue was a dominant trend with most outfits having a pastel influence. Pops of red, orange and green were featured along with metallic accessories (because they go with everything). 7 out of the 10 entrants were from SA so the odds of a local lady taking out the win were high. Well done ladies, you really all looked fantastic and it was a pleasure to share the stage with you all.


While taking photos I met lots of new fellow entrants and heared some heartwarming stories along the way . Tatiana from Darwin sewed her flowers on the night before, Katie from New Zealand had a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ so we glued her ripped lace skirt together with eyelash glue, the Moore sisters were having their traditional ‘family catch up’ and all wore their mother’s clever creations, Abby from the South East of SA had a complete outfit change at the last minute and Kimmy’s dress had been in and out of the dressmakers more times than her mum Helen would like to count. There were many more I didn’t get time to chat to but all of these ladies travelled just to join in the fun of dressing up for the races.

 It’s not all about competition it’s about coming together as a community who share the same love and passion for fashion. It was so exciting to meet last year’s Myer FOTF winner, and Adelaide representative Courtney Moore. On stage she talked about the importance of individuality and how as a judge she appreciates all the time and effort that goes into putting an outfit together. A very worthy winner and all round lovely lady!

A quick thanks to Helen for taking some of these pics xxx

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