Fashion in the Field

Fashions in the Field went virtual in 2021

With COVID-19 and the associated lockdown and border restrictions in Auckland meaning Counties Cup Day 2021 was held elsewhere, we moved our popular fashions in the field competition online for the first time.

This season our virtual Fashions in the Field winner took home a prize pack valued at $1,000 AND became Counties Racing Club’s representative in the regional final of The Ned Prix de Fashion 2022 – New Zealand’s fashions in the field final that boasts a $20,000 winner-takes-all prize package and the all-important title of being the country’s best-dressed racegoer.

2021 Competition entry details

  • Due to restrictions on events in Auckland arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, this was an online photographic competition with no in-person judging
  • Entrants could submit one outfit each
  • The competition was open to women only (sorry gents!)
  • Each entrant could submit up to five images which needed to include at least one full length shot and a close-up of a chosen aspect of their outfit's details
  • Entrants could also submit one 15 sec video if they so wished 
  • Contestants had to be at least 18 years of age and residing in New Zealand
  • This was a points-based competition with no conferring among judges
  • The entry period was extended slightly to see entries close at 11am, Friday 17 December
  • Other Ts & Cs also applied. Please click here to view. To view the new Ts & Cs (with only the entry dates extended) please click here.

    We rounded up some of the best in the biz to sit on our judging panel. Keep reading to get to know our judges....

Image
Aleisha Mitchell

Aleisha Mitchell

The 2019 The Ned Prix de Fashion national winner (NZ) and two-time Hawaiian Airlines Fashions on the Field winner at Ellerslie, Auckland-based Aleisha has now turned her eye to judging FITF competitions.

In her 'spare time', Aleisha - who has been well-known for making her own FITF outfits from scratch - juggles running a fashion advisory service for those looking to get into the industry, alongside a popular designer bag rental company and motherhood.

 

Lulu Wilcox

Lulu is no stranger to racing fashion, having been a fashions in the field judge at competitions around the country for several years now. She has a degree in costume design and is a professional stylist, commencing her career at MTV in Australia.

Since then, she’s struck out on her own and has built her business to the point that she’s now one of New Zealand’s busiest stylists with notable clients such as NZ Woman’s Day and Australian Women’s Weekly. She’s also the talent behind some of New Zealand’s most well-known celebrities ‘looks’ as well as being the fashion eyes for Ellerslie’s famous "SkyWalk” event back in 2019.

 

Justine Seabrook

Introducing Justine Seabrook, a face many of you will be familiar with due to her position as half of one of New Zealand’s most well-known racing couples – she’s never missed a Karaka Million! With her husband heading up New Zealand Bloodstock, Justine is a regular attendee at the races both here in New Zealand as well as abroad and serves up immaculate looks every time. She has been a regular competitor in Fashions in the Field competitions in the past and now with her own styling business, she’s making her debut on the judging panel.

With a passion for horses and fashion (the ultimate combo in our opinion!), we’re looking forward to having Justine’s fresh eyes on the panel. Welcome Justine!

 

2020's winner

The winner of our Fashions in the Field competition in 2020 was Soraya Gurney who went on to represent the Club in the regional final of The Ned Prix de Fashion, New Zealand's national racewear final.