Get to know our Judges for 2021
Katie is well known in New Zealand and Australia for her incredible style and attention to details in her phenomenal race day ensembles.
The mum of four girls, dairy farmer and keen equestrian is as at home on a horse as she is on the fashion stage.
As the Winner of the Prix de Fashion 2020 (the national race wear title), she is one of the judges for the Caroline Meo Bayleys Fashion in the Field 2021.
What will you be looking for in a winning outfit?
A stand out outfit makes you look twice, how have the details been put together? The small details can make or break an outfit- shoes, nails are all a part of a great outfit.
What tips would you give to somebody wanting to give the competition a try for the first time?
Look at social media and what is trending on the runways, follow the race day groups- All About the Sash and NZ Racing Fashion. As well as milliners like Monika Neuhauser Millinery, Belinda Green Millinery, Claire Hahn Millinery and Anel Heyman.
What completes a great race day outfit?
A dazzling smile, the right lip color and a glass of champagne.
Laura is another judge for the Caroline Meo Bayleys Fashion in the Field 2021.
The first person to ever win the Prix de Fashion twice- Laura is an accountant who works in rural banking, but always has a stylish element to her outfits, and has been known to turn an Ebay purchase into a sash winning outfit!
What would be your advice to a first -time entrant to Fashion in the Field?
Really do your research, look to the all the incredible sources of inspiration from Millinery in New Zealand and abroad, as well as Pintrest and Instagram.
All About the Sash is a great global network for information and super supportive people, willing to share their great tips.
What will you be looking for in an outfit?
A nod to current trends, whilst following the racing fashion guidelines. An outfit that is showing the personality of the person wearing it, who is comfortable and really enjoying themselves on stage and with their outfit.