January 31, 2020
The social event of the summer racing calendar is always the Wellington Cup and this year Buoy was in attendance.
We were lucky enough to have our very own Mathias Te Moananui as one of the judges on the prestigious panel. He was joined by Julia Leuchars (Marketing Manager at Trelise Cooper and Designer of Coop), Stephanie Murray (Wellington Racing ambassador) and Milano Imai (Racing blogger and owner of Millinery Market)
For the occasion Mathias did not disappoint when it came to the fashion front, creating his own unique floral print on a linen suit and matching millinery. His look was topped off with metallic accessories from Dior and shoes by Saint Laurent. If he wasn't judging we are sure he would have taken out the fashion competition.
While the party and fun is certainly always on the race course, part of the excitement and joy of attending the Wellington Cup is the getting ready, and there is no better place to do this than at Buoy, where we were inundated with race goers and gear contestants getting their hair and makeup done for the big day.
Fellow judge Stephanie Murrary was in the salon to have fellow judge Mathias work his magic on making her look race day ready, pictured below are the pair doing final touches on their looks and chapeaus.
Milano can't stress enough the importance of working with your hairdresser to work your hair around your hat, meaning that it will stay in place all day long. Milano offers this pearl of wisdom for future Fashion in the Fields hopefuls, "your hair is an extension of your millinery. It is important to consider your overall styling whether it be classic or contemporary and it really finishes off your beautiful race day look - it's the cherry on top of the cake"
This years judging panel found the competition to be very fierce and hard fought. They all had such difficult time judging as there calibre of entrants was outstanding. Mathias was impressed by the entrants and the level of detailing and thought that they put into each of their outfits.
His highlights on the day were all the amazing millinery on display and it was great to see a return to classic hats and shapes in race-wear. He was also surprised at the number of entrants that made their own millinery. Of course no race day would be complete without also seeing the horses race, because lets face it, that is the reason for all the dressing up.
Buoy was on hand of course to award sashes to the best millinery in each category as well as the overall Millinery winner at this years Fashion in the Fields competition. Both our directors Sam Halikias and Phillippa Middleton were also on hand to award these as well as show entrants the beautiful Buoy Dry Style Bar which was filled with Loreal products for contestants and racegoers to use.