Coffs Harbour Gold Cup, Fashions on the Field: Mens fashion winner Kirk Bahnsen is geed up by the competition. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Coffs Harbour Gold Cup, Fashions on the Field: Mens fashion winner Kirk Bahnsen is geed up by the competition. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

Fashion sweep for style gurus

WHILE some were unsuspecting winners, others came from a family of seasoned racing circuit performers who cleaned up in their sections thanks to experience and a lucky break.

The Park Beach Plaza's Fashions on the Field at the Coffs Cup was well supported by a colourful line-up of ladies and gents contesting the five categories.

After being sequestered by fashion spotters doing the rounds of the course, Kirk Bahnsen of Sandy Beach took out the Best Dressed Male category. Channelling a tall Tom Cruise, Kirk impressed judges with his three-piece steel-grey suit by Gotti London and aviator sunglasses.

Coffs Harbour Gold Cup, Fashions on the Field: Couples fashion winners Yvette & Gordon Prewitt. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Coffs Harbour Gold Cup, Fashions on the Field: Couples fashion winners Yvette & Gordon Prewitt. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

"I had no intention of entering but they came up and convinced me," said a chuffed Kirk.

The Best Dressed Couple were also a happy fashion accident, according to husband-and-wife winning team of Yvette and Gordon Prewett of Coffs Harbour.

The beautifully co-ordinated couple - Yvette in digital print Cue dress and self-styled hat and Gordon in a paisley shirt, wool coat and mustard chinos - were the standout choice.

The big guns were out next, competing for the Millinery Award and contemporary and classical ladies categories.

Previous winner of many fashion on the field titles Elyan Shotbolt added the Millinery Award to her impressive list of victories.

Her olive green steam punk hat with black embellishments by milliner friend Jo-anne Rolfe sealed the deal for the judges.

The Contemporary Lady title went to Elyan's friend and business associate Mickeela Toneycliffe.

Dressed in a '50s-style frock from Elyan's boutique Miss Lilly White, Mickeela teamed it with a fur stole and teal accessories and jewellery from her own business, Le Dain Designs in Sawtell.

Coffs Harbour Gold Cup, Fashions on the Field: Womens fashion winner Elyan Shotbolt. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Coffs Harbour Gold Cup, Fashions on the Field: Womens fashion winner Elyan Shotbolt. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

Completing the family/friend affair was the winner of the Classical Lady of the Day award.

Tamzin Pike of Coffs Harbour, sister of Elyan and friend of Mickeela, secured the ultimate title with her beautifully co-ordinated winter racing attire in warm tones of orange and brown.

Thanking her sister for dressing her, Tamzin said her outfit was a combination of items from her sister's and friend's stores, as well as the odd op-shop find.

Tamzin's bright-orange shoes were certainly the focal point and catalyst for the outfit.