THE highly anticipated and fiercely competitive Cairns Amateurs Carnival Fashions on the Field raised the bar once more this year at the carnival’s 65th anniversary Sapphire Jubilee celebrations.
Attendees at the Gordon’s Pink Jubilee Fashion High Tea, Ladies Day and Cairns Amateur Cup Day were dressed to impress, pulling out all the stops in order to catch the eyes of the 2023 judging panel.
Judging this year were Carnival Ambassador Emma Scodellaro, Australia’s multi-award winning “Gentleman of the Day” competitor Neil Carpenter, and former Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador (2019) and Victoria Racing Club Ambassador and fashion judge, Crystal Kimber, as well as Sydney milliner Kathryn Lee.
The judges had their work cut out for them across the three days of events, keeping an eye out for examples of style and originality, tropics-appropriate race wear, accessorising, and quality of workmanship.
The winners were as follows:
Thursday 7 September 2023
- Jubilee Fashion High Tea Myer Cairns Lady of the Day
Winner: Bryony Bourke, NSW & Runner Up: Angelique Dibella, FNQ
- Jubilee Fashion High Tea Myer Cairns Millinery
Winner: Erin Smith, NSW & Runner Up: Kate Konrad, NSW
- Jubilee Fashion High Tea Myer Cairns Ambassador’s Choice
Winner: Kymberlee Cockrem, FNQ & Runner Up: Jenny Bombadieri, Cairns
Friday 8 September 2023
- Ladies Day Gold Class
Winner: Minette Collins, Brisbane & Runner Up: Susan Lamari, Cairns
- Open Ladies
Winner: Erin Smith, NSW & Runner-Up: Sophie Kirkham, Cairns
- Local Ladies
Winner: Sophie Kirkham, Cairns & Runner-up: June Sheppard, FNQ
Winner: June Youngman, NZ
Saturday 9 September 2023
- Best Dressed Couple
Winner: June Sheppard & Lachlan Rogers, FNQ & Runner Up: Chloe Fegatilli & Brendan Soderberg, Cairns
- Open Ladies Classic
Winner: Veronica Beckham, FNQ & Runner-Up: Amanda Rutley, Cairns
- Men’s Fashion
Winner: Brendan Soderberg, Cairns & Runner-up: Lachlan Rogers, FNQ
- Contemporary Racewear
Winner: Tatiana Collier, Victoria & Runner-Up: Monique Appi, Cairns
- Carnival Champion
Winner: Tatiana Collier
For social snaps and more, see the Cairns Amateurs Facebook page.
The 66th Cairns Amateurs Carnival will take place from 12 to 14 September 2024.