Last month, many of us stepped out in our best black and white attire to support one of our favourite local retailers, Manski & Schi, for their annual Derby Day of 2020. The event encouraged many of us to celebrate the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, by enjoying a Sunday afternoon of horse racing, food and fashion!
Manski & Schi’s Derby Day 2020 stunned its’ guests, as this is the second year in a row that tickets have completely sold out! The event was held in the Jerrard Promenade Marquee of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club, with around 25 tables and approximately 200 people in attendance. The day featured Manski & Schi’s Spring Racing Collection for the season, as well as a Fashions On the Field event for guests to have a bit of friendly competition!
Guests were welcomed into a gorgeously themed, lit-up venue decorated by Celebration City. With a complimentary sparkling and grazing table offered on our arrival, catering was made possible by the fantastic Lemmon & Lime. A pop-up shop and door prizes were among some of the fun while Ben the pianist wow’d us with his smooth tunes; you could even get your own professional red carpet picture taken with L’Amore Photography!
Sammy, owner of Manski & Schi, remarked on the event: “The overall turnout was amazing and everyone enjoyed themselves,” she laughs, “I know this because I made a point of asking everyone!”
The day started with Manski & Schi’s model runway, advertising dresses for their upcoming Spring Racing Collection. It was refreshing to see a mixture of women of different ages, sizes and backgrounds coming together to model. We don’t always see such a wide variety of body types showcasing the beauty of individuality, like we got to witness at this show.
Forty-two women competed in the Fashions on the Field event, and were met with an advanced judging panel. Lauren Chapman-Holle took the panel, with extensive judging experience from previous racing events, as well as Hayley Selleck, Ladies’ Day 2019 winner. The panel also included Julie Dowes and Emily Graeme, a mother-daughter duo with experience in Fashions on the Field, who were excited to be first-time judges in the competition.
Martin Cable, chairman of the Goldfields Children Charity turned heads with his confident runway posing, granting him the winning title of Fashion on the Field men’s category.
The finalists for the day included Brooke Scott, who took home 2nd Runner Up and Best Millinery prizes, as well as Runner Up, Abigail Skinner. The winner of the Fashions on the Field 2020 event for the women’s category was Victoria Huntton.
“The day well exceeded my expectations, especially Fashions of the Field, last year had the same amount of entrants but this year people were more eager to get up there and strut their stuff! Now they have the same opportunity as the Kalgoorlie Ladies Day contestants to get into the finals of Fashions of the Field.” Sammy commented.
Her biggest challenge for the day was ensuring the weather wouldn’t get too wet or windy so everything could go ahead, and her favourite moment? “Awarding the winners, of course!”
To see news or pictures from the day, or to simply find out more about Manski & Schi, visit their website here. Take some of your own snaps from Derby Day 2020? Tag us at #welovekb on Instagram or Facebook!
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