The South Island’s highest profile fashion expert Angela Stone is all set for the busiest week of the year – Christchurch’s big Cup week.
Stone is the organiser for the two big fashion events -- the NZ Trotting Cup meeting at Addington on November 9 and the NZ galloping Cup meeting at Riccarton on November 13.
She looks the part for the fashion shows that offers trips around the world for prizes and attract the cream of the fashion world. Stone knows what it is liked to be the best dressed. She was an Adidas model in the late 1980s; a catwalk model for Barbara Lee; the face of Macjays; a Bendon model for years, a face for Charade; a Women's Weekly model...and much more.
``I have already decided what to wear to this year. I have two designers Trelise Cooper and Gily Melhop dressing me. They see this as a great opportunity and so do I. I love what Cup and Show week offers people. It’s great to look good and be part of these two massive events when Canterbury turns on.
``This year it’s out with the bling and in with lady-like fashion. Most women take time to look absolutely gorgeous; it’s such a wonderful week that the people of Canterbury fully support. It’s the biggest week socially and people look great, dress up in their best and this year will help make our quake-shaken province really shine.’’
For Addington, Stone’s cup day starts at dawn, having her hair done at Mods Hair. She has to look the part. Then she is out at the course by 8am doing television and radio interviews. The preliminary judging starts at 10am.
``This is when all of the contestants line up to see if they will make it through into the heats or not. The preliminaries is to ensure that we present a high standard of contestants to the judges. At 11am the best dressed man heats start and it keeps going till the finals at 4.03pm.’’
``The finals are exciting as it’s such a huge lead up with hundreds and thousands of people watching. As for the female race-goers this year we’re likely to see more prints, longer skirts, ruffles and frills; more style and panache. If you can wear it to a night club it’s not fit for the races. Race attire is traditional day wear. Never take your shoes off and always wear a hat or fascinator.’’
The Addington fashion event takes place all day long in the Lindauer Fashion Marquee with the final scheduled for 4.03pm.
The best dressed woman receives a return trip for two flying Air NZ to London; staying at a Millennium Hotel; and with free use of a brand new Audi car. She also receives her height in Lindauer magnum bottles, a Seiko watch from Pascoes; a gift basket from Christian Dior, flowers from Inwater and a Mods Hair pack.
The best dressed Addington man receives an Audi Ice Experience (two days of snow driving) at the Wanaka Snow farm, all meals and luxury accommodation included; a $1500 Hugo Boss Suit $1500 from Sergios; a $1250 TAG Heuer Formula One watch valued from Nairns Swiss Watch Service; a return trip for two flying Air NZ to Sydney for 2 nights plus accommodation; and other prizes. There is also a $4000 body art award for the best painted body wear.
At Riccarton – the best Saturday of the year - the heats take place on the catwalk next to the birdcage so the public watch the event all day long. The final is at 3.10pm. Riccarton’s best dressed woman receives a trip for two to Los Angeles flying Air New Zealand, with five nights' accommodation at Millennium hotels. She will also represent the region at Ellerslie in Auckland for the national final on March 5, 2011, and compete for a prize pool that exceeds $100,000.
The best dressed man will receive flights for two to Brisbane with seven nights' accommodation at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.
This year’s Addington judges include Air NZ Fashion Week organiser Pieter Stewart while at Riccarton one of the judges is Ria Van Dyke, the current Miss Universe New Zealand.