Fashion win a close thing for chic Lisa
LISA Wellings almost didn't make it to the Ipswich Cup thanks to a wrong turn.
But it was straight to the finish line for the Sydney fashionista who took out the style stakes at The QT Fashions on the Field at Ipswich Cup on Saturday.
"We nearly didn't make it because we went the wrong way to get here, but we took a u-turn," she said.
"I came up here because I have lots of friends in Brisbane. They all insisted I come to the Ipswich Cup and I'm glad I did. It's been wonderful."
Ms Wellings won the Best Dressed Female category, including a $2500 holiday to Singapore, for her sophisticated purple-toned ensemble.
"I'm wearing a Bottega Veneta dress and a Liza Stedman headpiece. For me, it was all about the different tonal colours," she said.
Ms Wellings is no stranger on the racing carnival catwalks.
She won Derby Day at Melbourne Cup last year, best dressed at Oakbank in April and runner-up at Eagle Farm's Stradbroke Day fashions on the field last weekend.
She said it was tough competition among the 60 female competitors on stage at Ipswich.
"They all looked fabulous and it is very flattering to have a win against so many girls who looked amazing," Ms Wellings said.
Judge David Austin, from Glenda's on Grange Hair and Beauty, said it was no easy task to identify a winner. He said the quality and standard had reached new levels.
"Usually in Fashions on the Field, it is clean cut - the winners stand out. But this year it came down to the fine details," he said.
"This year would have to have been the hardest in terms of judging."
Stephanie and Troy Martin won best dressed couple and Bryce Edwards was best dressed male.
Riverlink Connor Menswear manager and judge Eva Brooks was impressed by the attention to detail and seasonal suitability in the men's category.
"I believe the men have really stepped up," she said.
"They are putting more effort into the accessories and looking very polished."
Queensland Times marketing manager Lauren Roche said this year's event attracted a record number of competitors.
"It was great to see so many enthusiastic entrants," she said.
"We have had more entrants than usual, especially in the couple's category.
"The prizes were bigger so that upped the anti.
"The standard has definitely improved over the past few years."