Fashion at the Ashes
Following the previous year’s successful launch, the Fashions on the Green is becoming a highlight of Adelaide Oval Test cricket. The strict SACA Members’ dress code has meant the Members’ Enclosure is a hub of well-executed style, the standards soaring to new heights.
Elspeth Hussey chats with the male entrants.
While the rain on day two meant the fashion was more practical than the fun of 2016, the standard of entrants was impressive, ranging from a girl with a handmade Australian flag dress, through to elaborate furs, high-fashion sunglasses and stylish layering.
Hundreds of spectators gathered around the main stage in the Village Green to witness another fail-safe source of entertainment at an Adelaide Oval Test – a light respite from the heavy on-field competition.
Channel Seven reporter Elspeth Hussey again held court as MC, giving each entrant their moment in the spotlight while seamlessly engaging the audience.
The entrants who were there for a good time shone on stage, pulling entertaining poses for the audience and laughing at themselves and each other.
Entrants strut their stuff on the catwalk.
Together, the expertise of the judging party-of-five covered journalism, the fashion industry and cricket style. The Advertiser’s Antimo Iannella, Ute Petersen from Powell Models, Zoe Kelly from She Shopped – who also happens to be the daughter of legendary Adelaide Oval curator Les Burdett – and cricket WAGs Danielle Brown and Rhiannon Eglinton made up the panel.
Four of the five Fashions on the Green judges, Rhiannon Eglinton, Zoe Kelly, Antimo Iannella and Danielle Brown (Ute Petersen not pictured).
While this year’s high standards made it a tough decision for the judges, SACA member Louisa Scott was awarded first place for a long, floaty, pink-and-white dress, coordinated bag and shoes and elegant jewellery. Eyeballing the cameras and the audience with charming confidence, we all suspected this was not her first rodeo on the catwalk.
Female winner Louisa Scott owns the stage.
Stuart Roach won the male category, confidently owning the men-who-wear-pink guise that coincidentally complemented the female winner.
The shy and retiring Stuart Roach took out first prize in the men’s category.
Fashion competition veteran Rebecca Butcher, who is a familiar finalist of race-day competitions, seems to take interpreting appropriate fashion to a scientific level. She ticked all the boxes and walked away with second prize in a long, swishy blue-and-white dress and wicker handbag. Sam Rattray was male runner-up, his man-bun offsetting a smart grey-and-white checked blazer.
Last summer’s runner-up Alicia Hopper twirled into third place wearing a skirt and matching headband in a print that made us all feel like booking a flight to Fiji. For the male category, nineteen-year-old Alex Kleut channelled his inner old man, wearing a draped jumper over his shoulders, carefully askew.
Five of the prize-winners strike a pose following the competiton.
SACA CEO Keith Bradshaw presented first-place winners with the coveted prize of a five-night stay at Authenticity Wellness retreat in Port Elliot. Second-place winners walked away with magnums of premium Wirra Wirra wine and those who claimed third prize enjoyed cashing in on Adelaide Oval food and beverage cards for the rest of a big day.
Fashions on the Green is one example of the many sources of entertainment crafted for the benefit of SACA Members. It’s trimmings like these that make Adelaide Oval the No. 1 destination to enjoy Test cricket.
By Amy Rowley