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Riccarton 2010

Air New Zealand-Millennium Hotel Fashion in the Field

The Air New Zealand – Millennium Hotel Fashion in the Field 2010 co-ordinated and M.C by Canterbury’s Angela Stone.

What an amazing day at Riccarton Races – Fashion in the field for 2010. The fashion was amazing. It great to see so many of you make such a huge effort. Keep it up Canterbury!! Check out our photos from 2010.

Our Winners for the Fashion in the Field for 2010 are…

Best Dressed Lady – Jasmin Percasky

Jasmin won a trip for two to Los Angeles flying Air New Zealand, with five nights accommodation at Millennium Hotels and Resorts.
An opportunity to represent the region at Ellerslie, Auckland, in the national final on March 5, 2011, and compete for a prize pool that exceeds $100,000, as well as flights for two to Auckland and three nights accommodation.

Best Dressed Man – Gareth Hyde

Gareth won flights for two to Brisbane with seven nights accommodation at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.

Air New Zealand – Millennium Hotel Fashion in the Field 2010

The Young’s High Fashion Award – Nettles Lamont

Westfield Riccarton Style Award – Emma Loggenberg

The “Angel” Young Fashion – Kendal McSorley

The Eye Magazine Ready To Wear Award – Kerry Ford

The Dr LeWinns Accessories Award – Chanelle Dickie

Winners of the 2010 Fashion in the Field with Angela – Gareth Hide and Jasmin Percasky

The mens semi finalists stepping forward at the Fashion in the Field heats 2010.

Here are our Judges, Oli on the computer, Jane Lambie from BDM Grange, Sue White-The Breeze, Ria Van Dyke – Miss Universe New Zealand 2010 and Roger Taitt – Millennium Hotel. The judges had such a difficult time as everyone looked so good.

A multi coloured catwalk was admired by many at Riccarton’s Fashion in the Field.

The ladies final 10 line up in the 2010 Fashion in the Field at Riccarton races.

Click here to go to the Riccarton Park Racecourse website

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Ange speaks to the NZ Herald

Hemlines rising as dress standards fall

Poor dress habits such as short skirts and untucked shirts are now common in even the most professional of offices, with new graduates most at fault.

Employees at some of the country’s biggest law and accountancy firms say this year’s intake wear particularly inappropriate clothes and need schooling in what not to wear.

A lawyer at a top-tier Auckland city firm said young female lawyers wore outfits that seniors “would never have dreamed of wearing”.

“On a Monday morning at the office you see the same things you were seeing at a club on Saturday night,” said the lawyer in her mid-30s who asked not to be named.

Angela Stone, who is hired by companies as a fashion consultant, said graduates failed to realise how important image was to their employer.

“There are a lot of issues … they come fresh out of university, and they just don’t get it,” she said.

Older employees complained to her about the way their younger colleagues were dressed, and short skirts caused particular offence.

“I hear it all the time. And I think young New Zealanders need to realise that just because we’re at the bottom of the world, it doesn’t mean we have to dress like we don’t care … they’ve kind of lost this idea of grooming and style and grace.”

Not that the older generations set a great example – shoes worn until they fell apart, cheap suits and poor personal grooming were the most common flaws seen by Ms Stone.

“Often I find they really don’t realise that hair does grow in some bizarre places … this is pretty much from the neck up. And as we do get older it’s just one of these things – hair grows in places that it never did before.”

Kristen Cooper, the national president of Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, said complaints about slipping standards were nothing new.

“Workplace dress codes are a reflection of society’s dress codes, so there’s a perception over time that they’re different now than they were 20 years ago. Just as they would have been for the 20 years prior to that.”

Employers had to be careful about how they broached the “mine field” of dress standards, she said.

“It can be hard with their particular body shape to keep a shirt tucked in. Or if we put on a bit of weight we don’t realise it’s actually made it a bit more uncomfortable for people around us if the skirt’s got a bit shorter as a result.”

The issue of work dress was a global headline last year, when New Yorker Debrahlee Lorenzana threatened to sue after claiming she was forced out of Citibank after male co-workers found her figure and clothing choices “too distracting”.

PricewaterhouseCoopers does have a “surprisingly short and vague” dress code, said partner Bruce Baillie, but when new staff walk in, “it becomes blindingly obvious that proper business attire is what is required”.

The code has relaxed recently, however – men have been allowed to discard their ties in certain circumstances, while women are now allowed to wear shorter-sleeved tops.

There had been only one incident in the past year, which was resolved with a “quiet word”, he said.

Men

  • Invest in the best-quality footwear you can afford.
  • Discard baggy suit pants – trends have changed.
  • Tidy nostril and ear hair.

Women

  • Invest in a good-quality handbag.
  • Do not wear short skirts.
  • Cleavage in the office does not work.

By Nicholas Jones

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