Meet Will Couch

Will Couch

Will Couch

 

He was certainly a crowd favourite and stood out as one of the most well posed and stylish male competitors I have seen- Will Couch won the gents Fashions on the Field at the recent Dunkeld Cup.

 

The local lad from Hamilton certainly did good- donning a patterned vest and matching blazer teamed with a solid blue trouser, accented by salmon highlights and toned down with tan accessories. The look cut a youthful and effortless picture that reminded me of that fun and frivolous 1920’s style that so many try to emulate. Team that with that longer hair style that’s so in and Wills’ dapper looks and great smile and well… yep that’s got winner all over it! To top it off this cool cat is an up and coming model that I am sure we will see lots from in future years.

 

I caught up with Will after he was sashed on Saturday:

Elia: Tell me about your outfit, the colours and tones, the inspiration, where you bought it from and the look you were trying to channel?

Will: My choice of suit was based around spring fashion, by having plenty of colours. The 2014 spring carnival was also based around plenty of navy and light blues. I purchased my suit from the fantastic team at Collins Street Peter Jackson in Melbourne.

Elia: Tell me about your Fashions on the Field experience- we always hear that women love dressing up with something different but it is rare that we get a firsthand perspective about what Men enjoy from the experience?

Will: I didn’t go with intentions of entering FOTF on Saturday. A friend suggested I enter, so I thought I would give it a go. I have been a contestant in one other FOTF event in Melbourne so had a bit of an idea of what to expect. The atmosphere was great I really enjoyed the whole experience.

Elia: Any tips for what’s trending and what men should look at and consider when styling themselves for the races?

Will: My styling tips would have to be ensuring you have a well fitted and tailored suit and a clean well-kept look, it makes such a difference to the final appearance.

 

Will sashed up

Will sashed up

 

Top 3 Best Dressed Males

Top 3 Best Dressed Males

Interview with Fiona Byrne from the Sofitel

Fiona Byrne

Fiona Byrne

 

Today we chat to Fiona Byrne who is part of the Sofitel team who have partnered up as sponsors of the Fashions on the Field at this weekend’s Dunkeld Cup. A huge thank you for her time!

 

Fiona needs little introduction in the fashion world having reported on everything from fabulous femmes to fashion in the major metropolitan paper The Herald Sun. Not only fashion, this lady also loves horses- I remember meeting her when we invited her to an equestrian event I ran out at Werribee, where her enthusiasm and passion were inspiring!

 

Elia: Can you tell me a little about yourself your role at the Sofitel and your judging experience?

I have been part of the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins team for the past 20 months and hold the position of public relations and sponsorship manager for the hotel. Prior to joining Sofitel Melbourne I spent 11 and a half years at the Herald and Weekly Times, working for the Sunday Herald Sun and then the Herald Sun. I have always had a huge interest in racing.

While at the Sunday Herald Sun/Herald Sun I covered  the Spring Racing Carnival on many occasions and was fortunate to be invited to judge Fashions on the Field at tracks such Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley, Ballarat, Mornington, Sale, and Dunkeld on major race days. It was an absolute delight to be invited to judge Fashions on the Field and I was always so impressed with the care and thought that the entrants put into their outfits.
Tell me about the association between Sofitel and Fashions on the Field- I know the relationship has been a long time established, but what aligns between the competition that is FOTF and the hotel.

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins has been a long-time supporter of the Myer Fashions on the Field competition at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The hotel also sponsors Fashions on the Field at the Dunkled Cup, Terang Cup, Colac Cup and Camperdown Cup.

Design, innovation, and a passion for excellence are key elements in Sofitel’s brand philosophy and they are also elements reflected in the work, commitment, flare and creativity of the Fashions on the Field entrants.

 

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images

What are trends that you are enjoying seeing- are there any styles in millinery and in outfit choices you love or loath?

I love hats – love them. I just wish we had more occasions to wear them.  I think Melbourne is extremely fortunate to have such a marvellous millinery community. Our milliners do fabulous work – they are world-class – and it is terrific they are so well supported during the Spring Carnival each year.

I am a great fan of the sculptured headpieces that were very popular during the Melbourne Cup Carnival – Jill Humphries had some lovely pieces, as did Kerrie Stanley. I adored the poppy-inspired headpieces by Kim Fletcher.  And I loved the oversized sun hats that were popular during the Cup carnival. Jennifer Hawkins in particular was stunning in a beautiful wide-brimmed hat by Melissa Jackson on Derby Day. It was so stylish and so practical.

In terms of what I don’t like, I am not, and never have been, a fan of the exposed midriff at the races. Cover it up. Dare to bare at the beach or the pool, not the racecourse!

 

Source: Getty images

Source: Getty images

 

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images

Name three hot tips for the ladies/ gents that catch your eye as a judge.

My three tips for Fashion on the Field entrants are:

1)   Be confident and have fun. Make eye contact and give the judges a big smile;

2)   Don’t be a slave to trends. Bring some of your personality to your outfit.

3)   Don’t forget the little details. For men, a sharp suit can be brought undone by scruffy shoes. And for ladies, remember good hair, nice nails, good make-up and no tan lines!

footer-color