Fashion Snobbery

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Fashion Snobbery
Photo by Christopher Macsurak
Photo by Christopher Macsurak

Photo by Christopher Macsurak

Ben thinks I’m a fashion snob, with a capital S. But when you grow up in Melbourne, where good fashion is not just something you buy, it’s something you cultivate as part of your life, than fashion in the country does not live up to my incredibly high expectations. Because you see, fashion is an art form. It’s a wearable art form. And I am an incredibly hard fashionista to impress. After all, I do hail from Australia’s fashion-capital.

So when I flipped open the Warwick Daily News and discovered the Fashions on the Field winner of the Warwick Cup was wearing something completely off the rack, I threw down the paper in disgust. It’s not that I look down my nose at people because I think I could strut it better (actually, I might consider entering next year), it’s just that winning a Fashions on the Field competition is more than just having the right proportions (the winner was tall and skinny), being colour-coordinated (although it helps) and putting together an ensemble that is okay, but in terms of wow factor, doesn’t even come close.
Fashions on the Field is meant to be a Classy Glamour Fest, not a Seen-it-before Bore Fest. The thing is, and no offense to this girl because she did look very pretty, is that if she had been in Melbourne, she would not even have been a contender, wearing a plain dusty pink off-the-rack tiered lace dress with a matching hat and clutch bag. Yawn.
The last dress to win the Fashions on the Field at the Melbourne Cup was designed, made and worn by a very talented and fashion-forward fashion student. True haute couture. A deserving winner. But having said all of this, I’m sure that the Warwick Cup winner truly deserved to win. It’s just that where I come from, she wouldn’t even have made the cut.

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