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Celebrity Fitness:

The co-founder of an activewear company has been crowned the Melbourne Cup finalist at Fashions on the Field while parading on the purple runway at Flemington Racecourse.

Carena West, who manages Clique Fitness alongside her sister Bex, stole the show in a floral applique gown that grazed her ankles, perspex heels, a dark green fascinator and matching Jacquemus-style bag.

As an ambassador for the Auckland Racing Club she is well-known in the industry but still appeared genuinely shocked when she secured the win after coming in second at the Derby Day event.

Carena West (pictured), who manages Clique Fitness alongside her sister Bex, stole the show in a floral applique gown that grazed her ankles, perspex heels, a dark green fascinator and matching Jacquemus-style bag

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There were plenty of women vying to be a finalist in Victoria with a dark green kimono (pictured) and frilly electric blue number securing the top five but they couldn’t match Carena’s eclectic choice

According to Instagram her day started with a Daily Greens juice at home before she assembled the striking outfit and joined other passionate punters for the ‘Race That Stops the Nation’

There were plenty of women vying to be a finalist in Victoria with a dark green kimono and frilly electric blue number securing the top five but they couldn’t match Carena’s eclectic choice.

Over the past year finalists from New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia have been chosen on designated race days.

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The Victorian finalist will be chosen from the daily winners of the Women’s Racewear competitions at Flemington, held on AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day and Kennedy Oaks Day (punters on Melbourne Cup day pictured)

Contestants in this year’s Fashions on the Field will battle it out for over $118,000 worth of prizes, including a Lexus UX valued at $51,345 and a Graff butterfly pendant which costs $50,900 (punters pictured)

The Victorian finalist will be chosen from the daily winners of the Women’s Racewear competitions at Flemington, held on AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day and Kennedy Oaks Day, before a national winner is crowned by a judging panel including Vogue Australia’s Editor-in-Chief Edwina McCann later on Oaks Day on November 7.

Of the other finalists who will be joining Carena on Oaks Day, three of them designed their own dresses, while others chose styles from homegrown Australian brands including Keepsake the Label and Only One Ashley. 

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Contestants in this year’s Fashions on the Field will battle it out for over $118,000 worth of prizes, including a Lexus UX valued at $51,345 and a Graff butterfly pendant which costs $50,900.

The state finalists of Myer’s Fashions on the Field have showcased their stunning style during the event’s launch at Flemington Racecourse ahead of next week’s Melbourne Cup Carnival (pictured left to right: Tasmania’s Ellie Sheridan, Western Australia’s Bernadette May, South Australia’s Jaimee-Lea Bruggemann, Queensland’s Mildred Ellwood, and Peta Bell from New South Wales)

The five representatives stormed the catwalk for a photo call with judges Crystal Kimber (centre left), Lindy Rama-Ellis (centre right) and Elliot Garnaut (far right) on Wednesday

How does Fashions on the Field work? 

Throughout the year, Myer Fashions on the Field State Finals (for Women’s Racewear only) are held across the country.

Each state finalist wins a 10-day trip to the Melbourne Cup Carnival and an invitation to compete in the Myer Fashions on the Field National Final at Flemington on Kennedy Oaks Day.

The Victorian winner will be chosen from the daily winners of the Women’s Racewear competitions at Flemington held on AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day and Kennedy Oaks Day.

On Kennedy Oaks Day, the three winners then compete to determine who will be the Myer Fashions on the Field Victorian State Winner.

The winner then advances into the National Final to compete against the other State Finalists for the coveted national title.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Representing New South Wales is Peta Bell, who wowed judges – including 2019 Myer Fashions on the Field ambassador Crystal Kimber and Herald Sun Executive Fashion and Lifestyle Editor Kim Wilson – with a self-designed floral midi-dress featuring pearl buttoning, puffed milkmaid sleeves and an exaggerated collar.

She added humour to her look with a baby pink headpiece from Ali Moor Millinery and matching strapped stilettos from Sheike x Billini.

Toting a vintage silver box bag, Ms Bell proved no detail was overlooked with a pale pink manicure and pedicure to match the detail on her dress.

On the inspiration behind her custom look, Ms Bell told judges she wanted to create an outfit perfect for a European summer holiday.

‘I instantly fell in love with this vintage-inspired broderie anglaise when I found it! I love a statement sleeve and oversized collar, which I feel [are] super on trend at the moment,’ she said. 

This year’s New South Wales representative is Peta Bell (pictured), who wowed judges with a self-designed floral midi-dress featuring pearl buttoning, puffed milkmaid sleeves and an exaggerated collar

QUEENSLAND

This year’s Queensland finalist is Mildred Ellwood, who wowed the judges with an eye-catching self-designed dress featuring half-balloon sleeves and an asymmetric polka dot print. 

She added height to her frame with a pair of electric pink Prada heels, inspired by the label’s cult flame sandals which first debuted in 2012.

Ms Ellwood toted a white mini-bag from TKMaxx and finished her look with Mimco jewellery and a matching fascinator from Brett Morley Millinery. 

Having competed in the Fashions on the Field contest every year since 2010, Ms Ellwood said being named state finalist means a lot to her.

Her design was inspired by Melbourne-based fashion designer Toni Toni Maticevski, who is known for his full skirts and 1980s style puffed sleeves.

This year’s Queensland finalist is Mildred Ellwood (pictured) who wowed the judges with an eye-catching self-designed dress featuring half-balloon sleeves and an asymmetric polka dot print

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Bernadette May took home the Western Australian title with a multi-coloured floral sequin midi-dress from Only One Ashley and a white, structured baker boy hat which she made herself.

She accessorised with an on-trend fuchsia bucket bag and a pair of white block-heeled slingbacks, impressing judges with her quirky style.

Speaking about the inspiration behind her outfit, Ms May told the judging panel she had hoped to create a ‘contemporary look’ and revealed she made her hat the day before the WA final.

Bernadette May (pictured) took home the Western Australian title with a multi-coloured floral sequin midi-dress from Only One Ashley and a white, structured baker boy hat which she made herself

TASMANIA

Ellie Sheridan, from Hobart, will represent her home state of Tasmania at Flemington Racecourse on Kennedy Oaks Day.

Ms Sheridan wowed judges with a pink and white floral dress from Keepsake and an elaborate headpiece from Cessiah Alice Millinery, designed and made in Tasmania.

She accessorised with teal lace-up heels from fast fashion retailer Forever 21, and a pearl handbag from Spanish-based brand Zara.

Of the inspiration behind her look, Ms Sheridan said she hoped to mimic the designs worn by royalty.

‘I am always inspired by royal millinery – I wanted to create a regal look, but endeavoured to keep it current by incorporating on trend elements such as the puff sleeve and pearls,’ she told the Australian Examiner.

Hobart’s Ellie Sheridan (pictured) will represent Tasmania at Flemington Racecourse on Kennedy Oaks Day, in a pink and white floral dress from Keepsake and an elaborate headpiece from Cessiah Alice Millinery

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

This year’s South Australian finalist is Jaimee-Lea Bruggemann, who stole the show at the regional final in a baby blue, custom-made contemporary take on a 1950s party dress.

To contrast the flowing, pleated midi-skirt and relaxed balloon sleeves, she added structure with a white hat from Simply by Lou Lou Millinery and accessories from Beads on Parade.

Ms Brugge