All eyes were on the fashions
By JENI FAULKNER
PAULA Birch is sure to be the envy of every woman in Coffs Harbour today as she celebrates winning the Best Dressed Female competition at the Carlton Draught 2005 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup yesterday.
First-timers were the highlight in this year's Fashions on the Field, with Paula gingerly admitting she altered one of her old dresses for the day and borrowed a simple, yet elegant, black hat from a friend.
Best Dressed Male went to Jack Mountstephen from Sandy Beach, and at just 18 years old he said this was his first ever Cup. His outfit came from Evolve in Palms Shopping.
Colour was fresh and popular this year in the fashion stakes although black, white and red appeared to be the winner with the judges. Hats were somewhat out with fascinators and features leading the race on the stage.
Midrifts didn't rate a mention but the jagged-edge hem was a favourite, along with strapless cocktail dresses.
Men were decked out in suits, many with colours, and the white pinstripe was a crowd-pleaser along with the gelled-up mohawk look.
The Cup Festivus winners were Craig Wilson from Woolgoolga and Lisa Woods from Coffs Harbour, while Best Dressed Hat was taken out by Gretel Hogbin, who showed off a classic black and white number which she bought from Something Funky.
But it wouldn't have been a fashion event without the all-time favourites on the day. For the third year in a row the beautiful couple, Kimberley and Devin Moldenhauer, won Best Dressed Couple.
When asked what the secret was to their success, the pair admitted it must be the joy of being married for just over a year and the fact they were deeply in love.