Siblings stars of Fashion in the Vines
A mixture of SaveMart and Trade MeIAN ALLEN
The Fashion In The Vines competition at the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival was a family affair as brother-and-sister combo Andrew and Anna Maxwell took out the top spots.
The Blenheim siblings, now living in Auckland, won the best dressed man and best dressed woman categories in the annual showpiece.
It was Mr Maxwell, though, who bagged the overall winner accolade ahead of his sister, the 2010 champion.
It was his first time to enter.
"I thought I'd better give my sister a bit of a challenge since she won it a couple of years ago," the 24-year-old said.
"She said there might be a bit of animosity later."
There was only a little bit of animosity, Ms Maxwell said.
The 22-year-old, studying art in Auckland, was not sure if she would enter again next year.
"She'll definitely be back next year to try and win," her brother said.
Mr Maxwell had come to Blenheim with a few fashion options for the day.
"I just decided [what to wear] this morning," he said.
He pipped fellow Marlburian Ryan Godsiff to the top male outfit.
Mr Godsiff dressed himself for $60, he said. "It's a mixture of SaveMart and Trade Me," he said.
"You can get some good stuff for nothing."
Mr Godsiff, dressed in light linen, hadn't planned to enter the festival fashion show.
"They nabbed me at the front door and said I had to enter."
Head judge James Morrison said they were looking for creative people who had tried that little bit harder as the 20 finalists strutted their stuff on the red carpet under the midday sun.
About 40 people entered the competition this year.
"We could have picked everyone, there was a huge amount of effort from each contestant."
Ms Maxwell was wearing a dress from Asos, a hat from Indefinite Definite, shoes from No 1 Shoe Warehouse and a bag from Marcs. Mr Maxwell was wearing a jacket from Trorata, a shirt from Ted Baker and a pair of World shorts.
He won a Cambridge suit and Anna won a Kate Sylvester dress. They both won a helicopter ride and tickets to next year's event.
- The Marlborough Express