Stepping out for fashion show
Thomas's Fashion in the Vines kicked off a little differently at the Wine and Food Festival this year, with a catwalk show featuring one of New Zealand's hottest shoe designers.
Kathryn Wilson's Stilettos in the Vines celebrated the 10 years the shoe designer had been in business, and proved the perfect way to lure the crowd for the main fashion event.
Hundreds gathered in time to see the Thomas's Fashion in the Vines top 20 take the stage, before overall winner, and best dressed female, Rachel Crampton was announced.
Dressed in a floral purple and white playsuit, topped off with a hat and flawless makeup, Miss Crampton had only entered the competition to make her boyfriend enter, she said.
"I thought he would have a good chance . . . I didn't expect to win at all," she said.
Miss Crampton did her own make-up, putting the skill down to years of dancing, when she did plenty of tutorials on how to apply it, she said.
The prize of a bottle of Brancott Estate Brut Cuvee 2008, two tickets to the 2015 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival, a helicopter ride at the festival, a Zambesi Dress worth $550, Evolve jewellery and two tickets to the 2014 World of Wearable Arts Awards show in Wellington was amazing, Miss Crampton said.
Like Miss Crampton, the men's section winner, John Brbich, was a first-time entrant in the competition.
It was also his first time at the festival, which he had travelled to from New Plymouth for a reunion with his son and daughter from overseas.
"We sort of got the theme together a week or two before, we thought why not give it a go, we've heard about it and how much fun [it is]," he said.
The Brbich family clearly have an eye for fashion, with Mr Brbich's wife Anna coming second in the female category and son Steve Brbich coming runnerup to his dad.
Festivalgoer Kurt Findlay was impressed by the standard of the fashion show.
"The fashion show was great, it's great to see local talent and models, today's been such a great turnout too . . . it's turned out to be a great day."
The Marlborough Express