Please meet our amazing judges from Round 3: Melissa Barnes, Jenelle Basten, Bernadette May and Elizabeth Winlo
Melissa Barnes is a primary school teacher, small business owner and a very busy Mum to 4 boys. She’s is no stranger to FOTF competitions across South Australia and interstate and was the 2019 “Face of the Balaklava Cup”. Most recently Melissa won best dressed in the FOTF competition held at the 2020 Adelaide Cup in a dress she altered and hat she made herself.
Melissa has been the SA ‘Fashion at the Races’ runner up two years in a row and was the 2017 state finalist for the coveted Myer FOTF competition held during the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington.
With the arrival of her twin boys Melissa has enjoyed taking a back seat to outfit planning for herself and now helps others complete their race day looks through her Designer Bag and Millinery hire business, Adorn Collection. “My passion for FOTF started when I won at the Darwin Cup in 2012 wearing a headpiece I made myself. I’m really looking forward to seeing the personal touches everyone puts on their virtual FOTF outfits”.
Jenelle Basten is the co-founder of Maker Millinery and an experienced FOTF judge. Based in regional WA, Maker Millinery is proud to have created pieces for sash winners throughout Australia and internationally; including the Oaks Day 2018 winner. Maker pieces have also been styled for the talent on Channel 7’s racing coverage team. Maker has also been invited to create a piece in multiple Myer Millinery Award national events at Flemington on Oaks Day. Jenelle is an avid race-goer, obsessed with Instagram and a keen observer of Australian and International fashion. She is also a mother of 1 son and 2 poodles, and has studied Community Development & Sociology. “I love the spirit of the FOTF community and am thrilled to be a part of this proactive virtual event that has grown from a place of uncertainty”.
Jenelle is looking for: ‘A modern ensemble with a special element that sets the outfit apart’.
Bernadette is a fashion devotee from Geraldton, WA. The Mother of three boys spends her free time planning outfits, following the latest fashion trends, and meeting up with girlfriends at the racetracks on weekends. In 2019 Bernadette simultaneously won the WA State Myer FOTF round and the WA Fashions on the Field Competition. Currently Bernadette is studying millinery and made the two pieces of millinery for her winning outfits last year.
What I’m looking for : A modern, pared back, less is more look, with an element that grabs my attention.
Elizabeth has been an avid racegoer since 1985 when she first began attending the races with her grandfather. She has been participating in (and judging) FOTF for 13 years and has won a number of events including the National Myer FOTF competition, WA FOTF Final competition and most recently, polo FOTF. Off the field, she is kept busy with two children and is a Doctor in one of Western Australia’s largest hospitals. “I’m really looking forward to the competition and am humbled to be asked to judge”
Elizabeth will be looking for: ‘A cohesive, modern look with attention to detail, in particular accessories’.