It all seems to be happening so fast these days! Just two months after crowning Chloe Moo as the national Myer Fashions on the Field winner for 2013, we’re already bestowing a sash upon Queensland’s representative for 2014.

The Magic Millions carnival on Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast has been in Myer’s domain for a few seasons now, and this year they took the unprecendented step of holding the Queensland Myer Fashions on the Field final there, bringing it forward by seven months and making Queensland the first state final of the year.

Although this move was announced only a short time before the competition date, entrants had no doubt been planning their Magic Millions outfits meticulously, and as such there was no drop in standard of the competitors – if anything, the competition was tougher than it’s ever been before.

101 ladies lined up for the chance to represent Queensland at Flemington during the 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival, with Brisbane native and Fashions on the Field regular Stephanie Martin claiming top honours. Stephanie’s outfit comprised a bold blue, white and orange striped dress, which was a bargain buy on eBay, and a coordinating orange woven straw cap by Ann Shoebridge. She accessorised the look with strappy Wittner heels, a Colette clutch and orange gloves.

Stephanie Martin, centre, wins the Qld Myer Fashions on the Field final for 2014 with  Jodie Hinchliffe 1st runner up (right) and Lisa Xu 2nd runner up (left). Photo from instagram.com/magicmillions.

Stephanie Martin, centre, wins the Qld Myer Fashions on the Field final for 2014 with Jodie Hinchliffe 1st runner-up (right) and Lisa Xu 2nd runner-up (left). Photo from instagram.com/myer.

Fellow Queenslander Jodie Hinchliffe was named the first runner-up in a green geometric panelled dress by Kelly-Anne Russell, and a striking wired headpiece by Pink Lane Hats. Melbourne milliner Lisa Xu claimed third place in a similar colour scheme to the winner, wearing an ensemble by Fabritoria and a swirling starburst headpiece she created herself.

The next Myer Fashions on the Field state final will be held in a couple of weeks’ time on February 9, when the Tasmanian Racing Club hosts the competition at its Hobart Cup meeting. Adelaide will follow a month later on March 10, when the South Australian finalist will be decided at Morphettville’s Adelaide Cup meeting. For more information, visit the VRC website.

Photo credit: Myer Instagram account.

By Lisa Tan