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Hats On As Royal Suva Gets The Race Day Spirit

Royal Suva Yacht Club was one of the places to be yesterday as Melbourne Cup fever gripped at the capital. And hats were a feature of the day. At theGrand
05 Nov 2014 10:29
Hats On As Royal Suva Gets The Race Day Spirit

Royal Suva Yacht Club was one of the places to be yesterday as Melbourne Cup fever gripped at the capital.

And hats were a feature of the day.

At theGrand Pacific Hotel an event organised by the Rotary Club the event attracted more than 200 men and women with their creative Melbourne Cup hats.

Lite Daunika, 30, a marketing assistant with DHL Express was on cloud nine when she was announced the winner of the hat competition.

A first time competitor, Ms Daunika said she was not expecting to win because she did not spend a dollar for her winning hat.

“This is the first time I am taking part. Last year I just went as a photographer working for Fiji Fashion Week so I accompanied my boss Ellen to go and take pictures and get the fashion side of the Melbourne Cup,” Ms Daunika said.

“This year I wanted to do something different at the Melbourne Cup, instead of being there as a photographer looking at what people wear to the Melbourne Cup, how fashionistas come out with different outfits, different hair and hat piece I thought of trying it out myself.”

She said she then approached one of Fiji Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer, Epeli Tuibeqa, who made the winning hat within a few hours.

Her hat she said was made up of everything she could find useful and creative in her house.

“I asked him and he said he had a glue gum and what did I have? So this is what we came up with, gift wrappers, lid of a jar, and broom sticks and we wrapped it with red ribbons and he just folded it and glued them onto the lid of the jar and I had this that won the Melbourne Cup hat competition,” she said.

“Actually, I wasn’t expecting to win because like other Melbourne Cup in the previous years, the ladies came up with their own designs so I decided I will go and have a look at what other ladies have on and show Epeli’s collection and to support DHL and also to see what Melbourne Cup is all about and see how the betting goes.”

Ms Daunika said she hoped to take part again next year to defend her title. She won herself a bottle of champagne and a pearl necklace from Lords Jewellers.

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