Seven finalists were hand-picked from the crowd for this year's Fashion in the Field event, but only two went home winners: stylist Kellie Walker and barber Qasim Mohammad.

Neither had been in a fashion in the field competition before and it was Mohammad's first time at the races.

His win marked a change in fortune, after his brother lost several thousand dollars on a bet earlier in the day.

Mohammad was wearing a classic cut, tight-fitting brown three-piece suit which was made for him in Turkey, and brown leather loafers also made in Turkey.

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The Manurewa barber shop owner was at Ellerslie with his two brothers and some of his shop staff.

Walker was clad in a tastefully clashing blue and yellow Mossman dress, with a blue fascinator designed by Claire Hahn.

The gravity-defying headpiece was reminiscent of a strand of DNA.

Both winners took home swag including vouchers for beauty treatments, a massive bouquet of flowers and a magnum of champagne.

Walker had spent the day with a group of friends and said she planned to share her champagne with them.

She had never entered a fashion competition before today, when she was picked with Mohammad and five others as a finalist.

"It makes me want to enter more," she said, joking that she might be back for the Boxing Day races.

The Christmas-time competition is serious stuff, with contestants shelling out hundreds or even thousands of dollars on their attire.

Walker was a stylist, so perhaps her win was no surprise.

"It's my job to look good - and make others look good."