Monday, February 1, 2010
#974 ... A Purple Patch
These two dapper gentlemen dominated the Wellington Cup carnival's fashion contest. This photo was taken outside the Wellington Railway Station while they waited for the shuttle bus to Trentham Racecourse ... and YES they looked well kitted out to the last minute detail. Note the two tone gloves and the patent leather, chisel toe, buckle shoes.
In what is believed to be a first, a gay couple – cocktail bar owners Malcolm and Scott Kennedy-Vaughan – were crowned Couple of the Carnival on Saturday. They also believe they were New Zealand's first married gay couple, and now Scott, and Malcolm are the best dressed pair at the Wellington races.
The couple of 18 years – who once owned the Pound Bar on Dixon St and now have S and M's, a Cuba St cocktail bar – were crowned Wellington Cup Couple of the Carnival on Saturday. They wore matching suits with purple accessories to pip other couples. The pair are no strangers to winning competitions. In 2005 they won a radio contest against five other gay couples to win a Hawaiian wedding. That was about two years before civil unions were permitted in New Zealand. One of the big benefits of winning Saturday's competition was showing other younger gay people it was okay to be openly gay, Scott said.