Nadia Bartel on the 2018 Brownlow red carpet. Pic: Michael Klein
Nadia Bartel on the 2018 Brownlow red carpet. Pic: Michael Klein

Best and worst Brownlow looks

IF you tip your head back and sniff the air in Melbourne at the moment, it smells distinctly of spray tan. It's wafting over this fair city like a tangerine chemical cloud.

It's due to the fact that the 2018 Brownlow Medal count took place at Crown Casino on Monday night as the WAGs of the AFL put their best manicured foot forward for footy's night of nights.

The Brownlow is a special treat for those who like to cast a critical eye over a red carpet (preferably while eating Uber Eats in ill-fitting tracksuit pants).

Many of these women don't actually employ a stylist and as such - to blatantly misquote Forrest Gump - "the Brownlow red carpet is like a box of chocolates … you never know what you're going to get".

This year a pregnant Nadia Bartel hosted the red carpet, bringing her unique WAG insight to proceedings. This year Bartel opted for a J'Aton gown.

2018 Brownlow Medal red carpet: Nadia Bartel. Pic: Michael Klein
2018 Brownlow Medal red carpet: Nadia Bartel. Pic: Michael Klein

 

The back of Nadia Bartel’s J’Aton gown.
The back of Nadia Bartel’s J’Aton gown.

The other darling of the Browlow red carpet, Rebecca Judd, also opted for J'Aton, accessoried with diamonds from Paul Bram.

 

Rebecca Judd. Pic: Michael Klein
Rebecca Judd. Pic: Michael Klein

 

Chris Judd stands back to let wife Rebecca take the limelight.
Chris Judd stands back to let wife Rebecca take the limelight.

Perhaps the most talked about dress of the evening was that of Logan Shine, the guest of Jason Johannisen from the Western Bulldogs. So long is the train that we had trouble cropping it in, so we will bring it to you in multiple parts. Take a moment to consider how HEAVY that thing would be. She would almost have to get a Maxi Taxi home at the end of the night. Respect.

Picture: Mark Stewart
Picture: Mark Stewart

 

... and that’s the top bit of Logan Shine’s dress. Glue the two images together in your mind.
... and that’s the top bit of Logan Shine’s dress. Glue the two images together in your mind.

 

Jason Johannisen and Logan Shine. That’s some strong train game.
Jason Johannisen and Logan Shine. That’s some strong train game.

One of the most famous faces on the red carpet, Jesinta Franklin, also went with a train, albeit a slightly more managable one.

Jesinta Franklin.
Jesinta Franklin.

Jessie Murphy is never scared to bring some wow factor to the red carpet and she didn't disappoint this year, with her hot-pink Oglia Loro Couture dress. She accessorised with an Angelina Jolie-style leg pop.

Jessie Murphy. Pic: Michael Klein
Jessie Murphy. Pic: Michael Klein

Another WAG who went with designer Oglia-Loro was Charlotte Ennels, who stood out in her barely there halter-neck gown.

Charlotte Ennels arrives ahead of the 2018 Brownlow Medal.
Charlotte Ennels arrives ahead of the 2018 Brownlow Medal.

Another notable mention is Brooke Cotchin, wife of Trent Cotchin from the Richmond Tigers. She deserves a hat-tip for covering every single trick from the red carpet book: plunging neckline, thigh-high split, long train and a hint of side-boob. Lady, take a bow. That is no mean feat.

Brooke Cotchin, wife of Trent Cotchin of Richmond.
Brooke Cotchin, wife of Trent Cotchin of Richmond.

Here are the rest of the glam gowns from the 2018 Brownlow red carpet:

 

Tayla Harris. Pic: Michael Klein
Tayla Harris. Pic: Michael Klein

 

Jesinta Franklin and Lance Franklin of the Swans.
Jesinta Franklin and Lance Franklin of the Swans.

 

Lauren Tscharke and Bryce Gibbs of the Crows.
Lauren Tscharke and Bryce Gibbs of the Crows.

 

Dani Shreeve.
Dani Shreeve.

 

Alisha Edwards and Steele Sidebottom of the Magpies.
Alisha Edwards and Steele Sidebottom of the Magpies.

 

 

Emily Hodgson and Tim Membrey of the Saints.
Emily Hodgson and Tim Membrey of the Saints.

 

Ellie Thornycroft.
Ellie Thornycroft.

 

Isaac Smith of the Hawks and his partner Candice Quinlan.
Isaac Smith of the Hawks and his partner Candice Quinlan.

 

Tex Walker of the Crows and Ellie Brown.
Tex Walker of the Crows and Ellie Brown.

 

Brit Davis and Joel Selwood of the Cats.
Brit Davis and Joel Selwood of the Cats.

 

Emma Giles and Jarryn Geary of the Saints arrive at the 2018 Brownlow Medal count.
Emma Giles and Jarryn Geary of the Saints arrive at the 2018 Brownlow Medal count.

 

Giants player Lachie Whitfield and Brigitta Olsen. Pic: Michael Klein
Giants player Lachie Whitfield and Brigitta Olsen. Pic: Michael Klein

 

North Melbourne player Ben Cunnington and wife Belinda. Pic: Michael Klein
North Melbourne player Ben Cunnington and wife Belinda. Pic: Michael Klein

 

Alice Gough, partner of Paul Seedsman of Adelaide on the 2018 Brownlow red carpet.
Alice Gough, partner of Paul Seedsman of Adelaide on the 2018 Brownlow red carpet.

 

Sebastian Ross of the Saints and Marnie O'Connor.
Sebastian Ross of the Saints and Marnie O'Connor.

 

Hestor Brown and Ben Brown of the Kangaroos arrive ahead of the 2018 Brownlow Medal.
Hestor Brown and Ben Brown of the Kangaroos arrive ahead of the 2018 Brownlow Medal.

 

Logan Shine. Picture: Mark Stewart
Logan Shine. Picture: Mark Stewart

 

GWS player Phil Davis and Greta Kernan. Pic: Michael Klein
GWS player Phil Davis and Greta Kernan. Pic: Michael Klein

 

Alexandra Bourne, partner of Zach Merrett of Essendon.
Alexandra Bourne, partner of Zach Merrett of Essendon.

 

Jack Higgins of Richmond and partner Tenisha Cook.
Jack Higgins of Richmond and partner Tenisha Cook.

 

Lucy McArthur arrives ahead of the 2018 Brownlow Medal.
Lucy McArthur arrives ahead of the 2018 Brownlow Medal.

 

Taylah Wilcox, partner of Jack Steele of St Kilda.
Taylah Wilcox, partner of Jack Steele of St Kilda.

 

Brigitta Olsen, partner of Lachie Whitfield of Greater Western Sydney.
Brigitta Olsen, partner of Lachie Whitfield of Greater Western Sydney.

 

Sarah Roughead. Pic: Michael Klein
Sarah Roughead. Pic: Michael Klein

 

Touk Miller and Maddie Leek. Pic: Michael Klein
Touk Miller and Maddie Leek. Pic: Michael Klein

 

Hannah Davis, partner of Brownlow Medal favourite Tom Mitchell of the Hawks.
Hannah Davis, partner of Brownlow Medal favourite Tom Mitchell of the Hawks.

 

David Swallow and Georgie Homer. Pic: Michael Klein
David Swallow and Georgie Homer. Pic: Michael Klein

 

Jordan Ablett. Picture: Mark Stewart
Jordan Ablett. Picture: Mark Stewart

 

Trent Cotchin of the Tigers and Brooke Cotchin arrive ahead of the 2018 Brownlow Medal.
Trent Cotchin of the Tigers and Brooke Cotchin arrive ahead of the 2018 Brownlow Medal.

 

Jarrod Harbrow of Gold Coast and partner Emma Salam.
Jarrod Harbrow of Gold Coast and partner Emma Salam.

 

Alex Pendlebury.
Alex Pendlebury.

 

Rosie Goddard, wife of Brendon Goddard of Essendon.
Rosie Goddard, wife of Brendon Goddard of Essendon.

 

Kate Turner. Pic: Michael Klein
Kate Turner. Pic: Michael Klein

 

Jerri Jones and Nathan Jones of the Demons.
Jerri Jones and Nathan Jones of the Demons.

 

Ruby Keddie.
Ruby Keddie.

 

Max Gawn of Melbourne and partner Jessica Todd.
Max Gawn of Melbourne and partner Jessica Todd.

 

Stacey Kimpton, partner of Jake Melksham of Melbourne.
Stacey Kimpton, partner of Jake Melksham of Melbourne.

 

Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield and wife Mardi. Pic: Michael Klein
Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield and wife Mardi. Pic: Michael Klein

 

Isaac Heaney and Laura Houghton. Picture: Mark Stewart
Isaac Heaney and Laura Houghton. Picture: Mark Stewart

 

Charlie Cameron of the Lions and Sari Jones.
Charlie Cameron of the Lions and Sari Jones.

 

Julie Clark arrives ahead of the 2018 Brownlow Medal.
Julie Clark arrives ahead of the 2018 Brownlow Medal.

 

Samanthan Erichsdotter the partner of Shane Edwards of the Tigers.
Samanthan Erichsdotter the partner of Shane Edwards of the Tigers.

 

Luke Parker of Sydney and partner Kate Lawrence.
Luke Parker of Sydney and partner Kate Lawrence.

 

Shaun Higgins of North Melbourne and wife Heidi Higgins.
Shaun Higgins of North Melbourne and wife Heidi Higgins.

 

Jackson Macrae of Western Bulldogs and partner Louisa MacLeod.
Jackson Macrae of Western Bulldogs and partner Louisa MacLeod.

 

Mitch Duncan of Geelong and partner Demi Miles.
Mitch Duncan of Geelong and partner Demi Miles.

 

Andrew Swallow of Gold Coast and partner Georgia Hormer.
Andrew Swallow of Gold Coast and partner Georgia Hormer.

 

Nathan Fyfe of Fremantle with partner Elli Brayshaw.
Nathan Fyfe of Fremantle with partner Elli Brayshaw.

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