The best dressed and worst behaved at the 2102 Melbourne Cup
The Spring Racing Carnival reached its climactic high (or low, depending on where you stand/ what time of the day you witnessed the magic at Flemington) yesterday, and the outfits worn by the crowd’s high-profiles attracted almost as much attention as the day’s lumbering slew of punters.
The biggest names at the once-in-a-Green-Moon (sorry, too hard to resist, but I’ve had my fun now) included TV drama darlings, Ashley Madekwe (Revenge) and Mischa Barton (The O.C.) who wore Aussie luxe labels, Camilla and Marc and Ellery respectively. Barton revived her 2006 status as a fashion du jour in a drapey burgundy creation, with its nuanced sheer sleeves a noteworthy touch on the insurgent designer’s gown.
Rose Byrne was a winner in the style stakes as well, sporting a one-off breezy Alex Perry, which, with its white, taupe, black and beige stripes managed to, unlike much of the race course’s crowd, arrest without offend. Her Chanel accessories didn’t exactly hurt either.
Myer and Spring Racing ambassador, Jen Hawkins opted for a carved Toni Maticevksi slim light blue bordering on lilac silhouette with a headpiece in line with this year’s hair accessory trend as opposed to the traditional hat choice. Sophie Monk elected an adornment in a similar vein while Jesinta Campbell peacocked with a pink turban.
Rebecca Judd wore floral prints (a timeless Spring favourite) and Jessica McNamee’s Alice McCall Babushka get-up was one of my personal favourites. Delta Goodrem’s Lana Del Rey-esque flower crown was a refreshing choice too, even though after the last two respective Halloween weekends it’s difficult to shake the association with the terribly over-done Day of the Dead costume.
Pia Miranda and Ashley Hart both sported suits, and the crowd was predictably doused in peplums, pencil skirts and the occasional bit of puke. Style blogs have noted the (dubbed inappropriate) prevalence of neon and fluoro, as well as the questionable onslaught of rainbow and statement nails – a trend no doubt clogging Pinterest boards all over the interwebs today.
Of course, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall came in an innocuous white and cream ensemble, but really, there’s no fun in recounting royal racing style. In the gallery above we’ve collected the best and worst of yesterday’s eclectic catalogue where you can personally view or review both the day's classiest and class acts.
Bad behaviour images thanks to The Sydney Morning Herald.