Fashion was the big winner in a huge weekend of Spring Carnival racing.
Royal Randwick’s brand new Fashion Chute proved an enormous hit in its debut at Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day, with hundreds of eager contenders in the new-look Fashions on the Field competition snapped by celebrity photographer Sonny Vandevelde in the sleek space designed by Tony Assness.
The new digital-focused format for the style contest generated as much excitement as the on-track action, with social media running hot as everyone shared their unique snaps, and the judges deliberated over who would score the coveted final six places for a chance at the spectacular first prize: a new BMW 220i convertible worth more than $80,000.
Image credit Paul McMillan.
Above: Fashions on the Field judges deliberate – Vogue editor in chief Edwina McCann with Georgia Fowler. Image credit Paul McMillan.
Eventually, makeup stylist Amanda Macor from Cairns took the honours for her stunning ensemble: a cute, crayon print dress from Svetlana Michalenko and flame-hued hat from Ian Bennett. The day’s equine superstar was plucky filly Yankee Rose, who beat all the boys in the Group 1 Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m), earning herself a ticket to the Cox Plate in two weeks’ time.
Above: Amanda Macor winner of Fashions on the Field and a brand new BMW 220i convertible. Image credit: Paul McMillan.
Meanwhile, celebrities flowed into the opulent Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar within exclusive trackside retreat The Stables. Stakes Day ambassador Erin Holland, in white couture Jason Grech, poured the first glass to set off a Champagne fountain on the tower of coupettes atop the white grand piano. Super-stylist Donny Galella was flanked by his galpals Tegan Martin – who paired a fabulous white Ted Baker pantsuit with a black wide-brimmed Mimco hat – and Aisha Jade, in a striking black net headpiece from Ezara Jennings.
Above: Miss Australia Erin Holland pours the first glass. Image credit Paul McMillan.
Above: Tegan Martin and Donny Galella. Image credit Paul McMillan.
Anna Heinrich was pretty as a picture in white and floral Ted Baker with a gold-and-white Viktoria Novak headpiece adorning her updo, while beau Tim Robards rocked a Ted Baker dove grey suit and blue bow tie. Jessica Song wore Leo Salinas, and Natalie Roser dazzled in Bronx and Banco’s off-the-shoulder, smoky grey tulip dress with a Nerida Winter headpiece of bronze roses.
Above: Anna Heinrich and Tim Robbards. Image credit Paul McMillan.
Above: Jessica Song (left). Image credit Paul McMillan.
Above: Natalie Roser. Image credit Ken Butti.
Normally known for her gorgeous crowns and headpieces, milliner Viktoria Novak was turning heads with her below-the-neck fashion – a scarlet frock with adorable kitten print. Also enjoying the Champagne Bar’s sumptuous surrounds were Terry Biviano and Anthony Minichiello, Nathan Joliffe, Monika Radulovic and Samantha Armytage.
Above: Viktoria Novak. Image credit Paul McMillan.
Above: Terry Biviano and Anthony Minichiello. Image credit Ken Butti.
Above: Monika Radulovic. Image credit Ken Butti.
Above: Samantha Armytage. Image credit Paul McMillan.
On the same day, fashion once more took centre stage down south at Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day at Caulfield racecourse. In trackside fashion hub the David Jones Fashion Stable, illustrator Melina McGough was busy creating beautiful portraits of the day’s most stylish while two runway shows kept the crowds entertained. On the track, glamour mare Winx thrilled the crowd by notching up her twelfth straight victory, in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m).
Racing time is here! It was such an honour doing live fashion illustrations at the Caulfield racecourse yesterday! ✍🏼👗🐎🍾 Thanks to @jackywinter for coordinating the event, @melbourneracingclub and @catalinasounds . Come find me at the David Jones Fashion Stable on Caulfield Cup Day – Sat 15th Oct. I’ll be sketching your own personalised outfit that you will be able to keep. I’ll be working alongside these talented artists on the day @emmaleonardillustration @nerylwalker @sarahdarbyfashionillustration We look forward to the big day!
Celebs sashaying trackside included AFL WAG Brit Davis in a racy white lace-legged pantsuit from Keepsake, and Elyse Knowles, the face of the Caulfield Cup 2016 Spring Carnival, also in a chic white pantsuit (by Alice McCall) with sheer legs. Caulfield Cup style ambassador Nadia Bartell shone in cream Dion Lee alongside model Hilde Osland and Jade Robran from 7News. The Westfield Style Stakes fashion competition attracted some seriously chic entrants, who were snapped by a pro photographer after enjoying make-up touch-ups to ensure close-up perfection.