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BMW Caulfield Cup Day Style

Saturday was a day of glamour, excitement, champagne and from memory there were some thoroughbreds parading about amongst the human fillies as well.

Upon entering the Pegasus Marquee, we were greeted by glasses of champagne and a delightful range of canapés, (the chicken sandwiches were delicious beyond words)!

The Marquee itself was decorated to perfection, with vintage style Laura Ashley armchairs, sofas and mirrors along with gorgeous Jonathon Alexander wallpaper. Beautiful hanging birdcages draped in fresh flowers complimented the sophisticated vibe of the Pegasus Marquee in sweet vintage fashion.

Little did we humble Style Melbournites realise – but we were certainly in for a star studded affair. Everywhere we looked, we were surrounded by some of Melbourne’s biggest names. Look left – there is Shane Crawford enjoying a beer with some of the other Hawthorn fellows (Trent Croad still on crutches, Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin). Look right – there is Lauren Newton (dressed in a stunning Nicola Finetti frock) and her man Matt Welsh having a chat with Home and Away’s Tim Campbell (who was looking especially adorable in a shirt and vest combo!) Needless to say, all these models and celebs made for one very ‘good looking’ marquee!

Of course, a day at the races isn’t quite the same without some time spent behind dark glasses checking out all the marvelous fashions that are on offer. Ruffles were big on the agenda this year, along with maxi dresses, which in my opinion make for a great alternative if you aren’t inclined to de-fuzz and tan you legs at the last minute.

Fascinators (though declared ‘dead’ this year by Jayson Brunsden) still made up at least half of the ladies headwear fashion this year’s Caulfield Cup meet, along with big, bold hats featuring huge bows, decadent floral arrangements and statement making feather details.

As we navigated our way back through the public stands, as always some revellers had chosen to have one too many drinks and most ladies’ heels had been inevitably replaced by a tried and tested pair of comfy rubber flip flops. It seems many return from a day at the races saying “I’m never drinking again” or “I’m wearing flats to Oaks Day”. Well…we shall see, until next weekend – Ciao!

Words – Bronwyn Miller
Photography – Jeremy Wiggs

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