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Melbourne Cup day Fashions on the Field

Whatever Myer is paying Carson Kressley they should raise it – the man is a delight to watch and makes the fashions on the field tent fun. He parades around the stage like a gameshow model showcasing luggage and generally adds a level of joviality to proceedings.

Onto more serious business. The surprise winner for the Melbourne Cup round of Fashion on the Field heats was Kirsty MacGillivray. In a black Kirrily Johnston dress and Alex Perry jacket the outfit caused a minor stir among other contestants who expected a more daring outfit to come out on top as per traditions of the day. It also came as a happy surprise to the winner herself. Kirsty, of Brighton, accessorised the outfit with a Patricia Field clutch and black and white flower headpiece by Ward and Wylie.

Runners up were Christie Viney wearing an ink blue and rust customized Marc Jacobs outfit with a Kerrie Stanley hat made for her and in third place was Deborah Hunter in a grey Burberry frock trimmed with red accessories.

Author Candace Bushnell (of Sex and the City and newie One Fifth Avenue) played judge and could have entered herself looking a treat in green. Star struck host Rebecca Madden inadvertently insulted local racegoers stating that Bushnell’s “New York is so much better than Melbourne” to a vocal crowd. Carson saved the day by stating that “Melbourne is the best city on earth”.

The invitational Design Award was won by Nicole Williams, designer of Nicolangela. The full silk gown was covered in grey and yellow stripes and bubbles apparently inspired by the champagne – laden carnival. It reminded me more of wattle or bees which would both have remained appropriate for the season.

I believe the altering or relaxing of the “classic” racewear rules has made the competition field richer. There was such a vast array of styles but they maintained a high level. It was difficult to choose who would win out on the day or what the judges were looking for but there is much more self-expression and that makes the competition intriguing.

Words – Sarah Willcocks

Photographs – Ben Lamb

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