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Derby Day Fashions on the Field

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on the Field at Derby Day this year showed that black and white are never boring. Although the long parade of entrants was punctuated by the occasional splash of coloured ensembles, or highlighting colour accents, the classic black and white dominated the day. The judges shunned colour and chose a top three in black and white.

Commentator Jeff Banks said vintage prints, simplicity of design, and “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” dresses were the key trends this year. The field was dominated by ladylike touches, with predominantly structured dresses, touches of lace and pearls, and gloves making an appearance in spite of the hot weather.

1950s silhouettes were combined with 1920s glamour, creating a curious mixture of eras, and towering heels were a must. The attention to detail in every aspect of dress was remarkable, with most outfits carefully crafted and accessorised to achieve the classic, restrained races look.

This year’s winner was Deborah Hunter who, in Dolce & Gabbana, impressed the judges in a 1950s black and white polka dot skirt, beaded singlet, and sequinned beret which created a sophisticated and classic ensemble.

The judges showed their appreciation of diversity by awarding the prize of first runner-up to Rosa Wax , who wore a maxi-dress in bold zebra print with ostrich-feather trim, feathered hat, and the attitude needed to successfully pull of such an ensemble.

Second runner-up Jamie Lowe stuck with the ladylike trend in a scalloped Nicola Finetti dress matched with a black belt, bold strappy heels and a black and white “hatinator”.

Competition was stiff, with hundreds of women tempted by prizes valued at around $400,000. But it’s not over yet. The competition for the Myer Fashions on the Field 2009 continues, with the finals taking place on Crown Oaks Day, in what is sure to be a spectacular display of Melbourne fashion.

Take a peek below inside the lush, Indian-inspired Emirates marquee; another of the most fashionable hotspots at Flemington on Derby Day and other fashion around the racetrack.

Pretty picture above by Anthony Licuria

Wise words by Stephanie Anderson
Emirates images above courtesy Gina Milicia

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