In what was David Jones first partnership with the Moonee Valley Racing Club they hosted four categories for fashions on the field judging at the Cox Plate; including Head Turning Hats, Mens Signature Style, Ladies Classic Racewear and Young Contemporary. Judges included renowned milliner Peter Jago, Miss Australia for Miss Universe Jacinta Campbell, hairdresser turned socialite Lillian Frank, Luke Dennehey and Lili Romano. The judges faced a difficult task as the afternoon presented a host of quality ensembles.
A thrilled Leanora Ronesky surprised herself winning the Classic Race Wear Award wearing an array of neutrals including an a-line pleated skirt teamed with a lace long sleeve blouse with delicate flower embroidery. Sourced from vintage shopping, her headpiece featured soft-layered flowers.
Nameless but lucky number 28 took out the Men’s Signature Style Award in a navy Arthur Galan straight tailored suit cleverly accessorised with a lilac colored tie, hat, lapel in what was the winning ensemble.
Tanya Lazarou would like to thank Alex Perry and a last minute purchase for her win of the Young Contemporary Race Wear category. Tanya’s gorgeous slip dress was overlayed with divine beadwork, feathers and delicate lace. All in neutral and dusty pink tones, she also hand made her headpiece to compliment.
Finally, a familiar face taking fashion crowns all around Australian racecourses was the stunning Kelli Odell winning the Head Turning Hats Category and overall winner of the day. Inspired by a divine decade, the 1930’s, Kelli wore a black lace dress, which fanned out cinched at the waist in a beautiful bow belt and a headpiece, which was beautifully constructed. When announcing her award, Peter Jago celebrated “to bring the brim back!”
Cox plate presented a host of trends including the return of neutrals, pastels and classic black. Hair was up for the ladies and complimented with structured millinery as fascinators and hatinators were harder to find. Three-piece suits in grays and navy were popular and the teaming of accessories across all categories.
Wise words by Angela Fedele
Inventive images by Lehane Richards