“Nowhere else in the world is more exciting than Melbourne at this time of year” said Myer Spring Fashion Lunch host Mark Beretta as he opened the event at Flemington Racecourse yesterday, and right he was with Melbourne’s racing and fashion elite coming together to celebrate the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival and the amazing fashion that comes with it.
Guests were invited to Flemington’s Atrium to celebrate the start of the Spring Racing season and dressed accordingly with the ladies stepping out in vibrant hats, fascinators and headpieces, while the men (who were somewhat outnumbered!) looked polished and dapper in their smart suits, shirts and ties. Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador Rebeccah Panozza sent the photographers into a frenzy as she arrived at the event in a stunning White Suede top and skirt paired back with leopard print Tony Bianco heels and an elegant headpiece by Melissa Jackson. Our Ambassadors also wowed the crowd – Lauren Phillips looked effortlessly stylish in a White Suede mini dress and Lisa Tan headpiece, while Kris Smith donned a grey Dom Bagnato suit with a pink shirt-and-tie combo. Host Samantha Armytage of Channel 7’s Sunrise looked race ready in vibrant orange form-fitting Alex Perry, topped off perfectly with a playful headpiece by Ann Shoebridge.
Lush pastel bouquets of powder pink David Austin roses and apricot tulips in copper vases adorned each table as centrepieces, mirroring the copper and pastel themed runway. Guests sipped on a delicious custom made Schweppes cocktail, aptly named the ‘Flemington Fling’ before being served an incredible two-course meal designed by John Lawson, Executive Chef of No. 8.
Mid-way through their lunch, guests were treated to an incredible fashion parade highlighting the key trends for the Spring Racing season. Models took to the runway in pretty pastels by Yeojin Bae and by johnny, while Ellery and Maticevski favoured rich colours and full silhouettes. No raceday outfit is complete without a stunning piece of headwear, and we saw everything from pretty veiled headbands to structured headpieces on the catwalk – voluminous dresses were matched with bigger, more structured millinery while sleek, figure-hugging dresses were topped off with smaller pieces.
Myer designer Alex Perry shared his raceday styling tips, urging women to opt for more classic and feminine looks and avoid looking like they’re heading to a “disco” (his word, not ours!), while milliner Nerida Winter suggested a move towards more structured headpieces and hats this year. Kris Smith’s styling tip was simple and straightforward: “Don’t wear new shoes to the races and make sure you keep your shoes on, no matter what.” Goes without saying, right?!
After such a perfect day we couldn’t be more excited for the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, but with only 50 days until Derby Day it’s time to start planning those outfits stat!