Stakes Day Spring Carnival Fashion Wrap Up

The Melbourne Cup Carnival drew to a close today, with large crowds once again flocking to Flemington for a day of family fun at Emirates Stakes Day.

Check out all the celeb fashion sightings on the fourth and final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival…


Spotted in the Myer Marquee >


Melbourne Girl’s BEST DRESSED >  Nadia Coppolino
(photo © 2012 Lucas Dawson)


Charlotte Dawson
(photo © 2012 Lucas Dawson)


Samara Weaving
(photo © 2012 Lucas Dawson)


(photo © 2012 Lucas Dawson) 


(photo © 2012 Lucas Dawson) 


 (photo © 2012 Lucas Dawson)


Spotted in the Lavazza Bar >


Charli Delaney.


Jessica Raffa


Michael Downey


Spotted in the Emirates Marquee >

The Emirates marquee topped off a week of Irish fun and festivity with an incredible closing party at Emirates Stakes Day, marking a fantastic end to the week that was. Emirates has been a title sponsor of Emirates Stakes Day since 1998 and is proud to play such an integral ongoing role in what is a wonderful day for the whole family.


Samara Weaving and Rhiannon Fish
(photo © 2012 Gina Milicia)


Johanna Griggs and Simone Callahan
(photo © 2012 Gina Milicia)


(photo © 2012 Gina Milicia)


(photo © 2012 Gina Milicia)



Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field >

The Melbourne Cup Carnival fashion stakes came to a youthful and fun filled close with over 617 stylish children and their families entering the Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field competition.

Hosted by Myer Ambassador Kris Smith and Channel 7’s Melissa Hetherington, the Family Category successfully kicked off the day with 31 fashion-forward families hitting the catwalk.

The judges, including, Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field Family Ambassadors Simone Callahan and Brooke Warne and Charles Cottier and Samara Weaving from Channel 7’s Home and Away, were blown away with the calibre and effort. After much deliberation the judges announced the Edwards family from Melbourne as the winners.

Budding fashionistas between the ages of six and 12 were then invited to parade for the Junior Boys and Girls categories. The rising popularity of the Junior categories saw an impressive array of children’s racewear, judged on style and originality, grooming and deportment and appropriateness of the outfit for the person’s age, climate and raceday.

Cooper, 11, charmed the judges dressed in a dapper navy blue suit, bright red bow tie and pocket square and finished the look with casual sneakers. Cooper was awarded the Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field Junior Boys title wearing an outfit his mother described as matching his personality – bold and confident.

His counterpart, Charlie, 10, caught the judges’ eyes with her 60s inspired A-line dress in soft pink and yellow and an orchid styled in her hair.

Posing at the end of the catwalk, Charlie was cheered on by her mother – the pair were the Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field Family Winners in 2011.


(photo © 2012 Gina Milicia)


(photo © 2012 Gina Milicia)


Style-conscious Senior Boys and Girls led the fashion charge with well put together raceday outfits, reflective of personal style and current trends. The peplum shape once again dominated the field, with pops of electric colours also seen trackside. The Senior Girls Winner, 17 year old Ali, wore a  neon pink and orange dress with lace detail and caped sleeves. Ali, a competition regular, styled the outfit around her Kim Fletcher pink pill box hat which was embellished with a large flower.

An impressive judging panel including Home and Away stars Rhiannon Fish and Lincoln Younes, Nova 100’s Tim Blackwell, Barbara Licuria and Simone Callahan continued to critique the Senior Boys Finals.

Jacob, 15, was crowned the Senior Boys Winner wearing a red, blue and white checked jacket, crisp white shirt and black bow tie. Polishing off the look with a white fedora, the announcement of Jacob and Ali concluded the day in style.


Melbourne came out in force for Emirates Stakes Day, with 74,546 in attendance at Flemington.







Feature photo at top of page, Rachael Finch wearing Aurelio Costarella
(photo by Lucas Dawson)


All Photos © supplied for use on Melbourne Girl




Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.

1 Comment

  • November 14, 2012

    Kathleen Lisson

    Lovely photos! Plenty of color, but I ended up liking the black outfit best.

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