Emirates Fashions on the Field

A crowd of over 70,000 attended Emirates Stakes Day on Saturday at Flemington Racecourse, where I had the pleasure of judging Emirates Fashions on the Field ‘Family’ and ‘Junior Girls’ categories.

The Donovan family from Essendon claimed victory in the Family competition. Parents Stephen and Joanne, with children Anastasia and Jack were wearing coordinated pink, navy and white chevron print outfits. Mrs Donovan made her own skirt, along with her daughter’s dress and embellished her son’s hat with the same fabric.

Joelie Castricum took out the Junior Girls’ category, appropriately and stylishly dressed for her age group in a Bardot Junior leopard print dress with a black bow headpiece, also from Myer.


EmiratesFOTF - Emily Collie

Junior Girls Judges
Photo by SDP Media for Melbourne Girl


Emirates Fashions on the Field - Stakes Day Judges
Family Category Heats
Photo by Melbourne Girl


2014 Emirates Stakes Day Fashion on the Field Junior Girls Winner -

Joelie Castricum
Photo by SDP Media for Emirates


Melanie and Tom

Melanie Vallejo & Tom Wren
Photo by SDP Media for Emirates



What I Wore >

• Arthur Galan AG Mesh Shoulder Demi Dress in Orange

• Headpiece by Leah Cassidy
(same one I wore last year on Cup Day, which I sprayed black)

• Therapy Portland Heels from The Iconic

• Thomas Sabo Jewellery – Gold Glam & Soul Watch and Gold Glam & Soul Ear Studs

• Personalised leather, monogram clutch by Mimic Design

• Hair and Make Up by Emma from Embellish Makeovers


Emirates Stakes Day - Preliminary Final

Emily Collie - Stakes Day Hair


It was lovely to meet fellow judges Kim Fletcher, Lindy Klim and Lauren Brain, as well as hosts Melanie Vallejo and Tom Wren from Channel Seven’s Winners and Losers.

A big thank you to the Victoria Racing Club and Minc Events for inviting me along as a guest judge. Also a special thanks to Renault Australia and Soda Communications for our stylish ride on Stakes Day.

So wonderful to be part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival experience and looking forward to sharing in the excitement again next year.



Emily x




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 Racing.com, 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.

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