–Cold snap forces fashion rethink at Derby Day

November 4, 2017

The cool weather has inspired some more daring fashion choices among celebrity guests on Derby Day. 

Grey skies and temperatures barely into double digits greeted early arrivals at Flemington for the Victoria Derby on Saturday, with patches of blue sky peeking through as the day progressed.

Up to 90,000 people are expected to attend the black-and-white themed race meeting.

Victoria’s Secret model and Mumm ambassador Shanina Shaik donned a cape by Australian designer duo Macgraw, an Aje dress and Stuart Weitzmann thigh-high boots.

Rachael Finch, who is co-hosting Channel Seven’s coverage, opted for a cropped pant suit by Misha Collection.

VRC ambassador Gigi Connolly also considered the weather in a Misha jumpsuit.

Fashion observers will focus their gaze on newcomer Kennedy’s marquee, where actress Melissa George is appearing, wearing a custom gown by Schiaparelli.

George, who is only in town for three days, posted a hint of her dress to her Instagram followers.

Another talking point at the track is sure to be the change in rule that allows men to go “sock optional” for the first time, although the cooler temperatures may mean fewer ankles will be on display.

The change, announced last month by VRC chair Amanda Elliott, is the biggest change to the members’ enclosure dress code in decades.

As racegoers departed via Southern Cross Station, the traditionally sedate dress code for the Derby, they contrasted starkly with a far less formal and far more colourful crowd who were headed for the Madman Anime Festival

That’s because their bright clothes came from another planet, literally. The world of costume play, otherwise known as cosplay. 

Luna Freya from the Final Fantasy XV – aka Melbourne teenager Jamie Connor – said she and her friends were heading to the convention to learn how to improve their outfits.

Others at Southern Cross had travelled from distant places with equally esotoric-sounding names.

Steve Mollirson and Ian Wellard travelled from the NSW town Tumbarumba and Sydney, respectively. While

“We’ve been here for 30 minutes doing the form,” Mr Mollirson said after being interrupted while pouring intently over the racing guide.

“We met at a cafe for breakfast and did the form, last night I did the form.”

“So did I,” said Ian. 

It’s an annual tradition for the group, who put aside anywhere up to $3000 for spring carnival races. 

Their tip?

“Last year only five favourites from 37 won,” Steve said. 

“I believe this year will be the same, so we’re looking at good-value bets.

“I like the look of Pat Hyland’s Lake Como in the sprint.” 

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