While wide brim hats and high heels seem par for the course no matter what part of th world you're in, Australians seem to be one step ahead when it comes to dressing for the occasion. They are responsible for the move from pillbox hats to edgy headbands and we're already taking notes for next year. For Tuesday's Melbourne Gold Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, the glitterti donned their brightest and tightest, with a few familiar faces sprinkled in between.
Like everywhere else in the world, it's big business for brands who want to have the right people photographed in their tent. Michael Jackson's daughter Paris (19) was a surprise addition to the crowd, enjoying the atmosphere at the Myer Marquee, doing it her own way in a boho dress by Alex Perry with statement starburst gold earrings. As a rising Hollywood 'it' girl, she's no stranger to fabulous parties with equally fabulous people, but said she wasn't prepared for the effort that comes with the races, expecting a Dodgers-stadium-style jeans and t-shirt attire from guests.
"Coming from the background '[I do] - my mother breeds horses and I've ridden before - I’m used to cowboy hats and jeans, stirrups – you ride bareback. So this is a completely new world for me and it’s exciting that I get to be a part of it but it’s also really awesome getting to know the Australian culture," she told Vogue Australia.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Robyn Lawley, who was the first plus-size model (yes, she's considered plus-size in the fashion industry) to feature in the publication, brought her A-game this week with two different looks: a figure-hugging plunging cranberry and black dress and turban-style headpiece by Kerrie Stanley, while earlier this week, she opted for all-black, including an impressive hat and clutch by Australian designer Olga Berg, whose designs are ever growing in popularity with Irish shoppers (and are available at Arnotts).
A host of other socialites and actresses who are household names Down Under inspired us for next summer, when we pray the sun comes out at Ballybrit and beyond.
For all the must-see looks from the races, see our gallery below: