Dom Bagnato - SS17/18 “Uomo Della Toscana” collection
There are many horse racing carnivals that take place around the world, however there is something truly special about Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival.
The thrill of seeing horses racing side-by-side, the excitement of the off-track activity and the fashionable racegoers frocked up for the occasion, creates for a unique sartorial spectacle that has always been synonymous with the Carnival.
Spanning over three exhilarating months, the Spring Racing Carnival brings the vibrancy of warmer weather as we see fashion, food and fun emerge in full swing. Our social calendars are dated early in anticipation, and from September through to November, we get captivated with the event that attracts the greatest local and international racing crowds, combining premium thoroughbred racing, and a plethora of fashion and excitement – there is truly nothing quite like it!
Hitting record numbers in attendance each year, the Spring Racing Carnival injects more than $700 million into the Victorian economy, contributing to industries such as tourism, fashion, retail, accommodation food and beverage, all benefiting and assisting in the sustainability of our future.
The Spring Racing Carnival is the ultimate time of the year for dressing up and taking trackside fashion to the next level. As new seasons’ fashion trends emerge, we see racegoers amp up their style stakes. Each year, fashion’s best experiment with patterns, shapes and colours. We see them pushing the boundaries, balancing the tradition and style etiquette while incorporating new season’s trends – creating some of the most memorable trackside looks.
Without a doubt, standing out from the pack is distinctly unique to Spring Racing Carnival fashion. While women have always been the typical focus in the past, in recent years men have also raised to the challenge in putting their best foot forward. Drawing on Europe for inspiration, Australian men have shown they are not afraid to make bold fashion choices. Through their sartorial individuality and clever use of colour, Aussie men have become confident in putting their own playful touch on men’s race day fashion.
As the Spring Racing Carnival becomes an epicentre of fashion and entertainment, prominent themed race days comprising of Caulfield Guineas through to Stakes Day set the scene apart by showcasing all that is great about Victorian racing. Melbourne’s most colourful time of the year, produces free-spirited punters and dazzling racegoers as they excitedly make their way through entrance gates, set to enjoy all that a Spring raceday has to offer.
A highlight of the Carnival is the Melbourne Cup, the world’s richest handicap race. Affectionately known as the race that stops a nation™, the Melbourne Cup, captivates the racing world. It is amongst the world’s most lucrative races, luring in the best horses, jockeys and trainers alike, who compete for the coveted Cup, which for any racing enthusiast is pure racing romance! Fashion for the day is a break from tradition, being fun, bright and bold – a chance for racegoers to inject personality into their attire and experiment with different looks.
While the on-track action is the reason we head to the races, we can’t deny, all eyes are usually drawn to what everyone is wearing. Fashions on the Field competitions continue to raise the style stakes trackside each year for both men and women. In particular, the Myer Fashion of the Field held over Melbourne Cup Carnival is Australia’s largest and with generous shopping and accommodation vouchers (even a car for the winner of the women's national final!) on offer, it guarantees a high calibre of contestants. Though regardless of which meeting you enter at or admire from, fashions on the field over Spring is a great showcase of the season’s trends with a personal twist.
Spring racing is all about having fun. Combining fashion-forward style, the thunderous sounds of hooves and the joy of sharing a glass of bubbly to toast the wins and losses, sets the Spring Racing Carnival apart from any racing event around the globe – it gives us visual treats and excites all the human senses!
Will you heed the call this Spring?