Spring Carnival is always a great time to spot a fashion trend on course. Here’s a round up of our favourite looks from key spring race days.
The Power Suit
It’s back baby! Elegant, daring and handily practical, the tailored pantsuit was a popular sight amongst female racegoers. Spotted in an assortment of bold colours and prints, wearers offset the masculine look with minimalist heels and delicate headwear. Rozalia Russian’s pinstripe three-piece on AAMI Victoria Derby Day was a highlight as was Lindy Rama-Ellis’ monochrome look with a touch of green on Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day.
Simple and effective! The bold hues came out to play, adding gorgeous pops of colour in the crowds across the course at Caulfield, The Valley and Flemington. Mustard yellow paired with black accessories was a popular look as was the red and hot pink combo. Queensland’s Carle Rutledge brought this trend to life in an elegant burgundy Roksanda frock with white, yellow and navy accents that earned her the coveted 2018 Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear title.
The dapper gents were out in force across key Spring Carnival race days and we were seriously impressed with their sartorial prowess. The checked suit was a popular sight, presenting in variations of grey, tartan and even pink but it was official Melbourne Cup Carnival stylist Elliot Garnaut took the cake with his bold cream and navy two-tone suit on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day.
The Statement Sleeve
One sleeve, big sleeves, cape sleeves…they were all on display at Spring Carnival 2018 adding a touch of drama to elegant race day looks. Elyse Knowles effortlessly brightened up Lexus Melbourne Cup Day with a yellow ensemble that embraced both the one shoulder and puffy sleeve trend with a bohemian cropped blouse paired with flowing silk trousers.
Go Big or Go Home Millinery
If you can’t pull out the big hat for Spring Carnival, when can you? The classic boater was a popular sight, reworked in daring mesh fabrics and bright colours as was the Bianca Jagger-esque big floppy sunhat. Kennedy Oaks Day was when the serious beauties were on display at the Myer Fashions on the Field Millinery competition. Melbourne-based designer Rebecca Share took home the top prize with a red sculptural number that was nothing short of eye-catching!
See all the fashion from the carnival in our photo gallery, click here.