Melbourne Cup is one of the most Internationally renown day for Racing, Fashion, and The most coveted Golden Melbourne Cup. This is the race that stops a nation and a story that made a nation cry with the beautiful Michelle Payne taking out the Group 1 win.
While I was dying to get into a Marquee to watch the Melbourne Cup to watch I was enjoying singing the National Anthem really badly with Lee Suba-Cleal a member of Racing Fashion TV. We jumped into the TAB Corp Marquee, that I am sure 'Hard Luck Motty' has given them so many funds that he has shares. The Melbourne Cup story of Michelle Payne is one of poetry and what makes The Melbourne Cup so incredibly special.
The fashion was a delight of colour and inspiration that ladies had mused months over to present their final look to the judges. The most important thing is to remember, yes Fashions on the Field is a competition, but as long as I am around, Racing Fashion is for ALL. We relish looking at the 'Beautiful Young Things' and we look at the mothers and daughters who have been together planning looks and detailing them together. We look at all women and we do not discriminate, we are all equals and we all deserve to be showcased. We show our splendour on stage and some may judge it to be best on the day, but ladies, I relish in the love you have for hats and fashion. That is what matters to me. OK, it is difficult to compete with these stunning young girls, but never let it be dictated to us that we cannot. We must stand together, sisters, mothers, daughters, anyone, and way we all matter and we all deserve to be a part of something together.
This year, I knew the look was going to be minimal and simplistic without the bells and whistles. Lisa Shaefer Millinery that did not take out a place in the coveted Millinery Award Last year most certainly did shine through with the attention to the hat. Something that I always talk about and everyone thinks it is antiquated is the fact of dressing from the inside out.
First start with a great feeling of the day and be relaxed and happy. This is the first must, as an outfit will be broken down without the open beauty of the love of fashion and yourself. Then make sure you have the right shape wear on. This can transform your body in seconds. We are not all born the same way and it would be really boring if we were, but make sure you purchase control top hosiery. When looking at the stills of head to toe shots, you will see that the ladies with hosiery, look like their legs have been airbrushed. What an amazing day we all did have for cup day. Incredible fashion and beautiful people. Everyone loves to see their photo in glossy Elle or Vogue, but honestly, I really just want to see you doing what you love. I don't want to see an image of fantasy. I want to see an image of reality and what Australian women represent. That is all in it together. Much love beautiful people. Anna. x