Oaks Day is pretty much the pinnacle of Fashion and Fashions on the Field when it comes to the Day of Days. Derby we have the traditional Black and White and then the gentlemen. On Melbourne Cup Day we have the colour and costume that makes Fashions on the Field so much fun with the Designer Award, but then we come to Oaks Day.
Oaks Day for Milliners and to see the finals of Fashions on the Field is the biggest world wide outdoor fashion event. This attracts a huge audience and camera's from all over Australia.
Racing Fashion with the help of VRC/Flemington gives Racing Fashion TV exclusive rights to chat to the contestants before they step on the stage. See the preparation and in some case help calm the poor girls of their nerves.
I loved snapping away out the front to get a good look at all the hats that were coming and going and again, many ladies should have been taken into the final with beautiful pieces of Millinery being passed up. The only thing I think, is the judges decision is final, except for Jeff Banks!
Fashions on the Field ruled supreme compared to the head wear in the 'Birdcage'. Somehow drifts of chains and beads are ruling these areas but at least it is an effort to wear head wear.
There were many a Faux Pas of mid rift again with ladies wanting to show off their navels, but I am not a fan and will not translate well into the members. I hear you say, “We are not in the Members.”
“Indeed, the Birdcage”, where a horse is only seen on a screen and the only one you may see live if you pass through the gates past the stables area on passing to entry to Birdcage.
Somehow the Birdcage did seem a little less quoted as “Millionaires Lane”, as Gina Reinheart is the only one through this financial crisis that can boast this grotesque quote.
The place to be was among friends, it was not about the hob nobbing this year and many companies you can see are saving dollars although the Marquees were extremely well furbished.
With less of the International Guests, it did not seem so much of a Rat Race around the grounds, as I said to my camera man, “If Naomi Campbell is late, she is late, we are not going to schedule Racing Fashion TV around someone who is nothing to really do with what we represent”.
I would love to congratulate Channel 7 on the quality of the friendliness and welcoming attitude of their talent, a Channel 9 head honcho was also humble and hospitable.
I am always so excited at this stage of Oaks Day when we are gearing down to Emirate Stakes day when it is all about relaxation and family day although we did not bring our children to the track. Sabrage, Champagne, Gambling and my 3 year old do not seem to make the best mix. There is still so much more to come with the photos of EVERYTHING by my wonderful professional photographer, but please enjoy my happy snaps from the day. Ladies you are all winner, you all look amazing and this is the perfect example that, Fashions on the Field is for every Australia Woman.