Celebrities braved the rainy, gusty Melbourne weather and donned their finest monochromes for the black and white traditions of Derby Day. Solange Knowles at the Lavazza marquee was the hit of the day wearing a structured top and midi skirt by Aussie It label Cameo. Chris Hemsworth was a handsome guest in great demand at the dazzling Johnnie Walker Marquee, House of Walker.
The House of Walker‘s tent was celeb packed with TV stars Shannon and Simon Vos, award-winning actors Gyton Grantley, Rodger Corser and Martin Sacks, AFL footballers Chris Judd, Travis Cloke and Majak Daw, sporting identities Liz Cambage and Torah Bright, Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Dan Single, Miss Australia Renae Ayris and Aussie model, the gorg Montana Cox.
The Swisse marquee held the gossip mischief of the day with Sam Frost scurrying away when her ex-fiance, Bachelor Blake Garvey made a sudden appearance while breathing “I can’t take this anymore” to her posse.
Turning heads as always was Myer beauty Jennifer Hawkins, who sizzled in a black Alex Perry frock.
Megan Gale rocked her new-mum glow in a custom made Willow elegant creation as she and her AFL player partner Shaun Hampson mingled with her friend Ashley Hart, who wore a delightful mini straw hat embellished with netting.
Margherita Missoni missed the monochrome memo and stood out like a red, blue and pink sore thumb.
Myer ambassador Kate Peck, towed around eight bodyguards as she socialised around The Birdcage wearing the most expensive hat in the world. Created by milliner Natalie Bikicki and jeweller John Calleija, it featured 1264 white diamonds worth a cool $3 million.
As the famous fillies and handsome stallions danced away to the beats of international DJs and lapped up their preferential treatment, five-time Victoria Derby-winning jockey Damien Oliver raced to the finish line on Chris Waller colt, Preferment.
Was the mayhem in the birdcage all good clean, black & white fun. Certainly not. (Real Housewives of Melbourne, ssssh my lips are sealed)