This years Melbourne Cup was mild mannered and ladylike (except, of course for one yellow suited big bird for whom the words ‘inappropriate behavior’ are appropriate in just so many ways )
The stand out marquees this year were Lexus, G.H.Mumm, Johnnie Walker and Emirates.
G.H.Mumm transformed into a Cannes, party-town nightclub on the Cote D’Azur. The handsome Stenmark boys were downing bubbly and slurping caviar on the G.H. Mumm dancefloor with the ever stylish and perfectly polished Nicole Warne, wildly gorgeous Bambi Northwood-Blyth and elegant Alexandra Agostin, all wearing pretty printed frocks and lacy detailing. Certainly the place to be seen with the beautiful people.
International uber DJ, J.R.Reyne rang in the best set of the day at The House of Walker where the bespoke herby cocktails by Masterchef alumni Sean Baxter and yummy finger foods in an elegant New Orleans inspired, gentleman’s study made sure this was one of the most popular marquees of the day. The queues extended outside the polished deck from morning to close with VIPs sharing their hot tips for the day as they waited patiently in line.
Rachael Finch and Megan Gale were radiant in red at the luxurious Emirates marquee, two-storey German-themed enclosure modelled on the famous architectural icon, the Neuschwanstein Castle. Party-goers on the prime balcony position indulged in Chef Cimmino’s delicious apple strudel and potato pancakes. Gigi Hadid in a pinker than pink Alex Perry lace dress held court and channeled her inner Palestinian princess.
The Myer marquee was black and white bland until the colourful Edelstein Grecko engagement proposal sprang up in front of the Myer signage as if on cue. So Myer somehow managed to be both tacky and bland at the same time. (A spectacular fall from grace from last years gorgeous chic images of Dita von Teese). The ban on media from entering the marquee after 3pm seemed a PR effort to stem the bleed as celebs filed out next door to the more vital Swisse marquee to avoid the Sesame Street style pony show.
The ladies of Melbourne Cup certainly outdid themselves this year with a home made vintage vibe that embodied an Etsy style hipster chic.