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Melbourne Cup Day: Charismatic Colour versus Moody Textures

Cup Day is usually all about colour. Some celebs were bursting with eye-popping candy luminosity but some kept it chic with moody layered dark hues highlighted by ravishing textures and geo shapes.

First lets consider the colour crew. Jen Hawkins stood by the floral themed Myer marquee in a neon Toni Maticevski dress and a Natalie Bikicki black headband. Sunrise host Samatha Armytage went for a blazing red Karen Gee frock and a boater-style hat. The navy collar kept it edgy. Bec Hewitt played with patterns in a Manning Cartell dress and black brimmed hat, delighting in her day off from mum duty.
Rachael Finch was bold in a striped By Johnny dress and daisy headwear by Natalie Bikicki.

Rachael Finch poses at the Myer Marquee on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images.

We were green with envy over Megan Gale’s emerald Dolce and Gabbana lace mini dress.

Megan Gale went green for the Lavazza marquee at the Birdcage on Melbourne Cup Day. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts.

Rebecca Judd was sassy and iridescent in an orange Alex Perry frock and Hatmaker headpiece.

Rebecca Judd went all out in orange. Picture: ©MEDIA-MODE.COM

Kate Peck wore a purple Aurelio Costarella frock (the digital print was a little last year) and a Viktorianoval headpiece.

Kate Peck poses outside the Birdcage at Flemington. Picture: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Emma Freedman donned a racy, red Farage suit with headpiece by Jonathan Howard. One of my favorites for the day.

Emma Freedman went for a suit over a dress at the Melbourne Cup. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images.

Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador Georgia Connolly blazed with a candy toned Alex Perry mini dress and a Natalie Bikicki boater.

Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador Georgia Connolly wore Alex Perry to Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington. Picture: Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images for the VRC.

Ashley Hart was awash in a colour-clashing, print extroadinaire Stella Jean blouse and midi skirt, accessorized with pom-pom earrings and matching red felt boater hat. (Oh-oh Ash, felt for Spring?).
Also in the felt faux-pas department, Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister opted for a felt fedora. At least her choice of shade was on the money.
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Navy, black and white were the dyes of the day. Kate Waterhouse led the plainer posse with a black and white Altuzarra frock laiden by an eye-catching textured finish and a light as the wind Sarah & Sebastian turban.

Kate Waterhouse at the Lexus Marquee. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Lady Kitty Spencer, niece of the late Princess Diana, descended in an all white mesh on mesh Alex Perry frock and headpiece by Stephen Jones Millinery.

Lady Kitty Spencer in Emirates Marquee. Picture: Alex Coppel

Francesca Barham Packer, James Packer’s niece, also elegantly molded texture on texture in a white lace gown and a wide-brimmed netted hat.

Francesca Barham Packer pictured at The Birdcage at Flemington Racecourse. Picture: Richard Dobson

To top off the trend, personal assistant, Emily Hunter, from Richmond was named the daily winner of the Fashions on The Field in a navy gown made by her mum. She found a photo on pinterest and her mum got on the old Singer. Her yellow and navy lace and leather floral headpiece was by Lisa Schaefer.

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Clean cut celeb couples at the Cup attracted a lot of attention, with The Bachelorette’s Sam Frost and Sasha Mielczarek debuting their perfect coupledom.

Sam Frost and Sasha Mielczarek from The Bachelorette pose at the Myer Marquee. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images.

Lleyton Hewitt and Bec Hewitt arrive at the Swisse Marquee. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images.

Snezana Markoski and Sam Wood pose inside the Myer Marquee at Flemington. Picture: ©MEDIA-MODE.COM

G.H.Mumm hosted some marquee madness with A-listers crowding in to hang with French DJ superstar David Guetta
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Myer hit the marquee mark this year. Gorgeously elegant with an exotic ‘Super Botanica’ theme. Super scaled specimens of flowers, fruit and vines were layered three dimensional plant images. Jennifer Hawkins, Kris Smith, Rachael Finch, Kate Peck,
Jodi Anasta, Alex Perry and Lauren Phillips mixed and mingled over spring fruit tartlets, healthy kale salads and cleansing nectar and ginger cocktails.
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