Sydney’s well-dressed descended on Randwick for Australia’s richest horse race, The Everest. Despite the ongoing drizzle, guests dazzled, showing off their best Spring race wear as they watched Redzel win the $13 million race for a second time. Overall fashion victories were egalitarian – shared equally between the general public, members stands, the stables suites and the more hoity-toity Star ballroom and Harrolds Marquee.
Redzel may have galloped over the finish line first, but on the fashion field the winner of the day was former Miss World Australia, Erin Holland, pretty pink. Channeling the Greek goddess Athena, with a tilted tiara and Zhivago strapless dress, this song bird crooned the national anthem before the big race. I think every woman at The Everest lusted after her million dollar custom diamond headpiece with 10 carats of pink and white diamonds set in white gold. Bling. Bling. Bling.
Though the dress did have a rosy doppelganger (awks).
The devil wore black with Victoria Rees in the members stand and model Maddie Kingfish rocking the dark side.
Jennifer Hawkins went all white, donning a long-sleeve white mini dress designed by Lillian Khallouf and inspired by jockey silks.
Surrounded by water all day, it seemed the boater was the sailaway choice.
Floral headpieces were high in blushing pastels.
The Harrolds Fashion Chute was a mixed bag of sweets with big straw hats leading the way and a summer 90’s vibe. Crystal Kimber’s rainbow sequin skirt and $30 shoes paved the way for her win at fashions on the field.
And after all the racing was done, hot-to-trot ex One Directioner, Liam Payne took to centre stage to energise partying race-goers , belting out Strip That Down, Bedroom Floor and even sliding in the Ed Shereen hit, Shape of You.