Like the Ascot scene in My Fair Lady, the venerated Flemington Racecourse was awash in black and white. The roses for which this racecourse is famous for, were outshone, by the throng of beautifully clad gents and fillies who had come to witness the running of the 2015 Derby. The world’s famous designers, celebrities, actors, socialites, media personalities, models, racing aficionados and journalists pondered for weeks about the final sartorial choice in which they would appear.
In the gilded marquees of the Birdcage Enclosure, where ‘Titans of Industry’ like Lexus, Emirates, Swisse, Myer, Peter Rowland and Lavazza dispense grandeur of hospitality, the scene was set for a dazzling parade of fine fashion. Entree to the exclusive enclave of the birdcage marquees is highly prized and those lucky to be invited, witness sumptuousness of decor by leaders in the design world, cut flowers from entire fields, unsurpassed food designers and created by world renowned chefs. Needless to say whilst enjoying libations and air-kissing the afternoon away, the fashion pundits including TheTrendSpotter team kept a close eye on the unfurling show of high fashion.
In a major coup, hats and crowns had made a comeback and were the order of the day. For the most part, the race-going damsels had opted for simpler silhouettes, with hemlines that sat below the knee. This year also witnessed a tendency for solid block colours and a huge favouring for sheer and lace.
The menfolk were not to be outdone and like proud magpies, strutted in well cut and structured suits with many opting for three-piece variations and shades of grey. Stamping individuality, many had also chosen to mix and match the various elements of their garments, playing with fabrication, pattern and texture. Ties and pocket squares acted as tasteful embellishments and those that wore hats had carefully opted for either a trilby or fedora in fine straw to compliment their outfit.
Derby Day witnessed a restrained elegance and a nod to the time honoured tradition of classic race wear. With three more days of exhilarating racing yet to come asset of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, stay tuned as Dasha Gold and Colin Gold together with TheTrendSpotter team bring you all the exciting news and coverage from Flemington.
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