Spring Racing Carnival 2015

Spring time in Melbourne brings much activity for those who are looking to shed the Winter blues. One of the best known Spring time events is the Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival which is held at Flemington Racecource.

Melbourne is fortunate enough to hold such a spectacular event each year that brings not only Victorians, but also International fans and well-known celebrities to Melbourne each November. If you are one for fashion then Melbourne Cup is the best venue to show off, promote and parade your latest outfit. Not to forget, an outfit is not complete without a hat. Oaks Day is usually all about the hat and then the outfit, so choose wisely and make sure that your hat and outfit compliment each other.

Melbourne Cup consists of four unique race days:

• DAY 1 Saturday – AAMI Victoria Derby Day – October 31
• DAY 2 Tuesday – Emirates Melbourne Cup Day November 3
• DAY 3 Thursday – Crown Oaks Day November 5
• DAY 4 Saturday – Emirates Stakes Day November 7

 AAMI Victoria Derby Day - “The day for racing purists”
  Date:   Gates open: 8.30am
First Race: 11.20am
Last Race: 5.10pm


The AAMI Victoria Derby Day is the most prestigious day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. In the fashion sense, this day is traditionally renowned for its black & white colour scheme for women, while men often choosea morning suit, peacock vest and pin-stripe pants. This is day one of the  Myer Fashions on the Field competition which is held at the east end of the front lawn. AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Saturday 2 November 2013, at Flemington. The official flower for the event is the cornflower.


Emirates Melbourne Cup Day - “The race that stops a nation”
  Gates open: 8.30am
  First Race: 10.20am
  Last Race: 5.15pm


The Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is the main event during the Melbourne Cup Carnival where the fields are packed with crowds of people attending to be part of the main event. It is the day to be daring and outrageous with strong fashion statements that will attract anyone’s attention. This is day two of the  Myer Fashions on the Field competition which is held at the east end of the front lawn. The official flower for the event is the yellow rose.


Crown Oaks Day - “The ultimate style day”
  Date:   Gates open: 10.15am
  First Race: 12.20pm
  Last Race: 5.45pm


The Crown Oaks Day is better known as Ladie’s Day where the women focus on the best garment and, most importantly, the hat. This is day three of the  Myer Fashions on the Field competition which is held at the east end of the front lawn. Being one of the most stylish of days, you will be amongst those who are fashion conscious and who are there to admire the glamour and array of outfits on display. The official flower for the event is the pink rose.


Emirates Stakes Day  - “Family day”
Gates open: 9.30am
First Race: 11.30am
Last Race: 5.15pm

Emirates Stakes Day is the conclusion of Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival. Being known as Family Day, it is a very relaxed and friendly environment, full of free activities and entertainment for children of all ages. The fashion for the day is fun and understated. The official flower for the event is the red rose.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2013

We all love Spring with the weather getting warmer and the new leaves growing back on the trees. And how better to celebrate this season than to join in on all the fashion extravaganza. If you are one of the lucky ones that are fortunate enough to be able to attend Fashion Week in Melbourne this year, then you would seen all the marvelous spectactular array of fresh designs that are coming up for this year.

Now is the time to start preparing yourself for Melbourne Cup and the globally famous Oaks Day, where you are able to strut your stuff and look out for famous faces.

Spring Racing Carnival is all about placing a bid on the best horse, the outfit (consisting of the dress and shoes), bright colours, and most importantly, the hat!  Here are some highlights from Fashion Week 2013.



Here are some helpful hints from Myer’s Spring Racing Fashion trends for this season. 



 Start planning now while there’s still time.

Black Caviar retired after 25-unbeaten race career

Black Caviar retires after 25 consecutive wins.

 BLACK Caviar, one of the most popular and successful horses in Australian racing history, has been retired after an unbeaten 25-race career.

Trainer Peter Moody made the announcement, along with the horse’s connections, today.

“We thought long and hard about racing on but believe she has done everything we asked of her and felt it was the right time to call time on her wonderful career,” Moody said.

Black Caviar’s racing career started at Flemington on April 18, 2009. It ends with $7,953,936 in the bank.

Black Caviar’s half-brother fetches $5m at frantic sale


Big day out: Black Caviar’s half-brother at Tuesday’s sales. Photo: Brendan Esposito


He was the centre of attention at the Inglis saleyards and was only hours from bringing an Australian yearling record of $5 million in the ring, but Black Caviar’s half-brother needed an identity change.

It’s All About Fashion

The Philip Treacy creation that made headlines.

A day at the races is not only about the atmosphere, the horses or the money won (or lost), it’s all about who’s wearing what colour, brand, style and outfit. Picking the right outfit could take days, if not months, of planning and sourcing the perfect and complete outfit. You can’t just have a mix-match of this and that – unless that is what you were aiming for!

Take the time to wear your shoes and outfit for a length of time. Take some photos to see how you look. Practice your hair and makeup, and don’t forget the finer details of nail polish, double tape and non-slip inner soles.

We all know that by the end of the day you will be walking home barefoot, but as long as you looked good at the event, you can think of the pain later.

Lastly, don’t forget buy yourself a fascinator or a hat to match your outfit. If chosen right, it should compliment your style and be a statement on its own. Remember how many headlines Princess Beatrice’s hat (one of Philip Treacy’s creation) made during the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton? Sure, you don’t have to make that much of a statement, but a hat can complete it all.

The Big Race on Melbourne Cup 2012!

There were many winners and losers on the day, but there can only be one big winner of the 2012 Melbourne Cup which was won by Green Moon.

All the buzz and excitement could not top the feelings the owner of Green Moon, Lloyd Williams and trainer Robert Hickmott felt as their horse passed the line.

Read more here about what happened on the day.

Jockey Brett Prebble rides Green Moon over the line to win the 2012 Melbourne Cup.

Let the games begin!

How better to celebrate the racing carnival than by dressing up in your best frock and hat and spending the day with your friends, all the while watching the spectacular races live as they happen on the grounds. Take the time to wonder through all the sections and see what is available. Have you cameras ready for when you spot the odd famous person.

Celebrate the day with big, bright and bold colours that will make you stand out from the rest. Here are some photos that can inspire you for the big day out.




50 Years of Fashion on the Field

Fashion has played a big part in the races over the years, with big, bright and bold array of colours and styles displayed each year.

This year, Fashions on the Field competion is celebrating 50 years on the field. Created in 1962 by the Victorian Racing Club, their aim was to attract more women to the races. Now, it has become known as the most iconic event in Australia’s fashion and sporting events each year, and gathering some of the world’s biggest names such as Liz Hurley, Paris Hilton, Sarah O’Hare, Carson Kressley, Stevie Nicks, Eva Longoria and even royalty such as Princess diana and Prince Charles.




Learn more about the exhibition that is held by Australian Racing Museum.

If the hat fits…

Your outfit, be it the headpiece (a hat or a fascinator), the dress, or your shoes should make a statement and allow you to be noticed and admired by all. The item that is most noticed, and is probably one of the most important parts to any outfit, especially when it comes to the Spring Racing Carnival, would be your headpiece.

We’ve come across some weird and wonderful pieces over the many years during these events. It’s not as simple as ‘just throw anything on and let’s go’! It takes time and loads of effort to choose the right one. The only disappointment would be if someone wears the exact same dress as you. Some people employ others to match their outfit to their chosen hat, or visa-versa. You may not be a celebrity (or maybe you are), but if not, you can always make yourself feel like one for a day.

If you’ve taken the time to browse the internet you will see how fabulous and bizarre some hats and outfits can be. The more extravagant a hat is, the more memorable you will become – and possibly set a benchmark for the following year. Just remember, almost everyone will have a camera, so you could be snapped a few times.

If you haven’t already scoured the Melbourne streets or searched online for ‘the one’ hat that will stop traffic, then here are a few places you can visit.

If you are going on the cheap, then why not try Clear It which is located at 188-192 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. This is the Alannah Hill factory outlet where you can snap up branded items at a bargain, yet look fabulous. There are loads of clothing items, hats, bags, fascinators, etc.

Celebrity Fun-Fair for the 2012 Spring Racing Carnival

Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival 2012: a splendid array of colour, fashion, food and wine, fake tan, feathers, fancy hats, heels and high stakes bidding (for some). To add to this fun-fair extravaganza we are fortunate to have the presence of some of the most affluence celebrities to grace us with their presence.

This year we will have the likes of Kim Cattrall, royals Charles and Camilla, fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, Mischa Barton, and our very own Nicole Kidman.

Take part of the fabulous 4-day event that happens only once a year. Who knows, you might even get the chance to be faced with a celebrity or two, or even better, choose the right horse and win some spare change.

Click here  to take a look at all the celebrities from the 2011 Spring Racing Carnival.