FIELD OF DREAMS

THE FIRST TUES­DAY IN NO­VEM­BER HAS BE­COME AN AN­NUAL EX­CUSE FOR AUS­TRALIANS TO FROCK UP AND SIP CHAM­PAGNE ON A MID­WEEK AF­TER­NOON

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Q&A - Words JOR­DAN BAKER Pho­tog­ra­phy DUN­CAN KIL­LICK Styling MA­RINA AFON­INA Cre­ative di­rec­tion ALEK­SAN­DRA BEARE

When the last cham­pagne flute is drained on the fi­nal day of the Mel­bourne Cup Car­ni­val, so­cialites be­gin cosy­ing up to PR maven Judy Ro­mano for an in­vi­ta­tion to next year’s. “The des­per­a­tion is quite em­bar­rass­ing,” she says. “For Syd­ney and Mel­bourne peo­ple, if you are not in­vited to the Cup, you are no­body.”

Ro­mano has seen wannabes try to bluff their way into ex­clu­sive mar­quees, dis­guise them­selves as celebri­ties, or press $500 into her palm. No mat­ter how in­ge­nious the ruse, her an­swer is: “No.”

From Rand­wick to Rot­tnest, the Mel­bourne Cup is per­haps the big­gest day on Aus­tralia’s so­cial cal­en­dar. For Very Im­por­tant and Less Im­por­tant peo­ple alike, it’s an an­nual ex­cuse to frock up and drink cham­pagne on a Tues­day

JEN­NIFER HAWKINS WEARS Alex Perry dress; Ge­or­gia Alice top; Aje col­lar; Mor­gan & Tay­lor hat (worn around neck); Peter Lang neck­lace; Aquaz­zura shoes, all Myer; Vic­to­ria & Al­bert An­tiques rings, (02) 9221 7198

JODI ANASTA WEARS WEARS JEN­NIFER

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