Black and white and red-faced

Sunday Herald Sun - - NEWS - Get the lat­est news all day her­ald­ KIM WIL­SON AND ANNA BYRNE

THE State Gov­ern­ment is mov­ing to set the price Vic­to­ri­ans pay for power.

The Sun­day Her­ald Sun un­der­stands the dras­tic step is be­ing ac­tively pur­sued to cut soar­ing elec­tric­ity prices and force power com­pa­nies to bring down their charges.

Just months af­ter a re­port rec­om­mended re-reg­u­lat­ing power prices, the gov­ern­ment is now seek­ing ad­vice on how to im­ple­ment the rad­i­cal move.

The re­port by for­mer Deputy Pre­mier John Th­waites said dereg­u­lat­ing power prices in 2002 had not worked and rec­om­mended a ba­sic re­tail price be set by gov­ern­ment.

Sources have told the Sun- A FASH­ION faux pas set tongues wag­ging in the ex­clu­sive bird­cage on Derby Day.

Myer face Jen­nifer Hawkins and Chan­nel 7 pre­sen­ter and trainer Francesca Cu­mani both ar­rived in a de­signer black and white lace Jonathan Simkhai dress.

Iron­i­cally Hawkins had ear­lier in the day com­mented the dress had only just made it to Melbourne from the US in time for her to wear, be­fore Cu­mani was also spot­ted wear­ing it.

Women over­whelm­ingly fol­lowed the tra­di­tional dress code of the day, em­brac­ing the sim­ple black and white com­bi­na­tion to strik­ing ef­fect.

In the ex­clu­sive mar­quees block colours dom­i­nated over pat­terns and prints, with just a smat­ter­ing of stripes, polka dots and mono­chrome flo­rals.

Ex­ag­ger­ated bell sleeves, dra­matic lace, ruf­fles, tas­sels and one-shoul­der sil­hou­ettes were the style state­ment of the day.

Kennedy spe­cial guest Melissa Ge­orge was a stand­out in a $20,000 polka dot pleated cou­ture gown from French fash­ion house Schi­a­par­elli, teamed with a Gre­gory Lad­ner wide brimmed hat worn over the shoul­der.

“I thought it was a nice change to wear it hang­ing off the back,” she said.

Block black and white head to toe looks were pop­u­lar, but both Jodi Anasta and Re­becca Judd bucked the trend, blend­ing the two shades to strik­ing ef­fect.

Lady­like el­e­gance reigned supreme in Myer Fash­ions on the Field with mod­est, mid-calf hem-lengths, ‘50s-in­spired full skirts and so­phis­ti­cated skirt and blouse en­sem­bles all pop­u­lar with the rac­ing purists.

Monelle Mon­dello, 26, from North­cote was crowned the win­ner, wear­ing a tiered stripe skirt, black top and wide brimmed hat.

“It was a very last minute look and I bought it all on­line, so I was pan­ick­ing if it would all ar­rive in time,” said Ms Mon­dello, who will now re­turn on Oaks Day as one of three con­tenders vy­ing to com­pete in the cov­eted na­tional fi­nal. day Her­ald Sun the State Gov­ern­ment had been con­sult­ing with con­sumer groups and in­dus­try groups over a pro­posed reg­u­lated price.

“Noth­ing is be­ing ruled out at this stage,” the source said.

The Th­waites re­port has found that gas and elec­tric­ity prices have tripled since 2000, and that mil­lions of Vic­to­ri­ans were pay­ing $500 more than the cheap­est of­fer avail­able. CREDIT RAT­ING PLUGGED, PAGE 23

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