DERBY DAY FASHION
Monochrome palette has striking effect
ELLE Macpherson led the charge in the celebrity stakes on Derby Day as “The Body” created a buzz in the Birdcage.
Attending the Melbourne Cup Carnival for the first time, the supermodel and entrepreneur was a guest of the new-look Lexus marquee.
Of her first trip trackside, Macpherson told the Sunday Herald
Sun she was blown away by the atmosphere.
“It’s an iconic event — everybody makes a beautiful effort,” Macpherson said. “The women look fantastic and I love a man in a suit.
“I’m excited to be in the Lexus pavilion and I love the fact that it’s sustainably produced and beautifully designed.”
The luxury car brand is marking its inaugural year as naming rights sponsor of the race that stops a nation.
Macpherson wore a custom-made, all-white ensemble by Melbourne designer Toni Maticevski, which featured a dress over trousers and millinery by hatmaker-to-the-royals, Philip Treacy.
In her final racing carnival as the face of department store Myer, Jennifer Hawkins didn’t disappoint in the fashion stakes. The supermodel radiated sleek sophistication in a belted white gown by Maticevski, which featured a thigh-high split, paired with a broad brimmed hat by Melissa Jackson.
Myer ambassador Rachael Finch embraced ladylike elegance in a full skirt and top by Maticevski and a flower crown by Ford Millinery, while Elyse Knowles brought some sparkle to the track in more than $100,000 of diamonds from Bulgari, paired with a chic, one-sleeve black mini dress by Alex Perry.
Maticevski was the designer of choice trackside, with Rebecca Judd sporting a spectacular multi-layered, ruffled dress, actor Bella Heathcote in a pretty, black floral mini and Lindy Klim chic in a skirt and off the shoulder top from the Melbourne master couturier.
Scott Disick’s model girlfriend Sofia Richie, sister of Nicole and daughter of Lionel, was perfectly pretty opting for a white dress from Zimmerman.
Pin and Win ambassadors Moana Hope and Isabella Carlstrom once again translated trackside trends in their own contemporary cool way.
Black and white are always the firm favourites for Derby Day and hundreds of fierce fashionistas embraced the monochrome palette to striking effect. At Myer Fashions on the Field, stripes, polka dots and dramatic lace and tulle were all favoured, however bold all-black or white ensembles were most popular.
Kelli O’Dell was crowned the winner, also wearing Maticevski with millinery by Stephanie Spencer.
JORDANAND ZAKSTENMARK Pictures: JAKE NOWAKOWSKI, ALEX COPPEL, NICOLE GARMSTON, JAYTOWN, GETTY IMAGES FASHIONS ON THE FIELD WINNERS MILANO IMAI, KELLI O’DELL AND CARENA WEST SOFIA RICHIE CHEYENNE TOZZI