DERBY DAY FASH­ION

Mono­chrome pal­ette has strik­ing ef­fect

Sunday Herald Sun - - Front Page - ANNA BYRNE AND KIM WIL­SON anna.byrne@news.com.au

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

ELYSEKNOWLES

JESSIE MUR­PHY

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