IS Melbourne enduring a celebrity drought? Stars were few and far between in the normally celebrity-studded Flemington Birdcage during Cup week. In fact search parties should have been called in to try to flush out a few more famous faces.
and provided nice interludes for star watchers, but when a flatline appearance by an American party boy famous for breeding with the least famous Kardashian sister, is one of the highlights, then things are pretty dire on the celebrity front.
Clapped-out reality cranks (memo to most — your 15 minutes was up long ago and please cease this ridiculous habit of wanting to approve your photos. Elle can get away with it, you can’t) and boring Instagrammers who struggled to hold a conversation when they weren’t madly snapping and posting selfies, invaded the corporate hospitality enclosure in plague proportions this year.
The Birdcage marquees were all masterful (and fun) in their own way, with Lexus setting a new standard for luxury in the competitive corporate space. But Myer, with its crowd of beautiful people, arty types and the showstopping
was missed, with the retailer ditching its marquee to concentrate on Fashions on the Field in The Park enclosure.
Missing from the marquees this year were many established names of TV, sport and society. And where were the power posers of the fashion world who can turn the head of even the most jaded scribe? Someone please fin find them in time for
next y year’s carnival. C CHANGES are on th the cards for the 2 2019 series of The Block owing to the B sheer size of the St Kilda hotel that will b be the location for th the hit show. Filming will start on t the transformation of the former Oslo Hotel in Febru February. “We are a lot bigger than this year,” Block foreman said in the Lexus marquee.
“We are probably going to give contestants more time next year to do the rooms, it is that big. I saw the plans recently and I am quite scared. It is a massive building.”
Schleiger admitted he had not liked the now completed Gatwick Hotel when he started work on the previous series of the show.
“It was very dangerous initially and for the poor workers pulling down the ceiling, and things like that, they were getting hit with syringes and rubbish.” RACING great
was enjoying a ladies day out yesterday, with granddaughter
The four-year-old is naturally keen on horses, although Waterhouse encouraged her to leave her hobby horse, Spirit, in the car rather than bring it to the Lexus marquee.
“It is such a special day and I have been able to bring my granddaughter, Sophia. Two years ago I brought my other granddaughter. I love that it is a day full of young people enjoying the races,” Waterhouse said.
AMONG a sea of bland women seemingly dressed by stylists to blend into the pack and avoid notice, it was a delight to follow
fashion adventures in Cup week.
The Pace marquee ambassador and model was a winner in the Birdcage style stakes. And here’s why — she put her own outfits together. “I thought this was an amazing opportunity to step away from the modelling aspect of my job where I am constantly put in clothes and required to bring a client’s vision to life,” she said. “I thought I would back myself and take ownership, take control, of what I would be wearing each day and it has been so well received.”
BsK SADLY not even the Birdcage escaped a few lightfingered racegoers, but their loot of choice was a surprise. The Lexus marquee’s plush beauty bar was raided of its make-up brushes by imageconscious pilferers.