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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.

Sure

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.

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