Mel­bourne Cup

Frocks and fin­ery make a strong show­ing at the race that stops a na­tion

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SKIRTS AND HATS WERE IN peril from strong wind gusts, but the rain held off while an Ir­ish horse romped home to claim vic­tory at the Nov. 7 Mel­bourne Cup in Flem­ing­ton. “I just can’t be­lieve it,” said jockey Corey Brown, who rode Rekin­dling across the line, claim­ing a $3.6 mil­lion win in a dra­matic last-sec­ond snatch from fel­low Ir­ish horse Jo­hannes Ver­meer. “Corey gave an un­be­liev­able ride,” said Rekin­dling’s trainer, Joseph O’brien, vic­to­ri­ous in his first Cup. “It hasn’t re­ally sunk in yet to be hon­est.”

But while pun­ters stayed keenly fo­cused on the track, fash­ion fol­low­ers’ eyes were on the frocks and hats track­side. Bright jewel tones made a colour­ful change from the strict black-and-white tones of Derby Day three days be­fore (see next page). Ev­ery­thing from wide brims to jew­elled head­bands stood out on the blus­tery af­ter­noon. Jen­nifer Hawkins’s floaty Alex Perry dress (“Um, a tad windy,” she posted) caught the breeze. “It’s a bit tricky but I’ve got an over­coat,” said pre­sen­ter Rachael Finch. Vis­it­ing star­let Paris Jack­son chose a rust-coloured dress from Mor­ri­son over the cus­tom red one Perry re­port­edly made for her (sources told Fair­fax she wasn’t a fan of the Perry num­ber). Pos­ing with Jack­son for a snap, Finch wrote, “What a beau­ti­ful soul.”

Jen­nifer Hawkins held it to­gether in a cus­tom Alex Perry dress, Azara head­piece and Gi­ambat­tista Valli san­dals. Newly en­gaged ac­tress Pia Miller (see p. 14) donned a Sarah J. Cur­tis dfs­dio dolup­tat,hatand Dion voloreet, Lee­vul­lan­dressveli­tas she lam­com­my­at­tend­ed­nul­laorethe tie ve­r­aestru­drace­with­tem­fi­ancé ir­il­lan­dretyson­mag­n­diomul­lane. dolup­tat, voloreet, Aped que et la denisini­hil id

Jockey Corey Brown rode Rekin­dling past Jo­hannes Ver­meer and Max Dy­na­mite to win the Mel­bourne Cup on Nov. 7.

Anna Hein­rich was “feel­ing like sun­shine” in Re­becca Val­lance with a Scan­lan Theodore head­piece.

Sports Il­lus­trated model Robyn Law­ley took the plunge in ma­roon. She at­tended the race with Olympic swim­mer James Roberts.

Lley­ton He­witt and wife Bec (in Sass and Bide) looked in fine form, although Bec joked on In­sta­gram, “Just pop­ping out to get milk!” As part of her first trip to Aus­tralia, Myer guest Paris Jack­son ar­rived at Flem­ing­ton in an Ann Shoe­bridge top­per.

The Bach­e­lor Matty John­son’s fi­nal rose win­ner, Laura Byrne, got her lacy jump­suit from the Glam­our House. Ac­tress Jane Sey­mour told the Sun­day Her­aldSun that she has also been to Royal As­cot and the Ken­tucky Derby.

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