Separately, I wasn't initially a fan of what either Ashley Hart and her boyfriend wore but together, it works. I think she looks fab and he took a big risk wearing this salmon pink blazer and it paid off. Bravo!
Barry Hall's partner, Sophie Raadschelders, bursts into the Birdcage in this explosion of pop colour in this mod-style sequin Bettina Liano mini dress. Whilst the dress itself is very cute, it would perhaps be better suited for the dancefloor at Boutique on a Friday night rather than the Spring Racing Carnival. It is far too short and heavy for daytime wear. Save this one for your next WAGs' night out at Riva, honey.
Ben Lewis' partner, Melle's dress is just ghastly. The two-toned, raw silk number with embroidered sash is dated and overly conservative on her. She had the right idea with her colour palate - the lime green and electric blue are very on-trend at the moment, but the dress itself completely ages her. A softer hued outfit, such as a dainty peach would've been much more flattering on her complexion. The neon tones against her white skin drains her of all life.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Brynne Edelsten is very much the 'Helen Bonham Carter' of the Australian Football League - we never quite know what she's wearing, but we love her for wearing it regardless. For the Cup, Edelsten pursues a 'Race Day Barbie' personae which begs the question, which is brighter? Her candy-pink dress or her peroxide blonde hair?
Charli Delaney sports a floral, 50's look in this Monroe-style dress with flared poodle skirt and cherry red accessories. A little too, Alanna Hill-meets-Laura Ashley for my liking but it's a well co-orinated outfit nonetheless.
While I love her on-air, I have to say, Fifi Box's outfit choice for the Cup makes her look like a secretary who fell into a rainbow. The skirt and jacket - colour aside - are conservative and drab. She really isn't dressing for her age here. Great headwear though!
Jennifer Hawkins is positively flawless. Her sunrise-coloured, floral outfit was one of my absolutely favourites from the Cup. She could've afforded to go bigger for her headpiece but contrary to public opinion, I think the jade green contrasts brilliantly with the hot orange shoes and resists the urge to be too matchy-matchy by sticking to the one colour palate. The bag ties in brilliantly, as does her other arm candy, Jake Wall. 10/10.
Here, Jennifer Hawkins' green fascinator is further justified when coupled with her matching silk jacket in the same tone. She poses alongside Rebecca Judd, who looks equally as Summery in this white and yellow colour-block dress with royal blue accessories and tribal-looking orange neckpiece. Perfect in every way.
Hey, Kasia Z... who died? This black-on-black-on-black getup is heavy and a little on the morbid side in contrast to the vast array of colour sported at the Cup. Whilst I can understand her logic in wanting to go for a neutral colour ahead of this season's bright trends, this head-to-toe black look is dull, unflattering and lifeless. Very disappointing.
Whilst Kate Fleighter's dress is a little 'plain Jane', she does partially redeem herself with this statement, turquoise fold over clutch. This look would've been greatly improved had she incorporated turquoise elsewhere in her outfit, perhaps even with a splash of coral - jewellery? headpiece? shoes? A little less prim and proper and a little more young and fun please!
Model, Kate Peck looks like she's wearing a brown paper bag with a cape (that's right, cape), hat and belt fashioned from some sort of fury little creature... Will somebody please call the RSPCA - Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Accessories???
Kate Twigley + Rebecca Judd prove that great style runs in this family gene pool! Great minds, colour block alike.
Laura Dundovic showcases one of my other favourite Cup Day looks. Here she is looking luminous in lemon alongside James Kerley. The splash of orange, particularly on her lips, definitely adds some wow-factor.
If Joanna Griggs (next to Luke Darcy) had chosen white accessories instead of black, she'd run a high risk of being mistaken for Smurfette. There is too much blue going on in this ensemble and the capped sleeves and front panel frill do not flatter her figure. Love the fascinator though!
Melissa Bergland looks ridiculous in this red and white lip-pint dress. The pattern itself is fit for a cartoon character, whilst the sparkly gold shoes and shiny clutch further enhance this caricature. The green hat appears out of no where and makes absolutely no sense next to the rest of the outfit. A word to the wise: if you're trying to colour block, avoid Christmas colours. One redeeming factor is that the shape of the dress is perfect for her figure, highlighting the thinnest part of her legs and the cut out sleeves give us a playful glimpse of shoulder.... if only it had been fashioned out of something other than **'s table cloth.
Melissa Hetherington, what are you wearing??? That fuscia crown/fascinator thing atop your head looks like it's part of a children's fairy princess costume. The lace skirt is gorgeous but the blue sash and bright pink frill-shoulder top makes you look top-heavy (and not in a Pamela Anderson kind of way). The bag is also completely mis-matched, just like the black nail polish. Add a pair of glittery fairy wings and you could get a job at Disneyland!
Give her an apron, she could pass as a chef. A stethoscope and some surgical gloves and she'd look like my local GP. Emma Freedman, quite literally is, a blank canvas in this pale, off-white suit. The shoes have absolutely no relevance to the look and the bow fascinator adds very little contrast, or sense for that matter, to this bazaar ensemble. The bag almost clashes against whatever colour the suit really is? Ivory?? Mint green??? Hideous!!
We knew to expect a larger than life headpiece from the infamously flamboyant Miss Jay! The ivory suit and baby blue cravat are very fitting for Spring, whilst the ostentatious, tulle headpiece is playful and avant-guard. An outfit fit for a queen!
Pip Edwards goes for something totally different in this neutral ensemble with silver detailing and leopard print shoes. Despite her hair needing a strong comb through it and her blatant lack of hat or fascinator, I think she looks good. She took a risk and she stands out but not for all the wrong reasons. At first glance I almost mistook her for fashion blog royalty, Rumi Neely.
Rachael Finch appears to have been going for the same look as Kate Twigley (see above) with this pink, floral dress and orange hat, however, she doesn't quite manage to pull it off. This look is a little too girl scout-ladylike for my taste. She needs a shot of electric blue or a statement belt to edge it up. This is the Melbourne Cup darling, not afternoon tea with grandma!
Sarah-Jane Clarke + Heidi Middleton from Sass+Bide have completely confused me with these looks. Clarke's jacket looks like a 70's nightmare piece picked up from the Salvo's whilst Middleton appears to be wearing a blue wetsuit underneath that navy fold over skirt. However, I do love Clarke's orange, pink and white maxi with rose gold belt. I wonder if Kim K will be ripping off any of these looks for her next "kollection"...
Sharni Vincent looks fabulous in this royal blue, white and black print dress with understated-yet-elegant accessories. The bright colour, paired with the black and white keep her look simple and not overbearing and absolutely explode against her bronzed skin. Her minimal choice of jewellery is another reason this ensemble works as she allows the dress to speak for itself. Tres chic!
Sofie Vandenakker looks chic and Summery in this stunning black and white print dress. The pattern is unique and modern but still classy. The red lips give her a much needed pop of colour - I can't help but think this outfit would've been better suited for Derby Day. It needs a different hat I think.
Sonia Kruger looks divine in this watermelon red number, perfectly finished with the contrasting nude accessories. The outfit is warm and youthful without being overbearing! Whilst it is often tricky pulling off two pieces in the same colour, Kruger manages to get away with it by breaking up the dress with a neutral shade belt, bag, hat and shoes. The long-sleave silk trench is a refreshing and unique but not over the top. Brynne Edelstenn, take note!
Tania Zaetta looks like she's dressed for the Logies, or worse still, the Aria awards! The dress looks like it's been purchased from one of those formal events specialty shops - it is an evening number, not race day material. In any case, silver has been overdone to the point of tackiness. This outfit actually reminds me of something Gretel Killeen would've worn in her Big Brother Days.... oh yes, I went there!