Today was the Melbourne Cup, called "The Race That Stops a Nation"™. Besides the actual race, there are several marquees where sponsors actually pay celebrities to drop by or encourage them to come to plug their own projects, plus amateurs vying for the "Fashions on the Field" crown.
I have to give points to pregnant Rebecca Judd for a fashion-forward maternity outfit (front
, and back
) - I didn't love it but it certainly broke the mold of demure maternity outfits
My pick of the celebrity outfits is Dita von Teese
- the burlesque artist definitely knows how to combine sex appeal with an appropriate raceday look. Unlike, for example, your favorite skank and mine, Brynne Edelsten
, or swimmer Michael Klim's wife, Balinese princess Lindy Rama
Also have to give a shout-out to trainer Gai Waterhouse
(in the snazzy turquoise hat in the middle), the first Australian woman to train a Melbourne Cup winner.
As for the amateurs, here's a group shot
of the state winners (minus the Victoria entrants, who are chosen at later races) plus some close-ups of their accessories (Part 1
and Part 2
). For once, I agreed with the choice of winner for Cup Day, which this year was Chloe Moo (here's a shot
with the two runners-up) - her dress was designed by her fashion designer mother Jo (who was also competing and is shown here
with her) and made from material designed by an Aboriginal artist.