The BMW Caulfield Cup hosted their delightful, annual Members’ Trackside Fashion Luncheon during the Schweppes Thousand Guineas Day on Wednesday.
An unmissable event for the fashion savvy, the style conscious crowd flocked towards the exclusive, health enclosure marquees for an afternoon of fashion parades, awards, raffle draws and a gourmet 3-course meal.
The sun finally decided to grace Melbourne with its warming presence as the storm clouds from the night before fled into the distance. Large hats and fascinators featured on most with sunglasses, clutches and gloves accompanying, making it clear in explicit style that spring was truly here.
Flutes were topped up with a constant flow of champagne, as tables overflowed with delicious appetizers and sparkling bottles of Schweppes. Bloody mary oyster shots were consumed in true gastronomic style, as light table side chitchat filled air. Others gathered outside on the lawn to watch the horses gallop past, crossing their fingers for a potential win.
Leading the event was the fashionable Jesinta Campbell, who’s charismatic, engaging presence kept the crowd entertained throughout the day. Looking stunning in a colourful, pink and yellow printed number by Perri Cutten, Campbell proved to be the perfect host.
Faces of Caulfield 2012, Hetty Kate and Evan Spargo also made an appearance on stage, with Kate showing off her quirky sense of humour as the crowd eagerly listened and admired the two’s handsome stage presence. Kate’s advice on betting was, “if it’s got fur and four legs, then bet on that!”
The first fashion parade featured the Caulfield Whitehouse Institute of Design Award entries. The diverse entrants’ pieces displayed a wide array of looks that catered for the races, each with their own individual silhouettes and detailing, unique in every way.
Labels such as Black Rose, Bul and OHARA opted for more traditional shapes, adding twists of colour and print to spice things up. Others challenged the classic look with modern silhouettes, digital prints and shapes, such as KAHLO, Ange Lang and Nicholas, who was the winner of the People’s Choice Award.
The winner of the Caulfield Whitehouse Institute of Design Award was given to UK designer Ted Baker, who’s sweet and whimsical embroidered white dress wooed the judges. Styled perfectly with yellow leather gloves, a colourful clutch and a matching fascinator, the design was a clear standout piece.
As the champagne bubbles led to a giddy afternoon, Campbell introduced and interviewed renown designer, Perri Cutten on stage before her two collections were shown in a fashion parade. Lots of bright, monochromatic outfits featured as well as some head-to-toe prints in perfect sartorial elegance. There were many classic looks paired with scarves wrapped around the neck and a lovely 1950’s beehive hair up-do that tied the outfit together perfectly.
Raspberry macaroons, cake, chocolates and mini lemon meringue tarts gave the finishing touch to the elegant luncheon, as the tasty treats were devoured amongst the colourful guests. It was a sweet and candied conclusion to a colourful and stylish day.
Thank you to the BMW Caulfield Cup, The Melbourne Racing Club and Style Counsel PR for a wonderful event.