Spring is just around the corner, which means Melbournians can look forward to beginning of the Spring Racing Carnival, one of the most anticipated events in this city’s social calendar. To celebrate the launch of the 2013 BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival, the Melbourne Racing Club held a star-studded gala dinner at Peninsula in Melbourne’s Docklands.

Hosted by Channel Seven personalities Jennifer Keyte and Mark Beretta, guests were treated to pre-drinks before sitting down for official announcements about what to expect from this year’s carnival.

Australian rock favourites Birds of Tokyo were officially revealed as the music act for BECK Caulfield Guineas Day on the 12th of October, and Australian music royalty The Living End will perform on BMW Caulfield Cup Day on the 19th of October. Both bands will perform in a free concert after the last race of the day.

Erika Heynatz was officially revealed as this year’s Caulfield Style Ambassador. She spoke to Jennifer about her style tips for this year’s carnival which included avoiding looking orange when applying fake tan and making sure you dress appropriately for the racing track (it’s not a night club!). Key trends to look out for will be monochrome and metallics.Screen shot 2013-09-12 at 12.11.42 PM

Kasia Z and Erika Heynatz

Fashion & Social Ambassador Kasia Z spoke to guests on the night for the Carnival’s behind-the-scenes webisode series.

Poet, and one of Australia’s top wordsmiths Rupert McCall, recited a powerful piece he had written especially for the BMW Caulfield Cup. Images from past events flashed across the big screen behind him, really setting the mood for the racing season ahead.

To end the formal proceedings of the night, up-and-coming singer Chloe Maggs who will be soon off to the UK to record her debut album, performed alongside a troupe of dancers, really celebrating the fashion aspect of the spring racing season.

Screen shot 2013-09-12 at 12.33.12 PM

Chloe Maggs

Guest then moved to an area of Peninsula which was set up to mimic the outdoor set up at the Spring Racing Carnival. Bright chairs and tables were peppered with beautiful blooms, the latest cars from sponsor BMW were on display, sponsor Schwepps provided custom cocktails and celebrity chef Ian Curley served up delectable delights which will be on the menu at his newly opened restaurant at the Caulfield Racecourse, Black Caviar.

Last night was the perfect way to kick off this year’s Spring Racing Carnival. Stay tuned to Couturing.com for all your Spring Racing coverage.

Click here find out more information about this year’s Caulfield Cup Carnival.

Images courtesy of PPR

About The Author

Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of Couturing.com, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.