Melbourne Cup Carnival – Derby Day

Derby Day is the first day of Melbourne Cup Carnival and most certainly sets the mood for the whole race week. Classic black and white dress code calls for elegant, sophisticated and glamorous looks.

Flemington Racecourse was stunning with the all the roses it’s famous for. They do go all out for the Spring Carnival in Melbourne.

The Birdcage however is the place to be with famously hospitable and beautifully decorated marquees infested with local and international celebrities, bloggers, designers, racing royalty, socialites and just fun seekers the atmosphere here is nothing short of festive. 3 level Lexus marquee The Nest Pavillion offered a sit down lunch at the restaurant and view of the racecourse from the rooftop. Mumm marquee was one big champagne shower party. So much fun.

The biggest deal though during the 4 day festives is the fashion. Following the dress code is just as important as putting your own personal unique touch. A head piece is a must and it is what makes or brakes the racing outfit.

I wore this stripy black and white Maticevski dress. The stripes are so fine the dress almost looks grey. Monochrome Sergio Rossi heels with a pop of blue just enough to not completely brake the rules. And you know me I can never go without a pop of colour.

I have a confession to make – I’m not at all big on head wear. Not only do I think it’s uncomfortable it’s also extremely difficult to find something that suits. This custom made head piece by an up and coming milliner from NSW Geraldine Moses was exactly what I was after since it is not overly large and a little edgy and cool. And to my surprise the head band was so soft it felt like I wasn’t wearing anything.

I decided to go for loose waves with a lot of texture for the “undone” look. Make up – blue smokey eye for something different and soft pink lip.

Dress – Maticevski

Shoes – Sergio Rossi

Millinery – by Geraldine Moses @geraldsmoses

Bag – Dior