HUNTER women are expected to opt for bold over subtle on Melbourne Cup Day, with Westfield Kotara stylist Kate Kohler saying the event was an opportunity to “tap into fun and playfulness”.
She said dresses this year would be a mix of styles, such as mini length and featuring ruffles along the hemline or off the shoulder; sleek and fitted with bold colours including blue, green and red; or relaxed with shin-length asymmetrical hemlines.
She said pastel pantsuits were also popular.
“Race style is very different to typical event wear or party season – it’s not what we’d usually wear day to day.”
Ms Kohler said fascinators had made way for heavily jewelled crowns – often in yellow gold – and silk scarves tied around low ponytails, buns or hats, or twisted into headbands.
She said block heels – increasingly in perspex – were comfortable, stylish and could be worn without an ankle strap, such as on mules, to elongate legs.
She said men could be expected to add waistcoats to their suits, in blues and checks, or mix their jacket with a bold shirt and either white or sand chinos.
Celebrate the Melbourne Cup in style
FORGET Flemington. Everything you need to make the most of Melbourne Cup Day – good company, a lively atmosphere, tasty treats and a television – are right here.
Pubs, clubs, venues and restaurants have organised functions for every style, budget and party size.
Babylon is hosting a live jazz band, sweepstakes and a best dressed competition.
Tickets $100 include a three hour drink package from 12.30pm, champagne on arrival and seasonal canapés.
The Honeysuckle Hotel is hosting live music from 12pm, sweeps and prizes for best dressed.
Call for last minute tickets for $150 harbourside tables, which seat six people and include a mimosa upon arrival for each guest and an antipasto misto platter to share.
Media personalities Natasha Beyersdorf and Jess Farchione are hosting Wests New Lambton’s $60 a head three-course luncheon, featuring a drink on arrival, entertainer Jessica Cain, sweeps, raffles and photobooth fun.