Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer will take part in the Melbourne Cup celebrations for the third time, only this year’s visit will be virtual as a judge for Myer Fashions on your Front Lawn Millinery Award.

Lady Kitty Spencer at the Melbourne Cup 2019, wearing a hat from Stephen Jones and a dress by Roland Mouret.

Lady Kitty Spencer at the Melbourne Cup 2019, wearing a hat from Stephen Jones and a dress by Roland Mouret.

On the panel that assesses the benefits of marvelous wonders and the inevitable feather-fascinated, Lady Kitty, 30, will join famed English miller Stephen Jones, who works with Christian Dior, Gucci and topped Rihanna’s latest and relatively masterful Met Gala look.

“The award is a wonderful opportunity for Australia’s most talented milliners to showcase their creativity and technical prowess,” Lady Kitty said via email.

“I have always loved embracing the glamor and joy of dressing for the races and wearing an incredible headpiece. In particular, I have such wonderful memories of my visits to the Melbourne Cup Carnival as a guest of Victoria Racing Club and their main partner Lexus. ”

Lady Kitty participated in the Melbourne Cup in 2015 and again in 2019. Since those appearances, she has worked as the global ambassador for the Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana, wearing their designs at her wedding in July to millionaire fashion retailer Michael Lewis, 61, in Rome.

“Judging along with world-renowned milliner and friend Stephen Jones is an honor and I look forward to seeing all the contributions from across Australia.”

Rihanna at the Met Gala in 2021 wearing Stephen Jones;  mills Stephen Jones;  Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, wearing Stephen Jones at Prince Louis' baptism in 2018.

Rihanna at the Met Gala in 2021 wearing Stephen Jones; mills Stephen Jones; Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, wearing Stephen Jones at Prince Louis’ baptism in 2018.Credit:AP- Cameron L’Estrange

For Jones, who was fresh from working with Christian Dior at Paris Fashion Week, it is an opportunity to reunite with the aristocratic Lady Kitty as well as Australia’s hateful population.

“I feel a little like her uncle,” said Jones, 64. “We are friends. She is a beautiful person and knows how to wear clothes very well.”

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