Almost very elegant fashion wins on race day

“It’s great to get dressed again. You can imagine this is a change from what I need to wear to work. We all deserve the chance to feel good again, ‚ÄĚCarty said.

Master chef Judge Melissa Leong had also taken the feelgood approach to heart. At first glance, the dedicated fan of flan and fashion seemed to break with the Melbourne Cup tradition by wearing a black strapless pillar dress from Cappellazzo Couture, but closer inspection revealed eyelids with all the jockey silk colors. Make-up artist Shella Martin applied the mini-sequins to tie together with a pink shawl, almost set up by threads of Van Cleef & Arpel’s jewelry.

The former straps Kelly Carty in Zimmermann and a Meghan Britton hat, with her husband Michael.

The former straps Kelly Carty in Zimmermann and a Meghan Britton hat, with her husband Michael.Credit:Eddie Jim

“It all felt a bit restrained until we added make-up that works best against clear, dewy skin,” Leong said. “The shawl adds a touch of drama along with the jewelry.”

A compliment goes to comedian Andy Lee’s partner Bec Harding of Scanlan Theodore, who snatches the mini-tunic trend straight from the runways at Paris Fashion Week.

Former Miss Universe Australia and mental health advocate Olivia Molly Rogers also stood out in a color combination commonly found on McDonald’s drive through.

“I would never think of wearing yellow with red,” Rogers said of his Silvana Tedesco yellow dress with an ornate collar and red Colette headband. “My partner says I looked like a banana, but I like bananas.”

Melissa Leong in Cappellazzo Couture with make-up by Shella Martin.

Melissa Leong in Cappellazzo Couture with make-up by Shella Martin.Credit:Eddie Jim

If the Emerging Designer Award for Myer Fashions on Your Front Lawn is an accurate barometer, next year’s racers will look like David Bowie instead of fruit.

Brisbane designer Bethany Cordwell’s disco dress featured more than 16,000 hand-tooled reflective plastic drops, made from plastic briefcases.

Three times second place Belinda Osborne of Bees Creek in the Northern Territory won the Millinery Award, judged by Princess Diana’s model-niece Lady Kitty Spencer and British miller Stephen Jones.

New designer winner Bethany Cordwell's design and Melinda Osborne's lattice arch headpiece receive the Milliner Award at the Melbourne Cup 2021.

New designer winner Bethany Cordwell’s design and Melinda Osborne’s lattice arch headpiece receive the Milliner Award at the Melbourne Cup 2021.

The headpiece encircled the forehead and formed an arc at the back in a lattice effect with a fresh palette of gelatin colors. The winners of Best Dressed Man and Best Dressed Woman will be announced on Oaks Day.

St John’s Ambulance staff deserved a bigger fashion award at The Cup. While their uniforms remain a tribute to the practical instead of being a porter, their willingness to hand out Band-Aids to women struggling to return to life in heels does not go unnoticed.

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