Melbourne Cup 2021: Delta Goodrem, Michelle Payne and Tayla Demir dazzle when crowds return to Flemington

Relaxed COVID restrictions in Victoria have allowed the color and style to flow back to Flemington for the Melbourne Cup 2021.

The pandemic forced authorities to ban crowds last year, with Twilight Payment claiming the 160th settlement of the race stopping the nation.

But a year later, and the players, about 10,000 of them, are back, packing the stands and hitting their own fashion trail.

Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, dazzled herself in an emerald green dress with a halter neck with a ruffle edge.

The racing royal house also swapped her riding hat for a pointed halo-fascinator.

Michelle Payne.
Camera iconMichelle Payne. Credit: Caligiuri wins/Getty pictures
Michelle Payne's colorful fascinator.
Camera iconMichelle Payne’s colorful fascinator. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty pictures

Australian singer Delta Goodrem turned her head in a mustard play suit and a giant pink bow tied around her waist.

The Lost Without You hitmaker complemented the look with a bright pink, wide-brimmed hat.

Delta Goodrem.
Camera iconDelta Goodrem. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty pictures
Delta Goodrem.
Camera iconDelta Goodrem. Credit: Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Images for VRC

WA-raised model and former reality TV star Tayla Damir, who is engaged to AFL star Nathan Broad, wore a backless dress with animal prints.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador wore a floral headdress and accessories with matching gold heels and clutch.

Tayla Damir.
Camera iconTayla Damir. Credit: Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Images for VRC

SAS Australia star and former Iron Woman Candice Warner was striking in a one-shoulder dress, which she paired with a matching red, wide-brimmed hat.

“Getting ready to celebrate the Melbourne Cup,” she wrote on Instagram.

Warner famously fell out with his buddy Roxy Jacenko after the pair came across SAS as part of a brutal challenge.

In September, Warner, the wife of Australian cricketer David Warner, said she was just “doing what she was told”.

“I can not even comment (the feud) because I got so much more out of the show than just that boxing scene,” she said.

“I just did what I was asked to do, and so did everyone else. And we were all friends in that show, (not) just the person I was boxing with.”

Model and 2021 SAS Australia recruit Erin Holland shared her Melbourne Cup look on Instagram, wearing an emerald green dress and swollen sleeves.

Entertainer Rob Mills combined his light brown, three-piece suit with a blue floral tie and glasses.

He posed for photos alongside weather host Kate Fairbairn, who shone in purple.

Kate Fairbairn and Rob Mills.
Camera iconKate Fairbairn and Rob Mills. Credit: Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Images for VRC
Rob Mills.
Camera iconRob Mills. Credit: Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Images for VRC

The Perth-raised sportsman Corbin Middlemas looked gorgeous in a checkered blazer and light chinos.

Those who are eager for the extra details will notice the cup-themed lapel pin.

Former Miss Universe Australia Olivia Molly Rogers also took to social media to share her “whole look” and looked brilliant in yellow.

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