Celebrities descended upon Flemington Racecourse in their best black and white ensembles for Derby Day on Saturday. The star crowd included a mix of local talent, visiting Aussies and international stars, who mingled in the marquees. Rachael Taylor, whose show Charlie’s Angels was axed earlier this month, is home to shoot a new Bonds campaign, while Dita Von Teese missed the monochrome memo and opted for a bright red dress. There were lots of TV stars on the field, such as ladies from Home and Away and Packed to the Rafters, and The X Factor judges Ronan Keating and Mel B also made the trip to Melbourne. Jennifer Hawkins partied in the Myer marquee with Rebecca Judd, and funny men Hamish Blake and Andy Lee were also on hand for the festivities. Lots of these stars will be out again on Tuesday for the Melbourne Cup.
One of the biggest days of the Spring Racing Carnival, Derby Day, took place on Saturday and the majority of the celebs in attendance had the monochrome dress code down pat (ahem, Dita Von Teese), in chic separates and figure-hugging frocks. White, fitted and structured was the theme among celebs Jennifer Hawkins, Laura Dundovic, Rachael Taylor and Australia's Next Top Model winner Montana Cox, while Lindy Klim, in Toni Maticevski and Miu Miu heels, and Spring Racing ambassador Kate Waterhouse in Christopher Kane, chose to keep it all black. Step inside our gallery to see who else got frocked up for Derby Day!
It's the one before the race that stops a nation but that doesn't mean that Derby Day is any less glamorous than Melbourne Cup as several A-list racegoers proved at Flemington yesterday. Jennifer Hawkins, Rachael Taylor and many more stuck to the black and white dress code, finishing their look with a variety of hats and headpieces and a red lip here and there. We loved Rachael Taylor's entire look and also Jennifer Hawkins' retro 'do.
Derby Day, the race day known as “the day that all racing purists look forward to” (thanks, Emma Freedman!), is taking place tomorrow at Flemington Racecourse. Known for its black and white dress code, the event has attracted international and Aussie names over the years, including Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Hawkins, Liam Hemsworth and more. Take a trip down memory lane with photos from Derby Days past!
If you’re heading to the races for the first time this year, there’s a chance you still don’t know exactly what your day will entail, aside from frocking up in a pretty dress and headpiece, enjoying some canapés and champers with your friends, and perhaps a little betting. Race day veteran Emma Freedman, who yesterday told us the difference between the events, gave us some insight into what an average day at the races is like for her, and shares some tips on how you can enjoy your day, too!
What Emma’s race days are like: “I will get up at around 4 a.m. to work on Today, go home and glam up and then head to the track at around 10:30 a.m. At the track my duties can vary depending on the day. I could be spending the day with David Jones clients, working for Channel Nine on the broadcast of a particular day, possibly shoot some interviews to play the next morning on Today or on the Wide World of Sport, spend time with my dad when we have runners in big races, and after all of that visit some of the beautiful marquees such as Emirates. It can be a long day, but very enjoyable for someone who loves racing!”
How to enjoy race day if you’re not in a marquee: “Some of the best times are when you pack a picnic with your friends and bask in the sunshine with those close to you and enjoy the racing. Though I think taking an interest in what is happening on the track is a must. Just ensure that you pace yourself and remember the track is all about embracing that inner lady!”
We just got the chance to pick David Jones Racing Ambassador Emma Freedman's brain about all things racing, and my, my! Wasn't she a wealth of information? We'll be sharing her tips for nailing that tricky races dress code with you tomorrow, but after learning that Emma will be working a Dion Lee pantsuit come Cup Day, so we couldn't wait to source some non-traditional but just-as-chic separates for Saturday's Derby Day. The key to pulling off this look is to choose tailored pieces in luxe fabrications to dress it up. Think satin lapels on a blazer worn over a French lace blouse and you're on the right track. Add a stylish somethin' for your head and you're off and racing! Shop our top ten picks to set you apart from the monochrome crowd...
This Saturday marks one of the biggest (and most fashion-focused) days on the Spring Racing Carnival schedule — Derby Day! Whether you're heading to Flemington (for free, perhaps?), celebrating at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney or doing your own thing, we've got ten fab frocks that will have you nailing that tricky trackside dress code. Black and white is traditional, but we've found some chic little numbers that are on-trend but will still get you into the members stand. Gather your race day essentials, pick some head-candy, and you're off and racing! Take a stylish shortcut with our online edit:
This Saturday is Derby Day — are you partaking in the black and white fun? What if we were to throw a FREE double pass to AAMI Victorian Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse your way? Does that sweeten the deal? Our pals at Emirates have kindly given us five double passes to a day of trackside fun this Saturday thr 30th of October, worth a tidy $141. We're making this competition fast and fun; simply tell us below if you're a hat or fascinator kinda girl. But be quick — this is a one-day-only chance to get trackside for free. Giddy up!
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Autumn racing season is in full swing following AAMI Golden Slipper Day two weekends ago and AJC Australian Derby Day on Saturday. Attendees such as Megan Gale, Sophie Lowe, Jodi Gordon and Kate Ritchie adhered to the strict black and white dress code at Randwick Racecourse, while David Jones racing ambassadors Kate Waterhouse and Emma Freedman proudly represented the store in very different looks. WAG Nation star Terry Biviano hosted Fashions in the Field with choreographer Adam Williams (wonder if it was caught on camera for the show?) while designer Gail Elliott had judging duties.