With the sun shining bright and the sophistication level at incredible highs, what other celebration could it be mid-October, than the highly anticipated Caulfield Cup?
Fashionable ladies and gentlemen flocked into Caulfield Racecourse in their classiest frocks and most dapper suits, looking fresh, crisp, and elegant, in celebration of the most stylish racing day on the Caulfield calendar, the Caulfield Cup.
Although the morning weather left us all in doubt as to how the day would pan out, Melbourne being Melbourne rid itself of its cheeky behaviour, and allowed things to make a dramatic turn for the best when the clouds opened up and the clear blue sky peeked through. The weather was resultantly flawless, with mother nature putting on her best behaviour for the exciting event. Glistening sun all day long, a warm breeze, and perfect lighting for the photo opportunities (or shall I say photoshoots!) at the races.
Dress wise women really took the chance to explore and experiment with their own style as the first major race day to kick of the season. Glamour squads could be seen left right and centre rocking top and skirt duos, pants suits, jumpsuits, and of course classy frocks. In all shades, styles, and prints, everyone was a winner.
Headpiece wise we saw hats, crowns, and all kinds of new do’s. A personal favourite for this year would have to be the crown. Whether it be leather, whether it be metallic, or whether it be floral, crowns were everywhere to be seen by designers including Rebecca Share, Viktoria Novak, and Stephanie Spencer to name a few. Also solidifying its place in the raceday fashions were delicate headpieces that wrap around the head. A favourite of mine from the day would have had to be Natalie Bikicki rocked by blogging superstar Vydia Rishie, and Thurley looking magnificent on my blogger pal Anne Fed.
Heading along to the Heath Enclosure meant one thing. The fashion stakes were high and the hashtag Colours of Caulfield was taken seriously. Located in a prime location along the finishing stretch, the highly anticipated Caulfield Cup marquee exceeded all expectations. Saying the David Jones marquee was breathtaking would be an understatement. Although there is more than one way to a woman’s heart, flowers are a definite winner and sure bet, so being surrounded by countless soft pink garland florals in an arrangement like no other meant David Jones really stole our hearts. Focusing on an elegant design, interior stylists made use of divine ash wood, tan hide, and hand-finished brass for detailing. Nuances of mint and dark green delicately contrasted against pink and tan hues, leaving the area as a perfect spring setting and as the definition of chic.
The marquee which attracts socialites and VIP’s from all necks of the woods can now be confirmed as the Cup’s centrepoint of all things glam and fashionable. A dynamic guest list of international and local racegoers left the David Jones marquee as the place to be on the vibrant and buzzing race day.
Guests inside the marquee sipped on countless flutes of Laurent Perrier, while nibbling on decadent canapes by none other than Guillaume Brahimi who took guests on an A-grade culinary experience throughout the day! A favourite for the sweet toothed would have to have been the raspberry ice-cream which was dipped in Belgium milk chocolate, topped with popping candy and freeze dried raspberry crumble. Di-vine! The renowned chef hosted like a true gentleman, popping back and forth between the kitchen and front of house lounge.
Bespoke cocktails were also in hot demand in the stylish marquee, available in Manhattan, Negroni, Old Fashioned and Martini varieties with one of the world’s most highly regarded ice-block makers, Navy Strength Ice Co. completing the premium quality cocktail experience.
Not only was the food and drink impossible to fault, the view of the racetrack unhindered, and the tunes by David Jones resident DJ Jason Dundas pumping, but Tom Ford’s signature luxe and inimitable cosmetics and fragrances left race-goers looking primed and photo-ready for when snapping pictures at the custom David Jones photo booth.
Guests partied it up inside the marquee while avid racer-goers and those feeling lucky placed their bets at the TAB and bookmaker facilities in hope of a winning bet! Yes I gave it a go and unfortunately it was not my lucky day, but hey it was all in good fun! Close by was the concierge, prepped with everything you could possibly think of that racegoers may need. From phone charging and restaurant reservation facilities, to a supply of hollywood tape, party feet, and sewing kits, the concierge was ready for anything.
I also found myself popping into the exclusive Champagne Pommery Marquee for a lot of the day, which too was seen to be a Caulfield Cup hotspot. Filled with countless fashion, TV, and socialite VIP’s, the marquee played host to Melbourne’s favourites who were dressed head to toe in perfectly chic Spring Racing ensembles. The vibrant and buzzing marquee saw champagne (Pommery of course) flowing fast and canapés flying off the tray. Favourites for the day included the mouthwatering lobster roll, the waist stretching chocolate or salted caramel filled donuts, and the all round delicious smoked salmon bagels. Oh how my stomach rumbles just reminiscing on the flavours from the day.
Tunes by the resident DJ set the scene for racegoers to party the day away in anticipation of the main race.
All in all Caulfield Cup not only met but surpassed all expectations and never fails to turn the wow factor up each year. More fashion, more class, and more all round extravagance.