Melbourne Cup fashion is, in a lot of ways, reflective of the race itself: bold, bright, and punchy prints and colours that turn heads and stop traffic rule the day. These are some serious sartorial efforts that also manage to be fun and frivolous. After all, isn’t that what fashion is really all about?
On the one hand, the Melbourne Cup is such a big deal that it quite literally stops a nation: offices close early so everyone can go. It is one of the most prestigious Group 1 races in the whole world, the world’s richest turf race, and the richest prize in Australian sport, with a cash prize amounting to $6.2 million. And the trophy? Last year’s was worth a mere, oh, $175,000.
On the other hand, the joke is that most people who go are actually so busy partying that they don’t even notice the actual races! I can’t help but think of how perfectly it encapsulates the Australian spirit: we take nothing too seriously, except when it’s the business of having fun!
Here are my top picks for my Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit for 2016:
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