Melbourne Cup Carnival 2011 - The Melbourne Cup

Day 2 of my Races experience, and today it's the Big one.

Crowds flocked to Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday with large crowds, bigger than Derby Day. The weather may of been overcast but the Myer's Fashions on the Field's Designs made up for it. With a strong and vibrant colour palette, designers presented their most innovative racing designs judged by designers Leona Edmiston, Yeojin BaeAnthony Capon and Phillip Tracey and fashion heavyweights Jackie Frank and  Edwina McCann. The competition was tight, with a range of finalists featuring pants, coat dresses, digital prints, texture and that all important fascinator. 

The designs were shortlisted to a final 10, with some of the strongest designs below. My favourite was this nude and off white look by Grace Lillian Lee, the detailing and texture on the dress was BAM amazing. It's aesthetic reminded me of Dutch designer Iris van Herpen.

Tia Carrigan
from Queensland took home the award for her racing bouquet inspired dress. Project Runway Australia Season 3's Craig Braybrook was the runner up whilst Season 1 designer Helen Manuell came third. 

Here is a shot of Carrigan accepting her win, with runner up Craig Braybrook and last year's winner Anthony Capon.

The excitement didn't stop with the fashion. At the Birdcage, with crowds of people were in and out of Marquees, socializing, drinking and most of all enjoying the races. Colour was definitely a strong trend this year, with ladies opting for bright colour blocking and prints.

The Fruche Marquee was a buzz, once again with colourful Cocktails and Fab food. Take a look below at some of my shots in the Fruche Marquee.

The fabulous Fruche face J Alexander looked BAM amazing in a grey and white look, pushing the dress code by sporting a pair of shorts. Love love loving the look!

Check out my other Melbourne Cup Carnival Posts below!

Derby Day
Crown Oaks Day
Emirates Stakes Day