Fashions on the Field

Winning Stakes Day racewear competition is not child's play

'Simple and classy': Matilda Conway wears her own design for this year's Fashions on the Field, with a prize pool of $20,000 up for grabs.

Suzanne Carbone   All fashion designers begin somewhere and for Matilda Conway, 13, it's making her own dress for Emirates Fashions on the Field on Stakes Day.

Cutting-edge style stakes claim on Fashions on the Field at Flemington

An eye-catching entrant in Fashions on the Field.

Rachelle Unreich   Amid the beautiful on-course peacocks, a fashion judge gazes in adoration.

Melbourne Cup 2014: The bizarre, the bold and the beautiful pack Birdcage

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Jessica Wright   Makybe Diva may have won the Melbourne Cup a record three times but year after year, there is a bigger diva at the races, galloping around for attention.  Disgraced businessman Geoffrey Edelsten,71, arrived in the Birdcage with the sole intention of stealing the show – and this year he did it in the worst possible style. 

All life rolls by on Melbourne Cup day

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Tony Wright   There seems something almost perfectly absurd about a whole city being granted a day off on a Tuesday and much of a nation stopping work because there is a horse race, and you'd be tempted to snigger at it ... and then your horse wins.

Melbourne Cup 2014: Fashions convert goes from kaftan to structured couture

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Deborah Gough   It took a rip in a Camilla kaftan to bring out the winning entry in the Myer Fashions on the Field competition.

Melbourne Cup 2014: Retirees turn heads at Flemington

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Aisha Dow   Fresh from winning the fashions on the field competition on their P&O cruise ship, four retirees have again taken centre stage.

It's horses and courses for VIPs dining in the Birdcage during Melbourne Cup carnival

Jennifer Hawkins was just one of the celebrities at the Birdcage last year.

Suzanne Carbone   If federal Treasurer Joe Hockey is invited to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, he will discover the age of entitlement is so hot right now. There's French champagne and caviar for VIPs waving their coveted lanyards and wristbands in Flemington's grand schmoozing spectacle.

Ladies who Lunch bring colour to Caulfield

Champagne Dame Kyla Kirlpatrick.

Jessica Wright   On an otherwise cold and grey Wednesday, it was the Ladies who Lunch who stole the show and brought vibrant colour to the Caulfield racecourse – more than 400 of them, and to a woman, in high spirits and stylishly turned out.

A different league

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Megan Doherty   Dannii‚Äôs ex has some fashion advice for men. Start with women, he tells Megan Doherty.

Viviane's style is a winner

News. Black Opal Stakes.  Fashions on the Field Classic Ladies Racewear winners, from left, second place Kody-Leigh Hirst from Stirling, first place Vivina Parish from Bywong and third place Angela Menz from Chiefly during the Black Opal Stakes at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra.   10th of March 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Jeffrey Chan

Jenna Clarke   The programme may have said Autumn racing but the weather and hemlines had other ideas.

Cute factor collars the final fashions

Fashion competition Family division at Fashions in the  Fields at Melbourne Cup Carnival in Flemington on Saturday November 10, 2012.

John Elder   There were no fake tans, tiaras or tantrums at the Kids Fashions on the Field.

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Fashions on the Field victory nine months in the making

Fashions on the Field at the Melbourne Cup.

Rachel Wells   Taking out a major prize at the Fashions on the Field event has become so coveted in recent years, that the days of teetering into Flemington and entering on a whim are long gone.

A day of blooming fashion and faux pas

The other big day out at Flemington: punters enjoy the action at Derby yesterday.

John Elder   Elephant ears, huge shoes and tattoos. It's got to be Derby day.

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Wild horses couldn't keep Cavalli away

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Suzanne Carbone   With a surname that means 'horses' in Italian, renowned fashion designer Roberto Cavalli was in the right place.

Biggest tip for the spring carnival may be the peplum

Vicki Petkoski incorporated two peplums into her striking claret-coloured dress.

Melissa Kent   Catwalk trends were given a sophisticated race-wear twist by thousands of fashion-forward women who, for the most part, stuck admirably to Derby day's traditional monochrome rules.

Birdcage alight with luminaries

Nicole Kidman arrives at Derby Day.

Suzanne Carbone   Here at Flemington it's time to smell the roses and that unique aroma of celebrity as the Birdcage fills for Derby Day.

Race almost won for master milliner

Current event: Nicole Latoyah models one of Paris Kayne's latest creations , the Banksia, inspired as a tribute to people who lost money in the financial group's collapse.

Lawrence Money   Paris Kyne's creative juices were fired up by the Banksia financial collapse so he created a 'robust hat like the flower' in sympathy with the investors' plight.

Proving Cup fashion statements never go out of style

Margaret Gaudion (then Wood) won the first Fashions on the Field in 1962.

Melissa Kent   'You know the best part of all this, don't you?' whispered Margaret Gaudion, the inaugural winner of Fashions on the Field. 'The fact that they have remembered me!'

Hip headpieces

Big and small are certs in hat stakes, but felt is the last straw

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Kate Waterhouse   FINDING a headpiece for the Melbourne spring racing carnival it is not as simple as popping any old hat on.