Crown Oaks Day Wrap Up

Crown Oaks Day, known to be the pinnacle of fashion at the Melbourne Cup Carnival, certainly lived up to the expectation this year. It wasn’t just the women stepping out in styles this ‘Ladies Day’. The gentlemen were looking suave, dressed in predominantly blues and pastels, while the ladies radiated feminine sophistication in florals and lace.

Image: Marten Ascenzo
Image: Marten Ascenzo

The Crown Oaks was taken out by a 100-1 filly, Lasqueti Spirit. Jockey Brenton Avdulla said after the race “At about the 1000, I thought we could finish top eight… But she just didn’t stop and suddenly I thought ‘I can win this’.” Even more shocking to punters than Lasqueti Spirit taking out the win, was favourite Yankee Rose finishing in second last place. Harlow Gold took out second, followed by Eleonora – Granddaughter of 2002 Melbourne Cup winner, Ethereal.

Over in the Birdcage, hemlines were long, smiles were bright, and we saw an abundance or pretty patterns, lady-like lace, and feminine florals. Both Face of Myer Jen Hawkins, and television presenter Bec Judd, ruled the dress code in pale blue lace frocks. The traditional fascinator appeared to be swapped out for the on-trend lace and jeweled crowns, as well as the ever cute boater hat – which perfectly suited the beautiful spring day!

Home Straight Enclosure guests wowed in day 3 of ‘Styles on the Straight’, proving judges had a near impossible task ahead of them. The gentlemen stepped out in polished ensembles, with neutrals and softer pastels dominating the colour palette, we saw coloured blazers, checked suits and patterned socks! Blue appeared to be the colour of the day, with our winner, Rebecca Donegan, dressed in a blue lace Cooper St dress, paired with Vintage Rose Millinery.

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