The magnificent Royal Randwick came alive on Saturday for the Championships Day 1 with Sydney’s most stylish attending in their black and white best for the day.
The traditional black and white dress code had racegoers feeling confident to experiment with everything from bold stripes and boater hats to laser-cut fabrics in feminine shapes. Face of Myer Jennifer Hawkins opted for a delicate black Maticevski mini-dress while Myer Ambassador Jodi Anasta was chic perfection in a jumpsuit by Self-Portrait. Fellow ambassador Kris Smith kept it chic and simple in a black suit by Dom Bagnato.
The stakes were high at the Myer Fashions on the Field Marquee with contestants pulling out all the stops in an effort to impress the judging panel which included Vogue Australia Editor Edwina McCann, Face of Myer Jennifer Hawkins, Myer Milliner Nerida Winter, Myer Group General Manager of Apparel Karen Brewster and Australian Turf Club Ambassador Storm Keating. But it was the stunning Viviana Parish who took out the Womens Best Dressed Racewear category in her stunning Spanish inspired ensemble. “It all started with the hat, which is a very special piece to me. My parents bought it when they went over to Colombia to adopt me and they wanted me to have something as a little memento to remind me of my heritage and where I came from”.
The whimsical design of the stunning Myer Marquee was a modern twist on an elegant Victorian-era mansion with its manicured gardens, lattice focus, rich green-hues, lust red velvets and marble with golden highlights that adorn the space. Guests of the marquee were treated to a delicious modern menu including Szechuan duck wonton, citrus cured kingfish as well as snow crab with zesty cilantro mayonnaise. A decadent chocolate platter consisting of Belcolade milk and Callebaut dark chocolate slabs with nougatine white chocolate shards and autumn berries kept guests coming back for seconds all afternoon.
With a little taste of the races, we can’t wait to head back to Royal Randwick again this Saturday for the Championships Day 2 – see you there!
Jeenifer Hawkins in Maticevski dress, Kurt Geiger shoes and Viktoria Novak millinery | Kris Smith in Dom Bagnato
Nikki Phillips in Maticevski and Viktoria Novak millinery | Jodi Anasta in Sel-Portrait jumpsuit, Kurt Geiger shoes, Viktoria Novak millinery and Mon Purse clutch
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