The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has officially launched the Melbourne Cup Carnival, with Derby Day setting the scene for a celebration of style.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival begins on Saturday 1 November with AAMI Victoria Derby Day, and continues with Emirates Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 4 November, Crown Oaks Day on Thursday 6 November and concludes with Emirates Stakes Day on Saturday 8 November.
More than 330,000 racegoers are expected to attend the four days at Flemington. More than $17 million in prize money will be won by connections, with $6 million on offer in the Emirates Melbourne Cup, the world’s richest handicap.
But the highlight of Melbourne Cup Carnival for many is the fashion.
Considered by many to be the most prestigious day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, AAMI Victoria Derby Day embodies a world of glamour and sophistications.
The fashion stakes are equally high with the commencement of the Myer Fashions on the Field competition for women and men. This is the day for classic elegance, which sets the pace for the entire week. Traditionally, black and white has been prominent colour scheme for women, while men often choose a morning suit, peacock vest and pin-stripe pants.
For Melbourne Cup Day, the crowds are often seen in bright colors with an excess of accessories. It the chance to wear the loudest dress in your wardrobe and go all out with high heels and an impressive hat.t
Oaks Day, the third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, is a day of indulgence and a chance to where something romantic, with delicate fabrics and plenty of colour.
Emirates Stakes Day concludes the Melbourne Cup Carnival on 8 November with a day for the family. It is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the fashion is a pleasant mix of understated style and fun.
Another unique element of the Spring Racing Carnival is that each event features its own flower.
The official flower for Derby Day is the cornflower, while the Melbourne Cup has the yellow rose, Oaks Day is the pink rose and the red rose is the feature for Stakes day.