What I Wore: 2021 Melbourne Cup

3rd November, 2021

Melbourne Cup looked a little different this year. Instead of being at Flemington, I spent the day with friends enjoying a beautiful lunch at Silks at Crown Sydney. As much as I missed being trackside, I also loved being at a more intimate event. However I still (as I do every year) enjoyed the opportunity to get all dressed up. After the ultra feminine look I wore last year, I changed gear this year and I opted for a sleek, form fitting dress by Versace. With its deep neckline and subtle cut-out detail, it made a bold statement and was a great foundation for the rest of my look.

When working with a black outfit I think it helps to add splashes of colour to avoid it look too flat. Jewel tones were the ideal hues to add a little punchiness to my outfit and I found the perfect pieces to fit the brief. I opted for a deep emerald green Bottega Veneta bag with chain strap along with a oversized pink straw bow by Nerida Winter with a subtle veil. Both hues worked to complement each other and when set against a black dress, it really allowed the colours to pop. I wanted to create a streamlined silhouette so instead of a statement shoe I opted for a classic pair of black pumps to tie into the colour of the dress and the effect was one that elongated my frame. It’s one of my favourite styling tricks!

What Cup day look would be complete without a little sparkle? I was lucky enough to work with French jewellery brand Chaumet again this year and was so spoilt to be able to wear a selection of beautiful pieces. I opted for matching pieces, which entailed a pair of earrings, stacked rings and an elegant bangle. Timeless and sophisticated, they were the perfect accoutrements to finish off this year’s look for the race that stops a nation.

Credits: Dress, Versace; Bag, Bottega Veneta; Shoes, Christian Louboutin; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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