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This Melbourne Cup Day, build an outfit of unsurpassed glamour at QueensPlaza. From top to toe, including hair and beauty, we have everything you need to stand out on the big day. Take a look at our race day ready items at

Plus, be sure to visit our Millinery Pop Up on Level One for inspiration, styling advice and the perfect headwear from the talented Felicity Boevink Millinery and Martina McGrath Millinery (until 1 November).

2016 Melbourne Cup Update:

The 2016 Melbourne Cup is set to run on Tuesday November 1 and the Melbourne Cup field is starting to take shape. 

Some last Fashion Tips:

■ Interesting textures like lace and pleats; expect to see lots of white lace on Derby Day this Saturday.

■ Black and white metallic, with splashes of silver and gold in bags, shoes and head wear. Check out styles from queen crown-maker Viktoria Novak, hat guruNerida Winter and talented milliner Hatmaker.

■ A fit and flare shape, tighter around the top and flared out at the waist is the preferred shape of the racing season.

■ According to the Myer style peeps, long or midi and cap sleeved dresses, as well as detailed high neck pieces will be popular this season.


■ Shorts: even of they are smart “walk” shorts, a day at the races is not the time to look like you are about to step out onto the golf course.

■ Don’t wear brand new shoes. You want to make sure you can walk comfortably all day and not be part of the shoes over your shoulder brigade at the end of the day

■ Don’t wear an outfit that is too revealing or one where you can see your midriff: leave that for the beach. Races are about elegance and sophistication.

■ Don’t wear millinery that is so over the top that it gets in the way of other racing guests.

Vogue Australia at the Races

Kate Waterhouse's Cup Carnival Fashion Blog

2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival - Fashions on the Field:

There are four key criteria that the judges will be looking for when it comes to the Myer Fashions on the Field competition:

Style - your dress needs to meet the style standards expected of entrants in a leading fashion competition - outdated styles will not impress!
Originality - meaning your dress offers something new and unseen in the competition's history and has hopefully anticipated - or better yet SET - the latest trend!
Attention to detail - this alludes to the importance of every single detail from head to toe
Adherence to the dress code - to stand any chance of winning your outfit must conform to the dress code and fashion brief for the given day of the Carnival (yes, the three main days each have a theme!)

The Emirates Melbourne Cup 2016 is the most important race on the Australian horse racing calendar. It isn’t called “The Race That Stops A Nation” for nothing – Australia really does come to a halt for an afternoon to watch the Melbourne Cup, which is the world’s richest handicap.

Held each year on the first Tuesday of November, the Melbourne Cup is a real test of staying power. The Melbourne Cup is raced over a distance of 3200 meters, far longer than any other major event in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, so it is certainly not a race that is easy to prepare for. Two miles is the traditional cup race distance and few races in Australia are still contested over these meters.

Every year the Melbourne Cup captures the attention of race fans around the country and abroad. It has now become a truly international affair too with nearly half of the 2016 Melbourne Cup field being raiders trained outside of Australia and New Zealand. Each year the international raiders are well-fancied in the Melbourne Cup Odds as they are bred to go the distance.

The Melbourne Cup is one of the few remaining genuine, two-mile races held in Australia each year. The only other 3200m race at Flemington Racecourse is the Andrew Ramsden Stakes, while in New South Wales the Sydney Cup is the country’s other Group 1 over the distance. Australia isn’t known for breeding genuine stayers and that is one of the reasons why every year the Melbourne Cup field features more and more both internationally-bred and trained horses.

The race goes for roughly three and a half minutes with the Melbourne Cup race record held by the Bart Cummings-trained Kingston Rule who won in 3:16.30 minutes back in 1990.
The 2016 Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday 1st November 2016 at 3pm local time.

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