Stylish punters and celebrities have flocked to Flemington for the Melbourne Cup this year and while many got the job done, the fashion on the pitch was as slick as the drenched track with many A-listers missing the mark in the birdcage.
One of them was Nadia Fairfax who stepped out in a long-sleeved kimono-inspired outfit that engulfed her tiny body and resembled a bathrobe.
The former gymnast turned fashion blogger paired the short, quirky dress with gold accessories and a nude makeup look as she smiled for the cameras at the Lexus tent Tuesday morning.
Melissa Leong made an early run for worst dressed with this satin suit she paired with a patent leather hat, while Natalie adjusted the carpet in her two-piece suit that resembled that of a retro flight attendant.
Rozalia Russian played it safe in a far from flattering Indiana Jones-esque brown outfit from Effie Kats and matching hat from Lauren J Ritchie Millinery, while the swimming sensation sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell missed the mark in garish figures
Melissa Leong also raised eyebrows with her bold yet edgy look – an oversized satin powersuit in blush with dramatic black cuffs, which she paired with a white button-up shirt.
The MasterChef Australia judge hid her short locks under a 1990s black patent leather hat, with a blast of pink tulle from the side to tie it with the rest of the outfit.
Former Miss Universe Tegan Martin opted for an equally risqué look with a Rebecca Vallance mini dress. While the color flattered her features, the uber-short design overwhelmed the style icon’s petit frame and tested the dress code with the length.
The Barbie core-inspired look continued with huge chunky hot pink platform heels, large button earrings, a charming wide-brimmed hat and matching clutch bag.
Celebrity Stylist Suzy Eskander, pictured here with husband Alan, chose a bold, striking Loewe bodycon dress that captured the attention of race-goers for all the wrong reasons
Caty Price also missed the mark when she tried to hop on the Barbie Core band wagon and step out in a crumpled knee-length pink dress.
The dress failed to flatter the blonde’s figure with its huge shoulder puffs and flared sleeves. She wore the dress with her blond locks down at the roots, and cute nude heels that didn’t stand out against the vibrant hue of the frock.
Natalie Hunter also made a wrong turn when dressing for the carnival by choosing to don an oppressive purple skirt suit, with a sharp collar and matching wizard.
The blunt look made the usually well-dressed blonde look like she was ready to help guests to their seats on the next flight from Melbourne, rather than attend the climax of Melbourne’s spring carnival.
Celebrity Stylist Suzy Eskander chose a bold, eye-catching bodycon dress from Loewe that shocked for all the wrong reasons.
The cream-colored dress had hands and arms covering the mother of three’s breasts and groin, earning her a spot next to the worst dressed women of the carnival.
But the show-stopping outfits weren’t all for the wrong reasons — with some A-listers definitely nailing their look on the day.
Among them are the ever-stylish Bec Judd and the glamorous redhead Jules Robinson who both showed exactly how the season’s ‘pop of colour’ trend will work for them.
Bec Judd’s stunning outfit was put together by celebrity stylist Lana Wilkinson with the breathtaking Effie Katz gown that highlighted the incredible figure of the mother of four and was topped off with a showstopper from Stephanie Spencer.
Olivia Molly Rogers also turned heads for all the right reasons with her classic tea-length Oglia Loro Couture dress and a custom headpiece from Ezaraj. The former Miss Universe Australia and mental health advocate completed her look with matching shoes and an oversized floral clutch.
Brooke Jowett looked demure as she stepped out in a gorgeous floral dress that she paired with a lavender headband, white mini bag and matching heels, while Kate Waterhouse narrowly scraped into the pool of best-dressed celebs in head-to-toe Gucci.
The blonde beauty wore a pink satin tea-length dress that showcased her incredible figure, with matching shoes and a divine candy pink mini purse.
The fashion writer threw her hair in a stylish up-do and completed the look with a bejeweled tiara.
Demi Brereton looked stunning in her figure-hugging floral dress from Olgaberg, which she paired with strappy black heels and a signature red glow to the clutch and hat.
While Delta Goodrem beamed as she pulled up along the track in Dolce & Gabbana, paired with black heels and lace gloves.
Amy Pejkovic sported a playful floral number that earned her the title of one of the best dressed trackside, the model wore the short dress over a white long sleeve shirt and added pink pointed heels for a pop of color.
It wasn’t just the women who made heads turn – with some of Australia’s most beloved male celebrities standing up for the occasion, for better or for worse.
Former Masterchef favorite Andy Allen shocked in his homey potato suit. He was pictured at the event alongside an old friend and fellow chef who looked smart in his navy blue suit – paired with a bright, floral tie that was perfectly placed for the spring carnival.
Ciarran Stott looked like a misguided Sherlock Holmes as he posed with a tattooed hand clasped in his dark brown trench coat.
The former Bachelor in Paradise star wore a gray cardigan and white shirt under the long coat and completed the look with a very festive tie.
The jacket was worn over a gray cardigan, white shirt and celebratory tie, while the former Bachelor in Paradise star
While Christian Wilkinson looked stunning in a mint green suit, paired with a red bow and tiara for the big day.