By NICKY CHAMP
Ah, spring. It’s like you can feel a seismic shift the moment September 1 rolls around.
The warmer weather is on its way, the excitement in the air is palpable and your social calendar starts filling up with barbecues and garden parties.
But before we step into our summery sarongs and well-worn Havaianas, let’s have a look back at some of the best trackside glamour of the Melbourne Cup for some fashion inspiration.
Because the race that stops the nation has also had its fair share of celebrity fashion that stopped the nation over the years.
1. 1960s: Jean Shrimpton shocks.
It’s almost comical to think that Jean Shrimpton’s frock caused so much controversy back in 1965, but not only was she wearing a one-piece shift four inches above the knee, she also dared to attend Derby Day with – gasp! – no hat, gloves or stockings.
According to a Guardian interview with Shrimpton at the time, her dressmaker, Colin Rolfe, was given insufficient fabric, but went ahead with designing four outfits anyway. Thus, the miniskirt was born – shocking what was a conservative Australia at the time. Take inspiration from Shrimpton this year with this white embellished shift dress from Aussie designers Manning Cartell. Add a pair of ladylike two-tone low heels and a black oversized clutch.