What's happening on celebrity heads at Melbourne Cup today.

The race doesn’t start till 3pm, but the hats, the hats have been going for hours.

Happy days, hat-watchers. At this year’s Mebourne Cup there’s no dip-dyed feathers or tacky netting to be seen. Here are our top picks for the headcases of the Melbourne Cup. Helpful for ordinary humans who might need a hat of their own — like for a wedding or an ordinary-person racewear.

Spiky flowers

It’s hardcore femme at it’s very best — sharp, edgy, and oh-so-on-trend. This year’s floral headpiece has been given a modern makeover with stiff shards of leather sprinkled with jewels for a look that any evil Disney queen would be proud of.

Jen Hawkins:

Neon by @toni_maticevski .. Heading to the #myermarquee #findracing ???? can't wait !

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Rachel Finch:

Kate Peck:


The crowning glory for this year’s racing royalty are shimmering metallics in gold and bronze. Some have opted for an understated shine, whilst trackside Queens like Leona Edmiston have trumped them all with a studded crown.

Kate Waterhouse

Wrapped in a bronze metal turban for Melbourne Cup! ❤️ Thanks to @hatmakeraus + @sarahandsebastianjewellery

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Georgie Gardner

GG off to the GGs!! Huge thanks @gingerandsmart @neridawinter & @joannebentleymakeup @morganhillhair #bestinthebiz xx

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Leona Edmiston


Making the feathered fascinators of yesteryear look like birds’ nests, this year it’s all about just sticking some sparklers on your head. Bejewelled headbands are glistening in red and bronze, with others opting for a brighter sparkle, like Bec Judd’s fuschia burst.

Emma Freedman

Bec Judd

Bright and Abstract

Like little pieces of modern art perched atop perfectly coiffed dos, this year is seeing its fair share of brightly and mildly outrageous headpieces. Hey, when else can you get away with this kind of silliness?

Edwina Bartholomew

Johanna Griggs

Fedoras + Boaters

Keeping with the My Fair Lady sweep of fedoras we’ve seen so far on the Spring Racing circuit, today’s Cup carpet is bringing through some clean shapes and bold lines with boyish hats that finish off the softness of racing frocks perfectly. 

Ashley Hart

The perennially gorgeous @ashleyhart1111 #melbcupcarnival #sun7

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Sam Armytage

Em Rusciano

Wildcards – homegrown. 

It was complete fashion anarchy on the Mamamia red carpet today, with the Homemade Hat competition dragging out the weird and wonderful from all corners of the office. From tweeting birds to foam pancakes, My Little Pony and more, the fashion rules went out the window as Melbourne Cup got the pasta-necklace makeover it never wanted.

Holly Wainwright: “I’m calling this one Twitter.”

Maggie Kelly: Pancakes at dawn.

Saengtip Kirk: The irony? She’s a Kiwi.

Tegan Gilchrist: Podcast promotion (always working, Teegs)

Freya King:  All about the ponies.

See all the fashion from the day here:

What have you got on your head today? 

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