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There are two main events of my working calendar year: Melbourne fashion festival in March and the Melbourne Cup Carnival, which runs over a full week from October 29th to November 5th. Although the Cup week revolves around sport, it’s the most publicised fashion event of the year, and it’s definitely one of my favourites.

The week’s main race days include Derby Day, Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day and Stakes Day, and each has a different appeal; whether you’re attending with a group of friends, frocking up to compete in the fashion arena, an avid punter chasing a winning bet, or making a family fun day out of it, there’s a race day to suit everyone.

Fashions on the Field is the main draw card for me, which culminates on Oaks Day with the national final. One lucky fashionista walks away with the renowned title, and the top ten share in over $360,000 of prizes. Hosted at the newly built hotspot, The Park, Fashions on the Field welcomes hundreds of hopefuls who compete, but even for the thousands who don’t care for the contest, it’s an opportunity to show off a new outfit or a custom designed piece.

If you’re yet to experience the Melbourne Cup Carnival, make a week of it and join me next year, but book early. If you’re travelling from interstate, stay close to the city at The Larwill Studio in Melbourne’s north on Flemington Road in Parkville. It’s only a hop away from the CBD, Melbourne Zoo, Queen Victoria Markets and of course, Flemington Race Track, and there’s a myriad of unique cafes and boutiques close by.

Dedicated to Australian artist, David Larwill, the boutique hotel draws inspiration from his studio. With bright, playful Larwill works complementing the contemporary design, The Larwill Studio is the perfect place for contemplation, creation and inspired thinking.Be sure to book your Flemington tickets early too; up against the 97,000 racegoers who attended on Cup Day this year, it’s a tight squeeze before the popular packages sell out.

For more information, head to flemington.com.au or book your next Melbourne city stay at artserieshotels.com.au/larwill.

The Fashion Advocate x

The Fashion Advocate Australian fashion blogger Australian fashion, beauty, lifestyle, Melbourne Cup Carnival

The Fashion Advocate Australian fashion blogger Australian fashion, beauty, lifestyle, Melbourne Cup Carnival

The Fashion Advocate Australian fashion blogger Australian fashion, beauty, lifestyle, Melbourne Cup Carnival

 

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