Naomi Campbell stole the spotlight in true supermodel style, arriving late at Derby Day in Melbourne just as the main race was being run.
While camera flash bulbs went into a frenzy as Hugh Bowman rode Polanski to victory in the Derby at Flemington, photographers were also jostling for position to snap Campbell arriving more than an hour late at the Lexus marquee
‘‘It’s always people watching me but I like to watch people too,’’ she told waiting media, looking chic in a Christian Dior strapless black and white dress with a Philip Treacy hat
‘‘I love that everyone dresses up and I love the weather (here).
‘‘Everyone loves a party.’’
Campbell was the biggest name A-lister celebrity to grace the Birdcage on Saturday.
Fellow British model Poppy Delevingne made a regal entrance to the Lavazza marquee wearing a crown-like bejewelled headband by Dolce & Gabbana.
Like Campbell, Delevingne also loved soaking up the celebratory mood on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
‘‘The races in the UK are all about sipping tea and meeting the Queen: it’s all very well-to-do,’’ she said.
‘‘Here it’s just one big party.’’
Models Lara Bingle, Jennifer Hawkins and America’s Tyson Beckford were also among the fashionable celebrities trackside.
Hawkins wore a sculptural black leather Tony Maticevski dress.
‘‘I’m not saying I am sexy but that’s how I feel,’’ she said.
‘‘I feel incredibly cheeky in it.’’
The Veronicas, rock duo Jessica and Lisa Origliasso, chose suits from Topshop, paired with vintage hats from Los Angeles.
‘‘I said to Jess it would be kind of fun and maybe a little different for us to go with suits and a little bit more of an androgynous look’’ Lisa said.
Fashion was not only the domain of celebrities, with Ashleigh Albanese from Traralgon Victoria winning Derby Day Myer Fashions on the Field, beating 165 other entrants.
Albanese was up until 5am on Saturday morning making her winning outfit: a white A-line dress paired with a white straw hat.
‘‘Derby Day is always my favourite (race day),’’ she said.
‘‘It’s usually very elegant and classic so I tried to stick to that as much as I could.’’
Albanese’s classic style was an exception in a field of trackside fashion risk-takers, with plenty of ladies opting for lace, checks, spots and stripes to shake up their looks.
Some women, like Alex Hecker of Geelong, spent close to $1000 on their outfits, while other ladies such as Melbournite Hayley Collins paid $2000 for her ensemble.