Melbourne's fashion race is on

01:31, Nov 07 2012
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This woman may be carrying a rolled up sleeping bag on her head to use at the end of the day. And if that's the case, this isn't a questionable outfit ... it's the best.
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Not pictured in this photo: Turkish Delight (because no one likes her).
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This was definitely the woman on the right's idea.
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Sack the stylist, Brooke.
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We're aware that you probably got paid a reasonable amount of money to wear this on your head for promotional purposes. But it's still not okay.
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Someone had some spare time on their hands.
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Fabulously understated.
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On the upside, they would be effective at keeping the sun's harmful rays from your face.
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It seems there's a message here. But it's a message we're not quite receiving.
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Do you remember the structure in the Jodie Foster sci-fi film Contact? This lady's hat resembles that.
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This makes us hungry.
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The look on the woman on the left's face says it all.
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This horse looks ridiculous in this hat.
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This hat has the added benefit of ensuring you don't get swooped by an actual bird.
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ZANY!
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This woman has a habit of walking into a bush ...
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... see what we mean?
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Bethany Frankel accessorises with a lollypop, for no apparent reason.
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Cyndi Lauper gets away with this because she wrote True Colours. But only just.
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"What I'm after this year, is something that will make my my body look like the stalk of a massive sunflower. Thank you".
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On the upside, her head would be kept warm in the wind.
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Singer Miranda Lambert opted to complete her outfit with cowboy boots when she attended the Kentucky Derby. Probably not her best idea.
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Anna Nicole Smith ... always a winner.
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It's the limp bit of mint in his julep that really sets this outfit off.
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"Cup of tea?" "Don't mind if I do!"
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"Hello? Lost property? Yes, I seem to have misplaced my dignity".

Forget about the horses, it's all about the fashion.

The fab and fashionable are gathering at Flemington race course for this afternoon's Melbourne Cup - and some might even watch the race.

This year is extra special with Fashions in the Field celebrating 50 years of big hats, sky high heels and super short skirts.

Of course there is always the risk of a little dabauchery as the party kicks off.

And make sure to take a stroll back through some of the best of the Spring Racing Carnival looks. Always good for a giggle.

Melbourne Cup fashion
Melbourne Cup Day in 1948.
Melbourne Cup fashion
Flower power from 1969.
Melbourne Cup fashion
Ah the 1980s, the Cave Girls hit the Melbourne Cup.
Melbourne Cup fashion
The winners of the Fashions in the Field contest in 1967.
Melbourne Cup fashion
Two years later... it's 1982 with all its big shoulders and odd hats.
Melbourne Cup fashion
The little girl in the background doesn't seem convinced but this was all the rage at the 1957 Melbourne Cup.
Melbourne Cup fashion
Keeping it bright and cheerful in 1996.
Melbourne Cup fashion
Ditching the dresses in favour of a stylish pantsuit in 1972.
Melbourne Cup fashion
It's the Melbourne Cup - literally. This hat from 1974 is made from plastic drink cups.
Melbourne Cup fashion
And in 2009 they just did away with bottoms altogether.
Melbourne Cup fashion
When choosing an outfit, one must consider its versatility for all of the day's activities.

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Melbourne Cup style 2012
An early arrival for the Melbourne Cup 2012 at Flemington racecourse.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Visitors from the Pilbara arrive at the track for the cup.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Making the most of the one day when it's OK to wear a huge hat.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Or you could keep it small and tasteful.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
The fashionable and the beautiful gather for the Melbourne Cup.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins (L) and model Rebecca Judd.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
A fine example of Melbourne Cup hattage.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Bright colours are a strong theme at Flemington this year.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Bright colours are a strong theme at Flemington this year.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Packed to the Rafters actress Jessica McNamee in the celeb hangout, the Bird Cage.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Going for something a little different is Ash Hart.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Fashion from the Bird Cage.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Winners and Losers stars, Virigina Gay (L) and Melanie Vallejo arrive at Flemington Racecourse.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Another fine hat in action in Melbourne.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
And the rest of the outfit to match the hat, worn by model Loredana Bonello.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Matcho Suba from Australia's Project Runway. Yes that is a seahorse.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Actress Maria Venuti.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Glenn McGrath and his wife Sarah Leonardi.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Rose Byrne keeps it simple.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Sophie Monk strikes a pose.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
No that is not a towel on Jesinta Campbell's head. Really.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Australian actress Pia Miranda in a jumpsuit.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Mischa Barton dodges the rain.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
Fashions on the Field kicks off ahead of the big race at Flemington.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
The bigger the hat, the better for Fashions on the Field.
Melbourne Cup style 2012
And with these shoes why wouldn't you stay out of the rain?
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Michael Rodd riding Villa Verde wins race one the 7News Plate during 2012 Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington.
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Horses cross the line in the 7 News Plate during 2012 Melbourne Cup.
Melbourne Cup 2012
Michael Rodd riding Villa Verde wins race one the 7News Plate during 2012 Melbourne Cup.
2012 Melbourne Cup
Damien Oliver walks through the mounting yard at the 2012 Melbourne Cup.
2012 Melbourne Cup
Brett Prebble riding Kasane wins the TAB Trophy.
Melbourne Cup 2012 racing action
Jockeys exit the mounting yard on their horses amidst the big crowd before the TAB Trophy race.
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Brett Prebble riding Kasane wins the TAB Trophy.
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Horses jump from the barrier in the Lavazza Long Black during 2012 Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse
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Hugh Bowman riding Koonoomoo wins race four the Herald Sun Stakes during 2012 Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse
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Dwayne Dunn riding Verdant
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The horses round the bend in the Lavazza Long Black
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Dwayne Dunn riding Verdant celebrates winning the Lavazza Long Black
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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales greats fans.
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Kerrin McEvoy riding Genteel wins the Schweppes Tonic 1000.
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Kerrin McEvoy leads the pack at the Schweppes Tonic 1000.
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Damien Oliver walks back to scale after his horse Detours broke down in the Herald Sun Stakes during 2012
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Hugh Bowman making hard work of The Herald Sun Stakes.
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Kerrin McEvoy riding Genteel
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Damien Oliver riding Walk With Attitude wins the Lexus Hyrbrid Plate
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Prince Charles and Camilla speak with jockey Ryan Moore
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Melbourne Cup 2012 finish
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Brett Pebble riding Green Moon wins the Emirates Melbourne Cup
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Brett Prebble riding Green Moon (R) crosses the finish line to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
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Brett Pebble takes forces his way to the front
Melbourne Cup party time
The jokers are out in force for the 2012 Melbourne cup at Flemington.
Melbourne Cup party time
Race fans are determined to enjoy the day, come rain, hail or snow.
Melbourne Cup party time
Taking cup fashion to the extreme. Or something like that.
Melbourne Cup party time
Time for a party.
Melbourne Cup party time
Get the beers in love.
Melbourne Cup party time
Getting snap happy in between the races.
Melbourne Cup party time
Got the bubbles, got the fascinators - let's party.
Melbourne Cup party time
Well, yes lads, it's a 'look'.
Melbourne Cup party time
These guys came all the way from Perth to celebrate at the Melbourne Cup.
Melbourne Cup party time
Pretty in pink?
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Getting stuck into the bubbly.
Melbourne Cup
Sophie Monk shows us what the cup is really for.
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King Damon Hagaman and Queen Arna Hagaman enjoying the day at the races.
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Negotiating the stairs in heels.
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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, gets amongst it with the cup crowds.
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Jockey Ryan Moore stays tight lipped when Prince Charles asks for a tip. (No, not really).
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The excitement proves too much for some.

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