Oaks Day is neither the best known nor richest event in Australia’s jam-packed spring racing calendar – but when it comes to the who’s who in the Birdcage it could be the most significant.
Affectionately known as Ladies Day, Kennedy Oaks Day gives celebrities and socialites alike the opportunity to shine trackside.
Bold, confident and inspiring looks are celebrated as are the more traditionally ‘feminine’ moments – think pink, floral and lace.
Oaks Day is also often the last chance for the rich and famous to make an impression during the Melbourne Spring Racing carnival – as Stakes Day on Saturday is family day and typically the most tame event on the calendar.
While most people stepped out in style on the day some missed the beat with ‘royalty’ Lady Eliza and Lady Amelia Spencer making a rare and early appearance on the worst dressed list.
Lady Eliza Spencer and her sister Lady Amelia Spence both donned white pant suits on the day
Lady Eliza Spencer and her sister Lady Amelia Spence both donned white pant suits on the day – continuing on their matchy-matchy theme for the carnival.
And while the sisters stunned on Tuesday in their red dresses they fell short on Oaks Day, missing the mark.
The pair were among the first to pose at the Birdcage. Lady Eliza’s pantsuit featured girlish puffs at the shoulders, the bottoms were uniform and neat.
Rozalia Russian chose an awkward skin coloured gown for the day
Crystal Kimber also made an early dash for worst dressed in this gaudy grape frock
Tegan Martin matched the decor in her lilac suit – while she nailed the bag and shoes the pants and blazer didn’t quite work on the day
She added a large necklace to the outfit – though the statement piece looked out of place.
Lady Amelia’s pantsuit featured a one-shouldered top which was overly structured peaking at chin height and the pants were loose and flowing almost appearing like a skirt as she walked.
The sisters both wore bejewelled head dresses for the occasions and smiled happily for the cameras.
Rozalia Russian didn’t appear before the photographer at the Birdcage until late – and found herself edging towards the lesser well dressed of the crowd.
The stunning creative director took a wrong turn when she donned skin coloured Mariam Seddiq dress for the day.
Miss World Australia Jasmine Stringer narrowly landed on the worst dressed list with her pretty race day look
The nude dress featured a concave waistline which showed off her belly button before going high at the hips.
The skirt looked almost like the tutus which were on trend in 2020 however it appeared to be tucked in at the base.
The sheer material went from the waist and formed the sleeves – a nude bralette covered her bust.
She wore her hair tomb-raider style in a long flat ponytail down her back and carried a beige Bulgari purse to finish off the off-key race day look.
Emmylou MacCarthy fell short in her form fitting red and white dress. She paired the look with nice white heels, gold hoops and a white hat but the outfit felt more Christmas then spring racing.
Victoria Racing Club ambassador Crystal Kimber failed to dress to impress on the day after pulling on a gaudy grape gown with a giant, shining neckline.
Sarita Holland almost pulled off this applique dress, but the overall look was too busy while Emmylou MacCarthy fell short in this form fitting red and white dress
The Alemais dress seemed out of place in the Birdcage – and Crystal’s giant purple embellished hat just added to the confusion. She added a very stylish bag and simple black sandals to complete the look.
Demi Brereton got off to a good start with her race day look – pairing a stunning cornflower blue lace dress with some simple pointed cream shoes and a cute bag.
The model however landed on the worst dressed list after adding an awkward hat which looked like a 50s light shade. She also ties a scarf to her bag which took away from the elegant dress.
Tegan Martin – the former Miss Universe Australia – looked out of place in the Birdcages in her oversized lilac suit.
The stunning young woman’s features were overpowered by the huge block of colour which also swamped her petite frame.
Model and fashion brand owner Darcy Spinks almost pulled off the relaxed suit look on the day while content creator Elle Ray failed to impress in her race day special
Her shoes and bag were on point however not enough to help her avoid the worst dressed list on the day.
Sarah Holland went for a more-is-more look on the day which landed her on the wrong side of best dressed. While she looked gorgeous in the floral applique dress the model over did it with the accessories – not taking into account how busy her frock was.
She paired the dress with pearl hoop earrings, lilac shoes and bag and a silver clutch. Her makeup, on-the-other-hand was perfect and her neatly pulled back hair was a great choice for the day.
Darcy Spinks, model and fashion brand owner, almost pulled off the relaxed oversized-suit look on the day – coming closer to the goal than some of her friends in the birdcage.
However the smart pin-striped suit clashed with her scarecrow-esque hat and pumpkin orange purse.
Whilst each element of the race day ‘fit worked on its own they clashed when worn together.
Digital creator Elle Ray played it too safe with her ‘boring’ race day look. The asymmetrical cream mini dress was paired with golden accessories.
The stunning brunette lacked the centre piece to her outfit.
Meanwhile the always glamorous Kate Waterhouse, Olivia Moly Rogers and Annalise Dalins nailed their Ladies Day looks.
Kate Waterhouse nailed the Ladies Day look in this stunning Zimmermann frock
Kate encompassed the true spirit of Oaks Day in her incredible, flowing lace gown. The dress, by Zimmermann, featured a tight-fitting sculpted top which has been a strong trend among A-listers during the carnival, and a soft ruffled lace skirt.
She wore he hair slicked back in a bun with a simple ribbon and added some quirky black, gold and blue shoes to elevate the look which was topped off with an oversized Dior clutch.
The look topped off three days of exquisite dress choices for the glamorous mother – who’s the daughter of racing royalty Gai Waterhouse.
Olivia Molly Rogers stunned in her blush lace gown
Olivia Molly Rogers also nailed the brief, as usual, in her stunning blush lace gown. She paired the pretty dress with a simple pink purse, blush heels and a feature double-bow headband.
Her mid-length dress features a thigh-high split, one long sleeve and a giant floral organza embellishment.
Annalise Dalins took a risk with this high-shine blue satin number – but it paid off
Annalise Dalins took a risk when she put on a shining light blue gown by Eliya the Label for the occasion but it paid off.
the model paired the dress, which had both sleeves and spaghetti straps, with a pair of simple cream pumps and a matching purse.
She also chose to add a broad brim hat to the mix which looked to protect her porcelain skin from the sun.
The outfit was a huge step-up on her Mrs Claus style dress from the Melbourne Cup.
Jessica and Max Gawn looked like the perfect pair as they arrived together at the Birdcage
Brand consultant Eleanor Baillieu looked incredible in her race day outfit.
The Guide Dogs Australia ambassador wore a classic Dolce and Gabbana mid-length dress and paired it with an apple green purse which clashed in the best possible way.
The brunette beauty added a simple bowler hat to the ensemble and looked relaxed as she posed at the Birdcage with one hand resting in her pocket.
Rachel de Oliveira nailed the floral applique look
Jessica and Max Gawn cut a cosie figure as they posed together on the purple carpet.
Jessica kept it simple – matching her pale blue dress to her shoes and topping it off with a fuss-free head band.
Max was similarly understated in a neat suit with a green tie.
Rachel de Oliveira showed how floral applique should be done – with simple old-silver accessories.
The Melbourne Mum wore the long-sleeved off-shoulder Elliatt dress as she posed in confidence outside the Schweppes marquee.