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The annual 3MP Millicent Cup drew a crowd of locals and visitors alike to the Penola Racing Club, a luscious track bordered by ancient gum trees, awash with pristine country air and a thirst for winning. Not just for racing victories however, the Millicent Cup proved authentic track style is thriving in the state’s south east.

A race queen knows her look is not just about her dress, but in the symphony of fine details and accessories. Fabrics on the field showcased Mediterranean blues, monochrome, burgundy, bursts of burnt orange and nude in textures both lacy and lustrous.

Millicent brought out one of the best accessories stories we have seen in some time, as ladies went as far as wearing gloves to complete their ensembles. Hints of fur added an ostentatious touch, grounded by well-matched leather goods with a resounding theme of nostalgia. The gentlemen elected to incorporate traditional trappings too, including suspenders, bow ties and hats.

Millinery indeed had its moment, from structured bold headpieces to fascinators and modern metallic bands, but the Fashion at The Races winner took her crown a step further. Kimmi Varcoe earned the Best Dressed Womenswear prize for her emerald silk Sheike dress, a matching modern turban by Helen Mary Millinery and Zizi shoes, finished with vintage fur cuffs.

Take a tutorial in traditional trackside glamour below…


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