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Australia’s sunburnt outback evokes connotations of great drama. Cinematically, producers both local and international have fallen for the bewitching land, inspiring tales of terror, tragedy and epic love stories. Whether the motion pictures were based on real events or fantasy, the frankness of the parched earth sets a scene for wondrous things, and the BHP Roxby Downs Outback Cup is no exception. While (sadly) there were no reported sightings of Hugh Jackman dressed as a drover, the racing club depicted the epitome of grace and glamour on Saturday, August 4.

The Roxby Downs Racing Club’s first registered meeting was held in 1994, drawing a crowd of 2,000 people and has since been known for hosting a truly unique annual carnival. Racegoers took much delight in the luxurious revamped Gold Members’ Marquee, as guests embraced the opportunity to enter both male and female Fashion At The Races competitions.

Scorched dirt aside, nothing could stop the ladies from sporting high heels, as racegoers opted for block heels and ankle boots. However, millinery met its match as unrelenting winds swept the track. The styles that held their place were modern turban headpieces, textured headbands, boaters, bows and traditional structured hats.

The colour palette of the day drew upon feminine florals, neutral lace, acidic brights and bold patterns, with many feeling the feature sleeve craze, two-pieces and festive frills. As for accessories, a major trend of the day was the bamboo clutch, adding an earthen touch to the crowd’s refined racing ensembles. Fashion At The Races winner, Anna, caught the judges eye in her minimalist navy lace dress and neutral millinery. 

Revel in the racewear at Roxby Downs below…

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