Ahead of Crown Oaks Day – the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s ultimate day of style, the prestigious and time honoured tradition that is the VRC Oaks Club Luncheon returned to the Palladium at Crown today in spectacular fashion.
Hosted by Channel Seven’s Jennifer Keyte from 7 News and Mark Beretta from Sunrise, the event, now in its 23rd year, saw over 1500 fashionable guests don their finest racewear for an afternoon of world class glamour, entertainment and fine food.
Guests were spoilt with entertainment when American songstress Belinda Carlisle captivated the audience with renditions of her most loved hits including Heaven is a Place on Earth, Summer Rain, and Leave a Light On, which have made her one of the biggest solo female artists in the world. Carlisle, who is honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, dazzled the audience with a powerful and unforgettable show.
After a staggering 3.7 million viewers around the nation switched on to watch Dami Im win The X Factor just last week, the starlet lit up the VRC Oaks Club Luncheon stage with a passionate performance of her ARIA chart topping single Alive and a stunning performance of Purple Rain by Prince.
Supermodels Coco Rocha, VRC’s official Style Guest for the 2013 Melbourne Cup Carnival and Kate Upton, Emirates and VRC special guest for Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, attended the celebration in style and spoke about their experience at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Guests also heard from Crown’s Culinary Directors and renowned chefs Neil Perry and Guillaume Brahimi, who discussed their culinary inspirations for the luncheon’s menu.
Other special guests included Melbourne Cup winning trainer Gai Waterhouse, VRC Vice Chairman Amanda Elliott, Lady Susan Renouf, Crown General Manager of Public Relations Ann Peacock, Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador Rebecca Bramich, UK Myer designer Jeff Banks, Scherri-Lee Biggs, Barbara Licuria, Danielle Spencer, Alex Davis, Erin Maxwell and Simone Callaghan.
MC Jennifer Keyte said she was delighted to host the VRC Oaks Club Luncheon at the Palladium at Crown, with the event setting the tone for tomorrow’s raceday at Flemington.
“This year’s pink on pink theming in the Palladium at Crown was truly spectacular, and was complimented by an incredible sea of hats and fascinators and amazing fashion. With so many fabulous guests dressed in their finest racewear, the luncheon, which sold out in minutes, was a spectacular success and a great preview of what’s to come at tomorrow’s Crown Oaks Day” said Keyte.
Hardy Brothers Jewellers, the makers of the 18 carat gold Melbourne Cup, created a one-of-a-kind Emirates Melbourne Cup lapel pin, which fetched an auction price of $7,000 for the charity SecondBite.
The third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Crown Oaks Day, is traditionally known as ‘ladies day’, and is an opportunity for women to express their own signature style. In the Myer Fashions on the Field Enclosure, the Women’s Racewear national champion is decided. On the track, the racing highlight is the Group 1 Crown Oaks, the A$1 million classic for three-year-old fillies over 2500m.
For more information on Crown Oaks Day visit melbournecup.com