There's nothing quite so glamorous in Melbourne as the Melbourne Cup at Flemington: bursts of colour, celebrity guests and everyone bringing out their finery - some of them with no small amount of creative flair. It's a heady mix: overseas and interstate visitors, fashion folk, opulent and dazzling marquees, all set against the backdrop of a spectacular horse race.
Model Kate Upton at Emirates marquee. Polite, sweet, wearing an Antonio Berardi dress and Nerida Winter headpiece.
Dita Von Teese at Myer Marquee, in a Philip Treacy hat (from Christine) and Aurelio Costarella suit, which she had adorned with orchids herself. Clever girl. I once interviewed Dita Von Teese and she was less Von Teese-y than I thought: said that when she has a crush on a guy, she does a drive-by with a girlfriend past his house. Sometimes several times. Love that.
Michael Klim, Brodie Young, Lindy Klim in Dolce & Gabbana with Balenciaga headpiece. She always gets it right.
Jennifer Hawkins en route to the Myer marquee, wearing a Yeojin Bae lace dress and Nerida Winter headpiece.
Melanie Vallejo started her day at the Lavazza marquee. Toni Maticevski dress, Kerrie Stanley hat.
Kate Peck and Christine Barro at Lexus. Christine in a Philip Treacy hat, of course. Kate's dress by Manning Cartell with hat by Anne Shoebridge.
Emma Freedman (left) in a Scanlan & Theodore dress and Suzie O'Rourke hat at Schweppes
Singer Sarah De Bono at Lavazza, did her nails herself! She's still in touch with Joel Madden. Phew.
Pia Miller at La Maison G.H. Mumm, where she is also hosting champagne tastings.
Hello, Richie Sambora. He did some songs in Lavazza: one of the highlights of the day. Magic.
Tania and Nathan Buckley at Emirates
Designer Yeojin Bae and husband Jean-Francois Ponthieux
The milliners are the ones you want to photograph. Here: Kerrie Stanley at Myer
Oh, just something I pulled together. Richard Nylon at Myer
Melissa Jackson at Myer
Coco Rocha on the way to Fashions on the Field judging duties. I got to interview her on Monday. She was completely adorable and knows how to turn on a full-swing, stomping, red-carpet-ready Melbourne Cup performance. Hooray for celebrities who dress the part. Peter Pilotto dress.
Anne Maree Cooksley with Kyly Clarke at Lavazza
Scherri Lee Biggs with Julia Tink outside Lexus.
Bruce and Chyka Keebaugh (A Real Housewife of Melbourne!) at Myer
Kate Keane (left) manned the door at Myer, wearing Danica Erard ears.
Jess Dempsey, blogger
Kate Waterhouse in Peter Pilotto, with Nerida Winter headpiece in conjunction with Hardy Brothers
Danica Erard: just in case you didn't know what she does for a living. At Myer
Jacintha Field at Schweppes