T’was a day that will be for most emblazoned by azure skies, glowing sunshine, mighty horses, thrilling racing, wins perhaps losses, frocks a fancy, myriad hats, gorgeous demoiselles and fine dandies, oodles of champagne accompanied by mirth and merriment in abundance.
T’was the 2013 running of the BMW Caulfield Cup……….!
An excited throng of denizens of fashion, arts, society, the racing hierachy, talent, money and the ubiquitous plain beautiful gathered for an afternoon of magnificent hospitality in the very chic, David Jones Marquee, at the Heath Enclosure of Caulfield Racecourse.
On entering the David Jones Marquee, we lucky attendees, were transported to a monochrome land of high fashion and minimal glacial style. In fact even the ‘AstroTurf’ laid in the balcony was gleaming black. Magnificent white cymbidiums danced languidly in their large arranged homes dotted throughout the marquee, as the light zephyr-esque breeze wafted, comforting all in the afternoon warmth.
Serenely inviting, a long bar laid across the back, manned by pristine black and white clad lads, doled out divine ‘Champagne Charles Heidsieck’, lychee cocktails and other libations with almost dizzying generosity. As is customary delicious dainty morsels circulated throughout the afternoon, ensuring we guests were want of nay.The menu designed by, Adam D’Sylva of Coda and Tonka fame, featured east meets west flavours, hallmark of D’Sylva’s cuisine style.
Paul Zahra, CEO of David Jones and host of the day’s largesse, circulated the room looking content and pleased. Zahra chose to be costumed in monochrome check, clearly a nod to the emblematic colors of David Jones and to seem at one with the decor.
Accompanying Zahra in hosting duties, the stable of wonderful ambassadors that promote the David Jones brand so wonderfully. In fact the entire coterie was present including Megan Gale, Jessica Gomes, Jason Dundas, Montana Cox, and racing identities, Gai Waterhouse and Emma Freedman. All had chosen to wear garments and designers stocked by David Jones , whilst performing their duties with enthusiastic zeal.
Standing as vanguard to the beautiful land within, John Flower and his amazing team from Hot House Media and Event. This PR powerhouse had been instrumental in helping form the luminary guest list, and on the day itself, the difficult task of keeping the ‘crashers’ out. Flower showed his usual relaxed style in a grey hued summer suit, mauve accessories and a sun warding white, fine straw, panama.
The luminary guest lists included a host of David Jones house designers including, Alexandra and Genevieve Smart of Ginger and Smart and iconic designer, the ultra glamorous Carla Zampatti in cream with OAM proudly displayed.
Heading the fashion front of attendees, CEO of LMFF Graham Lewsey displaying his effortless sartorial style, Janice Breen Burns of Voxfrock in a printed floral shift and red silk Philip Rhodes Coolie, Sarah Wilcocks, Jacob Luppino and Anthony Pittorino of J’Aton, Emily Power, Anna Byrne fashion writer and Gregory Ladner of the accessories fame.
On the celebrity count, incidentally far too many to list all, soon to be mother Rebecca Judd in candy hued ensemble , Lara Bingle in a stark black tux/cape number, Damon Downey of ex Sneaky Sound System fame, Helen Kapalos also in black, youthful Harrison Craig, Jules Lund, Simone Ward, Jo Hall and many…many others.
Pottered in an amongst the afore-mentioned, the philanthropic monied types (that generally care not to be listed or named), the great and the good of our fair city and the general beautiful party-goers that oft decorate such happenings.
If an afternoon of people spotting and racing wasn’t enough, guests could also partake of the Tom Ford salon, that had been set up to refresh one’s macquillage or for an enticing spray of the latest in Tom Ford scents.
Late afternoon a DJ, aided by Damon Downey and Jason Dundas, broke into a set of groovy tunes having much of the beautiful throng on their feet dancing the day away.
In all a wonderful afternoon of much mirthful merriness was had by all and as the last race, The Caulfield Cup 2013′, drew to its thrilling finish……and Fawkner was announced winner, large smiles and a mood of high jubilation was evident everywhere…a case peut être of a large win or plus de champagne.
By Count Shiva Singam
All photos by Anthony Licuria of APL Photography www.aplphotography.com.au