Fashion / Get the most from Cup day

By Kate Meikle

Model Becky Patterson in fashion by Perri Cutten, millinery by Cynthia Jones-Bryson; styling Lizzie Wagner; make-up Beauty By Nikki and hair Cindy Rue. Photo by Andrew Finch

Model Becky Patterson in fashion by Perri Cutten, millinery by Cynthia Jones-Bryson; styling Lizzie Wagner; make-up Beauty By Nikki and hair Cindy Rue. Photo by Andrew Finch

ON October 18, the second annual Melbourne Cup Experience event will see up to 400 guests at Hotel Realm’s ballroom enjoying a cocktail event of fashion and racing-themed activities, all for a good cause.

Danielle Cleary, organiser of the event and owner of Danielle Cleary Events, promises the Melbourne Cup Experience will give guests everything they need to know to prepare for and enjoy the Melbourne Cup on November 3 – from showcasing the hottest trackside fashions, learning about the horses, to how to place a bet.

“In the lead up to Melbourne Cup, it’s all about preparedness. We start to ask each other ‘What are you going to wear? What bag? Which hat?’ This event will be a unique prelude to The Cup, combining fashion and racing knowledge,” says Danielle.

The theme of the event is “Connection” – a nod to the two French horses that have won over the past five years and in recognition of the international importance that the Melbourne Cup has gained.

“I was born on a farm. My dad was a horse trainer and I have always had a love of horses and have been involved with every facet of the industry,” says Danielle.

“Iconic Australian fashion house Perri Cutten and TAB come together with the finest Canberra businesses, will be showcasing and exhibiting French cuisine, wares, entertainment and fashion.

In addition to the Perri Cutten fashion parade, Danielle has organised catering by Patissez, wine tasting, an equine art exhibition, as well as a presentation by leading local trainers, Joe Cleary and Nick Olive, who will share tales of past Melbourne Cups and give guests some early tips.

Malkara Special School will be the charity recipient of the event. Malkara has provided more than 40 years of quality education for students with a significant intellectual disability and other associated impairments. A percentage of the ticket sales, along with 100 per cent of the live and silent auctions will support the school.  

Funds raised from this event will go towards the development of a new, bespoke, all-abilities playground, as well as specialised equipment and resources for our students,” says Kylie Croke, Malkara principal.

Melbourne Cup Experience, Hotel Realm Ballroom, 2pm-5pm, October 18, Tickets available at danielleclearyevents.com

 

 

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