Aussie stars frock up and rock up for Melbourne Cup launch

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

It may be weather that calls more for a rain hat than a delicate fascinator, but that hasn’t stopped some of Australia’s shiniest stars from stepping out for the launch of Sydney’s Melbourne Cup Carnival this year, decked out in their trackside best.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch may have looked dicey a few months back while Sydney struggled in the throes of community transmission of COVID-19, but the event went ahead today.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27: Delta Goodrem attends the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch at Vaucluse House on October 27, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Delta Goodrem led the way with her preppy look ahead of the launch. Photo: Getty Images

Held at the prestigious Vaucluse House, celebrities from breakfast TV royalty, to pop stars posed up a storm in their best spring wear.

Delta Goodrem made a bright appearance clad in eye-popping Fendi orange with a bright blue jacket keeping the city chill at bay.

Complete with an electric blue fascinator, the songstress and The Voice coach looked as bright as the springtime racing season demands.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27: Lisa Wilkinson attends the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch on October 27, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Lisa Wilkinson challenged the stormy weather with a bright red number. Photo: Getty Images

The Project’s Lisa Wilkinson kept it as autumnal as the weather this dreary week, opting for a vibrant red animal print frock complete with a black beret come fascinator.

New mum Jasmine Stefanovic was pretty in pink in a double-breasted power suit in palest pink.

Tying the look up was an oversized white bow with a subtle amount of netting.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27: Tegan Martin and Jasmine Stefanovic attend the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch on October 27, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Tegan Martin and Jasmine Stefanovic pose ahead of the event at the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch. Photo: Getty Images

By her side was former Miss Universe Australia Tegan Martin who was slinky in a black bodysuit with the perfect pop of a red lip.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27: Terri Biviano attends the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch on October 27, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Shoe designer Terri Biviano kept the pink trend running literally with some eye-popping footwear. Photo: Getty Images

Another pink lady was shoe designer Terri Biviano who didn’t shy away from fluffing up her look with some serious pink pumps.

A contingent from the remaining Studio Ten team were also in attendance, with newsreader Narelda Jacobs looking very chic in a pale blue number offset by a dazzling headpiece, while new host Tristan MacManus kept it similarly cool with an open-necked shirt and dark grey morning suit.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27: Narelda Jacobs, Tristian MacManus and Angela Bishop attends the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch on October 27, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Studio 10's Narelda Jacobs, Tristian MacManus and Angela Bishop scrubbed up nicely form the racing launch. Photo: Getty Images

Angela Bishop meanwhile pulled out all the colour stops in an eye-popping pink and purple maxi.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27: Suzan Mutesi attends the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch on October 27, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Suzan Mutesi attends the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch. Photo: Getty Images

Designer Suzan Mutesi also turned heads in a stunning multi-coloured midi dress, her platinum locks held back with a white headband as she posed for cameras.

Eyebrow queen turned momentary lockdown warrior Kristen Fisher was also in attendance, a white short power suit offset by strappy black heels and keeping her mane in line with a thick black headband.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27: Kristin Fisher attends the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch on October 27, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Eyebrow queen Kristen Fisher put on a leggy display between her short white power suit and strappy black heels. Photo: Getty Images

Media heir Nadia Fairfax took the racing dress code quite literally with a riding helmet, an oversized neon green coat and a pair of eye-catching patterned tights bringing a touch of Billy Eilish to the elite Sydney scene.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27: Nadia Fairfax attends the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch on October 27, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Nadia Fairfax was a bright burst of colour and contemporary spring wear amid the prestigious crowd. Photo: Getty Images

Of course, no Melbourne Cup Launch would be complete without racing royalty, and Kate Waterhouse more than held up the crown for her famous family decked out in Louis Vuitton and looking every inch the Spring princess.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27: Kate Waterhouse attends the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch on October 27, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Host Kate Waterhouse smiles for cameras ahead of the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Sydney Launch. Photo: Getty Images

Kate hosted the event at the famed location, where Instagram videos reveal guests were treated to a sit-down meal while a harpist kept the ambience light and airy.

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