Floral in fashion for Melbourne Cup 2014

Cheryl Johnson, of Rosehip Flowers, fixes a fresh flower fascinator for Claire Wootton. Picture: Simone De PeakGreat moments in Cup Fashion

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FLORAL is in fashion this Melbourne Cup day and fresh is best.

Taking cues from the catwalk, hippie culture and a dash of South American inspiration, fresh flower crowns and fascinators have emerged as must-have accessories this racing season.

While traditional fascinators, head bands and hats are certainly race day main stays, fashion-forward fillies are turning to florists to stay ahead of the pack for Tuesday’s race that stops the nation.

Cheryl Johnson of Georgetown’s Rosehip Flowers makes stunning floral creations for special occasions including weddings, hens nights and baby showers.

She is gearing up for a busy race day and will use the likes of orchids, mini roses, berries, babies breath, paper daisies, Geraldton wax and ranunculus to create living pieces of art to top off any outfit.

‘‘For Melbourne Cup we are looking at making fresh flower fascinators, flower crowns, fresh flower necklaces and flower earrings,’’ Ms Johnson said.

‘‘I have a bit of an organic style, I use vines, berries, feathers and draping to make pieces which can compliment your outfit for cup day.’’

In recent months, Rosehip’s creations have graced the likes of Australian musicians Missy Higgins, Kate Miller-Heidke and even sprouted from the facial hair of band The Beards.

Novocastrian fashionistas can also pick up more sartorial tips on Melbourne Cup day from renowned stylist-to-the-stars Lara Lupish who is hosting a runway show on Tuesday as part of Cup celebrations at Honeysuckle’s The Landing Bar + Kitchen.

She’s putting together a runway show with a dozen models in outfits from big name brands including YSL accessories, McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino and Armani as well as Newcastle’s own boutiques and milliner Heidi & Jasper.

At Broadmeadow, Newcastle Jockey Club is hosting the annual Fashions on the Field, with prizes for best dressed female and male.


THE race that stops the nation also draws crowds to venues across the Hunter. Many are already sold out but below are a few last tickets still on offer. Check with each venue for availability, price and package details.

■ Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow: General entry $5, with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House. Camel races, live music, market stalls, sweeps, tote facilities and prizes for the best dressed female and male. Food and drink packages also available.

■ Newy Burger Co, Newcastle: Opening especially for race day from noon, serving their signature delicious burgers, drinks available from the Crown & Anchor bar.

■ The Junction Hotel, The Junction: Drinks and canape soiree, dress in style in black and white, tickets $120.

■ Cazador, Newcastle: Canapes all day, champagne, beer and wine included, races on the big screen, sweeps, live entertainment, prizes for best hat, best tie and best ensemble, TAB facilities, tickets $75.

■ Reserve Wine Bar, Newcastle: Champagne on arrival, three-course lunch with matched wines, plus a three-hour beverage package, big screen, sweeps and prizes for best dressed, tickets $125.

■ The Landing Bar + Kitchen, Honeysuckle: Runway show curated by Lara Lupish, fashions on the field, prizes for best hat and best dressed, multiple race screens, Chambord and champagne on arrival; a five-hour beverage package and a spring lunch served cocktail-style, tickets $150 each.

■ The Grain Store, Newcastle East: Three-course lunch with arrival drink, music from JJ King, race sweeps, best-dressed prizes and more, tickets $55.

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