The Melbourne Cup Fashion Scene 2019

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Some Celebrities & Fashionistas can “No Longer Attend”

A few high profile guests have pulled out of appearing as part of the Melbourne Cup fashion scene this year…

First, they accepted their invitations.  Then, following the ABC’s exposé on the cruel treatment of “retired” racehorses, Taylor Swift and Lana Condor suddenly had “scheduling issues”. They could no longer attend this year’s Melbourne Cup.

Aussie super-model Megan Gale, a brand ambassador for Melbourne Cup sponsor Lexus, has also pulled the plug. As has at least one fashion designer.

Anthony Callea, is booked to sing at the Cup. He plans on fulfilling his contract but posted on Instagram that his entire earnings from the gig will be donated to the welfare of race horses.

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Like many Australians, I watched the ABC’s 7:30 Report episode last Thursday night and was shocked. I believe that we all should have a better awareness and support a movement in the industry towards positive change and ensuring that this appalling behaviour is eradicated. With my impending commitment to the entertainment line up on Melbourne Cup day, I have carefully considered this and to offer my support in this change, have decided to donate my performance fee to an equine welfare and rehabilitation organisation. This I hope will help them continue their work in ensuring the safety and future of these beautiful animals. I know this will not satisfy all, but I do hope in a time of differing opinions across many aspects of our society, that the singing of the National Anthem will unite us in our differences, and help celebrate and showcase my hometown of Melbourne and our beautiful country on the world stage.

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The ABC’s exposé, along with a string of horse deaths during or as a result of the Melbourne Cup has definitely taken the shine off the industry once dubbed “The Sport of Kings.

Horse-racing and what happens after the horses have been “retired”, a cute word for what really happens to them when they finish racing, is now a huge issue.

Instagram is currently awash with Aussie influencers posting their outfits for the big days of the Spring Racing Carnival.  Only a few followers have been confronting them about their promotion of horse-racing.  For the rest, it’s all about the outfits.

The Melbourne Cup fashion scene is as big a spectacle as the race itself.  With fashion inextricably linked to the horse racing industry, the jury is out on how long this can continue unless the ‘sport’ is cleaned up.

Meanwhile, here’s a few more alternatives for Melbourne Cup day, depending on where you live…

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NUP to the CUP This year's Melbourne Cup at Harvest will celebrate the wellbeing and care of horses with like minded people in our community . . Join Harvest for a fabulous lunch with great food, wine, fashion, raffles, music and fun! . . . No sweeps or race this year but the same event for a great cause. We invite you to come dressed up, wear a hat and be glamorous to celebrate horses . . All profits raised go to non-profit charity, 'Horse Rescue Australia’. . $95 includes HARVEST SPRITZ – FOUR COURSES – LIVE MUSIC For booking please call (02) 66872644 or email: [email protected] . . 📷 | The HARVEST BROOKIES SPRITZ included in your ticket @brookiesgin slow gin, rose vermouth, davidson plum, prosecco . . The generous RAFFLE PRIZE GIVERS contributing to raise money for Horse Rescue Australia are : . . @brookiesgin rainforest and distillery tour for 2 ppl (value $75) & signed bottle of Mac (value $65). . ALSO THANKS TO: @lutherandco_newrybar @rowiethelabel @chupabyron @barriobyronbay @driftlab @newrybarmerchants @capebyrondistillery @spell @bear.ltd @byron.crystalbrookcollection @stoneandwood @katenuttphotography @yoli_and_otis . . *we're still open for donations if you would like to contribute, send an email to: [email protected]

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