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FEMAIL rounds up the best dressed at Derby Day

  • Derby Day heralds the official beginning of the Melbourne Cup Carnival; with some 100,000 people attending
  • There were countless celebrities and A-listers in attendance, including international model Shanina Shaik
  • Among the best dressed were Australian model, Rachael Finch, who plumped for a Misha Collection pant suit
  • Jodi Anasta also rocked a stunning gown by esteemed designer, Toni Maticevski – and an over-sized ribbon

By Sophie Haslett For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 21:34 EDT, 3 November 2017 | Updated: 23:20 EDT, 3 November 2017

It's the event that heralds the official beginning of Melbourne Cup Carnival.

And while many think the true action of Derby Day is on the field, just as many of us were keeping our eyes firmly trackside, where A-listers and the fashion elite showcased the very best in race day fashion.

With its typical black-and-white theme, celebrities including Rachael Finch, Jennifer Hawkins and Jodi Anasta stepped out in elegant monochrome hues and beautiful headpieces.

From two-piece pant suits to pretty florals and laser-cut lace, here FEMAIL rounds up Derby Day's best dressed.

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Leading the style stakes and among the first to show off her put-together outfit was model and mother-of-two, Rachael Finch.

The 29-year-old former Miss Universe Australia stunned in a two-piece black pant suit by Misha Collection, and a pearl-encrusted headpiece by the designer-to-the-stars, Viktoria Novak.

It was clear to see Rachael enjoyed dressing for the occasion – as she captioned an early Instagram snap: 'My favourite day for dressing at the Melbourne Cup Carnival'.

Elsewhere, others got the chic and sophisticated memo – including Jodi Gordon, who plumped for a stunning Toni Maticevski strapless dress, which she paired with an over-sized black bow from Kim Fletcher Millinery and a bag by St Xavier – the Marcela clutch.

Leading the style stakes and among the first to show off her put-together outfit was model and mother-of-two, Rachael Finch (pictured), who paired her pant suit with pearl-encrusted headpiece by the designer-to-the-stars, Viktoria NovakJodi Anasta also impressed with her pretty dress and oversized ribbon (pictured)Jodi Anasta also impressed with her pretty dress and oversized ribbon (pictured)

Leading the style stakes and among the first to show off her put-together outfit was model and mother-of-two, Rachael Finch (left), who paired her pant suit with pearl-encrusted headpiece by the designer-to-the-stars, Viktoria Novak; Jodi Anasta also impressed with her pretty dress and oversized ribbon (right)

Jennifer Hawkins also looked stylish, as she joined the 100,000 plus guests at Derby Day, wearing a laser-cut lace Jonathan Simkai dress which fell below the knees, and a hat by Anne Shoebridge.

International supermodel and Victoria's Secret star, Shanina Shaik, was also a highly-anticipated name on the event guest list.

The 26-year-old superstar's outfit, however, divided the fashion critics. She paired an Aje mini dress with a black hat, Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots and a slim black hat as she partied in the Mumm marquee at the event.

Jennifer Hawkins also looked stylish, as she joined the 100,000 plus guests at Derby Day, wearing a laser-cut lace Jonathan Simkai dress which fell below the knees, and a hat by Anne Shoebridge (pictured)Jennifer Hawkins also looked stylish, as she joined the 100,000 plus guests at Derby Day, wearing a laser-cut lace Jonathan Simkai dress which fell below the knees, and a hat by Anne Shoebridge (pictured)Jennifer Hawkins also looked stylish, as she joined the 100,000 plus guests at Derby Day, wearing a laser-cut lace Jonathan Simkai dress which fell below the knees, and a hat by Anne Shoebridge (pictured)Jennifer Hawkins also looked stylish, as she joined the 100,000 plus guests at Derby Day, wearing a laser-cut lace Jonathan Simkai dress which fell below the knees, and a hat by Anne Shoebridge (pictured)

Jennifer Hawkins also looked stylish, as she joined the 100,000 plus guests at Derby Day, wearing a laser-cut lace Jonathan Simkai dress which fell below the knees, and a hat by Anne Shoebridge (pictured)

On the white side of the black-and-white theme, Kate Waterhouse looked simple and chic in white.

Australia's racing royalty looked effortless in an asymmetric white one-shouldered jumpsuit, which she paired with a veil and headpiece from Net-a-Porter.

Meanwhile, PR queen, Roxy Jacenko, kept things simple and tailored with a buttoned-up black mini dress, an up do and sunglasses to shield her eyes from the occasional glimpse of sun.

Bec Judd's outfit was also one of the more divisive of the day. Her fringed dress by Alexis featured some elements that are very much on-trend, including tassels and an off-the-shoulder style.

And yet, some were not overly fond of her Danica Erard Millinery fascinator or some of the details.

Bec paired her outfit with a pretty waved hairstyle and strappy sandals.

Nadia Bartel looked stunning in white on the day, pairing a peplum-hemmed Dion Lee dress with a wide-brimmed hat by Melissa Jackson, Louboutin shoes and a Valentino clutch.

Elsewhere, on the fields of style, the recent winner of The Block, Elyse Knowles, looked pretty in white.

Appearing with her partner, Josh Barker, the model stepped out in a white lacy cut-out dress, complete with gold accessories, metallic make up and a centre parting.

The 24-year-old appeared to channel a Grecian goddess with her girly outfit.

WAG, Jessie Habermann's, outfit was also a chic hit. With its batwing sleeves, asymmetric hemline and pretty straw hat, she looked like an Italian movie star.

Brooke Hogan excelled with the black-and-white theme, with a dress that was quite literally half black and half white.

The Aussie model paired her dress with a Zimmermann hat and Kurt Geiger heels.

Lisa Clark and Elyse Taylor also both looked pretty in black and white respectively, thanks to Lisa's stunning starry silver headpiece and Elyse's prom-ready princess white dress.

Lisa Clark (pictured) and Elyse Taylor also both looked pretty in black and white respectively, thanks to Lisa's stunning starry silver headpiece and Elyse's prom-ready princess white dressLisa Clark (pictured) and Elyse Taylor also both looked pretty in black and white respectively, thanks to Lisa's stunning starry silver headpiece and Elyse's prom-ready princess white dressLisa Clark and Elyse Taylor (pictured) also both looked pretty in black and white respectively, thanks to Lisa's stunning starry silver headpiece and Elyse's prom-ready princess white dressLisa Clark and Elyse Taylor (pictured) also both looked pretty in black and white respectively, thanks to Lisa's stunning starry silver headpiece and Elyse's prom-ready princess white dress

Lisa Clark (left) and Elyse Taylor (right) also both looked pretty in black and white respectively, thanks to Lisa's stunning starry silver headpiece and Elyse's prom-ready princess white dress

Among the best places to witness the racing action was the Mumm marquee, hosted by international supermodel, Shanina Shaik.

Glamorous faces including It girl and social media star, Pia Muehlenbeck, and fiance, Kane Vato, supped on champagne from the marquee.

Pia, meanwhile, looked as stylish as ever – in an Audrey Hepburn-inspired black dress and huge straw hat.

Glamorous faces including It girl and social media star, Pia Muehlenbeck, and fiance, Kane Vato, supped on champagne from the Mumm marquee (both pictured)Glamorous faces including It girl and social media star, Pia Muehlenbeck, and fiance, Kane Vato, supped on champagne from the Mumm marquee (both pictured)Glamorous faces including It girl and social media star, Pia Muehlenbeck, and fiance, Kane Vato, supped on champagne from the Mumm marquee (both pictured)Glamorous faces including It girl and social media star, Pia Muehlenbeck, and fiance, Kane Vato, supped on champagne from the Mumm marquee (both pictured)

Glamorous faces including It girl and social media star, Pia Muehlenbeck, and fiance, Kane Vato, supped on champagne from the Mumm marquee (both pictured)

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