Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm, higher referred to as Mel C or Sporty Spice, captured the group’s attention on Stakes Day in an informal yet visually striking ensemble.
The 49-year-old pop star showed off her toned physique at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday, donning a form-fitting pastel mini dress paired with white sneakers.
Ms. Chisholm was revealed in September to be headlining the event, acting at the Cup’s festival-inspired Palooza important stage.
Nonetheless, not all feedback on the casual race day outfit was positive.
Instagram users have slammed Ms. Chisholm under an image of her posted to the Flemington VRC official account.
A lot of users felt the star wasn’t dressed appropriately for the occasion.
“Really like Mel C but her stylist must be fired,” said one user.
“Is she on the races or a Sunday barbecue?” wrote one other.
“I do know she’s sporty spice, but surely she could have worn something higher,” said one other punter, with the comments universally panning her outfit selection.
The occasion marks the primary time Sporty Spice has returned to Australian shores in almost 25 years, and will probably be her only Melbourne performance before embarking on her first ever solo tour of the country.
AFL stars resembling Collingwood’s Isaac Quaynor and North Melbourne’s Jy Simpkin also descended on Flemington to enjoy the day’s festivities, choosing clean cut black and navy suits respectively.
Simpkin was joined by his partner, Australian model Demi Brereton, who, choosing a classic spring races attire, stunned in a pastel pink dress and a fragile mesh headpiece.
Though the skies remained clear throughout the day, Quaynor was visibly dampened following the dramatic popping of a big bottle of champagne outside the exclusive Mumm marquee, celebrating its tenth consecutive yr on the Carnival.
Other racegoers stepped out in soft pastels and floaty silhouettes, bringing the Melbourne Cup Carnival to a breezy yet elegant close.
Donning more muted tones than the daring and vivid colors popular on the Melbourne Cup, or the striking monochrome ensembles of Derby Day, Saturday’s day on the races saw classic spring trends in full swing.
Soft-hued tones and floral prints reigned supreme as Saturday’s attendees celebrated probably the most inclusive and relaxed race day of the Carnival under sunny skies.
Temperatures were more tempered than Cup Day, during which racegoers sweltered through maximum temperatures of 90F.
Few attendees partook within the event’s reformed dress code, which for the primary time in its 162 years allowed each men and ladies to wear shorts within the exclusive members section.
Saturday’s conditions as a substitute called for light outerwear, with the mercury struggling to succeed in a high of 63F, which, in true Melbourne style, followed an almost uncomfortable 91F on Friday.
Many attendees were seen sporting a red rose — the official flower for Stakes Day.
The very best middle distance horses were tested within the concluding day’s $2m Group 1 Stakes while the country’s best sprinters were cheered on by exuberant punters within the $2m Group 1 Darley Sprint Classic.
The much-loved event is regarded for its comparably relaxed atmosphere and family-friendly activities, which was undoubtedly confirmed by the presence of many excited young ones having fun with the leisurely ambience.