Yes, Let Success Go To Your Head
Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON
Today is Oaks Day in Melbourne, traditionally referred to in the horse racing calendar as Ladies’ Day. The Oaks was first held in 1861 for three-year-old fillies with set weights (today's horses all carried 55.5kg) over 12 furlongs or 2400 metres. The race is now run over 2500 metres at Flemington Racecourse and is generally accepted as the fashion high point of the Spring Racing Carnival.
The serious fashion devotees wear flamboyant hats, while those in favour of the less-is-more concept opt instead for fascinators. In case you’re wondering, a fascinator is a headpiece, fashioned from feathers, flowers and/or beads.
Here's another view of the wonderful creation (above), giving you an idea of what it looked lilke from directly behind. I asked this woman’s permission to photograph her very striking fascinator and she readily agreed, while confessing that she had bought hers rather than making it herself. Looks like she’s made a head start.