BRIGHT colours, bold statements and big heels were the dominant fashion forces trackside at Thabeban Park for the Melbourne Cup celebrations.
Judges of the Fashions on the Field competition were faced with a tough task in judging the four categories of contemporary, classic, couples and hats.
Cheryl Campbell from City Girl City Guy co-ordinated the fashions on the field and said there were plenty of gorgeous outfits to choose from.
"It was quite hard to choose but we narrowed it down with our selection criteria," Mrs Campbell said.
"There are some absolutely beautiful outfits."
Mrs Campbell said the judges looked at entire outfits rather than just one piece of the attire.
"We look for outfits that all meld together," she said.
"You can have bright orange and bright blue together but it has to complement each other and be in the same style and flow together.
"I think a lot of have met the mark."
Fashionistas weren't afraid of colour or height at yesterday's races.
"We're seeing a lot of bold colours and colour blocking," Mrs Campbell said.
"The shoes are all quite high and we're seeing lots of platforms rather than stilettos."
"We have had more fascinators than hats."
Megan Devlin took out the contemporary fashion section of the competition and it was a well-deserved win.
"Mum and I have been designing the dress for about three or four weeks," she said.
"Mum made the dress and I made the fascinator.
Ms Devlin said the was a big fan of the races and Melbourne Cup in particular.
"It's my favourite day," she said.
"I come every year.
"I've never won before though so I'm really excited."
Elle Wade caught the judges eye and won the classic attire category.
"I come every year," Ms Wade said.
"All the girls looked sensational."