The MYER Autumn Fashion Luncheon

Normally reserved for the racing members and large scale retail and fashion pilgrims, the MYER Fashion Luncheon again took place at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse alongside the support of Emirates, celebrating all that is good in Australian autumnal design.

The likes of men’s design wear by Arthur Galan, Dom Bagnato, and M.J. Bale peppered the runway that was mostly populated by leading Australian womenswear designers. The likes of Johnny Schembri, Yeojin Bae and Leona Edmiston and many other leading Australian designers strutted their latest and greatest seasonal collections on the catwalk, showing at times, just how far decent colour work can go.

Disappointing was to see that despite the comfort level of most women in the room, most things on show left a great deal of nothing to the imagination.

Bold block colouring, delicate feminine embellishment and soft pastel colours are key for the season, bringing to life what autumnal palettes are for the women and men of the races. Definite standouts were the return of the classic double-breasted suit for men by M.J. Bale and the clever and subtle use of a snappy broken suit.

MYER in conjunction with Emirates, the Victorian Racing Commission and Flemington Racecourse had pulled out all stops for the event, catering a sumptuous three course meal alongside live music performance, roaming models and a millinery-focused pop-up shop for those race-loving women whose determination to outdo was too strong to resist on the day.

With the Super Saturday racing day at the ready at the time, and the racing season churning along nicely in the background until the greatest of periods in  November of each year, the MYER Autumn Fashion Luncheon is a nice reminder that racing is here to stay.

Photography by Jennifer Estrada exclusively for THE F. 

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James Banham is an Australian lifestyle, fashion and entertainment journalist. His writing can be found on these many topics and more in print and online publications around the country.
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