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Melbourne Cup fashions dominate the field at Flemington

A woman wears a colourful feather hat at the Melbourne Cup at Flemington racecourse.
Angela McCormick, from NSW, chose from a wide colour palette for her eye-catching outfit.

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In the final moments of the race that stops a nation, racegoers at Flemington held their breath as Rekindling edged out its rivals, setting fire to the hearts of punters everywhere.

The day, of course, belonged to Irish trainer Joseph O'Brien and jockey Corey Brown.

But for extended moments, the glory was on loan to Melbourne's fashionistas.

Elyse Knowles wears an orange dress and a gold fascinator at the Melbourne Cup.
Reality television star Elyse Knowles, spotted in the Birdcage, wore a bold orange dress.

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The frocks for 2017 drew the eye and caught the breath with stunning colours, bold patterns and cutting-edge silhouettes.

They were paired with fascinators so divine, they rendered the wearer closer to God.

A woman wears a large fascinator of pink feathers.
Feather fascinators proved popular among racegoers this year.

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Four women stand in coats and ponchos.
Others chose more practical racewear in a bid to stay warm and dry.

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While Melbourne's weather left a monochrome tinge on the day, it failed to dampen the spirits or the colours Flemington has come to be known for.

While the stars opted for a more classically couture look, many of Melbourne's racegoers chose a fashion-forward path.

Chris Judd in a navy blue suits stands with his wife Rebecca in a pink dress and hat.
Chris and Rebecca Judd arrived at Flemington racecourse in style.

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It's no surprise that women no longer dominate the fashion field as much as they used to.

From Hawaiian shirts to multi-coloured leis, the men's choices were bold, inspiring and just as colourful.

Animal prints are in this year, that's for sure.

Melbourne Cup racegoers in leopard print suits.
These two men in leopard print suits were spotted enjoying the day.

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Racegoers in colourful outfits during the Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington racecourse.
Some racegoers brought a little beach style to the track with Hawaiian shirts and colourful leis.

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Steve Hopes raises his arms while wearing a multi-coloured suit at the Melbourne Cup.
Punter Steve Hopes stood out from the crowd in a loud multi-coloured suit.

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Four women wear colourful dresses in front of a Melbourne Cup day sign.
Designer dresses in all colours were out in force.

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British actor Jane Seymour poses for a photograph at the Melbourne Cup.
British actor Jane Seymour sported a striking hat with a red rose.

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Two young women pose for a photo at the Melbourne Cup.
Hannah and Marika, from Ballarat, wore pastel yellow and white outfits for their first Cup.

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Top three fashions on the field contestants Olivia Moore, Holly Stearnes and Carle Rutledge pose for a photo.
Olivia Moore, Holly Stearnes and Carle Rutledge took the main fashion prizes of the day.

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Two women pose for the camera at the Melbourne Cup.
Betty and Terry, also Melbourne Cup first-timers, woke up at 7:00am to get ready for the day.

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Two women wearing pink dresses pose at the Melbourne Cup
Pink was a popular colour choice on the day.

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A man in a pink suit at the 2017 Melbourne Cup.
The traditional suit also had a colourful makeover in the colour.

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Racegoers wear pink at the 2017 Melbourne Cup at Flemington racecourse.
These women wore bright pink tutus track-side.

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Melbourne Cup racegoers in colourful dresses pose for the camera.
These was no shortage of colourful dresses.

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Liam and Annie McKerran dress up for the 2017 Melbourne Cup at Flemington racecourse.
Racegoers Liam and Annie McKerran matched their outfits for the day.

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A Melbourne Cup racegoer in an electric blue suit.
Graheme, from Wallan, says he took just over three minutes to get ready for the day.

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A woman wearing a patterned dress to the Melbourne Cup.
Bold patterns were also popular among fashion-lovers.

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