Tea Gardens Country Club hosts Melbourne Cup pre-race Fashion Show

A full house at the Tea Gardens Country Club enjoyed food, fashion and a flutter.

THE SPIRIT of Melbourne Cup Day was celebrated with an extravagant fashion parade in the main room of Tea Gardens Country Club on Tuesday, 7 November.

The fashions were provided by Tea Gardens’ own local fashionista Maxine from the newly-refurbished Bohemian Spirit (on Maxwell Street), and modelled by a stunning team of local supermodels who strutted up and down the runway in many takes on race-day couture.

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“Fashion is a huge part of Melbourne Cup Day,” Maxine told NOTA, as the many Ladies-Luck fascinated everyone up and down the runway, to professionally DJed music by Karuah superstar Jomeca.

In her second such annual show, but only the first under the ‘Bohemian Spirit’ name, Maxine said, “I just love bBhemian clothing – florals, natural materials, tie-dyes, linen, cottons, and all our designers are Australian, except the linens, which are imported from Frédéric in Italy.”

“The fashions of the day featured dresses and tops by Rubyyaya, Lula Soul, Holiday and Talisman, as well as wares by Lemon Noodle fragrances (originally from North Arm Cove) and Moogoo cosmetics.”

“There were several items from local handmade producers, including Pat’s Passion denim handbags, Handmade by Pam’s upcycled clothing into tote bags and tote bags from Murals On The Move (a Port Stephens artist).

“The Tea Gardens fashion world goes from strength to strength, and Bohemian Spirit on Maxwell Street has recently renovated with even more new brands, and a new layout.”

The show was expertly MCed by Tea Gardens’ Deb Carr, whose own brand of handmade jewellery, Upbeat and Positive, was also featured, while the delicious aroma of food tempted the taste buds as it was speedily couriered from the kitchen to the serving area.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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