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The Melbourne Cup

It’s the race that stops a nation and is arguably the biggest social event of the year in Australia – the Melbourne Cup. Mischa was front and centre as the special guest of Emirates and Victoria Racing Club where she led the fashion stakes on a day that touts hats and champagne as important as the race itself. Mischa wore a custom made dress by Australian designer Ellery with a stunning hat by her friend Philip Treacy. Her other accessories included shoes and a clutch by Louis Vuitton, jewellery by Cartier and sunglasses by Karen Walker.

  

Joining Mischa at the event was her mum Nuala. Friend and Revenge star Ashley Madekwe, who wore a dress by another Aussie label Camilla and Marc, was also in attendance.

Mischa Barton in Ellery for Melbourne Cup

The actress remembers her first visit to Australia.

“I’ve been going to the races since I was a kid with my dad,” said Mischa Barton at her first Melbourne Cup at the Emirates marquee. “I had a bet on the fourth race and lost. For Melbourne Cup, I bet on Calvary Man and Galileo’s Choice. Being Irish, I’ve got to support the Irish horses.”

Designer Kym Ellery designed Barton’s outfit for the occasion, which she paired with Louis Vuitton clutch and shoes, gold Karen Walker sunglasses, Cartier jewellery and a Philip Treacy hat.

As well as Ellery, her other favourite Australian designers include Easton Pearson, Lover, Sass & Bide, Manning Cartell and Ksubi.

First coming to Australia at the age of 16 to film a movie on the Gold Coast, Barton has fond memories of her time here. “I travelled and Port Douglas and throughout Queensland and I loved it,” she says. “I would love to travel when I’m not doing press.”

She’s due to return to London shortly to finish performing in the play Steel Magnolias, before she starts shooting for three upcoming films.

Source: Vogue Australia