They may be one of the hottest designs on the runway, but don’t expect cropped dresses at Australia’s richest horse race on Saturday.
The organizers of The Everest have doubled down on banning the flesh-flashing dresses in a controversial move that has outraged Sydney fashionistas.
The designs have actually been banned for years, but the rules were rarely enforced. However, the Australian Turf Club has now made it clear that it will not tolerate any violation of the rules.
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Rule breaker: They may be one of the hottest designs on the runway, but don’t expect cut out dresses at Australia’s richest horse race on Saturday. Pictured: Nadia Bartel in a white Dion Lee number with cutouts on the hips on Derby Day in November 2019
Nadia Bartel controversially wore a white Dion Lee number with strategic cutouts on the hips for Derby Day in 2019.
But as the dress code was strictly enforced this year, the former WAG would be denied entry if she attempted to enter the members’ quarters at Royal Randwick this weekend.
Dress code aside, Nadia is unlikely to attend the races anytime soon after being fined $5,452 for attending an illegal party during the Melbourne lockdown on September 2.
She was filmed snorting white powder at the meeting, but no drug charges were filed as police were unable to prove what the substance was.
Another guy who has defied the dress code is model Elyse Knowles, who showed her belly on Derby Day two years ago in a white two-piece outfit by Anna Quan.
Banned: Former WAG Nadia Bartel would be denied entry if she tried to enter the members’ quarters at Royal Randwick this weekend in this outfit she wore for Derby Day in 2019
Rule breaker: Another dude who has defied the dress code is model Elyse Knowles, who showed off her belly in a white two-piece outfit by Anna Quan on Derby Day two years ago
Under the Australian Turf Club dress code, female ATC members are not allowed to wear dresses “that show the midriff and have cutouts” – and the rules will be strictly enforced this Saturday.
The most well-known rule for men also remains: no shoes without socks.
Despite calls to relax the rules, ATC director Angela Belle McSweeney told The Daily Telegraph: “The dress codes must remain and be enforced.
“The dress code rules are in place to maintain a benchmark for appropriate race day attire,” she added.
“It really comes down to common sense and the suitability of the individual outfit for a day at Royal Randwick.”
People like M-KARA creative director Maria Kara and Tuchuzy fashion designer Kate Anderson hope the ATC will one day lift the ban on cut dresses, saying they are “elegant and stylish” and “huge trend here and abroad.” .
Milestone: Everest to receive 10,000 gamblers, first major event since Sydney lockdown ended
Everest will host 10,000 gamblers, the first major event since the end of the lockdown in Sydney.
Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet has approved an exemption for the wider public to attend the $15 million race at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Major events are normally only allowed for up to 5,000 guests under current restrictions. The boost to 10,000 is still well below the 42,000 Randwick Racecourse packed for the event in 2019.
Approved: Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet has approved an exemption for the wider public to attend the $15 million race at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Pictured: Guests at The Everest 2018
The Australian Turf Club has drawn up its Covid-safe protocol for the day, which includes a gambler every four square meters.
Chief executive Jamie Barkley said he was excited for the race to go ahead.
“The Australian Turf Club has been working closely with the NSW government during the pandemic and we are delighted to be opening the gates to more people this Saturday,” he said earlier this week.
“Sydney and our race are open again for business during the $50 million Everest Carnival and for a race and event that is watched around the world.
“Sydney spring is ready to shine with onlookers and the ATC is ready to lead the way in a Covid-safe reopening in the city.”
Rapid antigen testing will be set up for trainers and jockeys when they arrive on the track.
New rules: The Australian Turf Club has drawn up its Covid-safe protocol for the day, which includes a gambler every four square meters
The owners of the horses are also not allowed to visit the racing stables.
Everest is Australia’s richest horse race. Organizers had lobbied the state government for months to host the event.
Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club argued that because the event takes place mainly outdoors – where the virus is less likely to spread – it should be given the green light.
The massive crowd will be a welcome sight to organizers after they were forced to drastically cut numbers during the 2020 event.