Lara Stone

Dutch supermodel Lara Stone will attend the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup (Credit: Getty Images)

Lara Stone to attend Emirates Melbourne Cup

Principal Partner Emirates and the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) have announced Dutch supermodel Lara Stone will fly into Melbourne as a special guest of the Emirates Marquee at the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 7 November.

The London-based beauty will attend the Emirates Marquee – which will this year recreate the in-cabin First and Business class experience – and will also visit 1 Oliver Street, the VRC’s new Members’ Marquee in the Birdcage.

Stone will also visit Myer Fashions on the Field ahead of watching the ‘race that stops a nation’™ with VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott.

Stone, 33, got her break when a modelling agent scouted her on the Paris Metro during a family holiday. The Dutch-born supermodel has worked with the fashion industry’s best photographers including Steven Meisel, Mert & Marcus, Mario Testino, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matidan, Davis Sims, Craig McDean and Mario Sorrenti, among many others who have shot Lara for covers of virtually every major fashion magazine, including Vogue, French Vogue, Italian Vogue, British Vogue, W, Interview and more.

The in-demand model has walked in shows for major fashion houses such as Chanel, Lanvin, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Balmain, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Hermes, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior and eight consecutive seasons of Prada.

The mother of one is currently the face of L’Oréal Cosmetics and in 2016 she made her feature film debut with a cameo appearance in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

“I was so excited when Emirates and the VRC invited me to the Emirates Melbourne Cup,” Stone said.

“Fashion is a huge passion of mine, having worked in the industry for many years, and I can’t wait to dress up and take in Australia’s premier style occasion at Flemington.”

Emirates Divisional Vice President – Australasia, Barry Brown said Stone, a global jet-setter, is the perfect guest to host in the Emirates Marquee this year.

“As one of the world’s most sought-after models Lara is a true high-flyer and we’re delighted to host her in the inflight themed Emirates Marquee on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day,” he said.

“This is a time when Melbourne truly comes alive and we look forward to providing an exceptional event experience to both Lara and all our VIP guests during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.” 

VRC Executive General Manager Customer Engagement Caroline Ralphsmith said Stone would be a most welcome guest at this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

“The VRC is excited to welcome Lara to Flemington to experience a truly world-class yet uniquely Australian event,” she said.

“We look forward to showing Lara Flemington’s irresistible delights including 1 Oliver Street, a brand new place for younger VRC Members, or those young at heart, to celebrate this Melbourne Cup Carnival.”