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Melb Cup Carnival marquees make a splash

AAP logoAAP 27/10/2016 Helen Velissaris

A pool with half naked beautiful people shaking their bums and acrobats dangling from the ceiling definitely spells racing, at least for the rich and famous.

The Melbourne Cup Birdcage marquees are a smattering of the bizarre, the classy and the cool this year, shielding those lucky enough to get an invite from the day's weather and from the regular punters.

French champagne house Mumm has brought one of the weirdest additions to the Birdcage, placing a pool inside their two storey complex and hiring swimsuit clad models to perform a show during the carnival days.

Others have made their biggest drawcards the people, with some household names making an appearance.

Bec Hewitt, wife of tennis great Lleyton, has set herself up for four days of comfort and coffee at the Lavazza marquee as her husband takes a punt.

"Lleyton loves the horse racing and I like to come for the fashion so it's a perfect day out to both please the husband and wife," she told AAP on Thursday.

Lleyton has an uncle in South Australia who is a horse trainer.

The fashion stakes will be the major point of call for the Myer marquee, which will house some of its biggest names like models Jennifer Hawkins and Kris Smith and designer Alex Perry.

Creating some of Australia's most elegant formalwear, Perry has learnt to prepare for the racewear demand over the years.

"You kind of make provisions for racewear because it becomes such a big part of the retail year," he said.

People are expected to spend more than $20 million on fashion in Victoria for the spring racing carnival.

For the foodies, the Lexus marquee is probably the most insane option.

Australia's top-rated restaurant Attica, the only one to make it into the world's top 50 best restaurant list, will be offering a four-course menu to just eight people on racedays.

Award-winning chef Ben Shewry says the experience this year will be "much smaller and more refined".

He and his team will be making a bespoke chicken soup and matzo ball tart, Port Phillip Bay scallops and an Attica mint slice, all brand new dishes to the restaurant.

Emirates is going for an Australian theme, making fancy versions of Aussie delights including pies and even a Milo desert.

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