West, who also owns an activewear business, said she hadn’t thought about how she was going to get her new car back to New Zealand.
One of the final judges was another pregnant woman, Australian-born model Nicole Trunfio, who kept media and photographers on her toes with several outfit changes throughout the day.
In what could spell a new trend for celebrity race-day dressing, Trunfio arrived at Flemington in a white suit, black hat and with a cane, after changing from a pale-blue dress she wore for a morning television appearance.
By 1pm Trunfio, who is originally from Perth, swapped her hat for a white feather, and then she changed into a blue Nicola Finetti dress and Stephanie Spencer headpiece to take her seat at the judges’ table for the Fashions on the Field final.
Accompanied by her long-time personal stylist Jolyon Mason, Trunfio, who is six months pregnant, appeared relaxed during her second visit to Flemington (she last attended Derby Day in 2016).
“I felt really comfortable in this, it felt more me, and at this stage of my life I am focusing on doing things that feel more authentic to who I am,” she said. “When you start modelling at such a young age you don’t really know who you are. I feel like I am the most happy I have been in my life because I have really figured it out. I have my family and my kids now, it’s the best.”
Trunfio, 33, began modelling in 2002 and has been in campaigns and runways for Valentino, Victoria’s Secret and Karl Lagerfeld.
“It’s hard going through adolescence and going through all those hormones and becoming a woman and trying to figure out your voice and who you are and what you stand for. For me, being in the modelling industry and being what I thought people wanted me to be all the time and being a canvas – now I get to make up my own story.”
Trunfio said she found peace these days in “just being nice. There is so much pressure these days to have an opinion, when sometimes it’s OK not to. There is so much pressure to ‘be somebody’ these days with social media, but there is no pressure for me any more.”
Describing her baby bump as her “new accessory”, Trunfio, who is married to musician Gary Clark jnr, revealed she did not “have five nannies” for either of her first two children.
“I didn’t want anyone to touch my babies, I wanted to do it, it’s a primal thing. Women should find comfort in knowing it’s so hard for every woman.”
Trunfio said each of her pregnancies has been beset by health challenges, including a condition called hyperthyroidism that causes an overactive thyroid.
“I had the worst anxiety … every pregnancy is so hard. As women we have to get together and be open about our struggles, and that’s what I really stand for.”
Trunfio has just finished writing a book about motherhood, and also has a jewellery label called Trunfio Universe.
“I say there is too much pressure on women to be mothers and CEOs, and I don’t think that’s right. Being a mother is the most important job in the world and that should be honoured.”
In the inclement conditions on Oaks Day, more women opted for long sleeves and even boots, with blues and pinks making up the traditional softer colour palette.
The best-dressed celebrities included actress Isabella Giovinazzo, stylist Lana Wilkinson and WAG Jessie Murphy. Sprinter Usain Bolt, model Jess Gomes and actress Olympia Valance were also in attendance.
Melissa Singer is National Fashion Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.