Fashion, Horses & Sunblock at The Portsea Polo 2016

Dr Chris Moss

Chris Moss Plastic Surgery and Liberty Belle Skin Centre were delighted to partner with Mercedes-Benz Toorak in hosting a marquee at The Portsea Polo on January 9th.

The Portsea Polo is one of the glam events of summer but with a very relaxed vibe. We were extremely relieved to see that the forecast for the day was sunny and in the mid 20’s. Imagine if it had have rained!

The fashion at The Portsea Polo is quite different to Spring Racing. The dresses were either very flowy or very short with wedges being the preferred shoe. We saw Bianca Jagger style hats but definitely no fascinators. The men looked very dapper in open neck shirts and a lot wore tailored shorts.

The marquee theme was “relaxed Hamptons” decorated with gorgeous blue hydrangeas. One of the highlights of the marquee was the enormous flower wall made with paper flowers in the Liberty Belle blue and white. The wall was 2.4 metres x 2.4 metres with over 3500 handmade paper petals. The flower wall turned out to be an “attraction” on its own with people just wanting to come to our marquee to be photographed in front of it. We joke now that if it had rained our glorious flower wall would have been papier mâché!

Our guests loved being so close to the polo as well. Unlike being in a marquee at Spring Racing the horses (actually polo horses are called ponies) are only metres away. Being so close to the game you can only admire the skills of the ponies and polo players to hit that tiny ball while controlling the pony with just one hand. Another fact is the game is divided into 6 time periods called chukkas. And if you’re thinking “Pretty Woman” polo there was a stomping on the field at half time…that’s stomping the divots…and the wedge wearing women participated!

Our fabulous menu was designed by Georgina Damm of Damm Fine Food. We had little tin buckets of fish and chips, lobster sandwiches and mini wagyu hamburgers. The chocolate dipped Sunny Ridge strawberries were divine. Georgina also served a special cocktail for the day – a Caipirinha – made with mint, lime, sugar cane and Cachaca rum.

It was the most perfect day and we appreciate the effort everyone made to get to Portsea. Please enjoy the pictures (all by Karon Photography…she is an amazing photographer) from the day or you can go to the photo gallery for more. There’s a video coming soon too!

For the full gallery of images taken on the day please click here.