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that's more of a Portsea Polo vibe. I wouldn't wear any velvet

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As Australia's most senior foreign official, Julie Bishop is a master in diplomacy.

So what does she think of Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff's book about the Trump administration?

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with her partner, David Panton, at the Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo on Saturday.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with her partner, David Panton, at the Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo on Saturday. Photo: Luis Ascui

"I'm halfway through it. It's an interesting holiday read," said the stylish foreign minister, sporting a suntan – no doubt developed during morning runs in her Perth electorate – and her trademark smirk.

Ms Bishop was among 6000 people who braved squally and often wet conditions for the annual Portsea Polo on Saturday.

Women shelter under umbrellas at the Portsea Polo on Saturday.

Women shelter under umbrellas at the Portsea Polo on Saturday. Photo: Luis Ascui

After missing last year's event in the midst of the MPs' expenses scandal, when it emerged she had previously billed taxpayers to attend the annual soiree, Ms Bishop stressed she was attending the polo "privately with friends, with [her partner] David [Panton] … I'm enjoying the day, I'm enjoying some time out".

Still, the minister, who happily posed for selfies with admirers between marquees, was happy to talk #metoo and #TimesUp.

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​"It was probably inevitable given that clearly there's been unacceptable behaviour in the workplace and women have decided to take a stand. And it was appropriate for that unwanted sexual harassment be called out," she said.

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Also keen to discuss inequality in Hollywood was film director and aspiring stand-up comic Gracie Otto, a guest of the event's main sponsor Alfa Romeo, who said that the movement was finally leading to women being "given equal rights and chances".

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While the sun was out wearing @calibreaustralia #italiansummer #alfaromeoportseapolo @alfaromeo_aus @samwines_ @shaunbirley

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"There is a big push for that. My mum [Susan Hill] sent me an article she did 30 years ago about what we're fighting for as women … and it's just as relevant," she said.

Otto, who has also directed advertising campaigns for underwear icon Bonds, said she recently directed the campaign for Gigi Hadid's range for make-up brand Maybelline.

Otto said working with Hadid was "really nice, like a kid you meet when you grow up. She was so down to earth, treated everyone on set so graciously, she was a team player. It was a massive shoot and it was her make-up so it was something quite personal to her."

 

Horsing around at the Polo ALFA ROMEO PORTSEA EXPERIENCE #alfaromeoportseapoloj @alfaromeo_aus

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The wild weather on Saturday played havoc with some sponsors' plans, including Stella Artois, whose guests, including actress Abbey Lee, arrived on a soggy side – but in good spirits – after their boat transfers hit some bad weather en route.

While some guests sheltered undercover or threw on a jacket in the mid-teen temperatures, most fashion lovers took a "rain, hail or shine" approach to their looks.

Goosebumps and headscarves were two key accessories trends, with women fashioning printed silk pieces into buns, ponytails and plaits.

Wearing the trend was one of the best-dressed women of the day, socialite Rozalia Russian, who teamed her Dior scarf with a linen two-piece ensemble and a designer bum bag.

 

Portsea polo wearing @steele__ #steelegirls

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Russian said nailing the polo dress code was all about choosing the right fabrics.

"It's more relaxed than spring carnival ... linen, cotton, that's more of a Portsea Polo vibe. I wouldn't wear any velvet," she said.

And not three minutes later, a well-known Instagrammer sauntered past in an outfit made of ... black velvet.

Blame it on the weather.

 

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