First Look: Birdcage 2017

Singing and dancing up a storm aboard a 59-foot luxury yacht in the Mumm Champagne birdcage marquee.

It was glamorous! The media were invited to attend the official unveiling of Flemington’s lavish Birdcage Enclosure yesterday. This iconic precinct is the playground of celebrities and society high-flyers during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Invitations are always the hottest tickets in town.

I was there to capture all the fashionable action, let’s take a look at how it all went down…

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The gorgeous Taylor Dayne gave us an intimate performance ahead of her Melbourne Cup performance in the Sensis Marquee!
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Beetroot crusted lamb in the Sensis marquee.
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Ruby Bellinger with her snake in the Kennedy marquee.
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Raspberry jelly with spiced crumb, passionfruit glaze and coconut foam in the Kennedy marquee.
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Model Shanina Shaik welcomes guests to the Mumm yacht.
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Dry ice cocktails in the Mumm Champagne marquee.
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Gorgeous actress Zoe Ventoura in the Neale Whittaker-designed Lavazza marquee.
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Red velvet ice cream with sugar rock salt & Lavazza Espresso lolly pop with dark chocolate. In the Lavazza Marque.
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Ready for race day! Neale Whitaker in the Lexus marquee.
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Dessert bar by Caroline Khoo in the Lexus marquee.
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Inside the Emirates marquee as the airline brings to life its signature First Class and Business Class luxury experience.
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The lavish detail in the One Oliver Street marquee.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival begins on Saturday 4 November with AAMI Victoria Derby Day, and continues with Emirates Melbourne Cup Day onTuesday 7 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 9 November and concludes with Emirates Stakes Day on Saturday 11 November.

Tickets are available for purchase from Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne train stations or buy online from www.flemington.com.au

Imagery: Craig Lawson/Mr Fashion Man

Launched: 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival!

Get set for a racing, fashion and food extravaganza!

The 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival kicked off in fabulous style at The Park, Flemington Racecourse today.

Hosted by Channel 7’s Jason Richardson and Myer Ambassador and Channel 7’s Rachael Finch, the launch event introduced guests to key racing identities, fashion experts and the finest food offerings to over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chairman Amanda Elliott said the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival will showcase the very best of Melbourne.

 “This unique week in our great city brings the best of racing, fashion, food, wine and entertainment to the attention of the world, and showcases Victoria like nothing else can.

 “The Melbourne Cup Carnival juggernaut will roll on in 2017 as racegoers are treated to a week of wonder at Flemington, and Melbourne’s pulse quickens every day in anticipation of the great week,” said Mrs Elliott.

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To get a taste of what is ready to roll, guests enjoyed the delights at Bar Schweppes and the Flemingo Croquet Lawn, hung out with Nova in The Park, experienced virtual reality racing at TAB, and had glamour touch ups at the COSMOPOLITAN Glam Pit. 

There was plenty of delicious discoveries on offer from 400 Gradi8bitDexterHector’s DeliRice Paper Scissors and Zero Gradi, with thirst quenching showcases by LavazzaJames SquireJames Boag, Absolut, A’Tivo (pictured), Schwepps, Wolf Blass, and The Pony Bar.  

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This year, menswear gains a bigger spotlight! As the Myer Fashions on the Field competitions will be held over two days for the Men. For the ladies, get your looks ready as there will be three days of Women’s competition, the Designer award and the Millinery award, as well as the Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field competition. All together in to win a massive prize pool valued at more than $340,000.

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The Melbourne Cup Carnival begins on Saturday 4 November with AAMI Victoria Derby Day, and continues with Emirates Melbourne Cup Day onTuesday 7 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 9 November and concludes with Emirates Stakes Day on Saturday 11 November.

Tickets are available for purchase from Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne train stations or buy online from www.flemington.com.au

Imagery: Craig Lawson/Mr Fashion Man

Melbourne Fashion Week fun has begun!

The fun is underway at Melbourne Fashion Week 2017. It’s a fabulous showcase of the coming trends and styles for the spring/summer fashion season. This year there is a strong emphasis on diversity which is great to see, so far I’ve seen a gay wedding on the runway and female models in the menswear show. MFW 2017 boasts a massive line-up  with over 150 events across the city – including Premium Runways with the country’s leading designers, industry workshops, exhibitions, parties, films, music, and free fashion experiences. There is something for everyone!

The hub is Melbourne Town Hall and a great place to go celeb and street style spotting plus they feature live music and DJ sets. We’re only half-way through so get amongst it – link to schedule and buy tickets at bottom of post.

Follow me on my social channels and stay tuned for trend reports. See you on the runway.

Some of my opening night highlights…

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Spectacular: The David Jones runway on Little Bourke Street really does stop traffic! This view from the top was snapped by one of my peeps on scene, Lilli Anak.
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Striking a pose with the models at the Harrold’s event as part of the Vogue Night Out.
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Spring racing style at the Rokk Ebony runway show at Collins Place. As part of the Vogue Night Out.

Still on for a few more days! View the MFW Schedule and ticket info here:
www. mfw.melbourne.vic.gov.au/program/

Intimate David Hicks Book Launch

A fabulous crowd gathered in Toorak for the launch of multi-award winning Interior Designer David Hicks’ first book. Titled Intimate, it’s a beautiful showcase of his modern luxury style. Let’s take a look at the glamorous action from last night!

Interior Designer David Hicks and I at his book launch!

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