So there goes another of my favourite weeks of the year, the Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival, and what a fine carnival it was. Despite the not so pleasurable Melbourne weather introducing a years worth of rain to the one week and the heavens really opening up, there was still lots of fun to be had, and lots of bubbles to be drank at the four days of glamorous events.

This year I think it is safe to say that I spend most if not all of my time nestled away in the only three level marquee of the exclusive Birdcage, the Lexus Design Pavillion. A favourite of mine year after year, the marquee consistently oozes everything I endeavour to find at the races. Sophistication, class, and elegance. Not to mention a whole lot of fresh vibes.

From the exterior which is wrapped in 100km of wiring to replicate a modern luxurious take on a birds nest, to the interior which was showered in hundreds of enchanting fresh pastel pink tulips, this was absolutely the place to be for the chic and fabulous.

Guests could be found sipping on countless G.H Mumm flutes and nibbling on decadent nibbles such as the much talked about cheeseburger spring rolls by chef Dan Hong, whilst basking in the ambiance of Melbourne’s most stylish day of the year.

The marquee attracted a long and impressive list of Melbourne and interstate VIP guests all eager to join in on the celebrations of the race that stops the nation on cup day. The vibe was very elegant yet uplifting, with guests dressed head to toe in fabulous designer outfits. Think Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Maticevski, and Valentino.

Melbourne’s favourite illustrator and Instagram queen Megan Hess was even hosted by Lexus for the carnival to illustrate a few lucky guests outfits! Talk about being looked after by Lexus. Overall no idea how they did it, but the planners somehow managed to top last years spectacular marquee and really impress the guests.

What a week! Stay tuned for more.

Outfit Details

Dress: Toni Maticevski

Jewels: Anton Jewellery

Bag: Louis Vuitton

Shoes: Saint Laurent

Headpiece: Gregory Ladner






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