Spring Racing Carnival 2017 is going to be different without my sidekick and fashion blogger, Jess Dempsey of What Would Karl Do. She’s about to have her third baby anytime now and I couldn’t be more excited for her! As you know, I’ve been shooting all the race style moments for Jess’s fashion blog for the past four years, so if you ask me it does feels odd that I can relax, shoot for myself and spend time catching up with everyone inside the Lexus design pavilion.
The Lexus design pavilion this year was inspired by Kiriko cut glass ornamentation, and hand-pleated door trim of the new LS Hybrid 2018 model. Upstairs, you are invited to an culinary experience of Ben Shewry of Attica to sample a three-course tasting menu, a sushi bar dishing up endless slices of sashimi, dessert bar by Caroline Khoo of Nectar and Stone, for the second year running The Daily Edited were personalising wallets, and Hugh Stewart shooting guest portraits.
Well it goes without saying, a stunning venue wouldn’t be complete without the presence of fashionable race-goers, such as Elyse Taylor, Victoria Secret’s model, Kate Waterhouse, Zara Wong of Vogue Australia, Montarna McDonald of The Audience Agency, and Emma Freedman to name a few. And when I finally ventured outside to enjoy the fresh but icy cold weather, I was pretty stoked to spot and snap up a few of my favourite Derby Day looks being Viktoria Novak wearing a black Gucci dress and her own headpiece which was a long velvet bow with pearls, Virginia and Jordan Muir wearing head to toe in Christian Dior, Jennifer Hawkins in Jonathan Simkhai and hat by Ann Shoebridge. So you be the judge, which Derby Day outfit is your favourite?
Photography by KAREN WOO
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