Derby Day 2017 in the Lexus Design Pavillion

Derby Day, arguably the chicest event of the annual Spring Racing Carnival has just come and gone and by gosh it lived up to its reputation.

I spent this year in the Lexus Design Pavilion (or marquee as they are commonly referred to) where a stable of world-class collaborators had been assembled to translate this year’s design theme. Taken from Milan Design Week 2017‘Yet Philosophy’ was the concept defined as ‘the harmonisation of contradictory elements.’

Emilie Delalande of Etic Studio designed the interior of dusty, dirty pinks, reminiscent of Sketch in London but with a very Australian sensibility to compliment the lighting and large windows.

I spent most of my time on level three because there was just so much to see and do – not to mention the highest view of the track within the Birdcage surrounds.

Guests could have their portrait taken by renowned Australian photographer Hugh Stewart (tick) or sit down with a MECCA Cosmetica perfumist to choose their most suited scent which will be sent straight to your front door the following week.

Lexus’ own ‘L Finesse’ gin bar served a Japanese influenced gin created by the brand, among the herb garden designed by Joost Bakker who conceptualised the entire marquee with the idea of ‘Future Cave’ in mind.

If by this point you’re thinking, ‘Whats with all the concepts weren’t you there for a horse race?!’ you wouldn’t be wrong. And horses I did see, but that’s not why you come to Lady Melbourne do you?

Behold, pictures a plenty of the frivolity and finesse that was Derby Day 2017:

Portrait by Hugh Stewart. My dress is Needle & Thread London, heels are by Florsheim which I customised with my own pom-poms. Because: pom-poms.

The Lexus Design Pavillion inside the Birdcage 2017

The Lexus Design Pavillion inside the Birdcage 2017

The Lexus Design Pavillion inside the Birdcage 2017

Mecca Perfume Lab

Mecca Perfume Lab

Byredo Gypsy Water

Wearing Needle and Thread London

Portrait by the ever talented Karen Woo, you can view her Derby Day edit here.

Pom-pom heels

Nectar and Stone confectionery

Nectar and Stone confectionery

Nectar and Stone confectionery

Caroline Khoo of Nectar and Stone

Caroline Khoo, founder of Nectar and Stone who created the lushest dessert bar on level one.

Nectar and Stone confectionery

The Lexus Design Pavillion inside the Birdcage 2017