It’s not often that Melbourne turns 178… in fact it’s only once, ever. This, coupled with an announcement of the title of the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ called for a city-style-celebration… a toast to “Melbourne Day”! Happy Friday’s are my favourite day of the week at the best of times, so this occasion called for the volume to be turned up even higher, in a quintessentially ‘Melbourne’ night of nights. With my good friend and colleague Rob by my side, we hit the town, set out to make some magic.
We were honoured to have been invited to a Melbourne Spring Fashion Week event at Southgate, being the red carpet premiere of ‘Reflections’ a short film by style maverick film makers, Folie à Deux (Steven Protuder and Christian Blanchard). Kicking the evening off with sparkling wine and star-spotting was too much fun at this red-carpet event, where we were lucky enough to meet the starts of the film & speak directly about their experience. Award winning milliner Richard Nylon (who stars in the film) admitted this was going to be his first time viewing Reflections in full. Richard had such a captivating presence, commanding the attention of the room with his intricately detailed look (that vest he’s wearing in the photo contains hundreds upon hundreds of safety pins!). This whole thing was such a cool way to kick off Melbourne’s Birthday!
Next it was a quick walk over Princes Bridge to Chin Chin Restaurant on Flinders Lane… where the reality of a two-and-a-half-hour wait for an upstairs-table (oh so Melbourne) meant we hit the bar downstairs for some Wagyu, Squid, Tequila and Vodka… a perfect combination to see us through as we entertained ourselves with people-watching… first dates (third dates?) & Friday night work-drinks gave us plenty to feast our eyes on. The feast continued two hours later with a stroll over to Brunetti for a late-night tart, a sweet end to the evening.
As I sat in the taxi on the way home (and we rolled slowly behind a horse-drawn carriage) I thought to myself I’ve basically just had one of the best ‘Melbourne’ nights I’d had in a long while. Sometimes a simple birthday celebration is all you need to remind you how lucky you are to have a friend like this city.