Destination / Wish You Were Here

Melbourne, Victoria

Hello spring. Whether you’re a race day veteran or are looking for a good reason to put on that dress and toast the return of sunshine, Melbourne is the ideal place to get a taste of the scene. Here, RUSSH fashion and beauty director Billie Iveson shares the best of her trip to the Victorian capital, from galleries to nightlife and the must-stay boutique hotels.

See …
The weather is getting warmer and the festivities at Flemington Race Course get into full swing for Derby Day on October 29, where monochrome is the order of the day. Melbourne Cup takes its stride on November 1, before Oaks Day – one for the ladies – commencing on November 3, and concluding with the family-oriented Stakes Day on November 5.

Stay …
Part of the boutique Art Series Hotels, The Cullen in Prarhan serves an ideal place to seek respite after a day at the tracks. Inspired by the works of artist Adam Cullen, winner of the 2000 Archibald prize, the hotel serves as a living gallery of his work, with 450 of his original pieces scattered throughout the space. Special mention is owed to HuTong Dumpling Bar, in residence on the ground floor of the Hotel – worth the late-night post-racing check in.

Take …
A dress you’ll want to take from day into night – this monochrome pick from Karen Millen ticks the box for Derby Day. Or try a pant suit if that’s more your style. Pair with Chanel’s Le Vernis nail polish in Rouge Puissant, Rodin lipstick in Red Hedy and protect your skin with Rationale B3-T Superfluid Sunscreen SPF50+.

Taste …
Tipo 00: with a name that references the finely ground flour used in pasta, is an homage to the dish. The food is unpretentious, flavoursome and meticulously presented, complemented by copper light fixtures, high white marble bench tops and enough variety in the wine list to suit adventurous and comfortable diners alike.