VAMFF 2019

VAMFF 2019

The other weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) 2019.

There is something so New York-ish about attending Fashion Weeks, this time around I attended two events, the International Women’s Day Breakfast – presented by Marie Claire and Runway – Presented by Who What Wear.

It was my first time attending the International Women’s Day Breakfast by VAMFF, hosting was Nicky Briger from Marie Claire and there to share their story was the inspiring: Camilla Franks, Miranda Tapsell, Ally Watson, Julia Banks and Asher Keddie.

It was great to hear first-hand from the creative forces and drivers in their field, to hear that everyone goes through and continues to have struggles – may they all be different and the resilience we as women have to not only survive but thrive through challenges.

Friday was my ‘Fashion Day’, which also included a fancy lunch at Jardin Tan held in the Royal Botanical Gardens. (I talk more about food below for all you foodies out there!). My Fashion Friday finished with a Front-Row show and VIP Mercedes Benz Lounge Experience attending the Who What Wear Runway Show held at the Royal Exhibition Building.


  • International Women’s Day Breakfast – presented by Marie Claire
  • Runway – Presented by Who What Wear


  • Ike Jime

Where we started our food journey, creating our own Shannon Bennett restaurant crawl.  A Seafood delight, in a dimly lit, cosy-yet-fancy restaurant, with an industrial feel.  We had the front row seat to the masters at work, showing off their culinary expertise.

The service was outstanding, it felt as if we were the only two there. It’s one of those places you know, as soon as you sit down this won’t be your last time here.

We got taken on a food journey, filled with twists and turns on classic dishes, and show-stopping modern masterpieces.

  • Jardin Tan

In between fashion events, we went to Jardin Tan, located in the Royal Botanical Gardens where we were treated to a Vietnamese lunch in the garden.  Very rustic, yet very Monet. The place, the weather, the wine and the food was nothing short of perfect. Pancakes for lunch anyone?

  • Higher Ground

It’s a mandatory ‘must see’.  We lined up for 35 minutes on a Saturday (which is pretty good, considering the demand).  Every minute was worth it.  The food is top-notch and the coffee.  Wow.  In a warehouse decked with plants, it’s what Instagram dreams are made of.

  • Vue De Monde

By now, you would have seen my posts here and there from my weekend in Melbourne.  On our last night, we took it up a notch and ate a 10 course degustation menu 55 floors up, overlooking Melbourne’s sun setting. Picturesque does not cut it.  It  was an experience of a lifetime and would recommend everyone to have at least once.

Over on Coeliac in the City, you can read the full account of our food antics, with great detail of our experience at Vue De Monde.


Normally, I take my trips to Melbourne as shopping excursions, however this time, I focused more on quality over quantity (I already have a lot of clothes!). I also had a few pieces in mind I really wanted.

  • Michael Kors

I have been after a classic black work bag, sleek and practical.  I walked in to Michael Kors (after surveying every brand online) and fell in love, pictures are to follow on Instagram – stay tuned. I may have also purchased a mint green mini side bag – it was needed!

  • Platypus

Gigi recently brought out her new GIGI X REBOOK Collection, filled with 80s style shoes and bold colours.  I had searched high and low, until finally Platypus in Melbourne had them and they were everything I had imagined and more (yes, I know I am being dramatic over a pair of sneakers, but I take sneaker shopping seriously!).

Until next time Melbourne, as always you have made my dreams come true and I cannot wait to come back.


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