Oh my goodness, the Marais Melbourne flagship store was a much-anticipated party and a half. First of all, all of Melbourne's fashionistas had long-awaited the opening of this women's store, now located on Bourke Street. And everything there was particularly drool-worthy, not least of all the must-have items, such as Celine sunglasses, Lanvin metallic sneakers, Alexander McQueen rings and such luxury labels as Rick Owens (there's a self-contained store in Marais), Balenciaga, McQ, Helmut Lang and more. And the space! The luscious surroundings are unlike anything Melbourne has seen - at night, it was half opulent store, half nightclub, with a ceiling draped in chain mail. Those who couldn't shop comforted themselves with delicious morsels, all toasting the opening of this lavish shopping destination. Heaven in a handbag.
Ashe Davenport and Ella Campbell
Kristine Live, Kyra Pybus, Gwendolynne Burkin
Lorna Deng and Ribka Tahir from Ribka & Lorna
Nadia Bartel and Jasmin Howell
Sarah Jane Young
Richard Nylon (centre)
Dasha and Colin Gold
Deon St Mor, Lisa Bowman and Marrel Lekey
And lest you, dear reader, think that the professional photographers' shots have gone all wobbly from now on, let me reassure you that the following are two snaps I couldn't resist taking with my iPhone. Now if only I had a Givenchy case for it....
There was delicious pate in these silver macaroons!
A glimpse of the storefront window....