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DressCode: A rose by any other name

I was at Flemington last week and the famed roses are not quite blooming just yet. Though you wouldn’t expect them to be, since an entire team of gardeners stick to a strict schedule to ensure the buds burst ceremoniously on time for Cup week. Yet a touch of Flemington has come early to the city as floral artist and self-described “flower bomber” Holly Hipwell of The Flower Drum has created an installation piece in ode to the racetrack’s flowers and Spring in general. Her three dimensional mural wall has been studded with red, yellow and pink roses the official flowers of Melbourne Cup, Oaks and Stakes days alongside white roses in a nod to this Saturday’s Caulfield Cup. There’s a few sneaky orchids to be found too as we move into a more tropical Summer.

Who can let such a pretty backdrop sit idly? I gathered up a few of my favourite pieces from Melbourne labels and put together a Spring racing outfit. Destined for ladies’ day perhaps?

Floral installation at Melbourne Central

Floral installation at Melbourne Central

Floral installation at Melbourne Central

Floral installation at Melbourne Central

Floral installation at Melbourne Central

Dress  by Thurley (so many gorgeous pieces here at the moment, I could barely decide between a whole host of dresses)
Jacket by Witchery which is now on my wishlist.
Awesome spiked shoes by Tony Bianco
Clutch bag by Mimco
Brooch by Mimco; love this for a pretty little gift idea
Hat by Margaret Watson Designs at The Millinery Association of Australia

All pieces are available from Melbourne Central. You can find The Flower Drum installation in the designer precinct on level two at Melbourne Central.

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