Foxtel will run a Travolta pop-up movie channel over the next three days where viewers can watch live or on-demand all of the Hollywood star’s most loved movies including Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Pulp Fiction.
Elle Australia hosted an elegant oasis within the prestigious Birdcage space and Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival. The Elle Garden was a popular place to spot models and professional selfie-takers amidst the botanical paradise – which afforded an escape from the hustle, bustle and weather across the race days. Guests were able to kick back and enjoy curated mocktails and sweet afternoon treats at The Botanic Bar.
TDE (The Daily Edited) were on hand with a ribbon monogramming bar, and Miss Dior miniature perfumes were available for those seeking to freshen up. Models Rosie Tupper, Rachael Finch and Sarsha Chisholm dropped in on the lush venue, as did fashion influencers Nadia Fairfax and Rozalia Russian.
Rain, hail or shine, the Birdcage’s first-ever Parisian boutique hotel, Maison Mumm, was the go-to marquee. Inspired by the world’s most luxurious spots to stay, Maison Mumm was the Birdcage’s most sought-after entry ticket.
From food to the guest list, Mumm boasted a successful week trackside. Olympian Usain Bolt and friends enjoyed hobnobbing in a VIP section of the marquee, which was also visited by Lindy Rama-Ellis (formerly Klim), Cadel Evans and even saw a cameo by catering king Justin Hemmes.
Network Ten had arguably the toughest job when it came to entertaining in the Birdcage, with Hollywood diva Lindsay Lohan and sister Ali enjoying two days at the track. The pair were seen sitting at a corner table with a small entourage of hangers-on.
Social Scene was instructed to steer clear of selfie requests with a number of Ten “stars” shut down after seeking out a pose with the Mean Girls star. If rumours of Lohan returning for the second season of The Masked Singer are correct, it seems the sisters could soon be spending even more time in Australia. Fellow Network Ten stars Sarah Harris and Carrie Bickmore got into the spirit of things and were seen cheering on horses in the races.
For a second year inside the Birdcage, Bumble made its presence known from a peak guest list to raging tunes and one hell of a dance floor. The female-led dating app partnered with Made by Merivale, for its food and beverage menu. Bumble boss lady Michelle Battersby ended the Birdcage party on a high after revealing she will take a new marketing role at Melbourne-based lifestyle and fitness empire Keep It Cleaner.
Rozalia Russian, Brooke Hogan, Samantha Harris, Jesinta Franklin, Jessica Gomes and WAG stylist Lana Wilkinson all graced the venue. Bumble thought outside the box when it came to merch for their guests, offering an array of tech goodies including phone chargers and selfie mirrors.
Lucy Manly is a reporter and gossip columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald.