Vogue Living - Women of Excellence

Vogue Living Dinner Series. Flower Merchant Melbourne

The second in the series of Vogue Living Women of Excellence events, in partnership with BMW, staged light night within the immersive exoticism of the Melbourne Flower Merchant, the fragrant daytime market designed by Studio 103 that morphs into dramatic event space in the evening. Celebrating innovation and achievement in creative industry, the dinner and round table discourse, led by Vogue Living editor, Rebecca Caratti, channelled the insights and intellect of four top female creatives to an audience who enthusiastically engaged in the dialogue.

Questions of work life balance, building a brand, broaching that difficult word ‘no’ and fielding the presumptions of being of lesser talent in traditionally male dominated fields were discussed with humour and anecdotal history by the esteemed panel. Iva Foschia of IF Architecture, the firm that has recently revamped such hospitality heavens as Cutler & Co and Attica talked about the commission that called for Instagram moments, while making the point that good design should elicit social media not seek to make it.

Interior designer, Mardi Doherty, drew applause from the attentive audience with news that she had just signed up the first all-female firm of builders in Melbourne to construct her next project. Eminent photographer Sharyn Cairns, imparted metaphorical wisdoms on turning negatives into positives. And Annette Baumeister, studio director at BMW’s Designworks in Shanghai, shared her willingness to use the word ‘no’ when challenging design and her father’s advice to her brother “that he would have to look after Annette in life” when she declared her wish to become a designer.

Their collective want to innovate, inspire and push polite notions of ‘taste’, and were matched by the Marriner Group executive chef, David Ricardo’s menu. It detailed a multi-course feast that started with a playful take on sushi, then teased the palette through an edible cocktail of gin, spanner crab and perfume; heirloom tomatoes and buffalo stracciatella; Flinders Island saltgrass lamb with spicy dukkha and a rosewater crème catalana. The sensory adventure was accompanied by Veuve champagne, Tellurian Rose from Heathcote, Don’t Tell Garry Shiraz from the Grampians and a magnificent Princess Butterfly Moscato from Central Victoria.

– vogue.com.au

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