All eyes were on Jessica Gomes as she took to the runway for David Jones‘ Spring/Summer 13/14 runway. Replacing Miranda Kerr as the face of David Jones, Sport Illustrated model Gomes had big shoes to fill, but she showed she was more than up for the challenge, donning pieces from some of Australia’s top designers on the night.
Fitting in with the high-end Italian riviera vibe of its latest campaign, the venue was decked out with rich white walls, poolside bars, bougainvillea and high shine surfaces.
The runway show opened with The Voice alumni Emma Pask, who features in the department store’s new TV commercial, singing a sultry rendition of ‘Too Darn Hot’.
The front row read like a who’s who of Australian celebrities and personalities, with David Jones ambassadors, Megan Gale, Gai Waterhouse and Emma Freedman, joined by Miranda Otto, Elizabeth Debicki, Emma Lung, Gracie Otto, Kiyomi Vella and Ita Buttrose.
The runway featured designs from Alex Perry, Akira, Alice McCall, Alannah Hill, Bassike, Bianca Spender, Bec & Bridge, CAMILLA, Camilla and Marc, Calibre, Carla Zampatti, Carl Kapp, Collette Dinnigan, Dion Lee, Easton Pearson, Ellery, Gary Bigeni, Ginger & Smart, Isola by Megan Gale, Jac+ Jack, Jack London, Jets, Josh Goot, Lover, MJ Bale, Rachel Gilbert, Romance was Born, Scanlan & Theodore, Simona, Tigerlily, Trelise Cooper (NZ), We Are Handsome, Willow, Zanerobe and Zimmermann Swim.
Gomes was joined on catwalk by young fashion ambassador Montana Cox, Alexandra Agoston, Samantha Harris, Maddison Brown, Olivia Thornton, Jack Vanderhart, Mackenzie Upton Baker and twins of the moment, Zac and Jordan Stenmark, fresh from working with Calvin Klein.
Key trends to note this season were as follows:
Black and White
Willow, Josh Goot, Jets and Zimmermann have all embraced the monochrome trend this season. Always a wardrobe classic, the fashion industry’s obsession with black and white has been taken to the next level, with bold prints, daring silhouettes and tailored suiting all being presented in this timeless colour combination. The best thing about this trend is that it’s easy to spend on investment pieces which will not only see you looking hot this Spring/Summer, but can be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come.
The LA Girl trend sees a new take on sports-luxe. Not for the faint-hearted, cutaway racer back tanks and cropped tops means a toned midriff is the perfect accessory to work this trend. Ginger & Smart, camilla & marc, Josh Goot, Shakuhachi and Bassike nail the look perfectly, with geometric prints and varsity pieces giving the option to dress the trend down with wedge trainers, or dress it up with chunky heels.
Think the effortless style of Jackie Kennedy or Bridget Bardot to nail this trend. Nautical chic with a quirky twist has inspired the likes of Bec & Bridge, Carla Zampatti, Zimmermann and camilla & marc this season. Cropped cable knits with bermuda shorts, windcheaters and parkas in a palette of navy, white, cornflower, cobalt and aqua will have you dreaming of open waters. If you dare, don all white to stand out from the crowd.
Fifties and sixties style silhouettes, flirty hemlines and pastel colours will have you channelling your inner vixen this season. Look to Bianca Spender, Ginger & Smart and Thurley to shop the trend. Match with big shades, strappy sandals and a woven bag to complete the look.
Designers such as Lover, Alex Perry, Collette Dinnigan and Carla Zampatti have channeled the effortless chic that Parisians have become known for into their latest collections. Jewel encrusted necklines, ladylike silhouettes and an understated elegance that demands attention will have to looking fine this season. Match with glittering stilettos and heavily embellished accessories to complete the look.
David Jones stalwart Camilla Franks had the honour of closing this season’s show, celebrating her 8th year at the department store with a parade of colour and movement, having us all wishing warmer months were here.
Shop all the looks straight from the runway at the David Jones website or in store now.