A huge crowd gathered outside David Jones’ Bourke Street store today with keen anticipation to see Australia’s golden girl, Miranda Kerr, in the flesh. The David Jones Ambassador returned to Melbourne to co-host a public fashion workshop with David Jones Racewear Ambassador Emma Freedman, highlighting the key trends for the coming season following the department store’s Autumn/Winter 2013 show only two days earlier.
Kerr was dressed in a black peplum top and skirt by Scanlan & Theodore, with pointed pumps by Valentino and an ear cuff by Ryan Storer. Freedman was dressed in a printed dress by Ginger & Smart.
Models appeared onstage dressed in 12 looks from new-season Australian designer collections as Kerr and Freedman discussed their thoughts and expectations on Autumn/Winter trends. Makeup was by Napoleon Perdis and hair by Zucci, the salon at David Jones Bourke Street.
LOOK 1: The first look, by Collette Dinnigan and shoes by Fendi, demonstrated how to wear an all-white ensemble, with Kerr recommending a “mix [of] tones and textures” to keep it from feeling one-dimensional.
LOOK 2: The grey two-piece suit by George Gross/Harry Who featured detailing on the collar and strong shoulders.
LOOK 3: Ellery, controversially a new label at David Jones, featured in the third look. A stunning cocoon-shaped cocktail dress was said by Kerr to “celebrate the hourglass figure… and femininity”, while the biscuit-coloured (the same shade as Kerr wore to open the Autumn/Winter ’13 show) featured peplum detailing on the back.
LOOK 4: Lace is expected to be a huge trend this season, featuring in the fourth look by Carla Zampatti.
LOOK 5: All-white was celebrated again with this camilla and marc dress.
LOOK 6: Rachel Gilbert’s signature sequins remain on-trend, paired with Tony Bianco shoes.
LOOK 7: The seventh look was striking, with a bold red pantsuit and embroidered blouse, all by Bianca Spender, paired with tortoiseshell-detailed pumps. Kerr summarised the ensemble as a “great New York outfit” for a “power lunch”.
LOOK 8: Navy and black, a “sophisticated” and “modern” trend, is set to be the new winter palette. This look by camilla and marc had a military vibe with the gold feature buttons.
LOOK 9: Navy and black was translated into an everyday winter look with trousers by Ellery and a mod-style coat by Ginger & Smart.
LOOK 10: With prints featured heavily by many designers on the David Jones Autumn/Winter runway, these printed, “versatile” separates by Zimmerman are right on trend.
LOOK 11: This outfit by Camilla, paired with Samantha Wills jewellery, showed how to successfully mix different prints and textures.
LOOK 12: The fashion workshop closed with another set of printed separates, this time by Romance Was Born. Accessorised with neon pumps and a yellow Urban Originals bag, the look was considered to be “very light for winter”, and a way to break free from winter blacks and “make a statement”.
Fans eagerly lined up to meet and receive an autograph from Kerr following the workshop.
Special thanks to AMPR Public Relations.
All images by Amanda Wong for Couturing.