Celebrating the department store’s 175th birthday, the David Jones Autumn/Winter 2013 show showcased the coming season’s trends, as well as the must-have pieces by Australian designers this season.
On the red carpet, David Jones Ambassador Miranda Kerr wore a stunning biscuit-coloured Ellery dress, which was to be her first look in the show. David Jones Menswear Ambassador Jason Dundas, who later walked the runway, led coverage of the red carpet. The red carpet itself cascaded from a custom Alex Perry gown, worn by contortionist and model Bree Robertson as she sat atop a huge lighted David Jones logo.
The show was set to an all-Australian soundtrack, with remixes of popular local artists such as Flume and Lisa Mitchell, and a performance by Megan Washington to close the show. Makeup was by Napoleon Perdis, who created a strong, smouldering eye. Faces were lightly contoured and each model had a different lip, ranging from nude to a light berry tint. Hair was kept simple with messy, low ponytails and loose, natural waves.
This winter, Australian fashionistas can expect a wide variety of trends on offer, particularly in textures and fabrics.
Unsurprisingly, leather is expected to be a key fabric this winter, with many labels featuring smooth, buttery leather, including Bec&Bridge and Bassike. Miranda Kerr closed the show in a cut-out black leather ensemble by Dion Lee, and Willow also showed black leather cut-out details, juxtaposed against luxurious metallics.
Prints were abound at the show, proving that they can be carried through from winter to summer. 2013 is sure to be a brighter year, with numerous designers showing head-to-toe prints, including Camilla, Collette Dinnigan, camilla and marc and Akira.
Always a winner in winter, brocade immediately offers a touch of vintage luxury, so it is no wonder that many designers featured it in their winter collections, including Alice McCall, Thurley, and Trelise Cooper, who showed a mod-style ensemble.
Alice McCall and Zimmermann
Lover continued with their highly-coveted signature lace pieces, with romantic playsuits and mini dresses, one of which was worn by actress Isabelle Cornish as she watched the show. Zimmerman also featured lace in a pair of vampy and gothic bellbottom pants.
Melbournians will be happy to hear that a muted winter palette will still be on-trend, but refreshed with monochrome, as seen by Lisa Ho and Bassike. Romance Was Born featured monochrome prints while Josh Goot delivered a truly lust-worthy black quilted ensemble.
The new silhouette for the season is the slightly voluminous – but not overbearingly full – cocoon shape. Dresses are tapered at the waist with a flattering cocoon-shape skirt (as seen at Alex Perry and Scanlan & Theodore), and Romance Was Born and Ellery also showed full bomber jackets.
… AND FOR THE MEN
Bassike and Jac+Jack stayed true to their relaxed aesthetic for the men, though clean, modern suiting was showed by Jack London, Calibre and Brent Wilson.
Leather will also be huge for men this season, with green and oxblood leather pants shown by Calibre and classic motorcycle jackets shown by Jack London, who also bravely opened their section with a skirt-clad model followed by a bright plaid cardigan and pants. Oxblood will be key for men’s winter palette this year, shown also at Zanerobe and Brent Wilson.
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