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.

David Jones Ambassador Miranda Kerr in Ellery

David Jones Ambassador Miranda Kerr in Ellery

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.

 

Bree Robertson ‘wearing’ the red carpet (image: Bree Robertson)

 

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.

Megan Washington performing

Megan Washington performing

 

 

This winter, Australian fashionistas can expect a wide variety of trends on offer, particularly in textures and fabrics.

 

LEATHER

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.

Miranda Kerr closes the show in Dion Lee

Miranda Kerr closes the show in Dion Lee

Willow

Willow

Bassike

Bassike

 

David Jones Ambassador Megan Gale on the red carpet

David Jones Ambassador Megan Gale on the red carpet

 

PRINTS

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.

David Jones Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion Launch - Runway

Zimmerman

Easton Pearson

Easton Pearson

Miranda Kerr in Colette Dinnigan

Miranda Kerr in Collette Dinnigan

David Jones Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion Launch - Runway

Camilla

 

BROCADE

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.

Trelise Cooper

Trelise Cooper

 

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Alice McCall and Zimmermann

LACE

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.

Lover

Lover

Colette Dinnigan; Miranda Kerr in Zimmerman

Collette Dinnigan; Miranda Kerr in Zimmerman

Isabelle Cornish on the red carpet in Lover

Isabelle Cornish on the red carpet in Lover

 

MONOCHROME

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.

Rachel Gilbert

Rachel Gilbert

David Jones Ambassador Samantha Harris in Lisa Ho

David Jones Ambassador Samantha Harris in Lisa Ho

Romance Was Born; Josh Goot

Romance Was Born; Josh Goot

 

COCOON SILHOUETTES

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.

Ellery

Ellery

Alex Perry

Ellery

Ellery

David Jones Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion Launch - Runway

Romance Was Born

 

… 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.

David Jones Ambassador Jason Dundas in Calibre

David Jones Ambassador Jason Dundas in Calibre

Jack London

Jack London

 

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.

 

Jack London

Jack London

Jason Dundas in Calibre

Jason Dundas in Calibre

Zanerobe

Zanerobe

 

Images courtesy of Getty Images, Grazia, Marie Claire.

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Amanda Wong

Amanda is constantly on the trail of the next life-changing beauty product. She loves Melbourne's vibrant music scene, taking any opportunity to soak up and discover local talent. You will find her in any pocket of this great city, washing down great conversation with a strong coffee. Follow her musings on Instagram: @amungdavong

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