Everyone with any type of profile in Sydney was at Wednesday nights David Jones Autumn/Winter 2015 Runway Show. From sporting stars, athletes, bloggers, housewives, designers, TV personalities, Ms Universes, models and actors, the creme de la creme of Sydney’s A-list frocked up and sauntered down the red carpet. I was fortunate enough to receive an invite and put on my best Givenchy heels, my maroon leather Alexander Wang dress and keeping it matchy, my new favourite maroon Givenchy handbag.
Arriving at 6:45pm for a 7pm start, you are greeted with an elegant all white wall with a tuxedoed violinist as you walk out the elevator. Stepping through the wall, you’re stepping into a dark, mysterious, urban playground. Dimmed lighting, graffiti covered walls and the red carpet faded into a black one. A live marching band, a bevy of supermodels topped off with leather and lace — David Jones pulled out all the stops.
Seated front and centre with Mark Philippoussis opposite me, Jessica Gomes opened the show in a decadent Carla Zampatti number with 4 marching drummer boys following her down the runway. ‘March to the Beat of Your Drum’ was the theme for their Autumn/Winter launch, she was followed by a stream of impeccably dressed Glamazons.
There were three stand out designers for myself – Jac & Jack, Rebecca Vallance and Carla Zampatti.
Jac & Jack’s pieces were relaxed, oversized knits, boyfriend style linen pants and soft silk and cashmere everything. Models wore them with sneakers on the catwalk, fitting perfectly into the Normcore trend.
Rebecca Vallance was my heaven – Leather. Anything and everything. Primarily black, this collection has now firmly embedded newcomer Rebecca Vallance as a staple in the Australian fashion industry. A black three quarter leather tee dress and an elongated black vest blazer with leather detailing were a dream. As soon as I got home, both these items got added to the shopping cart and will soon be added to my wardrobe.
Carla Zampatti was the designer of the moment, with her entire range closing the show to mark her 50th anniversary in business. Carla Zampatti is one of Australia’s most iconic premium brands and has been at the forefront of the Australian fashion industry. In true Zampatti style, her pieces were feminine, sultry, decadent and flawless.
“It’s a bit overwhelming, after 50 years I’ve finally made the finale of David Jones,” Zampatti said.
A special mention to Zanerobe, my favourite Australian menswear brand, showcasing their latest collection ‘Salvation’. Cool kid street wear mixed with luxurious fabrics as the male models strutted down the runway in black quilted sweaters and flight pants, oversized knits and their signature drop crotch pants. Zanerobe definitely had the nod of approval from the men in the front row, their wives as well.