David Jones Autumn/Winter Launch 2014 – Review by Jo Bayley

David Jones Autumn/Winter Launch 2014 – Review by Jo Bayley

Just recently leading department store David Jones held their parades for the Australian autumn winter season 2014.

Fabulous Channel 9 Today show’s Lisa Wilkinson arrived wearing DJ’s trademark black and white, the night was set to be a glamorous insight into what trends will dominate our cooler months.

Top trends would turn out to be leather, layering and leopard, everything that I love!

Hosting the launch was the David Jones CEO and Managing Director Paul Zahra, Chairman Peter Mason AM, Group Executive Merchandise Donna Player and David Jones Ambassadors; Megan Gale and Emma Freedman.

Detail Model Megan Gale arriving David Jones Autumn Winter Launch

The red carpet was hosted by Emma Freedman and Jason Dundas and the star studded guest list included actors Elizabeth Debicki dressed in Josh Goot, the stunning Jessica Marais working a very sexy suit and a glowing Megan Gale in Stella McCartney.

Guests were treated gloriously to the warm wintery flavours of truffle and gruyere served to the tune of Bollinger champagne!

Johnny Seymour ensured the event was all class with his eclectic mix of globally recognised sounds, custom mixed for the runway.

Jessica Gomes; Camilla Freeman-Topper; Marc Freeman and models - photo Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for David Jones

Then there was the menswear spokesperson Jason Dundas and the fabulous face of David Jones Jessica Gomes, who was rocking a fierce plumb lip!

Winter will be a wonderland of style this year.

The set transported guests into a woodland forest, with a twilight, fairytale feel, which worked beautifully with the sensational designs on show.

model prepares backstage ahead of the David Jones A/W 2014 Collection Launch at the David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on January 29, 2014 in Sydney, Australia Photo courtesy Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for David Jones

There was stunning Laura Mercier make up for the models under the direction of Artistic Director, Oralie Mayam

The colour palette across the majority of the designers featured white, black, chocolates, aubergines, pinks and greens.

Jessica gomes wearing Josh Goot - Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for David Jones)

Zanerobe at David Jones 2014 Collection Launch - Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for David Jones)

The David Jones fashion stable is an eclectic one, but viewing the show it had great harmony.

The relaxed vibe of unisex labels Bassike, Jac&Jack and Zanerobe for the guys, had you feeling all slouchy with muted palettes, soft knits and divine cottons.

Jessica Gomes, showcases Ginger & Smart Photo Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for David Jones

The key to working this style without looking like you just rolled out of bed is the cut, and these labels show that, in spades.

The funnel neck is a strong look for autumn winter.

Ginger and Smart opened with Gomes wearing a fantastic leather bustier teemed with a pencil skirt, finished with a (fake) fur trimmed cape.

Tick, tick, tick!!

A major theme throughout the whole show was the bustier.

Plunging, straight across, leather or embellished, it seemed the majority of designers featured this piece that has its origins in historical women’s lingerie.

Yeeks! Carolyn says she can remember when French haute couture and Pret-a-Porter fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier brought this former corset out of the closet again in 1983 and turned it into a beguiling bodice.

And then I remember when in 1987 British iconic designer Vivienne Westwood symbolically freed females from oppression and transformed this former torturous object into a form of female empowerment!

Designs by Camilla Photo Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for David Jones

Camilla, usually associated with kaftans and beach wear, showed floaty leopard matched with skull prints (a la McQueen) and some fab embellished suiting for the gypsy in us all.

Mimco feeling a little Prada, featured fab oversized jewelled clutches and Banjo and Matilda was cashmere camouflage.

Sabatini at David Jones -- Photo Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for David Jones

Nicola Finetti had a very Dolce and Gabbana feel, while Sabatini rocked a strong silhouette and felt hats, very Saint Laurent.

Romance was born...

I loved Romance Was Born.

I felt they have a very 1940’s vibe even a little Ossie Clark influence going on.

Super shapes and a softer colour palette than they usually go for, this could be one of their more commercial collections.

Bianca Spender had beautiful sleeve and shoulder details, a buttery leather skirt and a fabulous black and gold chevron print dress, perfection!

Trelise Cooper and Akira show that an eye to detail is always a winner, and Easton Pearson had fab fabrics and a ’60’s Palm Beach vibe.

Alice McCall was fun and fresh with an Art Deco influence and Lover continued their affair with lace.

Model wearing Jo's favourite pink coat by Michael Lo Sordo - Photo Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for David Jones)

Michael LoSordo used divine draping and I loved the featured pink coat.

Josh Goot was all about colour blocking, digital prints and striking hemlines while Carl Kapp had superb suiting and a strong shoulder.

Cheyenne Tozzi showcases Rachel Gilbert, photo Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for David Jones

Rachel Gilbert, Carla Zampatti and Collette Dinnigan proved to be the queens of class.

Divine sequins, sublime fabrics and shapes were the order of the day.

These ladies know their market.

It is just a shame Dinnigan is hanging up her high end label to concentrate on Collette by Collette Dinnigan.

At least we will still have access to her initiate style.

Ellery featured fiesty flares, lame` and pocket details.

Fresh from a showing in Paris and a controversial legal battle between Kym Ellery and Myer, which saw the brand being stocked at both Myer and David Jones till 2015, after which exclusivity falls to DJ’s.

She showed why her label is in hot demand.

Cheyenne Tozzi showcases Rachel Gilbert, photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for David Jones

Closing the show was brother and sister duo, Camilla and Marc with a stunning presentation of their glamorous new season’s collection

Showcasing Alice McCall, skater sillhouette skirt - Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for David Jones

Fresh white on white, fabulous cut pants and bustiers led into grey python with a pop of fuchsia.

Skirts with either a tulip or skater shape, black and white and leather.

The wardrobe staple, the little black dress proved once again this team have their finger on the fashion pulse.

Throughout the evening the runway was filled with rising new stars of the modelling world.

The most up and coming faces included Queensland’s Talisa Quirk, Madison Stubbington, Eliza Baker (off to Paris Fashion Week directly post show), Nikita Steinohort and the beautiful indigenous talent Samantha Harris.

The dynamic duo Jordan and Zac Stenmark arrive for the show

Seasoned runway performers twins Zac and Jordan  Stenmark were also there… enjoying the show.

Sabatini - Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for David Jones

So the low down on autumn winter dressing Australia 2014.

Bustier and Matching Jacket over leather pants by Ginger and Smart, Photo Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for David Jones

Key pieces to add for this season are;

A fitted long line bustier.
A pencil skirt.
Anything leopard.
A luxurious leather piece.
Maybe a pencil skirt in leather

An oversized embellished clutch for day or night.

Personally, I am excited by this seasons sartorial prospects,

Designs by Romance Was Born David Jones A/W 2014 Collection Launch - Photo Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for David Jones

Just can’t wait to add a little opulence to my wardrobe.

Join me next week for tips on clearing out you wardrobe to make way for your new purchases!

CiaoJo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle, 2014

Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman whose designes claimed the coveted closing position at the David Jones Autumn/Winter Launch 2014

This David Jones Autumn Winter 2014 launch showcased 35 capsule collections from Australia’s leading designers including new designers making their debut on the catwalk – Christopher Esber, Michael Lo Sordo and Nicola Finetti. Also gracing the David Jones catwalk this season was David Jones’ celebrated designer family including: Akira, Alice McCall, Bassike, Bianca Spender, Bec & Bridge, CAMILLA, camilla and marc, Calibre, Carla Zampatti, Carl Kapp, Dion Lee, Easton Pearson, Ellery, Ginger & Smart, Jac+ Jack, Jack London, Josh Goot, Lover, MJ Bale, Rachel Gilbert, Romance was Born, Scanlan & Theodore, Simona, Willow and Zanerobe.

Statement accessories were chosen from David Jones“s leading portfolio of brands; Mimco, Christian Louboutin, Pierre Hardy, Tony Bianco and fine jewellery was designed by Susie Stenmark.

You can watch some highlights here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUteeR9crTg&feature=share&</p> <p>Fulist=PLDizOZ9S3KtC4eD0OVD78qbXfxJLOAQrL&index=5

Click to Watch the Whole Show at David Jones

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