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Jessica Gomes & Jason Dundas Rock The Runway For David Jones SS2015

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Spring summer at David Jones is a season about fashion, about creativity, and about how amazing they can make us feel. Held at On Seven at David Jones in Sydney, guests were whisked away into a dramatic space with event creative transforming the spectacular venue into a set up complete with construction-style rigging and LED lighting.

The Designers:

This season’s launch showcased 35 new season collections from David Jones’ celebrated Australian designer family including: Akira, Alice McCall, Bassike, Bianca Spender, Bec & Bridge, Bec & Bridge Swim, Camilla, Camilla and Marc, Calibre, Carla Zampatti, Christopher Esber, Dion Lee, Easton Pearson, Ellery, Ginger & Smart, Isola, Jac + Jack, Jack London, JETS, Josh Goot, KITX, Lee Matthews, Lover, Manning Cartell, Mimco, Rachel Gilbert, Rebecca Vallance, Romance was Born, Sabatini, Scanlan Theodore, Strateas Carlucci, The Rocks Push, Tigerlily, Willow, Zanerobe, Zimmermann and Zimmermann Swim.

Jessica Gomes & Jason Dundas Rock The Runway For David Jones SS2015

JETS claimed the coveted closing position, with both the men’s and women’s collections being showcased as the finale for the show. JETS showcased 14 looks of their James Bond inspired SS15 collection.

The Models:

Jessica Gomes & Jason Dundas Rock The Runway For David Jones SS2015
Ambassadors Jessica Gomes, Montana Cox and Jason Dundas led a group of Australia’s most celebrated faces including Jesinta Campbell, who also featured in this season’s advertising campaign, Alexandra Agoston, Cassie Lapthorne, Ruby Jean Wilson, Stephanie Field, Bridget Malcolm and Rob Moore.

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David Jones has a strong heritage of discovering new talent and this continues to be true this season with David Jones filling its runway with up and coming ‘faces to watch’ including Kawani Prenter and Jessica Thomas who has recently appeared on Australia’s Next Top Model.

The Guest List:
Supermodel Gigi Hadid was a star guest at the event. Gigi is in town for duties relating to Guess and sat front row with her friend, Australian Leah McCarthy to view the new season collections.

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A star studded line up attended the bi-annual event, including Isabel Lucas, Samara Weaving, Elizabeth Debicki, Maddison Brown, Charlotte Best, Abby Earl, Lindy Klim, Cheyenne Tozzi, Karl Stefanovic, Sylvia Jeffreys, Tom and Hoda Waterhouse, Marta Dusseldorp, Danielle Cormack, Ksenija Lukich, Sally Obermeder, Terry Biviano & Anthony Minichiello and Sophie Falkiner. David Jones’ leading portfolio of designers also fronted the red carpet including; Carla Zampatti, Nicky and Simone Zimmermann, Camilla and Marc’s Marc Freeman, Christopher Esber, Kit Willow Podgornik, Bianca Spender, Josh Goot, the Manning Cartell sisters; Gabrielle, Vanessa and Cheryl, Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett from Romance was Born, Rachel Gilbert, Camilla Franks, Akira Isogawa and Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton, to name just a few.

Styling:

With over 220 looks hitting the runway, this season’s key trends came to life at the hands of renowned stylist Kelvin Harries. Statement accessories were also featured from David Jones’ leading portfolio of brands; Fendi, Saint Laurent, Azzedine Alaia, Alexander Wang, Celine and Aquazurra.

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Makeup:

The makeup this season is from Shu Uemura. The cult makeup brand was used on models under the vision of Director of Makeup Artistry, Mr Yuji Asano. Both of the makeup looks were designed for a summer ready look, with an edge. The first look is summery and dewy make-up with glistening skin that speaks of a hot summer’s day and the second look had a dewy feel but with less focus on gloss components.

Hair:

Partnering again with Aveda & led by Terry Robertson-Kirkwood, two custom and very classic David Jones looks have been created including one look that is younger and modern, a loose and sexy blow dry with minimal product and maximum movement and the second look is a low ponytail with glossed front and dry finished back that were transformed into a wet look for the show’s finale.

Menu:

The menu this season was an array of delicious offerings that include small and substantial canapés, as well as a hot dog station featuring American frankfurts, baby chorizo and bratwurst sausage. Throughout the evening guests enjoyed sweet potato and beetroot chips with herbed labneh, cauliflower popcorn, yellow fin tuna taco, blue swimmer crab cannoli, potato and thyme churros, spiced pork belly empanadas, soft shell crab sliders and deboned buffalo wings.

The incredible food on offer was accompanied by Bollinger champagne and cocktails including; ‘The Roadie’, ‘The Skater’ and ‘City Groove’ that have been concocted to reflect the musical elements of this season’s show.

Music:

With an opening performance by the enigmatic Daniel Johns, who performed the track We Are Golden from the acclaimed new album TALK, David Jones’ music director Johnny Seymour also brought the showcase to life this season with an eclectic mix of globally recognised sounds, custom mixed for the runway. This season features a thematic playlist to compliment Daniel Johns’ sensational collaboration with David Jones. Featuring innovative Australian artists such as Rüfüs, Gypsy & The Cat, Client Liason and an exclusive remix of Ngaiire (from Daniel’s long term collaborator Paul Mac) to strong female futurists such as Grimes and FKA Twigs as well as some reworking of classics from heritage acts such as David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Cure and Madonna.

Written by Yvette Le Grew

Yvette Le Grew is the former Online Editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, former Head of Digital Content at Westfield & freelance fashion, travel, health & lifestyle writer for titles across the UK, Asia and Australia. Yvette now contributes 'at large' for thecarousel.com.

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