PIGTAILS and plaits are what us ‘girls’ do — particularly on bad hair days.
While the man-bun has been everywhere the past couple of years, if retailer David Jones has any pop culture and style influence, male piggies and plaits are the new big/best thing for the boys.
The male models at the David Jones winter fashion launch had longer, thicker locks than some of the female models on the sleek, contemporary and modern runway. And how infuriating was that!
On the runway at the David Jones autumn winter show. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
David Jones launched its Autumn Winter 2016 season with a celebration of fashion, dance and music in collaboration with the Sydney Dance Company.
The creative setting reflected the retailer’s new campaign ‘It’s In You’ and guests experienced a runway show that fused performance with members of the Sydney Dance Company.
With more than 230 looks hitting the runway, this season’s key trends came to life at the hands of renowned stylist and long-time collaborator of David Jones, Kelvin Harries.
The problem with autumn winter clothes is they are not incredibly sexy on the runway. Layers, lots of black, oversized shirts and much longer hemlines don’t quite match the spring summer shows where swimwear and skin are all the go.
That said, I loved the collaboration with the Sydney Dance Company dancers who, between all of the models, made them look as though their job is 1000 times easier than the dancers whose bodies, movement and agility really rocked the runway.
I just love the fact that retailers are using more innovative approaches to get their style message out there — so full marks for DJs for such a relevant, cool and entertaining runway show.
Jessica Gomes on the runway. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
David Jones ambassadors Jessica Gomes, Montana Cox, Jason Dundas and Jesinta Campbell (who walked for the first time as an official ambassador) all started on the runway, as did international supermodel, Catherine McNeil.
Catherine McNeil in a Manning Cartell design. Pictures: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
For the first time, the show included women’s and men’s contemporary international designers alongside Australian designers.
International brands included Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, TOME, Sandro, Maje, Joseph, Tibi, Rag and Bone, See by Chloe, PS Paul Smith, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Sand, Paul Smith, Tiger of Sweden, Versace men’s and Simon Carter.
The exclusive Australian designer brands were Aurelio Costarella, TOME and Project A, who appeared on the runway for the first time, as well as: Akira, Bassike, Alice McCall, Bec & Bridge, Bianca Spender, Calibre, Camilla, Camilla and Marc, Carla Zampatti, Christopher Esber, Dion Lee, Ellery, Ginger and Smart, Jac + Jack, Jack London, KitX, Lee Mathews, Lover, Manning Cartell, Rachel Gilbert, Rebecca Vallance, Romance Was Born, Sabatini, Scanlan Theodore, Strateas Carlucci, Willow and Zimmermann.
Christopher Esber opened the show in an incredible moment with dancers and models, while Camilla claimed the coveted closing position, showcasing the brand’s impressive new season collection.
Jesinta Campbell. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
David Jones has a strong heritage of discovering new talent and this continued with David Jones filling its runway with up and coming ‘faces to watch’ including Logan Crosby, Atty Mitchett and New Zealand girls Evalina Wilward and Natarsha Orsman.
The guest list included David Jones ambassador and former AFL footballer Adam Goodes, Asher Keddie, Pia Miller, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Isabella Manfredi, Anna Bamford, Kyly Clarke, Kate Waterhouse, Lindy Klim, Zac and Jordan Stenmark, Emilie Cocquerel, Tom and Hoda
Waterhouse, Sophie Falkiner, April Rose Pengilly, Carissa Walford, Margaret Zhang and Nadia Fairfax.