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Stylist Profile: Kimberly Gardner

Kimberly Gardner is the head stylist for the David Jones show at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF). We chat with Kimberly on the eve of the show to find out what we should be shopping for this season.

Without giving too much away, what can we expect for the David Jones’ show at VAMFF?
The show will include a wide range of brands showcasing the great brands David Jones have, from some great youth brands like Cameo to international brands like Carven and Sandro, and of course, great Australian brands like Manning Cartell and Carla Zampatti

It will be a journey across the decades with a right mixture of different eras; from ’60, to the ‘70s right through to the ‘80s. The ‘70s trend we are seeing in all the magazines now will definitely be part of the show but also a lot of great denim and pastels plus some 'man-style' pieces.

When styling the shows, it’s important to show how each piece can be styled and to be on-trend. Shoppers attending the show should be able to easily reference a look to what they’re seeing in magazines, blogs and other media.

Sweet Pastels | Etre Cecile sweatshirt (available in-store), Callie jean by Paige

And what are the key accessories for the season?
It’s flat season! So we’ll be teaming a lot of the outfits with man-style brogues and cute sneakers. Also some great sunnies from aviators to round, everybody needs at least 2-3 pairs.

Man-style | IRO grey coat (available in-store), Diavolina brogues (available in-store)

Which designers are you excited to see at VAMFF? 
Ellery. And Strateas Carlucci – they have a great elegant and masculine feel in their designs.

What’s going to be in your suitcase when you travel to Melbourne for VAMFF? 
A long suede coat, a ‘70s style saddle bag and sunnies, plus a pair of white, high-end sneakers as it will be 12-hour days.

What’s your secret for leading a stylish life?
Love what you do. Be inspired by others but never follow.

Modern Mod | Keepsake 'At your feet' jumper (available in-store), KHALO 'Apt' mini leather skirt, Shoes of Prey kitten heels (custom made in-store)