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David Jones

A\W 2016 Fashion Launch Highlights

Never just a fashion parade nor a presentation, the biannual David Jones Fashion Launch is always a grand show. Last season, Daniel Johns entertained with a live concert; and for Autumn/Winter 2016, it's the award-winning contemporary dance group from Sydney Dance Company performing alongside the season's best Australian and international fashion.

It was part-fashion show, part-dance performance right from the start, with international supermodel Catherine McNeil opening the show, dark and moody in Christopher Esber, followed by Jessica Gomes in a high pony, looking hot to trot in a body-hugging, off the shoulder dress with thigh-high slits. No cookie-cutter looks here then, and nor were there any for the rest of the show.

Opening looks from Christopher Esber

Indeed there was a sense of individuality and creative expression throughout with the dance studio inspired runway holding host to Ellery's trademark flares either tied down or left loose; the surprising gender neutral pieces by Akira and Ted Baker, modelled with aplomb by both male and female models; and the free-flowing pieces from Camilla, Willow and Michael Lo Sordo. Not least were the masterful and evocative movements of the dance group, skillfully choreographed by SDC Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, who wove in and out of the catwalk amidst the models. (Read our interview with Rafael Bonachela about the collaboration here.)

David Jones ambassadors Jesinta Campbell in Camilla, Jessica Gomes in Alexander Wang, and Montana Cox in Bec & Bridge.

As always, there were trends that provide you, our shopper, the inspiration to build your autumn winter wardrobe with. Our favourites featured the Victoriana trend from Zimmermann and Romance was Born; a new take on androgyny from Bassike and Jac+ Jack; and the season's hottest colour trend, burgundy as seen in pieces from Manning Cartell and Camilla and Marc. A love of dressing up is key for the Australian woman, and with glamorous dresses from Ginger and Smart, Bec & Bridge and Aurelio Costarella, who just recently joined the David Jones designer family, there are plenty in-store.

The mens' fashion was equally adventurous with stand out looks from Calibre, Jack London and new label, Project A. In a sweet tribute to the other David Jones, the late David Bowie, a Keren Ann version of his iconic song, "Life on Mars" came on as the international menswear labels including Ted Baker, Paul Smith and and Hugo Boss, modelled by ambassador Jason Dundas, came down the catwalk.
Menswear looks from Calibre and new label, Project A.

The show ended with a dramatic finale showcasing a crescendo of the season's key trends from Camilla and Marc. For Autumn\Winter 2016, prepare to move to your own beat.

Missed the show? Watch the highlights from the runway: