Over 150 of the hottest Australian and international male and female models from Australia’s leading agencies gathered at David Jones Elizabeth Street today, vying for a spot on the Autumn Winter runway. As always, the stakes were high. In the past, world-famous models Gemma Ward, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and Linda Evangelista have been just some of the few who’ve graced the David Jones seasonal collection launches, not to mention Miranda Kerr and Megan Gale.
In charge of the final decisions were David Jones Ambassador Jessica Gomes, and Macgraw designers and sisters Beth & Tessa Macgraw, along with David Jones Head Stylist and Fashion Director of JONES Magazine Thelma McQuillan. Together they cast models from Australia’s top modeling agencies, for the greatly anticipated David Jones Autumn Winter 2017 Collections Launch.
As a well-known runway veteran, Jessica Gomes was on standby to lend her advice to the aspiring models, men and women vying for the chance to walk alongside Gomes herself. If successful, models will also walk with model ambassador Jesinta Campbell, at the David Jones new season runway, to be held in Sydney on February 1st.
Macgraw is set to premiere their line at the show, simultaneously launching into David Jones for the AW17, the first of many collections to be stocked exclusively with David Jones. Beth and Tessa’s label has garnered international acclaim since its conception in 2012, winning several prestigious industry awards in 2016, including the National Designer Award, the BT Award, and the regional final of the International Woolmark Prize.
Also involved in the launch will be celebrated stylist, and model casting panelist, Thelma McQuillan. After taking the helm as Fashion Director of David Jones’ magazine JONES in 2016, from her previous title of Fashion Director at Harpers’ Bazaar, the February 1st show will be Thelma’s first Collections Launch as Head Stylist.
With so many industry greats involved in this year’s runway, it’s shaping up to be an event not to be missed.
Stay tuned for more on the David Jones Collections Launch.
Caught on camera: casting day highlights