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Ripped from the runway; 7 winter looks we love

KAREN WALKER outfit on the runway at Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. KAREN WALKER


It’s been a hectic time on the international fashion stage. Rapt by the hype of the industry’s “big four” fashion weeks, we’ve been busy admiring the shows of New York, London, Milan and Paris from afar, taking note of what’s to come for Winter 2017. But this week we turn our attention to the Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), a sartorial spectacle far closer to home.  

Last night David Jones helped to launch this year’s VAMFF proceedings, as presenting partner of the Gala Runway. Boasting the largest lineup of the festival, the flawlessly orchestrated show featured collections from Australia’s favourite designers, along with a sprinkling of much-loved international names.

Held at Melbourne’s striking Royal Exhibition Building, the runway starred David Jones Ambassadors Jessica Gomes and Jesinta Franklin, as well as leading Australian model Megan Irwin.

As for the fashion: the show began with a stunning embossed crocodile jacket by Australian designer Ellery, a jaw-dropping look that set the tone for the remaining runway display. Ensembles to follow featured statement pieces by David Jones latest designer recruits, including Christopher Kane, Karen Walker, Macgraw and White Story.

A dose of international designer talent was also on show, seen in a military inspired jacket from Alexander McQueen, a luxe brocade coat from Dries Van Noten, and a fire engine red pleated dress from Valentino.

With an impressive 201 looks in total, the Gala Runway did not disappoint, with guests departing the Royal Exhibition Building starry-eyed and ready to shop.

In celebration of the event that was, we want to share the 7 winter looks we really (truly) loved, ripped straight from the runway.

ELLERY

ELLERY Spiderbaby Fitted Croc Embossed Jacket ELLERY SHOP NOW

We can’t get enough of Ellery’s Spiderbaby Fitted Croc Embossed Jacket. Here, Jessica Gomes rocks the looks with a classic white shirt and Ellery Misaki Ruffle Skirt.


MACGRAW


Five models wearing five different Macgraw clothing outfits at the Gala Runway Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival MACGRAW SHOP NOW


Five stunning Macgraw looks were on display last night, including one of our all-time favourites, the beautiful Daisy Chain Short skirt, as seen above worn with the Bloom Blouse.


VIKTORIA & WOODS 


VIKTORIA + WOODS Vermont Blazer VIKTORIA + WOODS SHOP NOW


This Vermont Blazer by Viktoria & Woods added a touch of cool to last night’s runway repertoire, a timeless addition to your winter work wardrobe.


CHRISTOPHER KANE


CHRISTOPHER KANE Cut Out Cardigan CHRISTOPHER KANE SHOP NOW


This classic grandfather inspired cardigan by Christopher Kane is given a glamourous edge with bold appliqué patches of cute gingham and sparkly sequins, worn last night with a feminine floral pleated maxi skirt, also by Christopher Kane.

WHITE STORY 

White Story white shirts on the runway at Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival WHITE STORY SHOP NOW


No winter wardrobe is complete without a classic white shirt. Last night we fell in love with these fresh options by new designer White Story – the Theresa Shirt with Pique Front, Cuffs and Collar, and the Axy Shirt with Silk Organza Sleeves.


KAREN WALKER

KAREN WALKER Illusion Jacket + Dali Dress KAREN WALKER SHOP NOW


Masculine tailoring was offset by folksy femininity with this Karen Walker look, featuring the new in Dali Dress styled with brushed drill Illusion Jacket.


CHLOÉ

CHLOÉ Iconic Soft Wool Cape CHLOÉ SHOP NOW


Crafted in France, the Iconic Soft Wool Cape by Chloe is a timeless style that oozes cosy elegance – cut from a luxuriously weighty wool-blend and finished with a cosy hood and lace-up front. After eyeing it on the runway last night, we think it might be love. 


Click here to watch the highlights of the David Jones Gala Runway Show


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