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A Long White Winter: David Jones A/W 2010

It

 began with a dramatic crack of thunder and a real sheet of rain tumbling down.

Bianca Spender and her mother Carla Zampatti opened David Jones‘ Autumn Winter parade for 2010; their first collections with the department store. Spender presented puffed shoulders in bronze silk, while Zampatti paired bold red and lush amethyst to striking effect. Both included welcome elements of, that often abused fabric, velvet.

Alannah Hill continued her embodiment of Minnie Mouse turned coquette in gold and pinks.

Bow and rosette details at the shoulder, neck and waist are Alex Perry‘s signature this season.

Dark florals and sturdy wool jackets were on offer from Trelise Cooper.

Sabatini provided a lot of texture, in the form of crochet, tufts of feathers and merino wool.

Jewelled collars embellished patterned and block coloured gowns in black and cream from Thurley.

Heavy on leopard print and (faux) fur paired with bold red and hot pinks Simona‘s collection made a striking impression. With the overtly ‘Beverly Hills in the 80’s’ overtones it was almost a surprise when the soundtrack didn’t turn to synthesizers and saxophones.

Calibre likes a check shirt and black skinny jean combo on guys this Winter.

Gorman injects elements of funk this season with polka dots and star motifs and black leather.

A unique marbled print frock in plum and yellow was the highlight of Lisa Ho‘s showing.

A masculine attitude ruled for Anna Thomas with plenty of classic coats, pinstripes and houndstooth.

Fleur Wood presented plenty of seasonal black with mini-stripes and a little draping as features.

Zimmermann‘s Drape String dress is a nouveau take on the little black dress. Their fractured crystal print is another stand out.

George Gross and Harry Who‘s collaboration takes heed from Spanish influences for the upcoming season. The former tries the classic black lace and bolero look of a heroine from a Zorro novel, the latter leans more towards a very modern matador in leather.

Akira plays around with elements of shibori-style dying and presents tactile garments in peachy orange and luscious purples for his collection.

The collection from Ginger and Smart sounds aggressive – with lazer cuts that look like gills, acid yellow and electric blues – but is instead confident and modern.

Red is the eye-catching colour of choice for both men and women according to Arthur Galan AG.

Kirrily Johnston‘s unisex range is all about natural hues, organic shapes and imagining the wearer is a little bit wild.

Soft tiers and mottled prints (actually clam print) emulate creatures from the sea in a completely unique way in pieces by Willow.

The most fitting garden party dress has been created by Easton Pearson this season. The wearer will feel like an assimilated part of their floral surroundings.

Colette Dinnigan‘s collection takes on French undertones; must be all the time the designer spends there. Jealous.

And finally, Sass and Bide stick to their instantly recognisable signature looks with tough stud and beaded embellishments and harness style necklines.

Pretty prose by Sarah Willcocks

Inventive imagery by Chris Moore

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