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David Jones Autumn Winter 2009 parade

It seems that most of Melbourne doesn’t mind a civilised morning tea instead of a glamorous evening soiree as everyone from Megan Gale, Michala Banas, Lisa Gorman (with her new bub) to Orlando Bloom turning out to the local leg of the David Jones Autumn Winter 2009 presentation. Woman of the hour was naturally supermodel Miranda Kerr who looked like the proverbial million dollars as ever. Here are our highlights and trends from the parade;

Lisa Ho presented two gently ruffled, layered floor length gowns, one in ivory, but my favourite was in a deep red wine hue. If you happened to be walking the Oscar red carpet today, sporting one of these dresses wouldn’t go astray.

The sheer theme turned up again with Fleur Wood, Willow and Trelise Cooper all including filmy fabrics in their collections.

Don’t be afraid of colour for the winter season; Alannah Hill’s stand out outfit featured electric pink accents in a beret-style fascinator, pink bobby socks and oversized corsage. Thurley also used pink to great effect against a biker jacket with a very salable ruffled frock. George Gross featured vibrant green, purple and red with a metallic sheen while Willow threw in a pop of orange Fanta to warm up her collection.

Similarly don’t forget to bring the sunshine back with the springtime prints of Fleur Wood’s florals or Collette Dinnigan’s lilac butterflies. Who cares if it is raining outside?

Ladylike dressing is a standard and chic fallback for cooler weather. Check out the Anna Thomas collection of blouses and mildly retro print skirts. Or look to Trelise Cooper for navy and ivory blazers with frilled collars.

Guys could embrace subtle elements of tuxedo dressing that we ladies have appropriated from them in past seasons. Look for that familiar stripe detailing up the leg on slacks as per Calibre or even try a cummerbund instead of a belt as AG does. AG also makes the classic tux more casual by styling it sans jacket.

The crowd pleasing collection was from Sass and Bide with their intricate frocks, short at the front trailing at the back (that sounds like a description of a mullet haircut but trust me these gowns were far more sophisticated). Not sure about the styling though – I don’t know of many an occasion where I’d wear my goddess like $800 dress with street sneakers and grungy caps. My favourite collection was from Trelise Cooper. The designer has mastered the art of seductive dressing without being obvious in the slightest. Skirts had unique ruffled hemlines that floated as the wearers walk making sure you can’t but help watch them walk out of a room.

So, according to DJs, if your desire is to keep on trend this upcoming season add something a little sheer, a plethora of ruffled movement or add a block of bright colour to your winter wardrobe.

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Words – Sarah Willcocks

Photography – Patrik Nemes PNP Media

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