The Melbourne Fashion Festival Gala Runway Wrap Up

From front row to behind the scenes, catch up on all the action from David Jones’ Gala Runway, held at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of the Melbourne Fashion Festival.

David Jones Gala Runway at NGV
The David Jones Gala Runway at the Melbourne Fashion Festival

Fashion was back in a big way last night as the David Jones Gala Runway kicked off the Melbourne Fashion Festival. Hosted at Melbourne’s iconic NGV, the show’s lineup of 85+ looks took cues from its artful surroundings with the latest Australian and International Designer collections lighting up the room with their vibrant spirit and distinctive new season optimism.

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Filled with a contagious, can’t-believe-we’re-back energy, the atmosphere was electric with Victoria Lee and Tom Derickx leading a star-studded runway featuring Bella Thomas, Cameron Stephens and the funniest men on Instagram, The Inspired Unemployed. From head-to-toe tonal to stop-and-stare evening wear, feel-good fashion was on the menu with coveted labels Christie Nicolaides, Alemais, Magali Pascal, Wandler, Alighieri, Commas (NDA winner), Anine Bing, Marni Accessories, Ronny Kobo, Maison Kitsune, Anna Quan, and Baum und Pfergarten, all making their David Jones runway debut. With streamlined silhouettes and colours to reawaken any wardrobe, this is Autumn Winter like you’ve never seen it before.

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David Jones Gala Runway at NGV
Victoria Lee leads a star-studded runway

“Look good, feel good.”

The Inspired Unemployed on their style mantra

Matt Ford and Jack Steele of The Inspired Unemployed alongside Tom Derickx in AMI

The Ultimate Front Row

Watching from the front row was a guest list as vibrant as the collections themselves, with friends of David Jones Eleanor Pendleton, Adam Goodes and Lucy Feagins sat beside Kate Waterhouse, Shayne Tino, Sarah Ellen and Nawal Sari. Amongst them, JONES’ Justine Cullen and celebrated Australian designers, Camilla Freeman Topper & Marc Freeman, Toni Maticevski, Kit Willow and Bianca Spender. Making her debut back down under was Lara Worthington, looking every part Australian icon in Dion Lee.

Eleanor Pendleton in Camilla & Marc
Lara Worthington in Dion Lee

“I absolutely loved all of the beauty looks, I loved the pops of colour on the eye but the thing that I loved most, and what certainly made me incredibly proud to be a friend of the David Jones family was to see the incredible diversity amongst all of the models. Seeing the men and the women of different ethnicities, shapes and sizes. It was such a beautiful show and such a privilege to be able to watch.”

Eleanor Pendleton, founder of Gritty Pretty and friend of David Jones.

Adam Goodes in Hugo Boss, Natalie Goodes wears Rotate

Sarah Ellen wears Aje

Behind The Scenes

Backstage it was all style and smiles as stylist Kate Gaskin embraced Autumn’s ‘In The Moment’ mantra, celebrating colour, pattern and the opportunity to do a live runway again.

Smile-inducing style backstage at the David Jones Gala Runway

The evening’s beauty look was defined by Lara Srokowski, Director of Artistry at Lancôme Australia. Embodying the trend of effortless, glowing skin, pared with a bold, graphic eye, Lara centred the beauty looks on primary colours red and blue so to complement the fashion of the season.

When creating her base, Lara used key products Advanced Génifique Serum and Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation, mixing a small amount of Advanced Génifique into Ultra Wear to create a naturally luminous finish. Right before the models hit the runway, the team added a touch of the Advanced Génifique Serum on the higher points of the cheekbones to capture luminosity on the skin. To create the statement eye, Lara worked with Lancôme’s Hypnôse Eyeshadow Palette in shade 15 Bleu Hypnotique mixed with a small amount of Genifique Light Pearl to create a highly pigmented and long-wearing texture.

Go bold with the beauty trend of the moment

Backstage beauty with Lancôme

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