Opening the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival, this year’s Gala Runway was a Wonderworld full of fashion, possibility and endless fun. Here’s what you need to know.
To borrow words from the show’s Stylist, Stuart Walford, The David Jones Gala Runway kicked off the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival on Thursday night with “a celebration of life in colour”. Held at the iconic Queen Victoria Market, a lineup of 170+ looks from over 45 designers were shown on the star-studded runway. Led by friends of David Jones Victoria Lee, Cameron Stephens, Magnolia Maymuru, Tom Derickx and special guest, Shanina Shaik, A/W 22 felt fresh, optimistic and primed for grand adventures.
On the runway
Bringing together the best of Australian and international designers, Stylist Stuart Walford looked to create a runway that effortlessly covered all bases. Bold and bright, joyful expression led the way with looks from the likes of Balmain, Aje, Isabel Marant and LMND. From takes on eternal summer to vintage throwbacks, the presence of florals kept the feel-good fashion flowing with show-stopping silhouettes making for memorable moments on the runway. In the middle of it all, there was a tone of business casual, but not as you’ve seen it before. A nod to our hybrid ways of working, Walford notes that tailoring feels distinctively relaxed this season with an abundance of casually cool separates to work back with your existing wardrobe favourites.
“Right now, the key pieces to invest in are those that will help you create your own capsule wardrobe and in return, provide you with ample wearability. As lines continue to blur between work, leisure and event dressing, now is a great moment to feel confident that your wardrobe has pieces that can really take you anywhere.”
Stuart Walford, Stylist for the David Jones Gala Runway show
When it came to menswear, the trends followed suit. Shades of navy blue and earthy greens were paired together for looks that felt refreshingly easy. While looks from MJ Bale and Calibre prove there’s always a place for a spectacularly cut suit, the styling made it clear that relaxed silhouettes are here to stay. Similarly to business casual, the suiting of right now is all about “exploring how tailored pieces can be styled in a more relaxed way,” says Walford.
The front row
On the ground, it was more of a case of understated elegance with a guest list as vibrant as the collections themselves. Seated in the front row were friends of David Jones, Nicole Warne and Eleanor Pendleton wearing Khaite and Camilla And Marc beside industry insiders Kellie Hush and Camilla Freeman-Topper. Alongside them were the likes of Nathan McGuire, Jessica Gomes, Kate Waterhouse and Deni Todorovič in a look that rivalled even the loudest on the runway.
“After the last two years, I’m so incredibly excited to be seeing our local Australian designers present their collections for A/W 22.”
Eleanor Pendleton, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Gritty Pretty and Friend of David Jones
The David Jones Gala Runway beauty look was the vision of Lara Srokowski of Lancôme. Centred around the effortless glow the brand is famous for, Srokowski looked to two bold takes on this season’s statement eye trend. Building on a base of La Base Pro Makeup Primer, Srokowski blended a drop of Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate with Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation – a well-known beauty secret to industry insiders around the globe. From lids adorned with crystals to warmed-up smokey eyes, the beauty message matched that of the collections; A/W 22 is not the time to be shy.
Behind the scenes at Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market
Open since 1878, Queen Victoria Market has been serving Melbourne’s community for 144 years. Home to an unrivalled selection of local produce and a world-class gourmet offering, the people behind the small businesses that make the market are its heart and soul. For Belinda and Antoinette of Berries Corner, business has always been a family affair. Running for over 60 years, along with her brother and sister-in-law, Antoinette stepped in from a young age to help her parents out. “I love the Vic market for the atmosphere, every day is a different day and the best of it is getting to work with family,” she says. Sam of Geloso Gelateria shares the same sentiment, as a fourth-generation gelato maker, he wanders the fruit stalls daily looking for the best ingredients to use in his famous gelato made by hand.
“Hosting the Gala Runway at the iconic Queen Victoria Market has provided the perfect backdrop to bring our A/W 22 campaign theme Wonderworld to life with an optimistic and exciting display of the best international and local fashion.”
Bridget Veals, General Manager Womenswear, Footwear and Accessories, David Jones