Stars and designers were out in glamorous force to celebrate the David Jones Autumn/Winter 2016 Fashion Launch, and despite the holiday feeling still lingering in the air, there was a good turnout for the black carpet in Sydney on Wednesday evening.
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Kelly Osbourne rocked up with a cane, Justin Hemmes and partner Kate Fowler glowed as per for the flashbulbs, Elizabeth Debicki stood tall over all pulling the perfect pout, and Kyly Clarke showed off her impressive post-baby body. But there was something about actor Asher Keddie, new David Jones ambassador Adam Goodes and designer Camilla Franks that had everyone scrambling for a look-in.
Keddie, who is gearing up for a return to the Offspring set after taking time out to welcome son Valentino, 11 months, with husband Vincent Fantauzzo, told Fairfax Media that she was preparing herself to go from full-time mother to full-time working mother.
"I'm just getting myself ready and preparing mentally and making the psychological shift from a really long hiatus," the seven-time Logie award winner said. "It's been two years that I haven't worked, so I feel really energised and really ready to come back."
Relishing every moment with her firstborn, Keddie, who was dressed in a black and gold Kitx full-length piece, said she was not going to miss any part of motherhood as she was taking her son on set with her.
"It's been fantastic with the baby, I love it. He is going to come with me, so I'm going to have him while at work."
When asked if she had any plans to expand her brood that includes Valentino and Fantauzzo's son, Luca, six, from a previous relationship, she laughed but said she wasn't ruling anything out.
"My family ask me that all of the time. Who knows? I'm going to go back to work first and see how well I juggle everything. We've got two kids, so you know …"
He has yet to celebrate his first birthday but Valentino could be following in the footsteps of his famous mother instead of becoming an artist like his father.
"He is pretty vocal, if that's any indication of what he'll do," she laughed again.
Flamboyant and savvy designer Franks was also feeling on top of the world when she stopped for a chat and said it was all down to finishing her AW16 collection and falling head-over-heels in love.
Taking inspiration from a "pilgrimage through Spain, Turkey and Greece" and also "watching flamenco performers in Granada [Spain]", Franks said she "could not help but get inspired" for her latest collection.
The Kaftan Queen's vibrant creations have been worn by Beyonce, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez and Kate Hudson (to name but a few), but Franks is modest about her celebrity following and described the joy it brings her as "butterflies inside".
But it's not all work and no play for the spiritual and infectiously happy designer, saying she has moved on after the heartbreak she experienced following her 2014 split with the Potbelleez rocker Jonny Sonic.
"When you are heartbroken and you come out the other side, you work out what you need and love and you figure out the best version of yourself. You then start attracting the right people," she started out.
"I am very much happy in love … I'm in a really good place. He's the best I've ever had," she added, before bursting into laughter and clarifying she meant best "person" she's ever had.
"I think when you get older you want someone kind, respectful and fun, and that's what I've got, all rolled into one."
Love looked like it was also in the air for retired Sydney Swans star Goodes, who could barely keep his eyes off partner Natalie Croker.
Looking fresh-faced and suited and booted in a sharp blue Canali two-piece, he laughed: "I'm getting more comfortable in my suit than I was in my AFL jersey."
Enjoying his retirement from the game, the dual Brownlow medallist said: "I am looking forward to doing not a lot this year and taking a bit of a breather, doing a lot more travelling … There's going to be plenty of time to see different parts of the world."
Reflecting on his time on the pitch, the Indigenous sporting legend said he had no ill wishes against those who booed or made negative remarks.
"We are all going to have haters and it's just part of the world and me being here tonight is a celebration of the partnership David Jones and diversity."