David Jones Runway
The David Jones runway show Photo: Justin McManus
Melbourne celebrated the first day of spring in typical fashion, clinging stubbornly to its wintry grey skies and drizzling rain.
Spring fashion was typically celebrated in a temporary marquee erected in City Square - the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week hub.
Here, things were decidedly brighter.
Retailer David Jones launched its spring racing wear and millinery collection with a heavy - and pleasing - emphasis on Australian designers.
Daughter of racing legend Lee Freedman and David Jones racing ambassador, Emma Freedman, hosted the slick runway show, joined in presenting duties by Caulfield social ambassador and the former Miss Universe Australia winner, Scherri-Lee Biggs.
Hot trackside looks and key trends for 2014 racewear (according to the David Jones stylists, at least) include:
- A luxe Italian Riviera look, chunky coloured sunglasses, (think Jackie O in her Onassis iteration) and divine oversized jewelled clutches
- Pretty pastels and printed silks
- 1950s feminine silhouettes, full skirts and tailored handkerchief tops
- Pencil skirts, cropped tops (the trend that refuses to die)
- Coordinated separates (tops and skirts in the same fabric for those not fluent in fashionese)
- 1920s louche tailoring
Our pick? A stunning white Ellery dress with bell sleeves and impeccable draping, paired with a Gregory Ladner headband. Black socks worn with stilettos was a quirky, but inspired, touch.
Typically of a David Jones production, the runway looks were beautifully put together, make-up kept to a minimum, hair minimally styled and sleek.
A few outfits veered towards the bizarre - arguably the first time a stylist has combined racewear and sportswear with models sent down the runway in ... well ... traditional racewear and baseball caps.
The futile and unnecessary overhaul of the man's racing get-up continued, with two models parading a series of loud shirts, loud ties, loud suit jackets and louder pants in varying shades of electric blue and alarming check patterns.
In a comical attempt at including the blokes in the millinery stakes, however, an akubra hat was paired with a dazzling cobalt blue suit, with contrasting lapel flower and pocket kerchief.
Think Man from Snowy River meets Boy from Oz.
MSFW is sponsored by the City of Melbourne and runs to September 7.
Daily designer runways shows will be held at Melbourne Town Hall and free daily runways will be held at the MSFW Hub in City Square, including a full day dedicated to men's collections.
All ready-to-wear collections featured during MSFW can be purchased from the city's retailers, a move designed to deliver a boost to the local retail economy.