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Miranda Kerr springs into summer

Early mornings, long days and effortless style. Miranda Kerr talks with fashion editor Georgina Safe.

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Last night David Jones launched their Spring Summer 2013 collection.

On the menu: every technicolour shade under the rainbow – and all their cousins from pastel land. It was served extra hot with a generous scoop of neon pink and lime. Dreamy, floaty, sexy, slinky, breezy, easy...

The show returned again to the seventh floor of the flagship Sydney store with the retailer continuing its commitment to big name models. Montana Cox, Julia Nobis and Jessica Gomes creating an Aussie trinity that any international show would be proud of. Then of course there was Miranda - resplendent, lovely, the icing on the runway cake.

After a winter of icy temperatures and dismal retail news the consumer and frankly the industry needed a collection that promised sunnier skies (and ringing registers).

David Jones answered that call with a colour filled, confetti strewn finale that featured a generous buy from the Romance Was Born superhero inspired SS collection.  If designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett have their way we'll be flying into summer wearing sequined corsets and wonder suits.

Sounds good to me.

The Shopping List

There were prints and pastels, neons and nudes, lace and leather - here are five key looks that will bring your spring wardrobe up to speed.

1. The Print Maxi

Take your pick - floral, Aztec, sequin, digital, animal, stripe - no matter what your taste in prints there is a floor length frock to match it. Key to this season's styles is a low neckline and fluted sleeve.  Best were from Lisa Ho, Kirrilly Johnston, Sabatini and Camilla Frank.

2. Signature Neon

If your love colour - or 1985 - then this is your summer. With everything from suits to swimwear being given a injection of fluro. This trend works best when worked into your wardrobe in the same way a bright lipstick is integrated into your make-up bag - just a pop. Look for cool singular pieces like the Ginger & Smart pink cropped jacket or the C&M (Camilla and Marc's new diffusion label) capri pants or mini.

3. Glamour Swimsuits

Forget bohemian bikinis and say buh-buh to polka dots this season it's all about a pimped-out one piece suit. Rouching, crystals, studding, sequins - the higher the leg, the lower the neckline the more on trend you'll be. Best in show: Zimmermann, Jets and Isola.

4. Dion Lee Anything

Are you on board this train yet? No? It's time. Now. Invest in the clean lines of Australia's newest star (my favourite is the 'radio wave' body-con dresses) because this chicken is about to fly the coop. Dion Lee pieces that pre-date 2013 will become collectables. Guaranteed.

5. A Grown-Up Gown

I don't want to get all Nike on you but stop mucking around with cocktail frocks and buy yourself a grown-up gown. Just do it. The kind of gown that your mother would have worn to dinner on a Saturday night. Buy it, love it and then wear it irreverently and often.The most fabulous are from Carl Kapp, Bianca Spender and the masters: Alex Perry and Carla Zampatti.

Paula Joye is Editor of Follow her on Twitter,  Facebook & Instagram.

12 comments so far

  • I never get tired of seeing pictures of Miranda Kerr. She is absolutely gorgeous :)

    Date and time
    August 15, 2012, 11:08AM
    • Agreed. In fact, like magazines of old, I didn't actually open this link to read the article. Merely the photos...

      Date and time
      August 15, 2012, 2:24PM
    • I do.

      Date and time
      August 15, 2012, 2:40PM
  • 'Sunnier skies and ringing registers' hey?

    Well, whilst I believe in the creed-

    Fix it up,
    wear it out,
    make it do,
    or do without.

    I dunno as that commercial quilted looking number on kerr is better than something ones mum could stitch together.
    Hmm, and while gommes look gorgeous, that number she's wearing looks like something from st vinnies $2 bucket.

    # Is this season reflecting the state of the global economy or is this season's range giving women a real reason to save their dollars?

    {hint to dj's- have art exhibitions in your stores and hand out free maps at the front door so people can navigate around the store to view the artworks. You'll bring in more heads doing that than this range will bring in.]

    Date and time
    August 15, 2012, 11:40AM
    • I don't like any of the outfits Miranda Kerr is wearing. Can you please show us some shots of her without them on?

      Date and time
      August 15, 2012, 2:02PM
      • Won't be purchasing the "glamour swimsuit" this spring.

        Date and time
        August 15, 2012, 2:46PM
        • I love the "maxi print" -- I think it's a new name for the 1970s bri-nylon Osti dress.
          And how come Miranda Kerr was there? Wasn't she leaving D.J.'s a few weeks ago?
          Nothing in this collection for the muffin tops, though!

          Seymour Knutts
          Date and time
          August 15, 2012, 10:06PM
          • Why do mature women have to look like twelve year olds?

            Date and time
            August 15, 2012, 11:23PM
            • More like a technicolour yawn.

              Date and time
              August 16, 2012, 7:01AM
              • Yep, I can just see me popping down to the supermarket in the wonder woman outfit and it looks so easy to maintain - gentle wash perhaps? but I'd have to be careful because at around $400+ (just a wild guess at the price) it may stretch the clothes budget to the only item I can afford for summer for the next few years. Mind you I'm sure there are thousands of other women who will
                rush into DJ's to prop up their flagging market share, bristling with plastic cards or cash and walk away empty handed, thinking "where would I wear that?" or worse, with a bag full of useless clothes thinking "what have I done?".

                Date and time
                August 16, 2012, 8:30AM

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