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...
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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.