The Goss: Julie Bishop's partner steals Jen Hawkins' spotlight at Myer
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The Goss: Julie Bishop's partner steals Jen Hawkins' spotlight at Myer

Jennifer Hawkins was meant to be the main draw on her last night walking Myer's Sydney runway after 12 years with the department store, but the veteran model's spotlight was stolen by two guests David Panton, partner of Julie Bishop, and Jesinta Franklin, who seemed to be giving a not too-subtle two finger salute to David Jones.

David Panton at the Myer show on Thursday, without partner Julie Bishop.

David Panton at the Myer show on Thursday, without partner Julie Bishop.Credit:AAP

On Thurday night at the spring summer fashion show, while Bishop was no doubt preparing for one of the toughest battles of her life after she threw her hat in the ring to take on Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton for Malcolm Turnbull's role as Prime Minister, Panton was letting his hair down (and was one of the last to leave) at the cramped, sparkling warm pink wine drinks reception.

Despite Morrison winning the leadership battle on Friday afternoon, the night before, Panton was confident in the abilities of his partner of four years.

He told The Goss he was "proud" of Bishop for putting herself forward and that he believed she was the "perfect" person for the job.

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He also said that he was "ready" to take on the role as potential First Man of Australia and joked he had been "in practice" for some time now, regularly attending events with Bishop.

Roxy Jacenko and her daughter Pixie Curtis at the Myer show on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

Roxy Jacenko and her daughter Pixie Curtis at the Myer show on Thursday, August 23, 2018.Credit:Mim Maree

Sydney-socialite-in-the-making, aged 7

Despite Panton being one of the top guests of the night with guests flocking to the uber-charming, well-heeled businessman to offer their well-wishes and support for Bishop, he was placed in the second row behind seven-year-old Pixie Curtis in Balenciaga and her momager, Roxy Jacenko.

Jacenko was unmissable in a neon pink organza $1700 Prada dress that the Pixie's Bows CEO was embarrassed by.

"She said she wouldn't come out with me tonight if I wore this," Jacenko laughed.

The pint-sized school-goer and Sydney-socialite-in-the-making chimed in: "[The dress] is the opposite of nice."

The mother-daughter duo sat alongside former David Jones ambassador and wife of Sydney Swans player Lance "Buddy" Franklin, Jesinta Franklin, influencer Nikki Phillips and former Bachelorette and current Home and Away star Sam Frost, who showed up with an uninvited plus-one.

(L-R) Sam Frost, Nikki Phillips, Ksenija Lukich and Jesinta Franklin at the Myer Spring/Summer 2018 runway show.

(L-R) Sam Frost, Nikki Phillips, Ksenija Lukich and Jesinta Franklin at the Myer Spring/Summer 2018 runway show.Credit:AAP

Much to the frustration of organisers, Frost tried to plonk her rogue guest beside her in the front row, but upon being spotted by organisers, the random was moved to the back of the makeshift, portacabin-like, pink-hued runway space alongside Myer shoppers.

A bit off-brand?

It was certainly not the kind of lavish, VIP-style, champagne-fuelled event Franklin would have been used to coming from the likes of David Jones, but she explained to The Goss that DJs had left her off the guestlist for the past two shows (despite previously saying "there are no hard feelings" between her and DJs) and as she likes to support Australian designers, she made it her business to attend Myer.

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The new-look, no frills, austerity-driven, "customer-led" Myer seems worlds away from the kind of brand Franklin would usually associate herself with, but she and her manager Annie Kelly were spotted schmoozing Myer's new CEO John King post-show.

The modest show seemed like quite a sad way for Hawkins to bid adieu without the support of her good friend and Myer designer Alex Perry or her agent Sean Anderson, who is usually the Miss Universe 2004's shadow at any event she attends.

While Perry was said to be in his office on "lock down designing", Anderson might have decided to sit it out in order to avoid an awkward run-in with Hawkins' replacement Elyse Knowles.

Bye! Jennifer Hawkin (centre) alongside (L-R) Rachael Finch, Kris Smith, Jennifer Hawkins, Josh Gibson and Elyse Knowles at Myer.

Bye! Jennifer Hawkin (centre) alongside (L-R) Rachael Finch, Kris Smith, Jennifer Hawkins, Josh Gibson and Elyse Knowles at Myer.Credit:AAP

Knowles is taking her former agent Anderson to court over her $600,000 The Block winnings of which Anderson is claiming his 10 per cent cut.

Knowles claims to have applied to appear on the Nine DIY reality show on her own ­accord without Anderson's help and so wants the $60,000 back. Anderson vehemently disagrees with her claims.

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich swore blind that they wouldn't sell their wedding. They were above that sort of thing, you see.

But it seems the lure of freebies was just too great for Australia's first The Bachelor couple, who often take to their social media accounts to boast about gifts of holidays, clothes, watches and even a redecorated living room.

And while they didn't sell out in the form of a magazine deal, the reality TV pair, who would go to the opening of an envelope, did so in the form of deals with generous wedding donors in return for Instagram tags.

The Bachelor Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich last year.

The Bachelor Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich last year.Credit:AAP

From Robards and his four groomsmen's Calibre suits (and some Calibre honeymoon threads); to Heinrich's $16,000-worth Steven Khalil wedding gown (which she has already given back); to The Daily Edited gifts given to the bridesmaids and groomsmen from the happy couple; they milked their Italian nuptials for all they were worth. Rebecca Vallance, a good friend of Heinrich's, would not comment on her bridesmaids' dresses.

Of course, the chiropractor, who has just landed a guest role on Neighbours, and his lawyer wife, who appears on Ten's Trial by Kyle alongside Kyle Sandilands, are more than entitled to do whatever they please with their wedding. However, it's their poopooing of the notion of auctioning themselves off as show-ponies that has a raised more than a few a eyebrows – even more so than the time Heinrich was called in at the last minute to replace Jesinta Franklin at the ringing of the David Jones Boxing Day Sale bell.

In the cringe stakes they now rival Peter Stefanovic and Sylvia Jeffreys, who used national television to promote their wedding vendors. But then again Karl Stefanovic did say his family "don't pay for shit".

Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich did respond to a request for comment.

Amy Croffey writes The Goss and Social Seen columns for The Sun-Herald and is an entertainment reporter for Fairfax Media.