Winter will be a lot less gloomy if Jennifer Hawkins has anything to do with it.
The former Miss Universe strutted the catwalk in Melbourne last night in a succession of daring outfits at the launch of Myer's autumn-winter collection, which featured loads of leather, lace and lurex.
After opening the show in a form-fitting embellished leather gown by Melbourne designer Toni Maticevski, Hawkins paraded several looks including a jaw-dropping white sheath with a plunging neckline by Arthur Galan AG and closed the 30-minute show in an elaborate hand-beaded gown from sass & bide.
The label's Sarah-Jane Clarke said she and co-designer Heidi Middleton conceived the military inspired crest design on a trip to Buenos Aires and Peru.
"That's where we started feeling all these whole masculine and female energies and that's where the camellias and the gold rose cravats came from," she said.
The art deco Mural Hall was adorned with enormous images of Hawkins inlaid with digital tickers displaying the names of the 24 featured designers. An evocative soundtrack included music from Sade and Australian Sarah Blasko.
Leather, including a luxurious cream dress from WA designer Morrison, featured heavily while peplum appeared on dresses, tops and jackets. International model Alexandra Agoston floated down the white runway in a black Aurelio Costarella gown and Perth's Sarah Pauley wore an elegant off-the-shoulder dress by Fleur Wood.
The clothes were accessorised with wide-brimmed hats, leather caps, driving gloves, big hoop earrings, pointed pumps and knee-high boots.
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