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Mishmash of styles suit all tastes
Miranda Kerr showcases designs by Dion Lee. Picture: Getty Images

Gone are the days when a major fashion parade would identify one specific "trend" for the coming months.

Now, hemlines are no longer either short or long – they're both, and every length in between.

This something-for-everyone diversity felt especially true at tonight's David Jones autumn-winter 2013 fashion launch in Sydney.

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It was nearly impossible to pick just one major theme to emerge from the long roll call of designers on display, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

These days women – and men – have so many options to choose from, it seems pointless to try to proscribe one look that everyone will adopt.

So, while there were certainly some nostalgic and retro elements to tonight's show - the Art Deco gowns of Rachel Gilbert, the beatnik style of Banjo & Matilda's Eiffel Tower sweaters, the rockabilly references in Jack London's rolled-up jeans or outfits accessorised with catseye sunglasses and leopard-spot handbags – it was a bit of a mishmash of styles to suit every taste.

Very little of it was wintery, however. I saw endless micro-shorts, mini-skirts, flesh-baring cocktail dresses and summery separates, but there was barely a coat in sight.

Designers like to appeal to a "trans-seasonal" market, but there's something wonderfully dressed-up about the cooler weather that winter provides – yes, even here in Australia - and not everyone wants to freeze their bits off in the middle of August.

The major option for actual cold-weather dressing seems to be black leather, and lots of it.

Sabatini, Bec & Bridge and Bassike put forward some serious rock-chick looks, replacing "double denim" with "double-leather" – or more, if you add leather shoes, handbags and gloves.

There is a strong 1960s mood in international fashion right now and that did come through here via Ginger & Smart's pixel-print minidress, Scanlan & Theodore's black and white checked leather frock and a small selection of boxy pea-coats and capes.

Jessica Gomes wearing Rachel Gilbert. Picture: Rob Duncan/The West Australian

For blokes, there was a bit of everything, from black wool kilts to punkish tartan pants and neat, business-like suits.

Each season David Jones likes to showcase one or two "star" designers to open and close the show.

This year, Kym Ellery took out opening honours after her controversial shift from Myer to DJs late last year.

The closing credits went to Dion Lee, with Miranda Kerr sporting a jaw-dropping, skin-tight black leather outfit that only a woman who looks like Miranda Kerr could pull off with aplomb.

Jessica Gomes, who is better known as a sexy swimsuit model than a high-fashion mannequin, proved to be a strong addition to the David Jones line-up.

The Perth girl, who now lives in LA, looked sexy, confident and charismatic in every outfit she donned for the parade – a nice change from fragile and slightly scared looking girls who haven't quite mastered the art of strutting the runway in cripplingly high heels.