David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Victoria Lee wearing Maticevski walks the runway during David Jones SS22 Wonderworld Season Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for David Jones)

Champagne glasses clinked as Sydney and Melbourne’s fashion set gathered inside David Jones’ iconic Elizabeth Street building on Wednesday evening. Level eight of the department store – just one level up from a State Banquet which hosted the Queen in 1954 – was the setting for a cinematic cloudscape: a runway representing the infinite possibilities of the season ahead.

Former GRAZIA cover girls Victoria Lee and Fernanda Ly joined Magnolia Maymuru, Tom Derickx and new friend of the brand Nathan Mcguire to showcase David Jones’ Spring/Summer 2022 collection Wonderland.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Model Fernanda Ly wearing Leo Lin’s Sienna Sequin Shift Mini Dress David Jones SS22 Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

Split into four shows – The Modern Minimalist and Working Smarter, Total Euphoria and Future Utility, Golden Hour and Backyard Vacation, and Afterparty and Smart Dressing – the runway journeyed through classic investments pieces from ESSE and Camilla and Marc, cutting-edge cut-outs from Dion Lee and P.E. Nation, floating florals from Aje and Alemais, and statement moments from Rachel Gilbert and Rebecca Vallance. Each section was punctuated with internationals luxuries including McQueen, Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, The Attico and Versace. (After all, DJs was responsible for bringing French and Italian high fashion to post-war Australia in the late 40s.)

But it was Lee sauntering down the white runway in a sequinned, plunging Maticevski gown – complete with a draping cape – that left a lasting impression; a timeless and elegant silhouette which perfectly bookended the show and summed up why David Jones will always hold a place in our hearts. Yes, while the digital world might be moving forward, make no mistake, the experience of shopping classics like this one, in a store steeped in 187 years of history, will never go out of style.

See the standout moments below.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Magnolia Maymuru wearing Bianca Spender walks the runway during David Jones SS22 Wonderworld Season Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for David Jones)
David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Model Fernanda Ly wearing Leo Lin’s Sienna Sequin Shift Mini Dress David Jones SS22 Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: A model wearing Sandro walks the runway during David Jones SS22 Wonderworld Season Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for David Jones)
David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: A model wearing Ginger & Smart walks the runway during David Jones SS22 Wonderworld Season Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for David Jones)
David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Victoria Lee wearing The Attico walks the runway during the runway during David Jones SS22 Wonderworld Season Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for David Jones)
David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10:  Magnolia Maymuru showcases designs during the David Jones SS22 Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: A model wearing P.E Nation walks the runway during David Jones SS22 Wonderworld Season Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for David Jones)
Magnolia Maymuru
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Tom Derickx wearing M.J. Bale walks the runway during David Jones SS22 Wonderworld Season Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for David Jones)
David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Fernanda Ly wearing T. By Alexander Wang walks the runway during David Jones SS22 Wonderworld Season Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for David Jones)
David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: A model wearing Dion Lee walks the runway during David Jones SS22 Wonderworld Season Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for David Jones)
David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Nathan McGuire wearing Casablanca walks the runway during David Jones SS22 Wonderworld Season Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for David Jones)
David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: A model showcases designs during the David Jones SS22 Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Fernanda Ly wearing Bec + Bridge walks the runway during David Jones SS22 Wonderworld Season Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for David Jones)
David Jones
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Victoria Lee wearing Balmain walks the runway during during David Jones SS22 Wonderworld Season Launch at David Jones Elizabeth Street Store on August 10, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for David Jones)
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