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It's not often you see a catwalk show and go "hey, that looks totes comfortable" but at the opening night of this year's Melbourne Fashion Festival something bigger (than Megan Gale's growing baby bump) was at play.
You see, last week, outgoing David Jones executive Paul Zahra revoked his resignation after a new chairman, Gordon Cairns, was installed after the old chairman, Peter Mason, stepped down after being caught up in a tangled web of inappropriate share trading, which is kind of frowned upon and just a little illegal. The Wolf of Castlereagh Street if you will.
Anyway, Zahra, who resigned last year, has since agreed to stay and is not "needing a break" from the "relentless hours" kept by a CEO, and the reason for his return is his like-minded chairman Cairns.
The two are avid yogis who met five years ago at a Buddhist retreat and Monday night's show at Docklands, featuring the latest and on sale looks from the DJs stable of designers were surprisingly relaxed in attitude. There was even a bum bag and only a bloke, with a lust for international travel and too much cash to stash would ever want nay, need to wear a bum bag. Based on this evidence, did a suit style the show and was Zahra and Cairn's hippy luxe bromance the inspiration?
From Banjo and Matilda's slouchy denim to bassike's grey marle oversized jackets and Camilla's free flowing kaftan ensembles, the whole parade - which was so long even front rower Rachael Finch got bored and took to reading emails by the 10th exit - was a nice homage to harmonious easy living and championed relaxed, man style silhouettes that a lady could either a). Eat Grill'd in comfortably or b). Perform some downward dog whilst wearing.
And it wasn't just on the runway, even the celebrity guests and models, including super foxes Montana Cox and face of the retailer Jessica Gomes, were jovial and laugh-a-minute front of house and backstage.