Comeback queens - London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/2014

cassi van den dungen backstage at giles FW1314 via style.com
London Fashion Week is in full swing and the ranks of the Aussie model posse have swollen – from 15 at the New York shows to at least 20 22 23 24 by our count. Who’s on deck? New to the circuit this season are Jess Gold, Eva Downey, Amanda Ware, Kye d’Arcy, Stephanie Carta, Rhianna Porter, Kaila Hart, Lola van Vorst and, perhaps the biggest surprise of all, Cassi van den Dungen, who is finally making her move on the international runways (and who changed her original plans to head straight from London to Paris on Monday after a callback from Love magazine editor - and Giles Deacon stylist -  Katie Grand). Carta, meanwhile, a Balenciaga fave five years ago, has been out of action for so long her Fashion Spot thread has not been updated in 14 months. In addition to Saturday night’s International Woolmark Prize show, she has popped up in a number of top shows, including Richard Nicoll, Antonio Berardi and L’Wren Scott. 

Catherine McNeil continued her magnificent comeback season with London appearances so far overnight at Jonathan Saunders and Paul Smith, closing the latter. 

Scott, who is besties with Nicole Kidman and the partner of Mick Jagger (who was front row), cast three Australians in her show: alongside Carta, also Ware and Chrystal Copland.  

With Scott joining major fashion brands such as Burberry and Tom Ford on schedule and Net-A-Porter founder and executive chairman Natalie Massenet recently appointed chairman of the British Fashion Council, great to see London finally getting its fashion mojo back. 

Here are the Australians' updated show lists for Fall/Winter 2013/2014, with the London shows highlighted in blue. 

JULIA NOBIS Edun (opened)
Jason Wu
Rag & Bone
Helmut Lang
Alexander Wang
Lacoste
Jill Stuart
Victoria Beckham (closed)
Derek Lam
Tommy Hilfiger
Belstaff
Donna Karan
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Tory Burch
Vera Wang (closed)
Diesel Black Gold Narciso Rodriguez Michael Kors Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti (opened) Reed Krakoff Proenza Schouler Calvin Klein Marc Jacobs

JEMMA BAINES Houghton
Chadwick Bell (closed)
St John
Jill Stuart
Alexandre Herchcovitch
Boy by Band of Outsiders
DKNY
Zac Posen
Delpozo (closed)
Thom Browne
Badgley Mischka
Jenny Packham (closed) Oscar de la Renta Marchesa
John Rocha

MELISSA "MJ" JOHANNSEN Sachin & Babi
Timo Weiland
Rebecca Minkoff
Billy Reid
Son Jung Wan
Noon by Noor
Boy by Band of Outsiders
Mathieu Mirano
Jenny Packham Bibhu Mohapatra
CODIE YOUNG Creatures of the Wind
Tadashi Shoji
Houghton (opened)
Nicole Miller (closed)
Suno
Son Jung Wan (opened and closed)
Boy by Band of Outsiders
Zac Posen
ICB by Prabal Gurung Hache Oscar de la Renta Sophie Theallet Araks Honor
CATHERINE MCNEIL Jason Wu
Kenneth Cole (closed)
Prabal Gurung
Diane von Furstenberg
Zac Posen
Carolina Herrera
Ohne Titel
Marc by Marc Jacobs Oscar de la Renta Michael Kors J Mendel Marc Jacobs
Jonathan Saunders
Paul Smith (closed)
Christopher Kane
Giles

CHRYSTAL COPLAND Timo Weiland Costello Tagliapietra
Parkmoonchoo
Ruffian
Libertine
Delpozo Anna Sui Jeremy Scott
L'Wren Scott
John Rocha
Thomas Tait

JORDAN COHAYNEY Candela
Charlotte Ronson
Catherine Maladrino
Tia Cibani
Project Runway
Adam Andrascik
Ostwald Helgason

NICOLE POLLARD Alexander Wang
Y-3
Theyskens' Theory
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Rodarte
AJAK DENG Mara Hoffman Lela Rose
Naeem Khan
Dennis Basso Oscar de la Renta Chado Ralph Rucci Nanette Lepore Jeremy Scott DL1961 (closed)
TOM BULL Billy Reid Ian Velardi
Gilded Age
Boast Michael Bastian
SHANINA SHAIK Jason Wu  Lela Rose
Tracy Reese Nanette Lepore

RUBY JEAN WILSON Carolina Herrera Anna Sui Marc Jacobs
JESS GOLD House of Holland Christopher RaeburnZoe Jordan
Michael van der Ham
Fyodor Golan

STEPHANIE CARTA
International Woolmark Prize Christopher Raeburn
Richard Nicoll
L'Wren Scott
Antonio Berardi
AMANDA WARE Sass & bide London College of Fashion
David Koma (opened)
L'Wren Scott
Emilia Wickstead (closed)
Marios Schwab
Pringle of Scotland
Osman
Maria Grachvogel (closed)
Roksanda Ilincic
BRIDGET MALCOLM J Crew
GABBY DOVER Victoria, Victoria Beckham
Christopher Kane
SKYE STRACKE Brandon Sun

KAILA HART
Christopher Kane
KYE D'ARCY London College of Fashion

EVA DOWNEY
Jonathan Saunders
Christopher Kane

RHIANNA PORTER
Christopher Kane (exclusive)

LOLA VAN VORST
Dans La Vie
Zeynep Tosun
Love Mayka

CASSI VAN DEN DUNGEN
International Woolmark Prize
Giles