April Tiplady heads to David Jones

There's no other store for new faces.

Well Miranda Kerr may have left the building, but tonight's David Jones Spring/Summer 2013/2014 showcase is shaping up to be an Australian/NZ new faces bonanza. And we're not just talking about Jessica Gomes, Kerr's replacement as David Jones' official Fashion Ambassador.

On Sunday, Frockwriter posted a preview of the show's cast list - supplied directly by David Jones - which included some of Australasia's most interesting newcomers. Three cases in point: New Zealand's Holly Rose Emery, fresh off the haute couture runways of Paris; Maddison Brown, fresh off the Calvin Klein Resort runway in New York and Paris Roberts.

We can now add to that list Adelaide's own April Tiplady, who is featured in the August editions of Vogue Paris and LOVE magazine, in a series of editorials shot by high profile British photographer David Sims. Tiplady also shot a McQ campaign with Sims, as well as Resort 2014 lookbooks for McQ and Roberto Cavalli. She has been modelling for eight months.

It's great to see David Jones' ongoing commitment to showcasing some of the brightest talents of the burgeoning antipodian modelling scene.

But we are still scratching our head over the age issue here. Tiplady is 17. And as we pointed out on Sunday, so is Emery, while Brown is 16.

It's a perfectly reasonable question, is it not  - and if we didn't ask if, presumably our readers may have - and that is, how come there are under-age models in the show, when David Jones introduced a minimum age requirement of 18 years for its biannual runway showcases back in 2008?

Has the under-18 ruling perhaps been relaxed in the interim?

It's Frockwriter's personal opinion that an 18 year age runway minimum is a little silly, when 16 year olds can work at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, they can work for every international edition of Vogue and they can also legally work on the runways of Paris, in a country that has extremely strict labour legislation governing children and minors.

That's Tiplady backstage, above, at the Emma Mulholland SS1314 show at this year's MBFWA by the way.

While we're still waiting from an answer from DJs on the under-age question, the following David Jones 'Proof of Age' document mysteriously wafted into our inbox earlier today. It shows that the 18 year age minimum still applies - at least it still appears to apply to every modelling agency other than the two that are supplying under 18s for tonight's show (Chic Management and IMG Models Australia). Several other agencies report that they have made numerous efforts to get their new faces seen at DJs' castings in recent years, to no avail.

Frockwriter hopes to be able to bring you a backstage portfolio from tonight's event, as we have done for the last six or so seasons.

But you never know your luck in a big city.