Julie Bishop’s latest outfit might be her most stunning, and flattering, yet.
The former foreign affairs minister made quite the retro fashion statement on Thursday alongside her partner-of-five-years David Panton for the GQ Men of the Year Awards in Sydney.
The 63-year-old was renowned for her flawless style during her time in Canberra, regularly donning designer dresses and killer heels and, if anything, she’s ramped it up since calling time on her political career.
Julie wore a dress in the popular 1950s fit-and-flare style that fit snugly in the bodice before flaring into a full skirt. The dress, by Aussie fashion design house Paolo Sebastian, featured beautiful floral detailing, with a flattering semi-sheer sleeves, a nipped-in waist that highlighted Julie’s trim figure and an ankle-skimming skirt.
She coupled the dress with a pair of ruby-red Prada heels and drop earrings from high-end store Van Cleef & Arpels, but cleverly kept her hair and make-up low-key to let the dramatic dress do the talking. Posing for photos with her partner before she presented a special innovation award at the star-studded bash, Julie looked like a million dollars.
Property developer and wine maker David, as always, cut an equally trim figure in a classic black tuxedo and bowtie.
Describing the event as “wow”, Julie wrote on Instagram: “What a night.”
Fans were quick to comment on the image, describing her dress as amazing, gorgeous and beautiful.
Since stepping away from politics in 2018, Julie has been pictured out and about on numerous occasions. This week the former lawyer rocked a mini dress as she attended a red carpeted opening of the refurbished Louis Vuitton store in Sydney.
Wearing a pair of black strappy heels, Julie looked incredible in the fitted dress made in a shimmery tweed fabric. She added a touch of glamour with a pair of dazzling silver earrings, coordinated with a matching bracelet.
Her life post-politics isn’t just red-carpet events, however. Julie recently became the chancellor of the Australian National University and also works as a director at international consultancy Palladium, on the advisory board of AI software company Afiniti and as chair of the Telethon Kids Institute.