Julie Bishop has stepped out in style wearing a designer coat worth more than a second-hand car ahead of her upcoming prime-time television role. 

The former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party was spotted at Melbourne Airport with her partner David Panton, wearing a $8,250 chess-patterned Louis Vuitton coat with luxury cabin baggage to match. 

Ms Bishop flew into Melbourne ahead of her inclusion in Channel Nine’s star-studded election coverage where she will join a panel of experts to break down all the action as Saturday’s votes are counted.

Fashion first: Julie Bishop turns up at Melbourne Airport wearing a Louis Vuitton coat and a carry bag to match

High (altitude) fashion: The former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party was spotted at Melbourne Airport with her partner David Panton (pictured together)

High (altitude) fashion: The former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party was spotted at Melbourne Airport with her partner David Panton (pictured together)

Julie Bishop was the first member of Nine's election coverage panel to be revealed ahead of their special programming on Saturday

Julie Bishop was the first member of Nine’s election coverage panel to be revealed ahead of their special programming on Saturday

The former member for Curtin in WA has maintained an active career since quitting the Liberal Party during question time in 2019.

Since leaving office the first ever female Foreign Minister has since taken a seat on the board of professional services company Palladium and started her own consulting firm, Julie Bishop and Partners.

Ms Bishop was also sworn in as the chancellor of the Australian National University in 2020, making her the Institutions first female chancellor, taking over from another former Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans.

Other prominent roles include her membership of the Gender Equality Advisor Council – an independent group of experts convened by Prime Minister Boris Johnson under the UK’s G7 Presidency.

The council has been established to champion to principles of opportunity and freedom for women around the world.

The current Chancellor of the Australian National University made her way through airport crowds in style

The current Chancellor of the Australian National University made her way through airport crowds in style

Ms Bishop and David Panton stroll through the Melbourne terminal is a upbeat mood ahead of the Saturday's election

Ms Bishop and David Panton stroll through the Melbourne terminal is a upbeat mood ahead of the Saturday’s election

The eye-catching over-garment by Louis Vuitton cost a whopping $8,250

The eye-catching over-garment by Louis Vuitton cost a whopping $8,250  

Ms Bishop’s partner since 2014 Mr Panton is a prominent pharmacist and entrepreneur who runs Pantonic Health with his two daughters Sally and Laura.

The company recently hit it big by providing CareStart rapid antigen tests made by American company Access Bio during the Covid pandemic.

The couple been spotted together at events over the years, including the 2018 wedding of Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough.

Ms Bishop says she fell in love with the man behind medical supplies business for his independent mind and evident success.

In 2019, she spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald about how she fell for the former pharmacist and their bond over their love of health and fitness.

Star on the rise: Melbourne-based socialite Laura Panton is making a name for herself in the pharmaceutical world. Pictured left with her father David and his partner Julie Bishop

Star on the rise: Melbourne-based socialite Laura Panton is making a name for herself in the pharmaceutical world. Pictured left with her father David and his partner Julie Bishop

Glamorous: Laura grew up in Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula and attended one of the city's best private schools, Melbourne Girls Grammar, reports Emerald City

Glamorous: Laura grew up in Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula and attended one of the city’s best private schools, Melbourne Girls Grammar, reports Emerald City

‘I think that’s self-evident – have you seen him?’ she laughed.

‘He’s a very independent-minded and successful businessman, and he has a delightful sense of humour. He makes me laugh.’

Panton’s daughter from a previous relationship, Laura Panton, is now the Director for Pantonic Health and has modelled for Chemist Warehouse, but despite her near stepdaughter’s success Julie Bishop has repeatedly said she’s glad she doesn’t feel the need to have kids of her own.

Over the million-dollar mark: Ms Bishop has a taste for the finer things previously appearing in a À Cheval bracelet, with the diamond and platinum cuff costing a whopping $1.54million

Over the million-dollar mark: Ms Bishop has a taste for the finer things previously appearing in a À Cheval bracelet, with the diamond and platinum cuff costing a whopping $1.54million

What a bod! Julie Bishop's partner David Panton was pictured working up a sweat during an exercise session in Sydney on 2021

What a bod! Julie Bishop’s partner David Panton was pictured working up a sweat during an exercise session in Sydney on 2021

She previously was married to property developer Neil Gillon from 1983 to 1988, and had relationships with Senator Ross Lightfoot and the former Lord Mayor of Perth Peter Nattrass.

When Julie Bishop left parliament, current Prime Minister Scott Morrison sung her praise.

‘Her passion that she has always brought to her role, the dignity and grace that she has always demonstrated in every single role she has held,’ Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Parliament in February 2019.

‘She is an incredibly classy individual. Her successor will have big shoes to fill, and we know that Julie has the best shoes in Parliament.’



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