Julie Bishop dazzles in 50 Balmain minidress after split from David Panton

Julie Bishop dazzles in $3750 Balmain minidress after split from David Panton

Julie Bishop turns heads in a stunning $3750 Balmain mini dress as she emerges for her first public appearance following her split from David Panton

Julie Bishop beamed from ear to ear on Wednesday night as she made her first public appearance following her dramatic split from David Panton.

The former Foreign Secretary, 66, put on a brave face as she posed for photographers at the David Jones Spring/Summer fashion launch in Sydney.

Miss Bishop turned heads in a $3750 long sleeve Balmain jacquard mini dress which she paired with black heels and matching stockings.

Julie Bishop, 66, turned heads in a $3,750 Balmain mini dress on Wednesday for her first public appearance after splitting from David Panton

She complemented her look with a chic black designer bag and a pair of eye-catching hoop earrings.

The glamorous former politician wore her blonde bob swept sideways and her makeup palette consisted of a smoky eye and mascara.

Ms Bishop’s ex allegedly dumped her over dinner in Sydney in July, ending their eight-year relationship.

During their partnership, Ms Bishop took Mr Panton to the United Nations to meet world leaders, Buckingham Palace to mingle with British Royalty and the White House where he met Donald and Melania Trump.

The former Foreign Secretary, 66, put on a brave face as she posed for photographers at the David Jones Spring/Summer fashion launch in Sydney

The former Foreign Secretary, 66, put on a brave face as she posed for photographers at the David Jones Spring/Summer fashion launch in Sydney

The couple made their first public appearance in 2014 and have been pictured at countless celebrity events over the years, including Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough’s wedding in 2018.

They seemed strong as they recently visited St James’ Palace in London to celebrate an event in honor of Prince Charles’ charity.

Ms Bishop is said to have been “taken by surprise” by the sudden collapse of their relationship, sources close to the former politician said.

Miss Bishop turned heads in a $3750 long sleeve Balmain jacquard mini dress which she paired with black heels and matching stockings

Miss Bishop turned heads in a $3750 long sleeve Balmain jacquard mini dress which she paired with black heels and matching stockings

She complemented her look with a chic black designer bag and a pair of eye-catching hoop earrings.  The glamorous former politician wore her blonde bob swept sideways and her makeup palette consisted of a smoky eye and mascara

She complemented her look with a chic black designer bag and a pair of eye-catching hoop earrings. The glamorous former politician wore her blonde bob swept sideways and her makeup palette consisted of a smoky eye and mascara

Chron Australia understands she had found more opportunities to be in Sydney with Mr Panton.

Emerging for the first time since the split, Ms Bishop smiled happily for photos at a mining conference in Perth on July 11, although insiders said she was in pain after the bust and was shocked at how he pulled the needle suddenly.

Another source close to Ms Bishop was a little less diplomatic about the sudden end of the affair, suggesting that Mr Panton’s presence in her inner circle had “divided” some of her friends and colleagues.

But “JBish,” as she was known in Canberra, remained smitten.

Panton is said to have dumped Ms Bishop, 66, over dinner in Sydney just weeks ago after an eight-year relationship

Panton is said to have dumped Ms Bishop, 66, over dinner in Sydney just weeks ago after an eight-year relationship

“Let’s just say there are a few who might be relieved it’s over,” said one, adding, “His personality hasn’t always fitted in with everyone.”

Mr Panton met Ms Bishop while she was in the midst of her political career as Australian Foreign Secretary.

The couple maintained a long-distance relationship for years, with Ms Bishop living in Perth while he lived in Sydney.

Mr Panton met Ms Bishop while she was in the midst of her political career as Australian Foreign Secretary.  (Pictured together last month at St. James's Palace in London, having dinner with Prince Charles for an event to honor his charity)

Mr Panton met Ms Bishop while she was in the midst of her political career as Australian Foreign Secretary. (Pictured together last month at St. James’s Palace in London, having dinner with Prince Charles for an event to honor his charity)