The third month of every year has Melbourne marching in style with VAMFF; Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Releasing the latest collections to drop into store this winter season from established and upcoming labels, the GQ Men’s Runway Show presented by Asahi, brought out some of the guns in Australian menswear including Arthur Galan AG, MJ Bale, Aquila, Calibre, Jack London, Dom Bagnato, Amxander and Autonomy.
I had an absolutely blast at latest years show and although I didn’t get to make it back down to this years event, a Runway Review is most definitely in order to catch the sharp threads cloaking gents this winter. Moving venues from the Melbourne Museum to the Royal Exhibition Building, a 100 metre long runway added to the extravagance of the show.
ARTHUR GALAN AG
If there is one Australian label that knows how to play on modern aesthetics with sartorial flare its Arthur Galan AG. From monochrome hues with a contrast detailed stitched blazer to a luxe leather biker jacket with fur trim appliqué, colours of Navy, khaki and plum came through the collection. Camo made a printed statement in a bomber jacket and shirting, with velvet adding texture to your winter wardrobe.
I was fortunate to have seen the Aquila collection a few week prior to the GQ show at their press preview, but I have to say its always great to see these runway shots of the range in walking action. Catch my Aquila preview here.
The coat of the season I think has to go to Calibre. The deep teal number below with leather contrast detail is a sure win this winter. Distressed denim, a roll-neck styled with a leather biker for a relaxed look, crisp whites cut to formal jackets with black lapel accents all showed a contemporary collection with a tailored silhouette.
Autonomy showed coats in khaki, quilted bomber jackets, slim shirting and casual knitwear for cool street vibes with Amxander continuing for the cool kids in denim on denim combos, cherry red matching trousers and jacket, all in a more relaxed and voluminous shape.
I am sure debonair label, Dom Bagnato, has made the double-breasted jacket on the top of most gents shopping list after this show. A lifted colour palette for winter with light blues, soft greys and rust, printed shirting in pink patterns complemented burgundy accessories. Navy windowpane suiting made the cut with velvet also featuring in this collection.
MJ Bale also ushered in checks and windowpane jackets in mid and light greys. Forest green, cobalt and deep teal hues build the masculine wardrobe for winter while thick-stripped ties and suede boots add to a gent’s accessories repertoire.
Jack London had the leather down pat proving it to be your most versatile styling pieces for the coming winter. Showing three different leather biker pieces, pairing it against strong check suiting through to a basic knitted crew neck sweater. By no means did it dull down a range filled with a slim-line suiting, sharp fitting jackets and skinny ties.
Looking like a dapper season of winter style ahead from all featured brands at this years show. To check out the latest from each label click each brand below and for more info on vamff you can head to vamff.com.au.
Stay dapper gents.
Robbie – Dapper Lounge.