Smooth sophistication at the continuation of The Melbourne Fashion Festival presented by GQ Magazine

The Melbourne Fashion Festival presented by GQ Magazine kept the energy flowing in all the right fashionable ways on Friday night’s runway. VAMFF is putting on another amazing spectacle at the Royal Exhibition building in Carlton.

The men’s fashion magazine brought together some of Australia’s top designers. With designers from labels Dom Bagnato, Calibre and Jack London displaying their forthcoming seasons. Insights to men’s trends for the autumn-winter season saw continued focus on duffel coats, leisurewear, plaid (in muted tones), military tailoring and crisp tailored suits. An easy and carefree fashion attitude ruled with designs that were easy to wear. And fairly easy to replicate and add to an existing wardrobe.

With another packed house of guests viewing the show, the response to the GQ Magazine designers was enthusiastic. “I loved the Colonel Sanders type ties” Steven from Geelong said to Melbanight as the Arthur Galan AG designs were walking. “And I want that white suit with the sequin shirt under it” his energy for the designers palpable.

Suits to denim reigned on the runway!

The Melbourne Fashion Festival presented by GQ Magazine
Arthur Galan AG design on GQ Runway/ © MARISHA DUDEK PHOTOGRAPHY.

The Key colour focus leading the charge for the menswear was earth tones. Testament to just how ‘key’ this colour palette is, the designers displayed this across all designs. From smart to casual in colours like clay, copper, moss, russet and sand.

As most menswear enthusiasts can attest, the trend for zip-up tracksuit tops worn under tailoring is still a sought out trend. Most will credit this style origin as coming from Burberry. But this high-low styling contrast has been rising to the surface over several seasons.

“I just love the ease of menswear, and the casual and tailored style is a winner” – Seth (Tullamarine)

First, there was Lanvin, whose SS16 show featured a look that teamed a luxe, dark tan take on the track top with a pair of tailored trousers. And AMI, whose SS16 flouro mint green jacket was layered underneath a black and white pinstripe suit. Then, of course, there was Burberry, who for AW16 styled track tops with its heritage tailored outerwear. The GQ Runway continued this ongoing trend perfectly that sat well with Melbourne punters.

Melbournians, Phillip Aschino and Ethan Wells, said to Melbanight they hit the GQ Runway every year to ensure they pick up the right pieces for the coming seasons.

“I always buy a ticket as soon as it’s available. The GQ show is awesome and they have a great eye for what menswear is going to do well each season,” Aschino said. “I usually let go of a fortune each year. Usually on jackets and coats, cause in Melbourne you can’t have enough” said Wells.

Over the next week, close to 30,000 Melbournians will join in the Festival. Viewing 12 Runways, highlighting what’s in store for the next seasons. The Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) is now in it’s 21st year. Set in the stunning Melbourne Exhibition Building in the Museum precinct. There is tonnes on over the Festival, with multiple activities on at The Plaza. Even if you have no ticket to the Runway shows you can interact with the crowds and check out the Melbourne style on full display.