After a week dedicated to all things female fashion at VAMFF, The GQ Australia Runway was by far the most anticipated runway event for Mr. Gumbatron. With only one dedicated Mens Runway this year at VAMFF, I had high expectations of this particular show and given last years performance, its was always going to be some big shoes to fill.
Beginning the evening with some pre-show drinks in the Dress Circle and Lavazza Cafe Bar; prime perching locations for some people spotting. One of my favourite parts of attending fashion events like VAMFF is observing the street fashion before and after the runway shows, there is something about the way everyday people dress that intrigues me just as much as the latest season collections on the runway.
A circuit runway at the Melbourne Museum ensured greater access to front row seats for guests as well as a more immersive space. The runway this year had a bit of a transient feel to it and the production was very understated.
Having worked with several of the designers over recent months, I was quite familiar with their latest AW16 ranges, it was great to see them beyond glossy look books and static store displays. Seeing the hard work and tenacity of the talented designers being celebrated infront of hundreds of fashion savvy guests was something special.
Menswear Designers at VAMFF- GQ Australia Runway 2016.
The stand outs of the evening included a navy and red windowpane jacket by MJ Bale (It will be in my wardrobe very soon) and a classic houndstooth blazer from Calibre.
There was plenty of checked patterns on the runway, as well as sneaker pairing with suiting. I also noticed slimmer cuttings from almost all designers.
VAMFF continues in Melbourne until the 13th March 2016.
Mr. Gumbatron attended as a special guest of Lavazza
dress well, drink well, live well.