All style eyes were on Sydney this week for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. While most came for the women’s wear, the men held their own too, with masculine looks speckled among the female shows.
Key trends included oversized shirting, digital prints and layered active wear (think leggings under shorts), as well as louche tailoring in languid proportions and artisan fabrics. The biggest surprise? The Innovator Show, where it was the newest men’s brands from Sydney’s Fashion Studio, who sent out the most wearable – and stylish apparel for Aussie lads in 2016.
Click through the slideshow for the best MBFWA men’s show looks.
If you’re into vivacious colour and all-over prints, then House of Cannon is for you. Helmed by Annie Cannon-Brookes, the 2013-debuted brand included two men’s looks in its mostly female offering. A key theme for HoC was sportsluxe – a black and white ensemble made up of a basic tee, casual blazer, and man-leggings under shorts – creating a sort of ‘sartorial mullet’ effect – tailored top half, casual bottom.
The monochrome digital prints splattered over the active pieces were down played, however, by an all-over patterned suit and matching shirt – dyed in all the colours of the rainbow. Styling tip? Pick one of HoC’s bold pieces and mix it with understated neutrals. Trainers are a must.
Sydney design duo Maurice Terzini (of Bondi Icebergs-fame) and his partner Lucy Hinckfuss let their ‘unisex uniforms’ loose on the Ten Pieces runway. Sticking to their rule of ‘ten’, the looks were fluid and drape, playing with proportions and leaning toward the oversized
Active pieces – hoodies and slouch track pants – ran a muck with military pieces – nearly-to-the-knee worker boots – with a zillion eyelets – matching each monochrome look. The palette was neutral and the fabric light, despite the Dystopian direction. Fans of Song For Mute will love Ten Pieces’ latest. And trend alert: are we seeing the return of the snood?
Famous for her loud prints, the new Resort collection from Camilla was inspired by Africa. With summer already in mind, Camilla’s board shorts sat stylishly slim and came in vibrant colours and ethnic patterns, the combination feeling bohemian-Morrocco. One jewel-blue pair even bevy-ed a matching kaftan – flaunting the light silhouettes and hypnotic prints and colours known to the textiles of Eastern souks.
Along with men’s, women’s and kids clothing, Camilla previewed her brand new made-to-order Camilla surfboards, available this September. Styling tip? Pick Camilla shorts for summer if you’re tired of the sea of monochrome.
Move over Peter Alexander, a new Aussie sleepwear brand’s in town. The bed-child of ex-Ksubi co-founder Dan Single and his supermodel wife Bambi Northwood-Blyth, P.Jamé debuted its luxury pyjama collection.
With the help of the Stenmark brothers, P.Jamé and its feather-pillowed pj party showcased ‘his and her’s’ matching silk pyjamas, as well as digital print shorts and singlets, smutted-up with pop-art lips and shadowed palms. Too LA for you? P.Jamé also offered neutral-hued bed tees and tanks taking sleepwear outside of the bedroom.
Aussie fashion veteran Akira Isogawa launched a gender-neutral collection of floaty cottons in neutral tones and subtle pinstripes. Set on the skins of tattooed-up models, white mandarin collar shirts and lightweight tunics in sheer-metal organza (think translucent silk) cut longline and oversized – one of the biggest men’s trends to play out over fashion week.
Billowy dress pants, in neo-harem silhouette, saw Isogawa take the concept of wide-legged to new widths. The Japanese-authenticity was ramped up a level with gargantuan polka dot scarves, too. It felt very Comme des Garçons.
Proving they could just be Australia’s next big fashion export, the Innovators Show was made up newcomer brands. Oxblood‘s punkish, Sex Pistol-esque sportswear gave voice to the oversized, gritty and androgynous. And, still sporty, Mandem’s highly tailored streetwear ‘for the elite’ was one of the most commercial and stylish offerings of the week, embellished with the occasional symbol so not to get lost in monochrome.
Bucking the active trend, Ahmad Taufik delivered a nostalgic collection. Fifties revere-collared shirts and wide-leg woollen pants came dressed with with Harrington jackets, Taufik’s point-of-difference the creation of his own textiles: a jacquard based on work from artist Tomasso Sartori and chic a wet-look fabric.
Click through the slideshow for more MBFWA show looks.