Last night, David Jones held their Autumn/Winter womenswear and menswear collection launch at the Sydney Carriageworks. Always an affair of celebrity, pomp and air kisses, we went along to see what was happening with menswear this coming Winter.
If there’s one thing that’s painfully true about these events, it’s that menswear is almost always an underwhelming affair. We won’t go as far as saying last night was that, rather we saw signs of hope in an commonly dire local scene. Could this really be the year menswear makes a difference in the retail market? We can only hope.
Led by uber-chiselled jaw line of male model Jordan Barret, this season’s show was all about layers and earthy tones. Green coats, burgundy checks and sleek black suits also made its presence felt. Honestly, it was the best collection we’ve seen from the Australian retailer in years as a much more grown up and elegant affair – something we hope catches on amongst other designers and retailers.
It also has to be said that their International Menswear designer collection was by far the most impressively styled selection we’ve seen in recent years. Wool hats, heavy frame aviator glasses, green coats and patent leather brogues were all must-haves for the colder season ahead.
For local designers, Calibre and Jack London took charge with suede biker jackets, pops of big colours and burgundy trousers. It’s refreshing to see that Calibre is making a charge again after so many quieter years.
Looks like it’s going to be a big winter for David Jones.