Published in D’MARGE:
The atmosphere was electric as those in attendance were abuzz with curiosity and excitement. Exceptional attendees included LGBTI advocate Jason Ball, Calibre designer Ty Henschke and Australian actor Julian McMahon.
The Mr runway itself was equal parts sharp and cool as it presented a sophisticated range of spring/summer ready-to-wear collections. It was a stark contrast to the more eccentric runways previously featured in the MSFW program, putting the spotlight on wearability rather than shock value.
Adventurous colours and patterns were at the forefront of the many collections, with big name designers Brent Wilson, Calibre, Jayson Brundson, Arthur Galan, Godwin Charli and more showcasing printed patterned pants and floral blazers all round.
Indeed, the night was a celebration of style and sophistication, and just goes to show that even the most prestigious Australian designers haven’t lost their creative edge.
It was an explosion of bold colours with teal suits, red blazers and white chinos. Floral and striped patterns provided solid contrast to the block colours, with a pocket square added for that subtle finish of masculine chic. The collection provided a more fun and vibrant side of formal male dress codes, all the while retaining masculine tastes with structured bespoke suits and tailoring that highlighted broad physiques.
The label was also one of the few ones to bring double-breasted blazers back into the fashion foray – a style that’s slowly moved into the background as the seasons have progressed but nonetheless pays homage to traditional retro fashion.
Heads were turning when audiences witnessed a collection of traditional blazers with a modern twist. Stealing the spotlight was a dynamic suit jacket that was light pink and heavily patterned, so much so that it overrode its subtle pink undertones. Accompanied with white pants and a simple buttoned-up shirt, the ensemble was subjected to praise from the crowds as they all whipped out their iPhones to document the glorious spectacle.
Another display – this time a tuxedo jacket with red metallic patterns and finished with a black shirt and trousers – infers that despite being in the industry for over a decade, this Australian label still knows how to take it one step further.
In contrast to other labels featured on the night, et al took it back to basics with black and white. Taking a different route from the more formal attires, the unique label played to its strengths by showcasing their signature aesthetic of drapedjackets and drop crotch pants.
It was definitely more of a relaxed range with an urban feel that showed how you could never go wrong with a universal outfit of black and white. Simply put, et al displayed the style in all of its magnificent glory. And mad props to the silver foxed model on the night who stood testament to the fact that great fashion never discriminates against age.
Photography by Lucas Dawson