WE ARE VAMFFING – FOR THE BOYS

Ellen Coyle Bio PhotoFrom VAMFF’s dedicated menswear show, Voxfrock rookie journalist Ellen Coyle explains the sartorial nuts and bolts a sharp-dressed man needs for Autumn/Winter 2017. Pictures by Zhongda Wang from Monty Coles’ rookie crew of RMIT photographers.

Choose life. Choose a well cut single-breasted, double vented three piece suit in a storm blue check. Choose a quilted khaki bomber jacket to go with your slicked hair and ear plugs. Choose Ian Curtis styling your taupe buttoned shirts. Choose the GQ Menswear Runway at VAMFF 2017.

Jack London. Photo: Zhongda Wang.

Jack London. Photo: Zhongda Wang.

To me it’s pretty clear, the message. A strong story of bad-ass mods set to a driving 1990s soundtrack of Blur, Marilyn Manson, Pulp exerting a little (or a lot of) rebellion through the various directions on offer from Jack London, Dom Bagnato, Calibre, AG Arthur Galan, Amxander, Autonomy and Aquila.

You want something formal? Choose a double breasted, double vented suit from Dom Bagnato in that storm blue check, a deeper blue than the cobalt that’s been doing the race day rounds of late. Or perhaps a palette of grey tweeds, checks and cottons from Aquila is more your style.

You want a statement? Choose a crisp white shirt from AG Arthur Galan with daring jetted beading splashed across the front (main photo, top). Choose a creamy, dreamy cashmere sweater from Amxander with sleeves trailing, extra length for greater shrug-ability.

You want casual? Choose khaki or navy bombers; quilted at Autonomy or camo print from AG Arthur Galan. Choose a stand-out asymmetrical denim patched shirt from Amxander.

Amxander. Photo: Zhongda Wang

Amxander. Photo: Zhongda Wang

A plethora of choices laid out for an eager crowd of ‘bro’. It was an intriguing throw back to Cool Brittania in an era of shaved heads, pre-PC fag ends hanging out of full lips facing the Edinburgh wind. A return to broad-shouldered emphasis seemed, to my eye, perhaps a welcome change as I spied the strained fabric on Michael Klim’s tuxedo jacket in the crowd. A new, subtle shift away from super slim cut has begun. How you wear it, well, that’s for you to choose.

Ellen Coyle, intern@voxfrock.com.au