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VAMFF 2015: Everyday looks for men straight from the runway

Darren Boon

Wed Apr 01 2015


WHO says only girls have all the fun with clothes? Guys can snazz up their outfits and parade their wardrobe in school with some of the looks from the 2015 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Darren Boon shares some of his favourite looks from the GQ Australia Menswear Runway.


In my book, there’s no such thing as someone who is unstylish. It’s a matter of choice – you could either put in effort or just be lazy and sloppy.

The fact is most of us are pretty comfortable wearing our favourite old t-shirt and shorts with flip-flops or sneakers. There are some men who think dressing up is a waste of time – being masculine is about being rough and easy. I humbly disagree.

Dressing up well enhances your masculinity and increases your appeal. This is why Meld has spared no effort in recommending you some looks that male students can pull off in schools.

While the GQ Australia Menswear Runway at Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 2015 featured several suit collections, these may not be so applicable to students who would probably wear a suit on only a few occasions in a year. Instead, I will highlight some preppy and chic looks you could carry off this autumn/winter.

Vanishing Elephant's collection offers a casual yet preppy look. Photo: Lucas Dawson via VAMFF

Vanishing Elephant’s collection offers a casual yet preppy look that’s sure to make you look sophisticated in the classroom. Photo: Lucas Dawson via VAMFF

One of my favourite collections came from Sydney-based Vanishing Elephant which was established in 2008.

The preppy but sophisticated look will ensure that you will fit into the school environment. I like the use of muted tones which fits the season.

I know that ankle and no-show socks are in fashion, but folding up your pants a little, pairing them with high cut boots/shoes along with long socks might be an interesting change for some. Avoid white sport socks and fully black dress sock. Do go for coloured socks but avoid bright colours (it’s not summer) and I’m sure you will be able to impress your friends.

If you like bright colours, I recommend the red and black bomber jacket by Arthur Galan AG or the chilli red trench coat. Pair it with a light greyish-brown bottom and I’m sure you will stand out from the crowd.

Photo: Lucas Dawson via VAMFF

Look to Bassike or From Britten for inspiration on how you can achieve a casual, sporty look that’s not sloppy. Photo: Lucas Dawson via VAMFF

For a more casual, sporty look, find inspiration from Bassike or From Britten. The looks from their collection are sporty chic without being too sloppy and you can pair the look with your favourite Vans sneakers.

Photo: Lucas Dawson via VAMFF

Every guy needs a good suit – Calibre’s range of suits is on point. Photo: Lucas Dawson via VAMFF

And last but not least, let’s not forget Calibre – one of Australia’s leading menswear brand. If you’re looking for an ensemble for your next presentation, or simply looking to party, Calibre has just want you need.

I particularly liked the blue ensemble. It combines playfulness with sophistication, creativity and masculinity – it will look great if you’re doing a business presentation or any presentation involving a creative line. Switch the tie for a scarf and you can wear the same ensemble to a cocktail party, ball or to a party. This will make you a stand out in a sea of grey and black.

Or if you’re experimental, go for the plaid ensemble by Calibre. This look is bound to catch some eyes.

That said, Calibre also offers some casual sophisticated looks that are perfect for dress-down Fridays.