Menswear Street Style
By Angelia Van Le
This piece was written as part of the Fashion Writing Program 2019
It is known as the Plaza, but I call it the “bloggers walk." It’s the three minute stretch between the ticket booth and VIP tents next to the grand facade of the Royal Exhibition Building that houses Australia’s largest fashion event. Here is where you come to be seen. You bring your AAA+ game here, your sartorial excellence and ANYTHING to get you a photo in a magazine's street-style post.
This year there were the usual fashion foot soldiers, influencers, insta-models and TV personalities. So let me break it down lewk-by-lewk and give you the 411 on the hottest talking points I saw outside the Menswear Runway, Presented by GQ Magazine.
Let’s face it, it was a menswear show so I was expecting to see a-lotta men. But I was pleasantly surprised to witness an even mix of both men and women and a wide array of diverse displays of style. The air was thick with some of the city’s best dressed men, well suited in tailored pants and matching jackets in hues of burgundy and duck-egg blue teamed with contrast orange turtlenecks, a Gucci scarf and polished loafers. Very Melbourne chic. Equally as boss were the women dressed in suits in seductive colours of red, lavender and dove blue in a double breasted jacket and 70s inspired flare leg.
There were licks of casual-wear spotted around in accessories. Influential streetwear label Off-White were spotted on a few classy looking ladies who opted for the masculine/feminine contrast with an oversized boyfriend jacket, cycling shorts and the trademark Off-White industrial belt, given new gravitas by Virgil Abloh some seasons back. Guys were wearing Off-White x Converse High Tops and Gucci Flashtreks and Balenciaga Triple S were also popular choices for footwear.
The bumbag, a reborn classic, was the bag of choice. Everything from low to high-end, printed or furry, worn at the waist or across the body. I think I may have seen every Gucci bumbag style there is now, enough for me to recall the entire Autumn/Winter ‘19 collection in my head if summoned.
When you want to stand out, anything with sequins, beading, Swarovski crystal encrusted or any reflective palette you fancy is always a good choice and looks great on Instagram. Tonal colour blocking is attracting a lot of attention.
But my favourite look and the street style takeaway for the season ahead are sheer leggings. We saw them at the Autumn Winter 2019/2020 International runways for Saint Laurent and Balmain. Anything from plain sheer to spots is a winner and wear it with a LBD with big shoulders for achingly cool street style.