M.J. Bale offers strong competition for local and international menswear labels on the Canberra scene, and as I have said before – I can not think of a better gauntlet to throw for Canberran consumers than the opening of the M.J. Bale store in the Canberra Centre, and showing on the Fashfest runway.
It is no secret that while I admire and respect the craftmanship of elegant, tailored pieces from bespoke designers who show at Pitti Uomo; I am vastly under-funded to be able to shop there. As such, I am excited for the change that M. J. Bale represents for menswear in Canberra, and to see what the 2017 Fashfest collection will showcase from the brand. (more…)
In the lead up to Fashfest 2016 I interviewed Dunedin based designer Melanie Child, and as I tend to do, I turned the discussion towards whether there was any chance of Melanie introducing menswear to her existing range of sublime denim recreations.
At the time Mel said that she didn’t have any in the 2016 show, but that menswear was on the cards for the future.
It shouldn’t have surprised me then to seem menswear pieces on the runway this year in the Melanie Child collection, which opened an entirely New Zealand made show this year, sponsored by the New Zealand High Commission. But to be perfectly honest, despite basically begging to see Mel’s recycled denim creations turned towards menswear, I wasn’t really expecting it.
The proud owner of the first Zilpah Tart necktie, featuring the gorgeous ‘Lucent Blue’ print. The bold pattern of the necktie actually works beautifully in an otherwise understated menswear look, and brings to mind the patterns of 1980s business attire.
Zilpah Tart has held a special place in my heart for a few years now. I love to see our local Canberra design talents develop and achieve great things, and you would be hard-pressed to find a label that is achieving as much as the creations of designer Yumi Morrissey. Bright colours balanced with sleek, feminine styling – Zilpah Tart conjures for me a sense of union between Dianne Von Furstenberg and Emilio Pucci.
I have always resented a little that Morrissey focuses solely on women’s wear, and more so in recent years with the introduction of her signature exclusive fabrics featuring Canberra scenery and landmarks. Naturally most men would probably shy away from the bright colours and fractal patterns of the exclusive fabrics, but I’ve always had something of the peacock to me, and I have lusted after the gorgeous Canberran designs for some time.
This year, I’ve got a taste of what I have been missing out on with the creation of a very special necktie featuring the Lucent Blue print from Zilpah Tart – a menswear first for the label from the 2017 Autumn/Winter Illuminate collection. (more…)
Looking particularly scruffy before heading into The Barber Shop – untidy, untrimmed and unkempt all spring to mind.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to attend a men’s grooming and whiskey event at QT Canberra with the fantastically beard-y Jimmy Niggles, founder of Beard Season.
This was actually my second time meeting with Niggles, as I previously met him at QT in 2016. At the time I promised that in the spirit of beard season I would make an appointment to get a full skin cancer check. Well, 12 months and several sun-exposure incidents later, and I was faced with the embarrassing task of explain to Jimmy that I had not actually kept the promise I made him. It is strange to have to admit something like that to a near stranger, but in part that is the brilliance of Beard Season – I was embarrassed at having not got my skin cancer check, and so I resolved to get one.
In fact, I promised not only to go and get the check, but to also take part in Beard Season 2017 by attempting to grow my own beard.(more…)
There is something about the season of Autumn that just makes me want to immerse myself in nature.
Now, obviously just from looking at me you can tell I’m not exactly the rugged woodsman you probably think of when you hear something like “Autumn makes me want to immerse myself in nature”, but I really do love this season, and all the treats for the senses that it brings with it. The cold bite of the wind on my cheeks, the smell of wood smoke in the air, and the visual spectacle of the leaves bursting into brilliant colours before dropping to the ground. And then of course we have all the different wardrobe tune-ups that we make for the cooler seasons.
This autumn I have been lucky enough to be given a beautiful wooden watch from the babes at JORD wood watches, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The design of the unique watch makes it a perfect addition to my wardrobe for autumn and winter, and gives me all the feelings of immersing myself in nature without actually having to go outside.
Because yes, I am that prissy that I avoid going outside as much as possible. (more…)
Fashion and architecture tend to go hand in hand in my opinion. The more I think about fashion and style, the more I come to recognise how we are all constantly drawing inspiration from the architecture of the built world that surrounds us, such as finding new ways to pair old wardrobe favourites like a white t-shirt and a pair of blue jeans.
Perhaps one of the most iconic fashion combinations of all time, it has almost become an algorithm of how to dress yourself that is recognised in a way that transcends culture. Blue jeans + white t-shirt + (accessories / season) = dressed. It really is that simple, that mathematical. I have just about made this the formula for what I put on my back on a daily basis, and yet some how it still takes me over an hour to get ready most mornings. Usually including an embarrassing amount of time staring forlornly at my wardrobe wondering what i should wear. (more…)