PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2022 – Runway 4 Presented by GQ & Samsung Galaxy

All photography by Rachel Canale for Pen To Paper Media. All rights reserved.

The PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival was the perfect event to jump start our fine city into its renowned party mode. It was glorious to see familiar faces and new ones mingling at Fed Square and at ACMI to support our local fashion talent. Runway 4 was one for the boys, with debonaire, handsome, edgy and conscious fashions featuring on the runway.

To open, long-time favourite and stalwart of men’s fashion in Australia, Dom Bagnato presented stunning 3-piece suits in hues of dark emerald, rich ochre, light charcoal and deep ivory. Models walked to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ in suits tailored to perfection; made from luxurious fabrics such as velvet and wool, with pocket squares, ties and scarves in an array of patterns pulling the sensationally handsome looks together.

Next up was Nobody Denim, a brand that has been around since 1999 and is quintessentially Melbourne. With transparent and innovative sustainability practices, Nobody is a brand that cares about its carbon footprint and wants its wearers to feel proud to adorn something consciously made that also ticks all of the style boxes. Nobody has a distinct attitude and it’s one of fun, passion, originality and a sense of cool. With models dancing down the runway to Evelyn King’s ‘Love Come Down’, we could see first-hand just how versatile, comfortable and stylish Nobody Denim is.

Having known about Nobody Denim since its inception, it was wonderful to see them debut their Men’s Ready-To-Wear collection, alongside their renowned womenswear.

Inspired by culture and connection to Country, Solid Ochre is the fashion label founded and designed by international model, industry leader and First Nations Culture & Safety Consultant for MFF, Nathan McGuire. Featuring an eclectic collection of paired back looks highlighting earthy tones in comfortable cuts. The collection included white linen pants slung low at the hips, shirt and short combos in hues of sienna, charcoal and blue, paired with woollen socks (legit so comfy looking) and suede sandals. Relaxed and stylish, Solid Ochre emanated a refined confidence and understated style that resonated.

MJ Bale garments have a distinct quality to capture everyday wear that houses style, comfort and flair. Their natural fibre tailoring expertise is evident, as outfits highlighted Australian merino wool (of which the brand is synonymous), as well as Australian cotton. Stand outs included suit jackets paired with chinos and patterned button-down cardigans.

Song For The Mute describes itself as having a ‘male and female cast, with narratives told with beautiful fabrics and experimental process’. Their collection exhibited light and dark, colour and achromatic – an edgy streetwear feel that popped with diamond-patterned jackets, faux leather pants, warped check patterns and embellished splatter coats.

Founded in 2006 and pronounced ‘basic’, Bassike feels anything but. Featuring pops of orange, black and beige, the collection displayed high quality sustainably sourced wardrobe essentials that lift the streetwear game and showcased clothes so versatile and comfortable, you can even breakdance in them.

Christian Kimber‘s collection sauntered onto the runway in looks that felt luxurious, bespoke and timeless; the perfect classic-meets-modern approach to menswear that sees its wearer cherishing pieces as prizes in their wardrobe season after season. Born in Melbourne with a fresh vision for menswear, highlights included some stunning outerwear pieces – the aptly named Fitzroy jacket in a variety of shades, a link-patterned woollen overcoat, ochre suede trench, retro striped knit polo and dusty olive suede boots. Swoon.

To close out the runway, Melbourne label HoMie brought the energy, sass and fun with models dancing and exhibiting their fierce personalities down the catwalk. HoMie is an important brand, as it is a not-for-profit supporting young people affected by homelessnes; equipping them with the skills, confidence, and experiences to be more work-ready and better prepared for their future. Featuring sweats and hoodies in pops of vibrant colour, HoMie embodied hope, happiness and a sense of self that is so important – being comfortable and confident both in what you wear and how you feel inside. Pure joy in material form and an important community led inspiration to get behind!


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