Celebration of the modern guy!

Discover the hottest fashion and lifestyle trends at Festival of Steve this Sat 2 June. Showcasing local designers, retailers, purveyors of classic merchandise, stylists and outfitters in menswear.


Entry is free, and includes tastings by some of Melbourne’s finest food and beverages.

From 12pm at The Kelvin Club.


2018 VAMFF GQ Menswear – Hot From The Runway Report!

It was a scorcher line-up of local designers, opening with complete darkness and edgy music to set the mood for the crowd!

Reporter Jake Manton was on the scene to capture the action and deliver his must-have key pieces for autumn/winter.

pe nationStyle: P.E Nation. Imagery: Lucas Dawson Photography

Heating up the runway this year was P.E Nation’s menswear range. The collection boasted bright retro undertones, colour blocking and oversized logo branding. The loud and eye-catching line did not disappoint. This was a grand walk of fame as they had claimed the prestigious of National Designer Award only days ago.


baskiekStyle: bassike Imagery: Lucas Dawson Photography

bassike presented its plain and unique constructed basics paired with statement accessories to set apart the dress code of casual and modern casual wear.


chris babesStyle: Chris Ran Lin Imagery: Lucas Dawson Photography

Newcomer Chris Ran Lin presented a unique array of knitwear and jackets making a bold statement to gain the audiences attention with a evident touch of masculinity.


jackStyle: Jack London. Imagery: Lucas Dawson Photography

Jack London exhibit it’s signature style of parkas and leather jackets with classic tailoring through its slim trousers and collard shirts. Adding a pop of colour in the mixture for a winter standout.


jac + jacStyle: Jac+ Jack. Imagery: Lucas Dawson Photography

Everyday label Jac+ Jack revealed its updated collection for autumn/winter 2018 with relaxed neutral and muted tones to work with any wardrobe. The unstructured basics pair with a classic or bold statement jacket or coat.


atuoStyle: Autonomy. Imagery: Lucas Dawson Photography

Gent favourite Autonomy delivered its distinctive style of garments with layering a key feature this season matched with a boot. The colour palette combined a mixture of dark to mildly tones to easily tail any modern gents unique style.

The stylish crowd continued to the after-party at the ever trendy Spice Market!

VAMFF 2018 Top 10 Hot List!

By Jake Manton

All aboard as the 2018 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival is ready for take-off! Melbourne’s annual celebration of style is back once again bigger, better and now the largest consumer fashion event in the world. All the action begins from 1 March and will continue at a high fashion altitude till 18 March.

To help plan your tailored VAMFF experience we have selected 10 of the hottest events to see this year!

Runway 1
Being a highly anticipated runway each year displaying the most sought after designers in Australia. This year will not disappoint with Bianca Spender, CAMILLA AND MARC, Dion Lee and Scanlan Theodore.

Tuesday 6th March – 7:30pm. Royal Exhibition Building.
Tickets starting at $59. Details: www.vamff.com.au/event/runway-1

GQ Australia Menswear RunwayGQ_1610x416-1032x378This one’s all about the guys! Showcasing Autumn Winter must have pieces in street style, outwear and edgy suiting for the modern gentleman from key labels; Autonomy, bassike, Chris Ran Lin, Jac+ Jack, P.E NATION and presentation by: Strateas Carlucci. The runway is followed by a killer after party for the fashion minded crowd at Spice Market.

Fri 9 March, 9pm. Royal Exhibition Building.
Details: www.vamff.com.au/event/gq-australia-menswear-runway

The PlazaAsahiFestivalBar_1610x416-1032x378Is the place to be seen with your fashionable friends! Unwind and enjoy your night with refreshing beverages and trendy tapas from pop-up food venues. Key Highlights include; Asahi Festival Bar, Westfield Doncaster Kaleidoscope, Mercedes-Benz moment and premium dinning from Mr Miyagi (bookings required).

Free Entry.
Mon 5 – Sat 10 March, from 5.30pm. Royal Exhibition Building.
Details: www.vamff.com.au/plaza

Runway 2 Runway2_1610x416-1032x378
Displaying this season’s must have pieces from all time favourite Australian contemporary labels; Hansen & Gretel, Acler, Morrison and BY JOHNNY.

Tue 6 March, 9pm. Royal Exhibition Building.
Tickets from $59. Details: www.vamff.com.au/event/runway-2

Fashion Weekend in Stonnington FashionWeekend_1610x416-1032x378This event is on every fashionista’s calendar for a shop-till-you-drop weekend in Stonnington. From Chapel St, High Street on Armadale to Toorak Village with a range of exclusive offers and in-store activities from brands including; Seed Heritage, JAGGAD, Megan Park, A-ESQUE, The Daily Edited and Assembly Label to name a few.

Sat 17 – Sun 18 March. Stonnington.
Details: www.vamff.com.au/fashion-weekend-instonnington

An Evening With: Women in MediaAnEveningWith_1610x416-1032x378Join a panel of high profile women discussing how they have achieved where they are in their successful careers and the challengers of the ever-changing media sector. The panel includes: Media icon Ita Buttrose along with Kellie Hush and Jackie Frank.

Thur 8 March, 5 – 7.30pm. Long Room, Immigration Museum.
Tickets at $89. Details: www.vamff.com.au/event/an-evening-with

Runway 4 – Exclusive Luxury BridalRunway5_1610x416-1032x378Back by popular demand showcasing the craftsmanship and talent of luxury Australian bridal from Brownlow favourite JASON GRECH and menswear suiting from Dom Bagnato and M. J Bale.

Wed 7 March, 9pm. Royal Exhibition Building.
Tickets from $59. Details: www.vamff.com.au/event/runway-4

High Tea presented by City of StonningtonHighTea_1610x416-1032x378As a sold out event every year the popular High Tea designed by Peter Rowland is back. Spend the afternoon with close friends to view a range of contemporary collections from: Karen Millen, Anna Hoffman, Feathers, Diida, Lisa Barron and Megan Park.

Sat 17 March,  11am – 1pm & 2:30pm – 4:30pm. Malvern Town Hall.
Tickets $99 per show.  Details: www.vamff.com.au/event/high-tea/

Fashion Weekend RunwayFWstonnington_1610x416-1032x378A runway dedicated to unique labels showcasing their latest collections for the upcoming autumn/winter season. The line-up includes The Ark, Friends of Mine, Monte Establishment and Studio MG.

Tickets from $39. Sun 18 March, 1pm at Malvern Town Hall.
Details: www.vamff.com.au/event/fashion-weekend-runway

Future Chaos X Future Wild CocoMax_1610x416-1032x378This multidisciplinary exhibition, held at the Brunswick Street Gallery, will represent two separate but coexisting characters, Coco – womenswear, and Max – menswear. Enjoy the two universes of light and dark, surreal pop x brutalist futurism.

FREE Event. This exhibition will run from 1 – 13 March.
Opening night is Friday 2 March, from 6PM – 9PM, no RSVP required.
Details: www.vamff.com.au/event/future-chaos-x-future-wild/


Let the fashionable fun begin – see you on the runway!



Launched today!

Time to up your style game in the water! Funky Trunks launched their NEW Speed Stroke swim and beachwear collection today. Featuring must-have stand out prints in bold and playful colours. Sporting the hot new looks is Australian Olympic Swimmer Jayden Hadler. Let’s take a peek…


Shop these styles and more here: www.funkytrunks.com


Thanks to The Life for featuring moi in their hot new issue! In my home province of Southland NZ’s culture & lifestyle magazine, I chat about my fashion adventures and give some top fashion tips. Pick up a copy for the full story!

the life

Find a stockist: www.thelife.co.nz

Sunglass launch event!

A fabulous crowd gathered for the Australian launch of the 2018 Resort Collections for Persol Eyewear & Alain Mikli at Eyescan Toorak on Thursday 23 Nov. It was a balmy spring evening, let’s take a look at my shots!


Shop the looks in store at Eyescan Toorak, 469 Toorak Rd, Toorak.

Website: www.eyescan.com.au

Oaks Day Style!

The sun was shining as Oaks Day known as Ladies Day continued the glamorous fun at the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Thursday 9 November 2017. In racing news a crowd of 63,000 watched the first lady of racing Gai Waterhouse win her first $1 million Group 1 Kennedy Oaks, with her filly Pinot clinching the feature race in style at Flemington. I was on the scene to catch the fashionable action…




Imagery: Craig Lawson/Mr Fashion Man. Feel free to share the pics if you could just credit and tag me would be ace!

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