Reigner MFF
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THE MENSWEAR offering in Australia might be small compared to its womenswear counterpart, but rest assured, there’s a brand for every guy. Whether you wear made-to-measure suits to the office, like to keep it casual on the weekend or slip into a bedazzled suit on special occasions, you can and you will find your aesthetic tribe. And this Wednesday evening, you’ll be able to find it on the runway inside the ornate halls of Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building as part of the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Suit Up menswear runway, supported by Esquire

Kicking off at 7 PM, the runway will feature a handful of brands—some established stalwarts, others emerging names—that are putting their own unique spin on menswear and unisex clothing. In the established corner, there’s Dom Bagnato, the tailor who began his fashion career in the family garage in 1984, and continues to dress Australian men in fine, Italian-inspired suiting today. MJ Bale, the tailoring brand that launched in 2009 and is now synonymous with office, race and evening wear in Australia will also be on show, as will Chris Ran Lin, the Melbourne designer known for his technical approach to knitwear, and Godwin Charli, another of the city’s most trusted tailors. 

Meanwhile, labels that have recently branched into unisex and menswear threads, like Silk Laundry and Par Moi, will also send their breezy linen shirts and swishy silk pants down the runway. The fact both brands have chosen to take part in the Suit Up runway is proof that while female shoppers remain their bread and butter, Aussie guys are also buying and wearing their pieces. 

Tomba’s modern twist on preppy classics will also hit the runway, as will pieces by Reigner, the ‘Australian label tailored for the metropolitan city slicker that dreams to be in the outdoors’. Reigner’s rhinestone-rich, ranch-inspired tailoring is catnip for those who don’t wish to settle for conventional suits, and a hit among the new wave of ‘inner western’ country music enthusiasts from Melbourne to Sydney and beyond. 

If you want the real VIP experience, well, you can have it—the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s VIP Lounge is open from 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM for those who fancy a drink before the show. And for a little anticipatory intel, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Co-Host Robert Irwin will walk the Suit Up runway for one night only. 

For more information on the brands taking part in the show, as well as how to secure tickets, head to the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s website here


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