Blair Archibald Presented One of The Only Menswear Collections at MBFWA This Year

BLAIR ARCHIBALD made his debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia this year with his Resort 2019 collection, 'The Last Knitting Mill'. Models stomped down the runway, like an army of menswear and androgynous womenswear inspired in part by Aussie merino wool, which was rather fitting as the colour palette of the collection was clearly military inspired. Read on for more of our thoughts. Featured photo captured by Khiera Nicole.

There was very little menswear featured for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia this year so we were actually pretty excited to have a break from seeing all the gorgeous females strut their stuff in hopes of some good-looking men (and menswear, of course) instead. 🙂

One of the only labels to show an almost-entire Resort 2019 collection full of menswear this year, and making their debut, was Australian label BLAIR ARCHIBALD.

The show kicked off with a short video of ARCHIBALD explaining the side of fashion that not many will reveal or even discuss, but that we feel is a topic that should definitely come to the forefront: the engineering behind the garments, specifically whom and the countries they are from; as well as the connection between the designer and the engineer.

Unfortunately, I don’t think the content of the video got the exposure it deserved as most attendees just used this as an excuse to have a bit of a chat and scroll through their phones until the collection actually arrived on the runway. Quite sad, really.

‘The Knitting Mill,’ ARCHIBALD‘s Resort 2019 collection, was a progression of the capsule range that saw BLAIR ARCHIBALD win the regional round of the 2018 International Woolmark Prize. In partnership with the Woolmark Company, the collection also showcased the various identities that wool can possess in lightweight jerseys, denim and wool seersuckers.

Relaxed silhouettes mixed with structured outerwear came down the runway in a colour palette of navy, khaki and burgundy. Unfortunately, in our opinion, it was too relaxed and we weren’t very impressed. Although ARCHIBALD is known for their soft tailoring and workwear, we were hoping to see pieces that would push the envelope a little more.

The venue of Gallery III at Carriageworks also may not have done the label any favours in regards to how the clothes photographed either; as you can see from our photos, because of the dark colour palette in their collection, some clothes blended with the dark walls of the venue.

We do have to give props though to their choice in music for the show which included a remix of Drake‘s ‘305 To My City’ and LION BABE‘s ‘Treat Me Like Fire.’

All photos captured by Khiera Nicole for The 5 to 9 Life