Grant Fellowes: Men's Fashion Week AW19









grant fellowesMelbourne style connoisseur Grant Fellowes is the fashion-forward powerhouse behind Instagram and blog GFASHCOLLECTIVE. Aiming to innovate and inspire, Grant pushes the boundaries of style with the exciting and unexpected. He shares his tips on all things fashion; from colour and shape to style and form, and encourages people to have fun with what they wear. These are his observations from Paris and Milan Fashion week in 2019.





All eyes are on street style with fashion houses sourcing inspiration from trendsetters and influencers to inform their collections. Gucci for instance built a think tank where they present ideas to leading trendsetters to evaluate the want for their items and influence outcomes of what is presented on the runway. Dior reinvented their saddle bag after a resurgence in popularity for the 90s IT bag being one of the highest blogged items of 2017/18. The footpath is the new runway and Europe has some serious stylish pavement trends that may or may not make its ways to Australian shores.

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The Italians understand style, this is a well-known fact. They know the fashion rules in order to exquisitely bend them and choreograph their style and definitely do not pay attention to seasonal tacky trends and enjoy their timeless silhouettes and high-quality garments. Italians don’t simply wear ‘things’ for the sake of it and have a certain level of nonchalance, looking like they haven’t tried and literally “woken up like this”. They dress impeccably well with such a flair for sharp lines and silhouettes and appreciation for beautiful things of a high quality.


Milan Fashion Week

There is a vast difference between true Italian style and those that try to imitate it at fashion events. Whilst in Florence I noticed the street style slowly shift and come to a simmering boil with the peacocks strutting in to town in all they’re over the shoulder coat wearing glory to attend what is known as the Menswear Mecca. Whilst the dress code for Pitti has not changed greatly over the years and feels like a lavish sartorial menswear catalogue with men wearing double-breasted suits, lots of eye-catching hats, furs (faux and real) and long coats, there was a slight shift with urban street wear being incorporated with their perfectly tailored looks.
The number one dominating trend was the mixing of streetwear designer sneakers and suits, puffer vests and puffer coats (of course tailored) mixed with envelope clutches and large oversized dominating handbags. A balance between the formal peacock fabrics of tweed and wool versus the casual peacock of polyester and manmade fabrics. When it comes to men's suits there were some stylish accessories to compliment the slim tailored fits that were on display. Plenty of pocket squares, striking four in the hand ties or cravats, colourful beanies, lapel pins and wrist accessories which showed individuality of the wearer. Pitti is not well known for its use of colours during winter with many pounding the pavement in hues of grey, brown and black.
A few hours North I arrive at Milan Fashion Week and I reaffirmed immediately that Milanese people dress impeccably fresh with such flair for sharp lines and shapes with a huge admiration for bold footwear. Again, a vast difference of the true Italian style and the fashion obsessed that flowed into Milan to view the latest designer collections with their hugely embellished eyewear, and massive statement designer monogram accessories such as scarves, coats and pants.


Milan Fashion Week Photo


The monogram has returned to the forefront of the fashion crowd with mass commercialism being celebrated and embraced, if it does not have a big label name printed on it, a logo or design is easily recognisable, it was not worn. Personal style was not present in Milan with the fashion crowd opting to become walking billboards for brands. Unlike Pitti with the sharp lines of a tailored suit, Men’s Milan Fashion week is an environment for the opulent man who isn’t afraid to wear huge logos, bold colours such as green and orange, strong patterns that clash deliberately with another print and touches of fluro in accessories socks, ties and gloves.


Milan Fashion Week Street Style

 Milan Fashion Week A/W '19 (Image courtesy of The Trend Spotter).


Milan Street Style

 Milan Fashion Week A/W '19 (Image courtesy of The Trend Spotter).


Breaking down the wardrobe rules of the fashionable Paris fashion week attendees was considerably easier than the Italian counterparts in Florence and Italy. They have none! Everything they do is chic. A key difference I noticed between the three fashion styles is whilst Pitti flaunt their wealth, Milan flaunt their figures, the French flatter themselves. Dressing well is about feeling good in what they are wearing, and they literally combine multiple styles together in an effortless chic way that appears always like the next big fashion trend is “do whatever”.




Major trends spotted were the turtleneck with shirt over the top. Once mocked in Australia as The Wiggles uniform there is a strong resurrection for anything high neck with many choosing hues of fluro or neutral colours. Multilayered trench coats with high waisted belt fastenings, again in fluro, tailored carrot top trousers, cuffed above ankle trousers or wide legged pants all appeared popular with many opting to wear multiple belts.


Milan 2019 Fashion Week

 Milan Fashion Week A/W '19 (Image courtesy of Vogue). 


The puffer jacket reigns supreme also in Paris and paired with sleek leather trousers, wide legged woollen trousers and even kilts, of course once again topped off with the across body bag. Past trends that have not subsided are tartan, camo, ugly chunky sneakers in eighties colours, squarer less fitted silhouettes, and of course coats. The coat trend is heading further south with hemlines at least falling around ankle length if not to the floor, with bold colours and prints proving popular with the fashion pack. Snake print is on the rise of popularity and was hissing on every footpath across Europe.  



The ever-changing consumer is most certainly having an impact on what we may see in Australia in the coming seasons. Only time will tell. The question I keep asking though, what came first, the chicken or the egg? Is it the consumer creating the fashion or the industry creating the consumer?