Dappertude came and Melbourne’s sartorial community responded as astutely dressed gentlemen descended on Collins Quarter to partake in the Annual Dappertude Men’s Fashion Event 2017.
With the reputation of being Australia’s Fashion Capital, expectations were high and from all accounts from participating brands, guests, speakers, and attendees alike it was nothing but an astounding success that had the crowd demanding when the next event will be.
Welcome praise indeed and Johnny Li, Founder of Dappertude has begun to put together the next event as a consequence of the positive feedback so far. The warm reception has been in part to the purpose of the Dappertude event which is to educate, inspire and allow like-minded folks to network with a mutual respect for the art of gentlemanly dressing.
The education segment of the day was anchored by 3 respected brands in different scopes of gentlemen dressing. The first speaker on behalf of bespoke suit company George & King, Nicholas Britton shared his 3 F-Words for good suits were Fit, Function and Fabric. We had Shira from Gentsac who touched on the importance of grooming such as creams to use and the right razors and rounding off with myself, Dappertude’s Strategic Director Alan Hong who touched on the origins and history of different accessories and how the pedigree of each were aligned to military and political purposes originally.
However, we all know knowledge is only information so to complement, a panel of Australia’s best fashion influencers were there to talk about their inspirations for their dress. We were graced with the presence of Tri.Edition, Steve Tilly and The Young Gent aka Stephen Kay who all talked about what inspired their styles, how they build their Instagram followings and some trends they foresee in male dapper fashion.
With free flowing drinks, plenty of food and fine folks around, networking was very much the glue of the event with brands like Calvin Klein, George & King, Joe Black, Kimshu, The Tie Collective, Bared Footwear to name a few spread throughout Collins Quarter to get amongst the crowd and really make a day of it with some hearty laughs, general chit chat and a shared interest in a burgeoning art and lifestyle.
Finally, in fine fashion, Dappertude made sure with the support of the brands that there were plenty of giveaways in the spirit of community and passion with photographers all around to capture the essence and magic of the event as it drew to a close as all good things must do.
Thank you so much, Melbourne, for having us.
All images courtesy of Joe Cheng (@joe_cheng) – https://joecheng.co/
Written by Strategic Director, Dappertude, Alan Hong