Aquila showcased its new-season wares on the GQ runway at Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival last weekend. A penchant for plum, subtle camouflage and Ivy League cool were among the key trends that came out of what was showcased.

 

A Pop of Plum

Though it’s easy to fall into the pattern of only wearing black, white and grey, a touch of colour never goes astray. From formal to weekend casual, Aquila provided many sophisticated options to break through the monotones. There were pops of plum both on and off the runway.

Our opening look was a three-piece plum suit with bordo socks.

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Unexpected Details

Just before you’re about to leave the house, complete your look with a pocket square and scarf.

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Dark Plaids

Playing into the rollneck-championing Ivy League theme, was an understated plaid on this season’s outerwear. Choose darker colours – like slate grey and navy – pairing the print with tonal separates.

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Sports Luxe

Mixed in amongst the tailoring were downtown staples and athletic-inspired pieces, from camouflage zip-ups to crisp white leather sneakers. Don’t go the whole hog with sweatpants – smarten it up with a pair of freshly pressed chinos.

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Brown leather backpacks replaced last season’s shoulder bags, adding to the sporty vibes but with a sophisticated edge.

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Shades of Grey

The season’s key looks were based on clean lines and contemporary tailoring, but not as you’d expect. Grey suits, chinos and shirts proved that grey really is the new black for men this season.

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