Menswear gets a makeover on the David Jones runway at VAMFF

At the gala opening night of VAMFF, the David Jones centerpiece runway made it clear that 2020 is all about the remix when it comes to menswear.

If teaming an oversized Versace nylon jacket with a pair of suit pants and running shoes is your thing, now is your time to shine.  

The show provided an insight into what we can expect from the new menswear floors opening in Sydney's Elizabeth Street flagship next week. A slew of new international brands including Balenciaga, Balmain and Versace will join faithful favourites Paul Smith, Canali, and local brands such as Calibre and Politix.

Remix and match

If there's one thing gents won't be missing out on, it's variety. Blazers are to be worn with ripped jeans and T-shirts (MSGM); jogger pants are perfectly fine with a tuxedo jacket and white shirt (Calibre); and tailoring is as much a way of polishing your street style as a pair of sneakers are a chance to rework a traditional suit. 

It may sound like an anything goes approach, but David Jones is tapping into a new generation of fashion-minded gents who aren't prepared to be boxed in.

Here were four key trend takeaways that stood out from the show: 

1. Colour codes

In tune with what we saw in the recent runways of Milan and Paris, rich shades of plum and brown will be plentiful this season. Paul Smith repped the chocolate trend with a mid-length coat that teams as easily with denim as it does tailored trousers, and a deep purple blazer layered over a hoodie.

Yellow will also find its way into the wardrobes of Aussie men, thanks to American label Theory. If the idea of a canary-hued jumper is too much, opt for some socks sunny side up.

2. Bold berets 

Hats are a tricky trend at the best of times, as they take a fair bit of confidence to pull off. None so much as the beret, which will be a sleeper hit over the coming months.


Avoid wearing it with striped shirts, for obvious clichéd reasons, but consider it as the finishing touch to your general trousers-plus-blazer combo.

3. Extreme layering

Less about warmth and more about deliberate mismatching of garments, this will be one of the biggest messages in menswear this season.

An acknowledgement that style has evolved beyond singular modes of dress codes, this is layering as hybridisation. A puffer jacket with tailored trousers or leather boots with sweatpants or joggers, finished with a jacket or blazers where the sleeves are rolled up to reveal the shirt underneath.

Imagine picking one item from each possible life scenario – the office, the gym, the bar, the weekend – and pulling it all together to create one multifaceted look.

4. A brighter outlook

This reinvestment into luxury fashion is a huge gamble for a company that is at the same time cutting down their store footprints. But there's much to be said for the old saying "quality, not quantity". And this seems to be the 2020 focus for DJs.

Take a look at the gallery up top to see some of the best looks from David Jones' runway at VAMFF.