The Festival of Steve and Executive Style: everyone's a winner

The celebration of the modern man, the Festival of Steve, has been styled, sipped, sampled and slathered, as gents of all stripe turned out to Melbourne's Federation Square for their annual dose of stylish, bespoke and luxurious products and services.

As a select band of traders showed off their wares at Taxi Riverside, across the way at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image a series of discussions hosted by Executive Style dissected the essence of style and masculinity as viewed through the lens of movie director Martin Scorsese.

Scorsese is the subject of a major exhibition that opened at ACMI last week and proved a fascinating topic for two topics, including an in-depth dive into his works with exhibition curator Fiona Trigg.

Later, a lively panel of style experts discussed the continuing rise of men's style and imparted some valuable advice and tips.

Competition winners

The big question is, who are the winners of the Festival of Steve and Executive Style's exclusive competition to describe 'what does it mean to be a modern man'?

The amazing first prize – a unique made-to-measure suit by tailor Carl Navé valued at $1800 – has been won by Matt Hodges, whose winning entry read: "Be bold, but loving. Be assertive, but caring. Live for what is now, spend most of your time with the people you love. Never forget."

Second prize – a three-hour power-shop in the Melbourne CBD with stylist Sally McKinnon valued at $375 – was won by Bradford Berry, who wrote: "Manners. Respect for women. Acceptance of others. Lots of love, and a little flair."

Third prize – a Dovo Milano Grooming Kit, valued at $249.95 – went to Peter Ng, who responded simply: "The modern man tries to be better than the person he was yesterday."

All winners have been notified via email.

Executive Style is the major media partner of the Festival of Steve.