An early adopter of trends across almost every facet of life, the Australian fashion scene has undergone significant change in the past couple of years, seeing the role of tailoring and menswear redefined, with a greater focus now being placed on concepts of casual wear.
To get a better picture, we put our ears to the ground and tracked down emerging Sydney stylist and sartorial scoundrel, The Bearded Villain (aka Michael Murphy), to hear his thoughts on the rise of street style culture in Australia, and the place contemporary tailoring holds in a progressively casualised world.
Peter Jackson: What draws you to the Peter Jackson?
The Bearded Villain: I think it was heartbeat of the brand. While I know the company was established in 1948, it still has the new brand feeling. It's ambitious and making a lot of strides taking over the fashion scene across Australia.
PJ: How would you describe the current fashion scene in Syndey?
TBV: Men's fashion in Sydney is all about versatility. Guys will buy one piece and try to get the most out of it. We generally go for strong central piece - like my linen suit - which is a bit more casual. It can be dressed up with brogues and a knit tie for the races or dressed down with a white tee and sneakers for your street spin on tailoring. You can even split them into separates and wear the jacket with a nice check shirt and some denim, or flip it on its head and pair the pants with a polo and loafers.
PJ: How would you describe your go to look?
TBV: Sartorial simplicity. A Tailored Suit, braces, white shirt, brown shoes, brown tie and pocket square.
PJ: What can you not leave the house without?
TBV: Some form of a camera. I don't want to be in the right place at the right time and not be able to capture the moment.
PJ: You're style is pretty unique, where do you draw your inspiration from?
TBV: Like a lot of modern gentlemen I draw influence from the heavyweights of pitti, most of all Frank Gallucci. He masters the art of sprezzatura, he makes the combination of tailored suiting and causal clothes look easy.
PJ: What is the place of tailoring in the world of street style?
TBV: Street style is the pulse of menswear. The best thing about blending of street style and old world tailoring is that everyone has a different take on it, and everyone is inspired to push the boundaries.
PJ: What are you looking excited about next year?
TBV: I have a trip planned to the uk. Love experiencing different city's and absorbing all that they have to offer esspcially the fashion.
PJ: What's your fashion faux pas for 2017?
TBV: With green going to be the dominant colour, I'm worried about all the post-Christmas green and red pairings that's going to pop up on the streets.
PJ: Why the handle "The Bearded Villain”
TBV: I wanted to give my page some personality. I think I am a villain when I comes to what I wear I'm not afraid to break a fashion rule or two. The bearded part is obvious.
Check the devilish styling of The Bearded Villain himself.