When Christian Kimber first burst onto the Australian fashion scene in 2016, Australia’s niche circle of menswear enthusiasts couldn’t get enough of his thoughtful and unique designs. An accessories-only brand at the time, items would sell out in minutes.
Now, six years on, the Christian Kimber label has evolved to become a full wardrobe solution for the discerning man looking to elevate his look from Monday to Sunday. And Kimber’s latest capsule collection might just be his best yet.
As the English-born launched his first independent showcase at PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival earlier this week, Christian Kimber [the brand] welcomed an exclusive range of transeasonal, archetypal staples, both winter and summer-appropriate, as the brand looks to serve both the northern and southern hemispheres at once.
Garments included houndstooth overcoats and chore jackets, a range of corduroy and denim essentials (a first for the brand), sports jackets and utility vests in relaxed silhouettes, as well as a range of tops and bottoms built with lightweight and technical fabrications to suit Australia’s ranging climates.
What has always kept Christian Kimber in good stead is his use of colourways extended across a range of palettes, in particular those of natural and earth tones. Think warm olive and maroon, tan and brassy ochre, ivory and sand, all punctuated by textures and patterns that feature in popular items like tailored polo shirts.
A constant theme for the new capsule collection is the brand’s emphasis on producing lived-in garments. The worn-in, washed-out appearance is expertly achieved through the process of garment dying and has become a constant in Kimber’s designs.
While the northern hemisphere is readying for the beginning of summer, seersucker in the way of blazers and trousers features prominently to suit the travelling man, as does everybody’s favourite fabric, linen.
Kimber brought back his famed riviera polo shirts for this collection, which are revamped in versatile tones of ochre and ivory.
For those in the southern hemisphere, winter staples are not remiss, with Kimber reimagining core winter items like the bomber jacket in a luxurious goat suede, with refined pocket details that truly embraced the nostalgia of the 70s aviator style.
Patterned chore jackets and overshirts are peppered throughout the collection, layered under luxe suede puffer vests and sleek overcoats, adding a welcomed diversification of a traditionally utilitarian garment for the everyday Aussie man.
Christian Kimber’s collection was undeniably a celebration of a return to normalcy, with layered looks of functional garments in relaxed silhouettes proving a welcomed update to Kimber’s style, as men look to dress with both comfort and style in a post-covid world.
The intimate presentation was held at the Hilton Little Queen Street and was followed by a three-course meal by Executive Chef of Luci restaurant, Sam Moore. Kimber also took to the stage with three panellists to discuss the ins and outs of his latest menswear capsule.
The latest Christian Kimber collection can be purchased in-store at the Armadale and Fitzroy locations, or online.