Last night I got to work with four very inspiring men for Van Heusen and GQ Australia‘s annual mentors night. Getting to style each of the mentors was a truly gratifying experience as I knew each of these wonderous gents not only exuded style but each brought something new and exciting to the style game which we got to explore as one by one we dressed the superstars for their appearance as a VH mentor. This years selection included Hawthorn AFL player Cyril Rioli, winter Olympian Scotty James, Melbourne Victory A-League player Besart Berisha & founder of Adventure Capital Stuart Richardson who would be joined on stage by editor of GQ Australia and host of the night Mike Christensen and sub-host The Tailored Man‘s Dalton Graham.

We started our night with Besart, the James-Bond-esque classically tailored footballer. As we built through his look I quickly realised that an iconic look would work best for the well respected leader. Pairing back with a classic tie and simple striped shirt the man in blue was ready to impress. Home-grown hero and Australian winter Olympian Scotty was second on my list and as we chatted through his sense of new-age style we decided on a modern look with a classic three piece suit. Leaving the top 3 buttons undone the pattern clashing shirt allowed for a look at how the modern and young gent’s style was relevant to all mens wardrobes as he stepped out being fearless with his fashion choices. Investment guru Stuart was one of the mo

st interesting to dress. He obviously wore suits daily and my major task was to take him out of his everyday suit and put him in something that not only stands out but rises to the occasion. Starting with a traditional suit we decided to mix things up with a colour clashing shirt and matching block coloured tie. Elevating this we opted for a brown shoe and belt combination and finished off accessorising with a tie-bar and patterned rocket square allowing him to be stylish yet sophisticated. Last on my list was Hawthorn’s favourite son Cyril. After chatting with the widely acclaimed man himself I decided to go a little more edgy and as we worked through shirt and suit combo we started adding some flare. Allowing me to work my wonders we added suspenders to his look giving it a classic feel and for good measure we opted for a lapel pin that matched in colour.

If you’re still yet to see just how each of the looks worked out for the illustriously titled Van Heusen mentors then take a look below at my favourite moments of each of them in their looks. Don’t forget you can now shop the AW18 looks via the Van Heusen website or in-store and keep yourself as stylish as these well accomplished gents.