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Designer, PR master and delivery man

Oscar Calvo

Oscar Calvo: designer, PR master and delivery man

Oscar Cavlo wears many hats. Not only is he one of Australia’s most celebrated designers, he is the sole operative of his own PR/event management machine, and the last I heard from him, he was delivering 100 bottles of sparkling wine to his Melbourne Spring Fashion Week event – so we can add delivery man to his long list of talents.

Having had the pleasure of chatting with Oscar, he told me the story of his early years growing up in the working class Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows, his natural aptitude for creative arts and the inspirations and experiences that influenced his evolution into the accomplished designer he is today. I was also given an exclusive peek behind the drape that is ‘Oscar Calvo: the enterprise’ to see ‘Oscar Calvo: the 80’s pop culture fanatic, Madonna memorabilia collector, qualified massage therapist (who knew?) and genuine down-to-earth guy’.

Oscar’s creative credentials were first noted at Erinbank Secondary College, where he was awarded the Dux of Art honour for excelling in art and graphics. The encouragement of a teacher to pursue fashion, textile fabrication and his love of Eighties pop culture, music videos from Madonna and Culture Club were the impetus for what was to become an ambitious force.

During and after his tertiary studies, Oscar spent a good chunk of is life working in retail management, gaining experience in visual merchandising, leading teams and a robust comprehension of consumer needs and behaviours. Graphic-adorned hoodies and t-shirts were his first release, reconnecting to his fine art and graphic roots.

Working for Barbara Wilson is where the love affair with luxury fabric combinations and constructions took flight. He released his men’s clothing label ‘Oscar Calvo’ in 2004 and, thanks to a knack for marketing, advertising and pitching to magazines for editorial opportunities, he found himself being featured regularly in newspapers, fashion magazines and blogs. “I’m so lucky to be doing what I love. Creating works of art either in clothing, events or runway shows is a constant highlight,” says Oscar.

The following year at age 26, he was chosen as a finalist in the National Mercedes-Benz Start Up Program and won the 2005 Designer Award at Fed Square. The incredible feeling of his first accomplishment as a Fashion Designer, being recognised on a national level for his hard work and having his first insight into the real world of fashion fueled his ambitious appetite.

Oscar opened his first shop in 2007 with private trunk shows for his eponymous label. His innate ability to execute successful PR campaigns and events led to him launching his own PR and event management company, OC Communications & Events, in 2009. “Having the label and fostering my relationships with media has helped. I have made many mistakes in this field as well, which has made me learn quickly,” Oscar admits.

Oscar has recently celebrated 10 years in the industry. He summarises his style over the past decade as ‘everyday life in Melbourne’. To him this means his collection has many shades to it: it is fun, glam, sophisticated and dark. He’s been inspired by Eighties New Wave California beach culture, New York’s emerging hip-hop scene and his Spanish culture, including Flamenco music, dance and bullfights. “I drew inspiration from these scenes because I’m a huge fan of them. I wanted to join beach and hip-hop culture together and create a glam, chic and sporty collection,” says Oscar.

To coincide with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, OC Communications and Events is hosting Fashion Connect MSFW at Melbourne’s Spice Market on 4 September from 6.30pm, an event that’s best described as “an exciting mix of fashion, circus and live pop entertainment”. As colourful as the man himself.

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Oscar Calvo Menswear

Oscar Calvo Menswear Fashion Connect VAMFF 2014

Designer: Oscar Calvo
Millinery by ANISS
Hair by L’Oréal Professionnel
Make up by Ellie Makeup
Models: Giant Management & Scene Model Management
Photography by Matt Hill & Eric Piris

Oscar Calvo celebrates 10 years of fashion

Oscar Calvo

Fashion designer Oscar Calvo celebrates 10 years of fashion with an anniversary collection at the premier fashion event, “Fashion Connect”. The label’s best collection yet!

To celebrate, Oscar Calvo has created the ultimate collection with some revamped customer favourites and signature looks, as well as an entire new range.

Oscar Calvo has become a frontrunner in the fashion industry in the last decade, receiving multiple prestigious awards including, winner of the Myer Fashions on the Field Design Award 2013, the top prize in the fashion category at the Melbourne Design Awards 2010, Victorian finalist at the Mercedes-Benz Start Up Program 2005, and designer of the year at the Fed Square End of Year Designer Showcase 2005.

Summing up the label’s ten years in the fashion business, the collection is in your face, glam, sophisticated, and neither masculine nor feminine.  His designs directly reflect and contradict his main source of inspiration – everyday life in metropolitan Melbourne.

With colour and fabric combinations previously unseen, Calvo’s range can best be described as a mix of combinations that merge intentionally to excite. Oscar Calvo’s design philosophy emphasizes customized, comfortable and precise fit combining luxurious premium fabrics and detailed construction across all offerings.

The range is based on a palette of purple, green, black, charcoal and metallic. As with past collections, Calvo re-invents the contemporary genre and injects the menswear fashion scene with its unique brand of modern, sexy, edgy yet upscale and wearable offerings. The collection for this season continues its tradition of excellence in quality and construction, favoring a range of luxe fabrications including: embossed snakeskin, mesh, stretch leather, silk satin, georgette and organza textures, wool, sequins, embroiderey and neoprene.

Calvo’s key looks on offer this season are his fitted gathered silk organza shirts with small collars, knockout bold diagonal striped mesh tops, a chic cropped hooded cape with straps and buckles, a stunning sequin zip up vest with embroiderey detail and a leather hood, a magical tie up pleated vest with a sequin collar and matching back panels. Three killer pant offerings from this range are the pleated dropped-crotch pant, the pleated pant with covered buttons running down the outside of each leg, and the hipster jogger. A must have fitted metallic floral blazer with a small collar and slim lapel, a fabulous trench coat with bold silver metallic buttons, buckles and straps on the sleeves and finished with metallic acid purple lining.

This is your chance to get your paws on your own piece of fashion history. The latest offerings from menswear designer Oscar Calvo are incredible, so prepare to be blown away! You can view his exclusive collection at this seasons premier fashion event, “Fashion Connect”.

The highly-anticipated event takes place at the lavish Spice Market located in the heart of Melbourne, on Wednesday, March 26th from 7:00 p.m. till late. Fashion Connect is taking the bar & cocktail experience to a new level, Fashion Connect welcomes VIP packages for Shanghai Lounges and Persian Rooms, the ultimate luxury experience. With limited Premium Lounge options available for reservations, accommodating from 6 to 10 guests. All of the Premium Lounges are beautifully furnished, appointed and hosted by your own Personal Attendant.

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Melbourne’s hottest dance troupe by PSA
Designer Showcase VAMFF: Craig Braybrook, Divya R, Et Al, Matcho Suba, Oscar Calvo, TSEN and top Melbourne retailer Hawkeye Vintage.


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At the cutting edge

Oscar Calvo - At the cutting edge

At the cutting edge
By Celia Purdey

The standard of competition was high in the 2013 Myer Fashions on the Field Design and Millinery Awards, but the talents of designer Oscar Calvo and milliner Aniseh Fakhri won the day.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is world renowned for the incredible fashion on display, as the boldest, brightest and most stylish of designs turn the whole of Flemington into a catwalk. It also showcases some of the best design talent in Australia, evident in the Myer Fashions on the Field Design Award and Millinery Award. These coveted awards, offered by invitation to professional designers and milliners, also recognise the contribution designers and milliners have made to fashion at Flemington.

Impressing an esteemed judging panel, including international supermodel Coco Rocha and burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese, Victorian Oscar Calvo’s striking ensemble took the top honours in the Design Award on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day. Crafted of neoprene – a material usually associated with wetsuits – with laser cut-out detail in the skirt, the outfit balanced the elegant and classic with modernity.

Traditionally a menswear designer, Calvo decided to experiment with women’s fashion, with beautiful results. “I’ve been designing menswear since 2005, so I decided to enter Myer Fashions on the Field for a creative challenge,” he said. “I’d like to eventually debut a womenswear line so this process and, of course, winning helps with that.”

If his winning outfit is anything to go by, his womenswear line would be an exciting prospect. With his menswear emphasising an “edgy, carefree and luxurious” style, much of it made to measure, we can only imagine a line for women would be all of these things and more.

The simplicity of the outfit was inspired by wetsuit fabric and his which he conceived in just one day. “I thought about making the outfit in leather but decided it wasn’t compatible with the season. I was also going to originally add a peplum at the waist and laser-cut detail around the collar but in the end decided to keep it sleek and simple.”

The elegant silhouette, with cap sleeves and black panelling, makes the dress perfect for racewear, while the standout emerald green colour, laser-cut detail and sporty exposed zip at the back – a nod to wetsuit design – give it an edgy and contemporary feel. With gold and black accessories to match the belt, no detail was overlooked. Calvo even removed jewellery from the model just before she headed onto the catwalk, fearing it would detract from the outfit’s simplicity and subtlety.

A hat by Kerrie Stanley completed the look, with Calvo thrilled with its sculptural details. “The embossed gold and black leather added texture and complemented the sportiness of the neoprene,” he said. “Kerrie cut patterns in it to echo the laser cuts in the dress, and I loved how it looked from every angle.”

Calvo has many talents – as well as being a fashion designer, he has his own PR and events company and is also studying massage – but his artistic flair, as evident in his winning design, has us hoping to see even more of him trackside.

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Winner of the Myer Fashions on the Field Design Award 2013

Oscar Calvo Winner of the Myer Fashions on the Field Design Award 2013

Oscar Calvo winner of the Myer Fashions on the Field Design Award 2013

Designer: Oscar Calvo
Millinery by Kerrie Leet Stanley
Make up and Hair by Saphire Gaskas
Model: Katherine Grandja from Giant Management
Photography by Steb Fisher & Hector Calara
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Oscar Calvo

Vatra Magazine ISSUE 3 ‘Autumn’
Riviera Dress – Oscar Calvo
STYLIST: Maurizio Laino 
MAKE UP & HAIR: Shannon McGlinchey
Model: Jena @ Giant 


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Karamel Magazine Issue 12
Oscar Calvo menswear
Photographer: Roxanne Hartridge
Beauty Editor: Bernice Mansfield
Model: Niall Collins @ Giant
Stylist: Carlos Mangubat
Graphic Designer: Sean Maney


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Photography by RENA HARVEY
Photographers assistant PETER SOULIS


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Photography by Rena Harvey
Styling by Maurizio Laino
Hair and Make-up by Alexandria Welsh
Models: Monika Clarke, Vivian Chang, MagnusRosen & Joey Armstrong
Assistant Photographers Peter Soulis and Nick Walters

Out of Time

Fashion Journal, Out of Time, August 2011
Oscar Calvo Menswear
Photographer Woodrow Wilson
Stylist Jam Baylon
Grooming Maria Gullace
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