Duarte is a relatively new brand, founded in 2015 by designer Carlos Duarte. The AW18-19 collection was inspired by artist Francis Bacon. The idea was to take each garment and create it in an abstract and colorful way, taking inspiration from the famous painter. In the past, the designer  has focused just on men, but this season, womenswear was also part of the collection.

BDMOTP was initially pleased with the layering of the collection: stripes mixed with plaids layered over one another. We also loved the intentional clashing of fabrics, a leather shirt tucked into cotton trousers, for example, added real depth to the line. The third collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid to feature a bold orange coat, although this particular one was more tailored than the other long trenches we saw. Don’t worry though, if you’re a fan of the oversize trench, because Duarte featured those too. Outerwear also came in the form of shorter, boxier jackets with large, square pockets, rather unlike anything we saw on the Madrid runways.

We still see some of the popular “of the moment” trends, like the turtleneck and some colorblocking elements. BDMOTP also liked the colors of the collection, which included wool coats in deep brown and army green as well as black, grey, khaki and orange, providing gentleman with all the basics and more when it comes to color choice. We look forward to seeing Duarte evolve and grow in seasons to come on the Madrid runways.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from IFEMA/Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid.

Roberto is one of the first designers in Madrid to switch to a see now, buy now model, along with two other designers, Maria Escote and Olivia. A new concept on the Madrid runways, this  particular model refers to the fact that what you see on the runways can now be bought now, meaning Verino was showing spring collections in a sea of fall and winter ones.

Whether the concept works is still to be determined, but we certaintly liked what we saw on the runways, creating visions of a coming spring through the chilly temps, snow and cold of January and February.

Verino’s collection was mainly womenswear, but the menswear was business as usual: suits. With pastel colors and a solid khaki/beige base, the looks are preppy and stylish, perfect for a spring spent in lounging in Canne, yachting on the Costa Esmeralda or strolling the docks of Boston.

We loved the occasional pops of color, and it’s not the first time we’ve seen a fabulous orange trench on the Madrid runways. Vertical stripes came with a pop of baby blue and green color, and a shiny black suit was appropriate for evening wear. Men too, just like women, have been long awaiting vertical stripes to make a comeback, because not all of us are tall and slim with perfect figures. A slimming vertical stripe could do many of us well — and much better than a horizontal one. Linen and denim were among the more casual fabrics, meaning you could stroll out on a Saturday afternoon to the park and not look too overdressed.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from IFEMA/Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid.

GARCIA MADRID has graduated to the catwalks of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, currently the only brand to show a mens-only collection for AW18-19. BDMOTP couldn’t be happier, as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has been dominated by womenswear for many, many seasons, possibly since the very beginning of its time, and only just have the catwalks finally realized that yes, men also need to get dressed every day too. So thank you GARCIA MADRID for not only creating your fashions just for men, but for also walking them down the AW18-19 catwalks in Madrid for all to enjoy and admire.

And enjoy and admire we did. Bright colors and dapper, yet wearable fashions walked the runways. Pops of bright orange, bold purple and brilliant gold are a staple in the collection and we see trends of all kinds, like floral patterned blazers, long trenches, plaid, layers and turtlenecks. Preppy shawls and scarves were layered over suits and blazers for an extra added touch of prep — which is ever trendy in the fashion-conservative city of Madrid.

We were pleased to see the beginnings of more model diversity on the catwalk — in previous seasons, Madrid has struggled with this point, but is slowly beginning to include a more diverse selection of models. BDMOTP’s favorite piece was an orange floor-length trench — after all — we are obsessed with outerwear. This warm and vibrant pop of color seemed to unfreeze the ice, snow and the cold of winter and bring in the warmth of roasting chestnuts and cinnamon tea.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from IFEMA.

Custo BCN’s SS18 collection, which indeed was not shown on the catwalks of BCN 080 Fashion Week, but instead first debuted at New York Fashion Week and a few days later at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid made a colorful splash, as usual. The collection, entitled Call Me Tomorrow, had its roots in athleisure mixed with a little hip hop and street wear. There were less male looks than female, but that’s on par with what most designers who design both menswear and womenswear do.

The male looks were just as bright and bold as the female looks, using almost every color under the sun with a focus on blues, greens and red/orange. Baggy and casual seemed to be the name of the game, and it’s not surprising that comfortable athleisure is taking over the menswear runways as well as the womenswear ones. Who doesn’t want to roam around in baggy, relaxed gear while still looking stylish?

We can always count on Custo BCN to stay true to their colorful and playful style, and SS18 was no different. The menswear also featured some brocade and jacquard style looks, keeping with Custo’s usual patterns. Striped zip-up cardigans also seemed to be a popular trend too.

Combined all together, Custo BCN’s designs may seem a bit much for the average man, especially one who typically wears all black, for example. But pairing a solid piece for the Custo collection with a tamer set of trousers and footwear could be the perfect combination, adding just the right amount of punch to an otherwise tamer outfit without going overboard. BDMOTP will likely hop onboard with one of those snazzy zip-up cardigans. What will you be digging into this season from Custo BCN?

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from IFEMA.

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A first in the line of many (we hope) Garcia showed an elegant line of mainly suits for men at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid,. Though the brand dates back to 2006, this is the first time we’ve had the pleasure of seeing their collection walk the illusive runways alongside Madrid’s most designated designers. With stores in Madrid, Barcelona and Chile, it seems like the brand is well on their way to success.

For SS18, the brand had a very literal translation. The colors were a more traditional navy and and khaki, but with fun spring touches like a polka dot pattern and pale pink. We also saw a nice army green carrying over from fall into spring. The looks, some which were more formal than others, were made to seem slightly more casual with the addition of flip flops paired with several of the suits. If you aren’t in the mood for a gym shoe, which is the trend that seems to have been paired with suits for the last few seasons, now you can simply throw on a pair of beachy flip flops — if the occasion for a suit with sandals suggests itself, of course.

There were a few more urban additions, such as some pants tapered with an elastic drawstring at the ankle, blazers paired with tailored shorts and an interesting cropped jacket over a shirt, tie and polka dotted pants. Any of us here at BDMOTP would happily sport one of these suits, or even perhaps a polka dot addition to spice things up a bit. We look forward to see what Garcia will bring to the Madrid runways in coming seasons.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from IFEMA.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid is once again upon us and there were only two designers showing menswear as part of their SS18 collections. As usual, Ana Locking was one of them, and we at BDMOTP were curious to see what this season would bring, since last season’s collection had a very strong Black Panthers political message.

This season’s “Preachers and Believers” collection had a mix of elegant suits that were lightly touched by an American Wild West cowboy theme, an inspiration that locking has used in past collections, too. Inspired wholly by what’s happening in the Americas, Ana Locking’s designs consisted of silk suits and colorful blazers layered over bold tee-shirts paired with cowboy hats and loafers.

The “preacher” inspiration can be seen in the form of the navy floor length trench coat, which light resembles a priest’s famed traditional outfit, but the “believers” is slightly more difficult to differentiate. Believe in what, exactly? Well, we at BDMOTP believe in fashion and we loved the bright colors Locking used in her collection, especially the splatters of yellow and the shiny new fabrics. Blazers paired with shorts and cropped trousers were layered in all sorts of  patterns and shades of pinks, turquoise and green, and there’s no doubt in our minds that this collection was definitely created with spring and summer in mind.

In any case, if you aren’t on board with the colors, perhaps you can simply pick up a cowboy hat and pair it with your outfit — PREACH!

Words by Lori Zaino and photos from IFEMA.

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If you’re hoping to see selections from almost thirty years of fashionable undergarments designed by Manuel Gotor for men in the form of artistic and eye-catching photographs, you can’t miss the exhibit ‘La Otra Piel,’ meaning ‘The Other Skin’ now showing at the Axel Hotel in Madrid.

Photo by E.Moreno Esquibel.

Photo by E.Moreno Esquibel.

Spanish designer Manuel De Gotor has been creating undergarments and swimwear for men since 1989. Starting off by showing his collections on the Spanish runways, De Gotor then had a brief period of made-to-measure, handcrafting only the most original and one-of-a-kind garments: underwear and sleepwear for his most loyal customers.  In 2009 he started his Ready-To-Wear collections once again, insuring that Spanish, European and men all over the world look good underneath their fancy suits and casual activewear. It’s exciting to see a designer paying so much attention to what is so often ignored when it comes to men: quality undergarments.

The designer himself.

The designer himself.

Gotor’s designs have encompassed a variety of styles over the years which you can see in the photographs. From colorful and bold swimwear to sleek and wearable briefs to silk, sultry robes, there’s something special for every man in Gotor’s collections in the past, present and surely the future. The photos show the versatility and luxury of the collection, as well as Gotor’s eye for fit and trend.

Image from Manuel de Gotor from the Summer 2014 collection.

Photo from Manuel de Gotor from the Summer 2014 collection.

 

You can check out the exhibit through October 15, 2017 in the lobby of the Axel Hotel in Madrid, Spain (Calle Atocha, 49) after successful stints in both Barcelona and Bilbao. If you won’t find yourself in Madrid anytime soon, then you can check out the below photos, which embody the spirit of Manuel de Gotor’s many different designs.

From the Ansia collection. Photo by Javier Carrion.

From the Ansia collection. Photo by Javier Carrion.

A piece from the Ice Summer 2013 collection. Photo by Errejota Kreatif.

A piece from the Ice Summer 2013 collection. Photo by Errejota Kreatif.

Photo by Enrique Toribio.

Photo by Enrique Toribio.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos as specified in caption.

Juanjo Oliva launched his very first ever menswear line for AW17/18 at MBFW Madrid. The collection, which was varied and ample, showed an eclectic mix of casual sportwear, leisurewear outerwear and suits.

Outerwear came in the form of long trenches and even cape-style coats for men, piggybacking on the cape-trend for women that seems to be back season after season. An interesting windbreaker rain poncho cape was something we haven’t seen before, and there was also a very 80s-style boxy cropped jacket paired with matching pants. Perhaps a modern day take on the suit? A mid-length leather orange coat with a scrunch waist was also something new and bright for fall.

Cropped pants, hoodies and bomber jackets walked the runways and we loved the pops of gold Oliva set throughout the show, especially the gold suit and trench.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Ugo Camera IFEMA.

Custo BCN is known for wacky patterns, bright colors and patchwork designs. The AW17/18 collection was no different. Menswear looks were shiny and bold, with metallics being the main focus on the line. Shimmery pants paired with shimmery coats covered with glittery furs were looks that both men and women sported.

All combined, these looks may be a bit much for the average gentleman, the trick with Custo is to take key pieces and combine them with basics. For example, this gold coat would be a great look layered over an all-black outfit.

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Or this white could work nicely over any outfit really. The purple glittery bomber jacket could be paired with dark denim or some Y-3 track pants for a casual look.

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With Custo, it’s all about finding those key pieces to make a look fit together perfectly.

Words by Lori Zaino and photos by Ugo Camera IFEMA.

A tribute to the Black Panthers and Martin Luther King, the Ana Locking AW17/18 collection The Dreamers proved to be a powerful political statement as well as a fashion-forward one. With all models (both male and female) sporting the original black panther-style beret hats, the collection was strong and confident.

While BDMOTP doesn’t normally love men in big furs and leopard print, something about this line just…worked. Any man would adore those drawstring, comfortable pants or the one of the oversized blazers layered over a turtleneck on a chilly winter day. The patterned bomber jackets and printed suit, while slightly outlandish, could be fun for a real statement piece or outfit. And of course, the berets or Dreamer t-shirts could easily be combined with a number of pieces.

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Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Ugo Camera IFEMA.

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