Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid kicked off their AW16/17 season with eclectic Spanish fashion designer Davidelfin and his collection Mentiras (Liars). The collection is based on the concept that as we are the people who invent reality, we invent the lies…so are they reality? A bit deep for fashion, but certainly an interesting thought.

The main focal point of the collection was scarves. And not capes or blanket scarves which have frequented the AW16/17 runways in London, Milan, Paris and NY, but the oh-so-famous soccer scarves that die-hard fans rock when heading over to enjoy a partido de fútbol. An interesting choice for a fashion designer, because many might argue these types of scarves are simply not fashionable in the least, but as Delfin literally incorporated them into the looks as part of the clothing in several instances as opposed to the scarf being ¨just an accessory,¨it somehow really works. The scarves formed part of the lapels of suits, even bra crop tops for the women. And of course, they were used as accessories in several other looks.

Besides the sporty theme, the collection also had its fair share of glitter, sparkling shoes and of course, as Delfin always incorporates a backpack, and there were several of those glittering in the bright lights. The collection featured short. cropped pants and a few jumpsuits and a modern take on sweatsuits kept right along with the sporty vibe, juxtaposed with the glitter and glam of the accessories. This season, Delfin did not play with volume, and most of his looks were slim and tailored.

All in all, a different type of collection from Delfin this season…so, I suppose the only thing left to do at this point is say, ¨Play ball!¨ (As in soccer, of course, not baseball).

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

Lucas Balboa at MFShow Madrid blew us all away. Starting off the show with British bells chiming, visions of London fog dancing in our heads, the first pre-war pageboy look walked the runway and immediately turned heads. The Balboa collection is for the most gentlemanly of all gentleman.

Going for vintage look looks can tough, but Balboa pulled it off with grace. Capes, hats, blanket-shawls…all of these dapper Savile Row-inspired fashions were decidely on point, and amazingly enough, came from a Canary Islands-based designer, a solid five-hour flight from London. Whereas the inspiration lay in the past, the looks were still modern, as sassy models strutted the runway with funky jewelry (from innovative designer Jesus de Miguel) and deep stares.

Oversize bowties and glasses accessorized the collection, and hats in every shape, color and form were spotted as well. Three-piece suits, tweed, herringbone and modern printed shiny blazers wowed the crowds. Rich oxbloods and warm browns made us crave autumn 2016 already…”is it here yet?” Refined and classic, get your hands on a Balboa piece somehow, someway.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

Fox Haus at MFShow Madrid was light and airy, and actually gave us more of a spring feel rather than autumn. However, pajamas are needed in every season, and these comfortable, relaxed designs would are a great way for gentleman to be fashionable while they lounge about the house or sleep.

Linen button-ups were paired with boxer shorts for an interesting combo. Robes and floaty pajama pants with ties walked the runway, and we saw various kitschy prints as well. Grey seems to be the color of choice for sleepwear this fall, and it works in the form of robes, boxer shorts, relaxed fit pajama pants and comfy shirts. The concept of layering a robe over a button up, collared shirt seems to be a new one in the world of sleepwear, and I suppose we’ll soon see if this style becomes the norm. It seems like as of late the lines between activewear, sleepwear and daywear have blended, and one may predict we’ll soon be seeing more of this for men. In any case, pick up some sleepwear from Fox Haus this fall.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

Thinking MU at MFShow Madrid started off with an interesting concept: men actually getting dressed on the runway. Various shirts, scarves and bags were tossed about the runway and the models picked up shirts as the strutted down the catwalk and put them on. The concept was legit: real men, wearing real clothes. Obviously the line is focused on casual separates and boxers, clothes you’d where around the house or on the weekends.

However, thanks to Thinking Mu, men can still look stylish while relaxing. Comfortable cotton boxer shorts paired with loose button ups or fun t-shirts or sweatshirts with funky words and sayings give the line a playful and happy vibe. Plus, all the cotton used in the designs is organic–and even the tags are made from specialty recycled paper, so you can feel comfy, look great and save the planet in just one go.

BDMOTP favorite: green sweatshirt with the word VOYEUR spelled across the front

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

BDMOTP is currently hanging between NYFW Men, Copenhagen Fashion Week and MFShow Men, a hefty commitment but thanks to our worldly presence, we’ve been able to make it to all three fabulous fashion events. Here in Madrid, temps are mild but fashion is at all time high, and Madrid is not far behind the times when it comes to the hottest looks for AW16/17.

Garcia Madrid was a vibrant surprise for BDMOTP. Featuring a number of dapper suits and overcoats, there will be a world of color available for gentlemen this fall at Garcia. The show started off with some beige tones plus some beautiful fall shades like oxblood and evergreen, later incorporating shades of blue and purple. Suits walked the runway, each with some funky lines and styling to create that added bit of detailing. Why not make it an interesting fall after all? A little craziness was thrown in with some sequined and gold embellished blazers, even chains hanging from the sleeves for the final look closing the show.

Garcia, following the likes of DSquared and many other well-known fashion brands has dived into adding bling to their more subtle suits and blazers, and well, we love it. BDMOTP can’t wait to see what else Garcia brings for the coming seasons!

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Post and photos by Lori Zaino.

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The Exteberria SS16 collection was delightfully airy and springish. For a designer who almost always uses black and leather, this was an exciting and fresh style set that BDMOTP loved. Seersucker and linen were primary fabrics used, and baggy suits, nightshirts and other draped looks ruled the runways.

Volume was a trend that was also played with. Three shirtless models of three different skin shades (a statement that did not go unnoticed and was well-needed after many shows with all caucasian models) walked the runway with a bubbly shorts fabric that seemed to also have an air of neoprin in it, voluminous and baggy. The geometric patterns and stripes that appeared in the other catwalks of course were represented lightly in the Exteberria line.

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Many shades of blue, grey and beige were used in the collection, which again were a fresh breath of air from what Exteberria usually interprets into black, brown or navy. Stripes and layers kept things warm in a cool spring. Both women and men walked the runway, but the menswear is where to true talent of Exteberria lays, which is great news for BDMOTP.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

The Davidelfin SS16 collection PSOAS was named as such when the designer injured himself doing exercise. The Psoas is a muscle that runs from the lumbar spine through to the hip flexers, and the injury made Delfin think about what exercise really means. Effort and perserverance were two of the symbols that came to mind.

So what does all this mean in the form of menswear walking the runway? Sporty, strong looks with vibrant, bold colors and style statements. As usual, we see some funky backpacks from Delfin, as well as the shorts suit. Stripes and colorblocking in sharp primary colors dominated the collection. Each menswear look was paired with sassy gym shoes, in fact, Davidelfin paired with Nike to create a specific collection. This is the second time here at MBFW Madrid geometric prints have made an appearance, as Devota y Lomba was also inspired by the the squarish designs.

An interesting feature on several of the looks was a sort of chest strap, reminiscent of a superhero, making the models seem quite invincible. Belts were also used in several of the looks, belting shirts, suits and pretty much anything else. As usual, Delfin showed an original, entertaining collection.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

The SS16 Devota y Lomba collection had just four pieces of menswear, and they were all pretty fantastic. With a clear and literal geometric theme, the collection was focused on some very simple but detailed trends, like colorblock and stripes. Where this might seem boring, it was actually incredibly well-done and very, very sharp. Colors like a warm brown mixed with white, red and baby blue made the looks stand out, but they also weren’t overpowering or over the top. One of the looks featured a tailored vest paired with shorts and it was  a beautiful, elegant look, probably the fan favorite for us here at BDMOTP.

The wearability of the looks was high. While they weren’t basic by any means, they weren’t extravagant, making them appropriate for a man of any age to sport for a weekend occasion or even a casual Friday.

Besides the four menswear looks, the designer himself also sported one of his original menswear designs, and looked good doing it. This is one of the first times the designer delved into menswear and we sincerely hope he continues to do it.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

The Ana Locking SS16 collection entitled Foreva was inspired by living each and every day, because life does not last, well, foreva.

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The garments were bold and memorable, in fact, colors such as chalk white and neon orange appeared in many of the looks. A man could live a full week in this collection: there were day looks, night looks, formal looks, and casual looks. Suits with a slightly shorter pant appeared on the runway, and the most valiant of which was a neon orange suit. Only the most confident man could sport neon head-to-toe.

And that is precisely who this collection was made for: an outgoing man, full of confience and swagger, ready to take on the world sporting neon orange! Or sequined pants. Or white lace, a pinkish onesie or white overalls. Again, Foreva was created only for the most courageous John.

BDMOTP favorite: The slightly more subtle mint-green pants with utility vest. Paired with sassy shoes and trendy sunglasses, this look is dapper without seeming over-the-top.

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Post and photos by Lori Zaino.

As usual, Francis Montesinos showed an eclectic collection A Flor De Piel (which is a Spanish saying meaning Sensitivity) of both menswear and womenswear, blending a combined inspiration of both flamenco and Asian flavors for his SS16 looks. The event started with flamenco singer and dancer, shouting and stomping out traditional Spanish rhythms. The music slowly twanged into some traditional Mandarin violin sounds, but the flamenco singer continued to clap along to the beat, creating a strange sort of fusion between the two. The fashions also were a fusion of the two unique cultures.

The first looks very very Boho chic, with models even carrying guitars strapped onto their backs (for flamenco strumming, perhaps?). Later on, we see the Asian vibe appear with some kimono looks and then polka dots inspired by the flamenco side of the collection. Then suprise, the wedding looks came out, and the men sported white lace right along with the ladies. Of course, the man-skirt, a favorite of Montesinos was repeatedly sported throughout the collection as well as a sort of male nightdress and a man onesie, which BDMOTP actually rather liked. All and all, a lot of interesting looks from Montesinos this season. Will men wear them? Who know? But at least they were creative and purposeful.

An exciting part of the collection was that Gene Simmons, beloved singer in KISS, is partnering with Montesinos, and his face was embossed on a T-shirt within the collection. Apparently, Simmons will be opening over 900 spots where you can purchase the famed Simmons shirts. So keep your eyes peeled for spots in the US so you can be first in line for your Gene Simmons tee!

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

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