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.

The Roberto Verino SS16 collection featured some flashy womenswear and subtle menswear

The Roberto Verino SS16 collection featured some flashy womenswear and subtle menswear

Roberto Verino is always one for a class masculine look. Unlike many of the other more daring designers showing their collections on the Madrid runways, you can count on Verino to provide well-tailored, traditional suits, suitable for James Bond or the likes.

The menswear collection for SS16 could be described as dependable. Not entravagant, not particularly creative, but a go-to suit when you really want to dress to impress. They were memorable not because they were exciting, but because they were simply well-constructed. Compared to the flashy womenswear looks, Verino stayed in classic territory with his masculine fashions this season.

Well-appropriated for an SS16 collection, each of the suits was monocromatic and made from soft, light fabrics such as cotten or linen. The pants were a basic cut — not a trendy wide leg or skinny but a simple straight leg pant with shoes matching the color of the suit. Matching scaves gave each look a springish air. The occasional glance at a sailor horizontal stripe made us yearn for those long summer nights.

The wow look of the collection was not particularly scandalous, but anything differening from the suits seemed flashy, and famous Cuban model Juan Betancourt sporting the look made all the more striking — a navy swimsuit. Swimwear being a first for Verino, the one masculine look did not get us too excited, but hopefully we shall see more of the Verino masculine swimwear line in the future.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

The MF Show Madrid: Tenkey collection was inspired by Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. Throughout the collection, we can feel the geometric shapes and more literally, the paint splatters on the garments, which add a unique touch.

The styles are casual yet sharp. BDMOTP especially loved the sleek blazers paired with taut, tailored shorts. The rope belts and paint-splattered impromtu loafers add some fun detailing to the collection. Light stripes and low-key patterns also make brief appearances during the show.

The Tenkey collection is very Spain, in fact, very Madrid, and I think any man, not just a Spanish one, could easily find wearable and chic garments to sport within the line.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

If we had to choose one brand as a representative of the French style in Spain it would undoubtedly be Cremieux. Founded in 1975 by Daniel Cremieux and now directed by his son, Stephane, it presents for the next season SS16 three lines of work which clearly depict the luxury, coloring and sophistication typical of the brand.

Under the name Splash of Colors, the French label introduces a wide range of colors inspired by the safari, abounding kakis, olive green, camouflage, orange, fuchsia and navy. This line also combines with materials that are united by the title Indigo Life with denim and chambray, a type of bleached cotton, as characters that bring us seaside memories.

Last but not least, the knowledge of the fashion capitals par excellence, Paris-New York-Milan, come together to create a bespoke tailoring that reflects the quality and tradition typical of the brand, but introducing some modern patterns like the light jackets with no lining. Shirts are flooded with bright colors, either plain or with prints, and combined with garments in grey or blue.

Hence, it is a very varied collection full of references to the different shores of the Atlantic ocean but with an air that remind us of  Côte d’Azur, offering a casual style but with an elegant twist.

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Post and photos by Paloma Canseco.

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