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.

With an original mix of cultures, which varies from the British style to the Zanzibari, the Spanish designer Lucas Balboa presents a collection full of style and elegance, perfect for dressing the modern gentleman.

The philosophy of the Brand is based in the cultural shock that took place when the British forces took part of the colony of Tanzania, which leads to a combination of classic semi slim fit jacket and vest with Arabian inspired accessories, such as light bishts (men’s cloaks) and white agals (traditional hats).

Apart from the straight cut, the designer has decided to include for the first time in his career masculine shorts and Bloomberg trousers, along with the almost-forgotten summer trench and dust-coat, which combine perfectly for cooler environments.

Colors are based in a spectrum typical from the culture and character of the location, like sand, ocher, earth, cobalt, blue and marsala, believed to be the color of the season. These shades are present in light but smart fabrics, such as cotton, linen, terylene, bird’s eye, silk and mohair.

The final touch is added with the British dandy accessories like scarfs, handkerchiefs, pocket watches and leather backpacks and shoes that come with some 1940’s inspiration.

It is, without any doubt, a collection that would set up a before and after in the career of this promising designer, and certainly one of our favorite for next season.

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Post and photos by Paloma Canseco.

70’s was the name of the game at the MFShow Madrid SOLOLiO catwalk for SS16. There collection, entitled Wallpaper actually resembled that antique wallpaper at your grandma’s house, but in a very cool, thrifty way.

Mixing funky, faded prints alongside printed ties and hats and even paired with what looked like vintage bowling shoes all made for a very disco-looking collection. However, the collection still had a modern feel to it, incorporating shorts, fresh jackets and even some polka dots.

Small neck bandanas, also covered in print, completed the collection, as well the occasional Toms-like shoes. It’s back to the basics for the SOLOLiO man in SS16: flared printed pants, printed ties, shirts and may we add some BeeGee’s tunes in as well?

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

“Definitivamente habra que rendirse a la evidencia que todo el mundo esta loco.”-Sacha Guitry.

Roughly, this translates to “We definitely need to surrender to the fact that the entire world is crazy.” And then MFShow Madrid’s X-Adnan gave showed the world just a little something different today. Crazy, I don’t know, or perhaps something we can turn to put on when we realize the world is in fact, completely crazy.

Coral suits, spirited patterns and long silky robes walked the runway. Garments full of life for a dynamic and dazzling SS16. A eagle screen printed on various garments seemed to be a various theme, and it was a neat added detail for a casual vibe. The pattern trend seems to be in full force here with X-Adnan.

Vertical stripes were an interesting addition we don’t, and a welcome one at that, since men out there who may not boost the perfect figure may find vertical stripes becoming.

BDMOTP favorite: Coral suit

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

It was a delightful day of blue at the Mirto show, kicking off the start of Madrid’s small but impactful fashion week for men, MFShowMen. The SS16 collection, #WELOVEBLUE paid homeage to Mirto’s current obsession with the color blue. All shades and patterns of blue were used along summery fabrics like cotton and linen to create a cool collection for day or night for all summer long.

First off, the suits were dead on, and the sharp tailoring mixed with bold blue shades made them uber-trendy. Light beach and daywear was offered in the form of striped linen tops, crisp white shorts, TOMS-style realxed footwear and even the occasional beach tote. Happening trends like the short suit and mixing patterns will thrown into the collection.

Fun touches like a colorblocked belt in shades of blue or a little shoutout to Spanish running of the bulls holiday San Fermin with a red bandana.

WELOVEBLUE encompassed what any man might need truly for day and not just ending in the night, going through the night with a line of sleepwear. Striped robes, cotton light pajamas and comfy boxer shorts ensured that the Mirto man stays stylish all day long and all night long too!

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

The MBFW Madrid: Jesus Lorenzo collection only showed four menswear looks, but they certainly were “wow” looks. As Lorenzo specializes in fur and leather, the AW15/16 collection entitled “Natural Look” was bound to scream luxury, and that it did.

The history of fur in Spain is a lengthy one. Both the young and old invest in a good fur coat, and these days, fur is trending everywhere, in hats, gloves, scarves, detailing and  more. And of course, leather never goes out of style. No one in Spain worries about animal cruelty or any of those things that those in the United States rave on about and where I’ll back away from any personal fur political commentaries, it’s important to know that wearing fur is simply part of the European culture.

But men? Can men wear fur? Will they look silly, or overdone? According to Jesus Lorenzo’s collection, my firm answer is that men can most definitely wear fur.

Now, Lorenzo gives men some options. If you are feeling confident about your fur, and want to dive right in, or live in say, Siberia (or Chicago) where it’s quite cold, a large and luxurious fur coat or even a fur cape for a dressy evening out would be appropriate. If going head-to-toe in fur is just too nerve racking for you, you can always just add touches. Fur is appearing everywhere these days, on hoods, hats, scarves and even gloves. Jesus Lorenzo showed a plump, soft looking scarf paired with a leather jacket that would be perfect for man to start with fur. It’s just a little Fur 101.

If fur just isn’t your thing, don’t worry, because leather can be considered much more masculine (just think of all those Harley motorcycle dudes that sport leather all the time) and you can again, go all out with say, an orange leather jacket, or just add it touches, like a cool pair of leather driving gloves or leather trim on a wool coat.

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Photos and post by Lori Zaino.

The MBFW Madrid: Ana Locking collection was entitled “Doppleganger.” The word comes from German orgins and is used to describe someone that looks like someone else.  I’ve read more than once that apparently EVERYONE in the world has a look-a-like (doppleganger), but who knows if that’s really the case.

Ana Locking played on the idea that not only does everyone “have” a doppelganger, but that everyone wants to look like someone else and people are just imposters, trying so very hard to be like other people.

The idea of making a collection where people strive to look like others is an interesting one. I mean, they say you are what you wear…so if you dress for the person you want to be, does that mean you really are that person? Deep questions for a Wednesday morning, I know!

The menswear in the show was a perfect combination of wearable and dapper (suits and warm jackets) mixed with a vintage, 70’s carefree trend (this is the man the office guy dreams to be).

The fabrics and colors were juxtaposed (probably to reflect the doppelganger concept) with flashy, fun fabrics faux-fox hair, yak hair, and glossy silks in bold turquoise and mustard with muted wool browns giving off this office-by-day, worldly-gentleman-by-night vibe.

Funky detailed additions like tri-color faux fur mittens, hats and hoods, turquoise man-totes, and sunglasses added that extra bit of sparkle to the collection. Perfect for the man who loves himself but also wants to live vicariously through his doppleganger in another world.

BDMOTP favorite: oxblood suit

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

 

The MBFW Madrid: Ion Fitz collection  Apres Ski had a major geometric theme. Pops of evergreen and pastel pink dotted the garmets and many a luxury fabric prevailed, such as fur, cashmere, wool, silk and even mohair.

The collection did have a significant winter weather theme. Balls of yarn and fabric were sewn onto many of the clothes as if to represent a winter wonderland of snow.

The name Apres Ski leads us the belive the collection will be sporty, but really elegance was the name of the game here. Evening wear and professional looks prevailed, however the looks were autumn and winter appropriate, and touches of fur were beautifully placed (*see above snowflake reference). Again, we see the appearance of the man-skirt, which we’ve come across quite a bit this season, most recently in Madrid at the davidelfin and Francis Montesinos runway shows. Touches of tweed also “winterize” the collection.

Fitz describes the collection as being for an ” urban dandy” type, which I feel is definitely the vibe that comes accross. The men wearing Fitz are classic with a trendy twist, and always want to be kept warm during the cold winter. However, one need not be a skier to wear Fitz. One must just need to be sophisticated.

BDMOTP favorite: silk evergreen suit

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

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