At first, it seems I’m strolling along the Yale or Princeton campus, sweater casually strung around my shoulders, waiting for fall’s first snowfall, soundtracks from David Bowie whispering in my head as I amble to class.

But  no, I’m actually just sitting a the Teatro Circo, a theatre in Madrid, watching the MF Show Madrid: McGregor collection walk by me on the runway. Or are they walking to lacrosse or rugby practice?

As dapper models strut along, I’m brought back to my college years, with that quintessential East Coast prep vibe, featuring stripes and plaids, puffy winter coats, snow boots, even a letterman jacket. Snaps red pop the collection, and navy as well, keeping with that Ivy League vibe. Cuffed pants, casual sneakers and beanie ski hats all contribute to youthful flashbacks of “the good ‘ol days.”

Slowly the collection morphs from more casual sportswear campus “bro” designs into sophisticated “my first job in New York City” wear. Button up cardigans, bowties and suits with long over coats are all reminiscent to a dandy London socialites or business man executives, with just an edge of elegance and prep.

If only the average male walking the streets of Madrid could look this sharp, if only. I truly don’t see why they can’t, especially with the onset of snowy, winter weather–perhaps some of those duck boots will come in handy soon.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

“El viejo mundo se muere. El nuevo tarda an aparecer. Y en ese claroscuro surgen los monstruos.”- Antonio Gramsci

“The old world dies. The new one takes time in appearing. During this gray area, the monsters come.” This quote brings forth the David Delfin’s SS 2015 collection for MBFW Madrid called “El Tiempo de los Monstruos”–Time of the Monsters.

The collection started off with sharp, geometric angles and crisply tailored pale blue suits, white shirts and boxy black shorts for men. Delfin created an interesting take on the backpack, a triangular shape with thin straps, a side pocket and a red, bold triange shape on the back. A definite standout piece, one can be worn in the back as a traditional “backpack” and also worn in the front–a new look, “the frontpack”.

Each of the looks was paired with polka dot Dr. Marten shoes, adding to effervescent quirkiness of Delfin’s design aesthetic. The models having their ears painted blue gave off that ‘monster’ vibe.

The show closed out with some fabulous bold emerald green sparkly looks, which would be a bold look for a confident man hoping to stand out in a crowd.

Front row celebrities include Alaska, Carmen Lomana and socialite Belen Esteban.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

Summer has hit us head on, and it’s time to soak it all in. I find that there is very little available on the market for in footwear for men that isn’t a super casual sneaker, a boat shoe moccasin, or a dressy lace up shoe or loafer. Enter ACT Footwear.

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ACT footwear is changing all that. The brand is giving men a new option–a summery, unconcerned shoe, appropriate for the city but reminiscent of a summery, spontaneous beach holiday.

The brand originated in Mallorca, Spain, the native land of designer Isabel Rotger. In fact, the idea to create the brand was just an impulsive, spur of the moment idea she came up with while working in Berlin.

Rotger explains that “In Mallorca, the espadrille is a traditional item that marks the start of summer. We thought it would be fun to create a new look, to revamp the classic espadrille with modern details, convenient for a city dweller.” She now operates the brand out of Berlin, Germany, bringing the classic espadrille look to an urban man (and an urban woman, as she also designs female footwear).

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Although the original espadrille is beach-appropriate, ACT shoes aren’t necessarily meant for beach wear. The brand combines the traditional espadrille material with high-grade suede and leather, so the shoes are better used in a less rural (or sandy) setting. A casual brunch or a walk in the park would be where you would sport these kicks.

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For all of you men out there that want a touch of beach holiday to incorporate into your daily summer city look, try a pair of ACT shoes.

Posted by Lori Zaino and images from ACT Footwear.

For the SS15 MFShow Men, Lander Urquijo went the formal route. As we’ve seen a lot of summer, casual designs from most of the other MFShow designers, Urquijo’s elegant garments were the perfect way to end out the the shows in a classy way.

Suits were the name of the game and Urquijo pushed the limits. Most of the suits were patterned (several striped looks) or exotically colored, fit for summer. However, the looks still maintained an air of Savile Row, expertly tailored and designed for a perfect fit and outstanding elegance.

Cuts and lengths were played with, making for an interesting looks. Summer scarves, bare feet and cuffed pants took some of the looks to a more casual level, whereas others amped up the formal with bowties and hats.

Some of the models in the bold, bright suits even sported surfboards. Despite the elegance, let’s not forget it’s still summer people!

Straw hats and cigars gave the collection a Havana vibe, and softened the looks, making them more approachable. This was a gorgeous collection, created for a true gentleman.

BDMOTP favorites: the striped suits

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

 

 

Mirto is always a crowd favorite. This season the collection was split into various parts: summer relaxed (aka weekend wear), summer office and homewear (aka pajamas or lounge wear).

The summer relaxed section offered bold and casual looks like shorts and tees, mixing plaid, stripes and florals in many of the looks. Most of the fabrics were soft and light, usually cotton and linen.

The summer office wear obviously more formal, and giving the typical suit look a bit of a summer edge by using bright colors and again mixing and adding pattern.

The home collection was luxurious and comfy, using silk and cotton fabrics, perfect for sleeping or hanging out at home.

The nice point to this collection was that in encased many different styles. The Mirto gentleman could buy his pajamas, tie, and summer boating pants all in one easy stop. Men like simplicity, and Mirto is giving it to them.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

 

Altona Dock got its start from a dreamer who traveled from Spain to Australia and was inspired by the sights he saw there. He took his vacation and turned it into a brand, ‘Altona Dock’ and you can feel the traveler bohemian spirit within the brand.

That isn’t to say the designs don’t have an understated elegance to them, of course, despite the bold and bright colorful surfer vibe. Several matching blazers and pants appeared in Crayola colors like bright red, blue, green and yellow. All models proudly sported the summery garments with flowery leis around their necks.

Belts were made of rope, eluding to the beachy, boaty culture of Australia’s coral reef coast. Let’s not forget the plaids and floral patterns too…perhaps Altona Dock was also inspired by a Hawaiian beach holiday too?

Each model, in addition to his lei, also wore a bright beach bandana around their heads. This line would be perfect for a bold man with a bold personality, hoping to shine through his casual and summery outfits.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

The SS15 Tenkey collection is marked with the phrase “New Traditional”. It seems that Tenkey has fallen ‘victim’ to the temptation of summer…that need to wear shorts, t-shirts, summer shoes, even tank tops. Don’t we all fall suspect to this every year when June rolls around? I know in the midst of a long hard winter, I dream of those light summer days where I can lose the heavy wear and sport something a little lighter.

Enter “New Traditional” from Tenkey. A classic look adapted to let in that summer temptation of wearing casual and lighter clothes. A dark black suit! Never! Your “New Traditional” look would include some cuffed yet tailored shorts, a crisp white shirt and a straw hat. Let’s ring in the summer boys!

The collection take inspiration from the movie The Talented Mr. Riley, where Dickie (Jude Law) wears almost excessive amounts of linen, light polos, brightly colored shorts, straw hats and even espadrilles.  A very Mediterranean look, easy to emulate here in Spain as Madrid is just a few hours drive from the Mediterranean cost.

The small neck scarves, hats, straw belts and espadrille shoes are all touches added on, giving life to many looks featuring cuffed colored shorts and tops. Men who wear Tenkey are also not afraid to wear pink, as many of the models sported pink shorts. Let’s not forget the light summer jackets in several silhouettes, a bomber look, a more refined trench and a funky zip up.

Tenkey is an ode to summer, and proves that you can still dress eloquently even though the weather has turned hot. Lightening up doesn’t mean giving up looking dapper!

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

The Jockey brand, created back in 1876, has been making undergarments for both men and women for a very long time. A sort of “innovator” of the underwear world, Jockey is created with creating the first slip, the first boxer short and being the first brand to print their brand name in the waistband of their underwear.

Jockey, a brand full of “firsts” is credited as being a staple to the “all American” man or woman. The brand represents comfort and style, without going overboard. These days, Jockey can be found in 142 countries around the world, such as Spain, for example.

The SS15 Jockey collection for men is split into two collections: the African jungle and the US Originals. The difference between the two collections is clear from the title. Everyone who wears Jockey is looking to be that “All American” man or woman, and the US Originals collection really gives out that vibe of solid comfort.

For a man who wants to walk on the wild side, the African Jungle collection may be more your style. Models “danced” and “flipped” down the runway, showing how the Jockey undergarments stay put, providing support and comfort, for even the most active of men. And not just undergarments: the collection includes undershirts, activewear, pajamas, swim trunks, even wet suits in addition to the typical boxers and briefs.

Both of the lines are sold exclusively at El Corte Ingles in Spain.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

Soloio, an Italian brand, is actually quite well known in Spain for being a shop that sells ties. But really, the brand offers so much more in the world of masculine fashion that just fancy neckwear. However, they did live up to their expectation of providing effective accessories, as they outfitted their models in not just clothes, but with ski hats, suspenders, bowties, scarves, beach towels, bags, and of course their famous ties.

The clothes, although paired with ski hats, were patterned and bright, offering several vibrant, summer looks for a gentleman looking to stand out. Decorative polka dots, stripes, flowers, plants, and even fish covered the shots, shirts and bags. The collection offers colors in a rainbow-variety of colors, with looks ranging from yellows to pinks to blues, mixing patterns and pushing the limits.

Soloio explains their collection as “mysterious and impactful” and where I am not sure there is any mystery to it,  I definitely find it to be impactful and bold. Soloio has definitely left it’s mark at MF Show Men. Any men out there who are truly ready for a intensive soulful summer should pick up garments from the Soloio SS15 collection.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

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MFShow Men is a relatively new fashion week in Madrid put on by large department store El Corte Ingles, dedicated to fashion for men. It’s great news that Madrid is following the likes of London, Paris and Milan and creating an environment exclusive to style and trends for men.

This season’s MFShow Men kicked off with a runway show by designer Emidio Tucci, which is sold exclusively at El Corte Ingles. The Tucci style is sartorial and preppy, reminiscent of Savile Row and British style, dapper at every turn but with new urban details to maintain it’s freshness, and don’t forget a touch of Italian sleekness.

This season, the SS15 catwalk was jungle themed, complete with a rainforest centerpiece and even tropical parrots squawking away. Suits were the name of the game, and not only did they appear in many a color, but also some patterned looks, staying true to the jungle theme appeared in the line. Pops of color rang out in the name of orange, army green and various shades of blue.

It was interesting to see that many of the models walked barefoot, making their suits seemingly less intimating, as if they were able to walk out of the runway show onto a boat or a grass filled pasture of sorts. This touch added a feeling of relaxed summer to the line. A touch of spring plaid was preppy yet trendy.

Emidio Tucci is style for a chic man, one who wants to look polished, yet approachable.

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Post and images by Lori Zaino.

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