The MBFW Madrid: Francis Montesinos AW15/16 collection was filled with vibrant color, which will make for a grand sendoff if the social media rumors are true, that this may be Francis Montesino´s last catwalk before he retires. As usual, the scene was set with a backdrop of bright flowers and decorations, and there was life music included in the show, making it truly a ¨show.¨ Nayala Brown, a singer who often performs at Supermartxe and other Ibiza-style clubs, delighted fans in belting along to her soundtrack as the models walked the runway.

Beautiful, flowing womenswear accompanied men in floral, bright colors, and even colors typically clashing, like an orange floral shirt paired with neon pink pants. The men were often shirtless and wearing metal, extravanagant  artifacts reminscent of gladiators or greek warriors. A show juxtaposing the intense masculine warrior look with a warm, feminine floaty world of florals and love. And yet again, we see men in skirts.

I am not sure how wearable the Francis Montesinos menswear is, but it certainly provides a nice complement to what may be a grand womenswear selection. Of course, we aren´t here for womenswear, otherwise the website would be called ¨Best Dressed Woman on the Planet¨and really, it just doesn´t have the same ring to it. So back to the men. Several of them also wore transparent trousers and shirts, but really, is there a point to transparent trousers and shirts? A few of the man wore vests and other items that seemed like a throwback to the bullfighter look, a Spanish torero. Montesinos never misses a beat to add in a little inspìration from his home country, as well as an ode to a ¨Carnival¨style, meaning colors, ruffles and extravagance. And extravagant it was.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

The MBFW Madrid: Davidelfin AW15/16 collection Inferno was the third collection in the process of three (No One, Time of the Monsters, and now Inferno) which was sort of an end. Kind of a sad ending, one which ends up in hell, I suppose, but since he used the quote “I have been to hell and back. And let me tell you, it was wonderful” said by Louise Bourgeois, perhaps this isn’t truly an ending, only a small stop along the way featuring dark, mysterious looks.

The front row was filled with the usual Spanish celebs, like Rosy de la Palma and Alaska & Mario. A surprise appearance by Canadian singer Michael Buble shocked and excited all the attendees.  Another nice surprise was that almost all the models were men and all the designs really were for men, although Bimba Bose as well as one other female model did walk the runway (in menswear, really).

Nothing fire-ish, however, actually, all the looks were black, and again we see the comeback of the man skirt, and what I’d go as far to even name “The Man Skort” which was an original creation of pants plus a skirt. It takes a certain type of man to wear a skirt, and let me tell you, those men are out there, we’ve spotted the likes of them in Paris, in London, in Tokyo and in Milan, although we’ve yet to spot a man skirt OR man skort in the United States, I think it’s mostly an Asian or European trend.

Utilitarian black jumpsuits, sturdy collars, stiff shirts paired with baggy pants or a “man-skirt/man-skort”, light patterns of grey over the black, and some funky mini backpacks all walked the Delfin runway. The models sported signature black Dr. Marten shoes and boots. A modern and futuristic inferno, if you will. A cold and dreary one, filled with black and grey. And that, my friends, was Davidelfin AW15/16.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

One entering an Etxeberria show may never know what to expect, except perhaps a bit of fur. Fur there was, and the AW15/16 collection entitled “Roots” was actually phenomenal. I was mentally prepared, after seeing the high neck action in the Roberto Verino show (plus all over the London, Milan and Paris runways….New York yet to see) for the start of the show featuring not one, but FOUR turtleneck, grey sweaters. Wonderful news for all those around the world with cold necks.

It seems as though MBFW Madrid: Etxeberria takes the idea of a dapper, tailored (British-style, of course) suit and then makes it well, cool and trendy. Instead of buttons, these grey “suits” were zipped up, with stripes mixed with plaids, short at the ankle or even trousers tucked into into modern-looking boots/shoes with side laces. Most of the looks were grey (grey is the new black, apparently, and 50 shades of it too) and the grey suits mixed with the bright brown boots actually worked really well. Colorblocking with shades of grey is something I haven’t ever seen, although it’s a rather simple concept, and it 100% worked. Volume around the hips (something we women fear was used to accentuate the silhouettes of the suits, and actually looked pretty good on the straight forward male figure.

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Of course, there was a spattering of female models walking in the show, appropriately dressed in menswear, of course. It wouldn’t be Etxeberria without that hint of fur, sewn into the bottom of the suits or the big finale two-tone fur coat, fit for a king.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

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Yes dear friends, the fashion news is in and the turtleneck is officially back for men. Here we are at the MBFW Madrid: Roberto Verino show which featured approximately eight menswear looks, a majority of which showcased the early 90’s favorite: the turtleneck.  To be honest, here at BDMOTP we aren’t sure how we feel about it. I suppose when worn right, with a dapper black or grey suit and a tailored wool coat, it could work. It is, of course, a functional “trend” one that keeps your neck warm in the depths of wintery, cold weather; however, how fashionable is it really?

Roberto Verino is clearly concerned about both trend and functional in his AW15/16 collection. The menswear looks were much more debonair than the female looks, not to say more simple or more plain, but perhaps more focused? Trends featured were basic colors like grey, black and navy, turtlenecks, high waisted pants, and plaid suits. In fact, the clothes were very fall in the fact that all the looks were muted and dark. Warm, comfortable wool coats, skinny but not hipster tailored pants gave off an elegant, dressy look. Highlights include a shiny black blazer and instead of buttons, tied with a sash/belt around the waist. The occasional scarf, knit or otherwise, was used to accessorize.

As usually, Roberto Verino did not get crazy his menswear designs nor push the edge of the fashion world limits, but his garments, as we’ve come to expect, are dapper and will make any man look professional, handsome and put together.

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Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Paloma Canseco.

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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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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