Day 2 of Philly Fashion Week has wrapped up and it was another fabulous evening. The turnout was much smaller than Day 1 but the designers did not disappoint. I was able to claim my same seat in the middle of the press section (yes!) but we were still tightly packed (boo!). On this particular evening, the focus was menswear and I was excited to be introduced to an eclectic display of men’s clothing. Normally when I think of men’s clothing I think of suits and ties but tonight, my perspective changed for the better.
D Leaks was everything that I expected from a menswear line. I loved how the looks were classic with a modern twist. The trousers were hemmed to meet the ankle, rhinestone studded bowties added a bit of glam to the mix. My favorite piece in this collection was the slim fit velvet pants.
As you all may know already, I am a fan of color blocking because it’s an exciting way to incorporate multiple colors in one outfit. BWC Garments was a collection that caught my attention from the beginning because the first piece was a color blocked sweatshirt with funky angles and stripes. I love how this collection played with shapes and textures throughout each piece. This line was the perfect execution of men's streetwear. It was edgy but straightforward which is perfect for the guy who doesn't like to draw attention but doesn't like to follow the norm.
Kinetic Styles was featured in yesterday’s show and came back today with an all-male lineup. While they weren’t my favorite at the first show, I was pleasantly surprised this time around. The men stormed the runway draped in red leather and plush material. This clothing line was assertive and bold; there was no way you could dislike this line. I really enjoyed this line because for me, it was a visual reminder of the two characteristics men naturally possess: aggressiveness and compassion.
Nutz & Boltz
Ok, Nutz & Boltz was…different. The men wore extremely revealing clothing for this line. I’m talking about booty cheeks out, “Nuts and Bolts” flopping everywhere-- I just couldn’t deal. There were quite a few times, I fixed my eyes to the floor until the models left the stage. While that may seem a bit excessive for some, as a married woman, I’m not comfortable looking at or photographing men who are basically naked. My rule of thumb is if you can’t wear it to the community pool, it’s too much skin. Below are the two designs that were decent and they weren't bad. There is no denying that the designer has talent!
CBC Men is such a daring line. The detail that was given to each piece was amazing, especially the all black cutout pattern featured on the last model. Normally black and white horizontal lines remind me of jail uniforms from back in the day but this line made horizontal lines look dashing. When horizontal lines are too wide, they can make a person look bulky due to visual illusions (remember we talked about that in the "Cuffing Season" post?) but since the stripes were thin, the designer was able to avoid the models from looking wider than they were.
Moses King was my favorite collection of the evening. This line was out of the box and gave me more of an appreciation for men’s fashion. There was no fear of shapes, colors, or patterns and the men wearing them looked masculine and confident. My favorite pieces from this line were the floral top and bottom set and the man cape. I would love to incorporate a few of these pieces into my husband’s closet.
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