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Philippine Fashion Week Spring/summer 2011: Men's Wear

Summer suits and swim trunks dominate the runway in shades of khaki, citrus, and blue.
Philippine Fashion Week Spring/summer 2011: Men's Wear Summer suits and swim trunks dominate the runway in shades of khaki, citrus, and blue.

It was a bit surprising that cardigans and suits and trenches (Anthony Nocom’s cute, geek chic cardis deserve a favorable nod) made their way into the men's wear collections considering the climate of this country but if one were to align oneself with the global calendar, a lightweight suit for spring elsewhere makes sense.

In this case it was the blue on blue combinations of Frederick Policarpio and M Barretto that were fresh on the eyes (should you be attending a summer wedding perhaps). Summer khaki suits and trousers were livened up with a pop of orange or Yves Klein blue in the collections of Bang Pineda and M Barretto, while Odelon Simpao and Ulysses King kept their combinations to subtle beiges.

My question is, will the dapper men of the Philippines finally subscribe to this trend? Pre-March, perhaps, when the weather is more forgiving.

The above the knee tailored shorts of Jesson Capuchino, were a welcome sight; a European look that certainly makes men look more polished and legs longer. It would be more of a challenge to get the Filipino male to try the swim trunks that have run aplenty on the runways.

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As for summer shirtings, wear Nico Agustin’s lilac and gray combinations, pick up a few of Anthony Nocom’s modified tux shirts for work, and grab M Barretto’s blue checks or dots (paired with his loose denims) for the weekend.

The best styling tip from the shows: roll those pant hems to right above the ankle and pair it with a nice pair of laid-back lace-ups.

 

View Anthony Nocom’s Spring-Summer 2011 collection >>

View Bang Pineda’s Spring-Summer 2011 collection >>

View Frederick Policarpio’s Spring-Summer 2011 collection >>

View Jesson Capuchino’s Spring-Summer 2011 collection >>

View M Barretto’s Spring-Summer 2011 collection >>

View Nico Agustin’s Spring-Summer 2011 collection >>

View Odelon Simpao’s Spring-Summer 2011 collection >>

View Ramon Favila’s Spring-Summer 2011 collection >>

View Ricky Abad’s Spring-Summer 2011 collection >>

View Simon Ariel Vasquez’ Spring-Summer 2011 collection >>

View Ulysses King’s Spring-Summer 2011 collection >>