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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.

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 >>

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

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