Top Brazilian footwear brand Ipanema launched its latest lineup of bold and playful resort sandals by sponsoring the Resort Wear show, which featured capsule collections from Anthony Nocom, Ricky Abad, Ramon Favila, and Simon Ariel Vasquez. The four clothing designers sent down a slew of fun, summery looks down the runway, where models danced to various cheery tunes, energetically representing that carefree, bohemian Brazilian spirit.
As a prelude to the four-part main show, 33 select designers presented one or two looks each to compliment the flip-flop brand's style and flair. A clear standout among the 50+ looks is Chris Diaz's sexy carmine bodysuit with its demure cap sleeves but not-so-innocent deep V-neckline, and low scooped back. An alluring garment that could no doubt turn heads not only at the beach, but also at cocktail parties should it be glamorously accessorized and paired with high-waist trousers or a dressy skirt.
Menswear designer Anthony Nocom started the main show with a three-part collection that featured primarily a selection of cleanly tailored linen suits and separates that are just perfect for summer. Cool, crisp, and clean, the collection is an ideal assortment of casual clothes suited for no-frills summer dressing for men. His cardigans are covetable, too—just right for layering on cool summer nights.
Ricky Abad followed with a medley of swimwear for men and women in hues of powder blue, white, and creamy yellow. While some of the women’s swimsuits were punchy enough, the overabundance of men’s swim briefs—or "Speedos," as they're more popularly called—made the front row experience a tad awkward (or entertaining, depending on the fashionista's naughtiness). Come to think of it, there was a lot of swim trunks on the runway for this show, which made us wonder: did the four designers make a collective decision to let board shorts or even jammers take a nosedive out of summer's usual assortment of swim apparel for men?
The swim trunk fest continued with Ramon Favila and his disconcerting flesh-colored swim briefs. But thankfully, he toned down on the buff and amped up his nylon and spandex use with his black and white striped square leg swimmers paired with simple black cotton tees and pullovers. Adorable are his camel-colored paper bag-waisted shorts and trousers for men, which have a cutesy take on “animal print.”
Simon Ariel Vasquez
Lastly, Simon Ariel Vasquez harnessed the easy mod silhouette in his embroidered cotton mini dresses and linen cover-ups. These garments for women are simple and entirely casual, suitable for just lounging around in the summer breeze. His pieces for men, however, are a bit gutsier, with tops in jewel-hued floral prints marked at the back with his trademark SAV label exposed at the nape.
All in all, the four designers’ collections capture the jovial and playful verve of Ipanema, which, by the way, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen endorses and designs for. But the show's profusion of swim trunks was truly curious. While these ultra-tight swimmers might be a regular sighting in the jaunty beaches of Brazil, we wouldn't be hard-pressed to say that a proliferation of them during Philippine Fashion Week will not make Filipino men let go of their square leg trunks and swim shorts. We don't think Boracay, Batangas, and Palawan are ready for such wanton displays of manhood—although, of course, some might readily disagree!