Bright and Breezy Menswear at New York Fashion Week

Between the sequins of starry nights and the sheer of sun dripping mornings, I oscillate with my tastes, but more often than not, borrow the stars and sparkle them in the day. So to sum it up, I like the bling, but I prefer it on my bright, breezy and colorful hues.

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Having covered how menswear can be sparkling, sexy and match eye to eye with the glamor of womenswear, it’s time to see how sunshine between the twigs and leaves can be an even more glorious inspiration for dapper fashion. Keeping in synch with Jorge Afanador‘s trees collection, of course.

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With a penchant for color drenched blazers and trousers, albeit worn separately, I found the homage to pastel blue skies and skinny neon trees the most alluring. On one hand was the blazer, worn with summery white trousers, paired with a cleavage thrusting high collared dress for the leading lady. Who however, was wearing the aforementioned oddly shaped paw shoes in baby blue.

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But my preference was the sumptuous skinny trousers, paired with a simple gleaming sheer silver full sleeved tee, for it accentuated the physique without a sunglasses-inducing punch, but kept things dapper.

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I wondered if onesies were making a comeback, for having seen them in umpteen shows this season, they were brushing off their sleepytime image and becoming more tolerable to look at. Especially a white, knee-length one with recurring tree motifs and diagonal golden zippers that made this one look as functional as it looked comfortable.

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As an ode to climatic change were sweaters with black leafy tree silhouettes embroidered to compliment an abdominal V and widening chest. In my favorite hues of red and white, the latter a turtleneck, these were probably the most commercially wearable pieces I found in the shows.

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The shoes however, despite metaphorically being a leopard on the prowl up a muscular tree, seemed oh so out of place.

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Other worthy pieces included a golden blazer with tone on tone branches for a breezy feel, but when paired with simple black trousers with golden shoes, the electrifying effect was toned down a few notches. Similarly, the accompanying damsel in lace trousers with an applique one sleeve top looked riveting in sparkling light, but adorned an outfit that seemed intentionally ill fitting!

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Once off the steamy runway and backstage, the models were more than happy to share their satisfaction with comfy outfits, and were a jovial bunch, pouting and laughing and texting at recurrent intervals. 

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For after a while, all one needs is to take the energy to pout and catwalk and transform it into having a good time.

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