Life is like swimming;
Sometimes you hit walls,
Other times you make the right turns.
Having grown up practicing swimming after a brief phase of sheer fright, I have found the foray of fashion into swimwear to be fairly schizophrenic. Often swaying between second skin-like to un-wet-able to downright quirky, it has also often proven me wrong by being stylish and functional all at once. Coming to the spring/summer seasons of New York Fashion Week Mens (NYFWM), many brands showcased the descent of being overly clothed. Making way for terrific swimwear brands to showcase their collections. Like last season, Thorsun was in the lead, making gapers itching to hit a beach or pool, with apt arm candy.
This season, designer George Sotelo included a variety of short cut swim trunks for guys, and an introduction of a women’s collection too. What I like about Sotelo’s outlook is his inspiration and focus on travel. With American and modernist prints or solids, he designs his silhouettes with travel in mind. Beaches shimmer to life, pools splash into joy and simple memories are made magical in swimwear. And Thorsun’s lineup did just that, with prints inspired by the Meso-American era in Mexico.
The guys cuts were all above the knee in a few solids, but mostly geometric prints and some intriguing patterns like tortoise shell and cactuses. That is, when one wasn’t distracted by the display of washboard abs, one after the other, accompanied by the confetti of abundant muscles and pectorals and a ton of mischief posing for the shutterbugs.
For like last season, the spectacle was in the glint and mischief of the celebrities posing in their vacation best. From supermodels like Chad White and River Viiperi to America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) winner Nyle Dimarco, the presentation was elevated to a spectacle of sorts, with the crowds engaging with their favorite icons showcasing their toned gym bodies, matched with glinting smiles and endless conversations.
I had my dose of conversation with the two charmers I knew best.
Womenswear offered a similar prints in one-cut and two-cut pieces, alongside a pair of what I envisioned to be ‘my boyfriend’s shorts’ in the making.
Truly combining fun, functionality and style, Thorsun was an inspiration to travel. And to get fit beforehand.