In case you hadn’t noticed, photographer Adrian C. Martin shoots just about all of his photoshoots around the Canary Islands. This one takes place in Gran Canaria – but not the exotic outdoors. Because late last month in June, the island hosted the Swimwear Fashion Week Gran Canaria Moda Cálida Fashion Show. Designers presented runway shows of modern men’s swimwear overflowing with fashion sense. Whether your style is more dark, edgy and brooding, or something bright, vibrant and full of life, this year’s Swimwear Fashion Week teased some dashingly awesome swim looks. And of course, they were all modeled by dashing men.
One of the most important things when it comes to designing flattering men’s swimwear is the cut. Just about everyone suffered through unflattering board shorts when they were younger. But now we know better, and that swim briefs and true square-cut trunks are the way to go. The Knot Company’s Swimwear Fashion Week runway shows several perfectly-fitting swim trunks. But where some brands aim for a man’s cutesy look, these sharp-shoot for a masculine edge. The Knot Company brought apparel designed with unique hippocamp graphics, a bold army green trunk, and even a muscle top made from a leather material.
If a brooding glam-rock look isn’t your thing, Hipertrofico showed up to the Gran Canaria Moda Cálida show ready to give you butterflies – literally. Their models wore clean-cut swim briefs with deliciously low-rise waists and had butterflies stuck to their bodies. The display was more on the pretty side. But then it got gorgeous when model Oriol Elcacho came out. His Hipertrofico swim brief wasn’t solid, but printed with monarch butterflies.
Another show-stealing designer featured in the Gran Canaria Moda Cálida Swimwear Fashion Week Show was Croissier. Their presentation would fall somewhere between The Knot Company and Hipertrofico. What guy wouldn’t feel confident in the looser-fitting trunk Antonio Navas models? It’s a floral print, but done entirely to suit a man’s taste. The same goes for Jabel Balbuena’s chose look. The pants are bright and floral, but bold like most men’s short designs in the summer. Then there’s that floral gecko graphic on the tee. It’s a unique accent, and just one of many reasons Croissier’s runway show was perfect for the stylish, casual man.
Which designer do you think stole the show at the Gran Canaria Moda Cálida Swimwear Fashion Week Show? Is your style more bold and black, or bright with butterflies? Let us know in the comments below, or by tweeting us @underwearexpert.
Photo Credit: Adrian C. Martin