The menswear label Palmiers du Mal had a quiet debut at New York Fashion Week last season, but for spring 2017 they're making waves. On Thursday, the brand's designers Brandon Capps and Shane Fonner presented looks for the refined surfer bro, with lots of indigo, tie dye, long hair, and burlap "drug rugs." The highlight, however, was seeing male models strut down the runway in flowing caftans. Only later would it be revealed that they were completely commando.
The look was inspired by Fonner's trip to Marrakech, where he got married three months ago. "We spent a considerable amount of time in Marrakesh and I love wearing caftans," Fonner said backstage. "But my issue with caftans is that it's difficult to use the restroom. You have to lift them up and put them under your chin... It's horrible! So I needed to engineer it and find a solution."
Nearby a friend muttered "Shane Fonner problems" under his breath.
The result? Let's call it a "caftan fly" for, uh, easy access.
This was model Rob Spencer's first time wearing a caftan. "I'm not wearing any pants underneath," he admitted. "Everything is just... hangin'."
"I love it!" said model William Los, also a caftan virgin. "It's a new feeling, but it feels really good." Does he ever want to wear pants again? "Yes," was his answer, but only after a very, very long pause.
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