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NEW YORK – “Holy Malibu Ken,” I thought this week as a male model sauntered past at the Jeremy Scott fashion show wearing a tight, bubblegum pink vinyl suit. Jeremy Laing trotted out pinstripe rompers for men. At Michael Bastian, a male model donned pineapple-print pants -- and not those timid little pineapples you see on preppy pants. We’re talking Carmen Miranda-sized pineapples.
Frankly, these are clothes that most men would not wear. (Speaking for myself, a pear-shape physique and advanced age would make it all but impossible.) But what one must respect about these designers is that they’re approaching menswear in much the same way that avant-garde designers tackle women’s clothing.