The first ever Rosa Chá men's show last night opened with model Rodrigo Rothen showering naked on the runway. While the whole shower scene has been done before by Dean and Dan Caten at DSquared2, it was definitely fun to watch. The show which followed kept borrowing elements from DSquared2 and Dolce & Gabbana: a sleek black runway, a cast of oiled-up muscle boys, dance music blasting on the soundtrack, tiny swimsuits and shorts cut from the same pattern developed at DSquared2, cargo pockets galore, and four female super models thrown in the mix to gather even more attention from the media and balance the testosterone on the runway.
Trust me, I am not complaining from having to sit through a parade of sexy boys in swimsuits, but what I would have really liked to have seen are more original ideas. Designer Amir Slama is known as the king of the beach for his always innovative bikinis, so I was expecting a more creative and forward thinking take on men's beachwear from him. There were some pretty amazing swimsuits in the show. I don't understand why Slama decided to resort to such an overplayed gay aesthetic to present them.
Watch the show on the video below:
Naomi was also supposed to be at the show, but I guess she chose to do Dolce & Gabbana in Milan instead. Pictures of the collection in high resolution after the jump.
Click on images to enlarge. Collection pictures courtesy of Agencia Fotosite.