Designer clothing shows off men's chests


August 29, 1991|By Woody Hochswender | Woody Hochswender,New York Times News Service

There was plenty of men's clothing on the fashion runways last week, but the real news was the attention on the chest, where bulging pectorals are in style.

Many of the models looked as if they had their breasts augmented, although the look was probably accomplished at the gym. Male models typically shave their chests before fashion shows, highlighting the area.

There is something strange in the spectacle of young stubbly-cheeked men with ultra-smooth chests strolling down a runway, absent-mindedly lip-syncing the Doobie Brothers'

"What a Fool Believes." (Whatever happened to the notion that hair was sexy? Probably doesn't sell clothes.)

To show off the beautiful pecs, designers have come up with stretch, sheer and see-through styles for men. At Perry Ellis, there were mesh crew-neck sweaters. Andrew Fezza showed skintight tank tops and crocheted sweaters with nothing underneath. Can chiffon be far behind?

Indeed, Marcus Ergas, a young New York designer, made chiffon shirts and jackets for spring.

"It's a body-conscious item," said Montgomery Brown, Mr. Ergas' partner. "People are working hard to have better bodies and are proud of the way they look."

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