We all know it's the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's"Party with a Purpose" and that the proceeds do a lot of good, but for me, the annual highlight of my attendance at the Under One Sun Pool Party event is the sight of the assembled pulchritude of thousands of handsome men in the prime of life wearing almost nothing.
And yet, this is a fashion review. Want to know what the hottest guys on the planet are wearing to pool and beach? I've chosen 25 photos that will show you the swimwear, footwear, headgear, jewelry and sunglasses that you'll see on every hunk and twink this season from Buenos Aires to Fire Island and from Barcelona to San Diego. Plus, I've included some observations to guide your selections.
All after the jump, plus my interview with Carson Kressley! (And as a real bonus, a pic of three Rufskin models from the Friday night fashion show at a Lincoln Road store called Base!)
Footwear: Don't be afraid to be silly. Crazy plastic or rubber flip flops in neon colors are a fun and acceptable accessory even in the Hamptons this year. They will be acceptable even in the evening if you are anywhere near an ocean. Leave the shoes home, except for one pair of bold yellow or gold shiny popped sneakers, if you can carry off "ghetto" (which my husband tells me I can't).
Headgear: "Crazy" seems to be the only accurate description for the colors, patterns and twisted, funky structure of what was once the simple baseball or trucker cap. These, however, are only for the twenty-somethings. Seriously.
Sunglasses: Browns and greys and blacks seem to prevail, and the preferred shape is a sort of big, boxy and wrapped aviator. (I long for the Ray-ban Wayfarers of summers gone.)
Jewelry: Who would have suspected that vintage rosary beads would survive into another season? I think I saw more of these than ever. Surely Jesus would approve of being dangled between some of the sculpted pecs that cradled him at this party. Also, big ol' gold chains are coming back and I think this may be due to the percolating "guido" style of the past few months. Add a gold charm that needs explanation to the chain and you're au courant.
Swimwear: If ever there was an "anything goes" season for swimwear, this is it. You can feel free to wear any cut, pattern or color you want. Last year's big plaid board shorts are still raging, as are square cuts and skimpy speedo cuts. The one trend that seems to be new is the dominance of the tiny slinky tight suit with an inner sewn fabric cockring that pushes your junk up and forward. The skinniest and boldest boys were wearing these and I have to say that I did not find them attractive. They are slightly grotesque and unnatural. They did, however, match the plucked eyebrows favored by the lads who wore them.