“The young pope goes on safari” read the show notes from Wednesday night’s presentation for Palmiers du Mal’s spring collection.

Designer Shane Fonner has quite the love for luxe loungewear and, in what seems a progression from last season, there were numerous new shapes in the lineup such as high-waisted sweatpants, zebra-printed caftans and even a dalmatian-print robe with a hint of floral for contrast.

“I like to think of this collection as gender-agnostic,” said Fonner backstage, pointing to  many of the styles that were a bit decadent with a hint of a rock star vibe.

Despite showing the collection at the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel — a space adorned with images of photographer David Lachapelle on its walls — the chic location was better suited for a party than a fashion presentation as seeing the clothes up close proved quite challenging.

See More From the Men’s 2018 Collections:

Perry Ellis Men’s Spring 2018: The company injected performance features into its tailored clothing uniform and then layered on fashion.

Hecho Men’s Spring 2018: The spring collection expanded on singular, identifiable staples in new, still breathable, fabrics.

Boss Men’s Spring 2018: Designer Ingo Wilts used a variety of nautical references in the line.

Nick Graham Men’s Spring 2018: The designer was inspired by the ocean and Atlantis.

Descendant of Thieves Men’s Spring 2018: The designer toyed with the aesthetic of deviant Mods of the Sixties, balancing an energetic collection of colorful prints with relaxed silhouettes.

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