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Menswear Mondays: Artist Juan Nunez on his bleached DIY look

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Thanks to the sun finally gracing us with its presence again this week, many Denverites are absorbing the heat. During our day in the sun, we spotted Juan Nuñez, a Denver native and fine artist, rocking a dark take on spring wear. Read on to find out where he shops, why his bag is his favorite accessory, and who his style icons are. See also: - Menswear Mondays: sacred clown Bradley Mccollough on his utilitarian fashion - Menswear Mondays: Artist Shane O'Connor on his punk-rock fashion - Menswear Mondays: Musician John Missy Kidd on his color-block style

Name: Juan Nuñez.

Spotted at: 19th and Broadway.

Profession: I'm an artist, and I work at H&M. When I say "artist," I mean a plethora of mediums. I never want to be confined to one type of art.

2013 jam: "Pawn Shop Blues," by Lana Del Rey.

Favorite film: Breakfast at Tiffany's. I love how Audrey Hepburn looked really classy but she was broke.

Style inspirations/icons: Flowers. There is something very simplistic and beautiful about flowers and the patterns they produce naturally. I love the nostalgia of yesteryear and the look of film noir. Andy Warhol and Alexander McQueen are my style icons as well.

Favorite accessory: My bag.

Favorite color: Orange, because it's exciting and a little obnoxious. You can always notice orange, no matter what.

Style mantra: I wanna get fucked. It's weird, but it's the way I think. It sounds vain, but I was 210 pounds in high school. Now I try to build my self-esteem and feel confident and sexy, and that's what I'd like to portray for myself.

Shops at: Goodwill and sometimes H&M. The ARC is fine. I enjoy getting a bargain on some new clothes or modifying old ones.

This is Nuñez's arm candy for the day: a gold vintage watch and beaded bracelet. Nuñez's favorite bag has been with him "through hell and high water. I will never get a new bag or throw this one out," he says. These black high-top sneakers are designed by Steve Madden and match Nuñez's all-black ensemble. "Sometimes I like to push the boundaries of fashion and challenge what people expect from menswear," says Nuñez. This scarf was custom-crafted by Nuñez, who made it by cutting two holes for arms in a black infinity scarf and splashing bleach on it to form a chaotic pattern. Here he wears it as a shirt.

Style analysis: While many embrace colors in the spring, Nuñez stands out by dressing in black tones: skinny black jeans, black leather vest, and black Madden kicks. He repurposed his scarf as a shirt and appears fashionable in a nonchalant but edgy manner. His accessories stand out in contrast to his blacked-out look; the gold watch, navy bag and bracelet all add to the refined yet unpolished final look.

Never be afraid to challenge the rules of menswear, Denver.


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