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By Holley Simmons
Thursday, July 4, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Join the National Basketball Association. Open a restaurant. Launch a clothing line. Release an album. For four Washington-based men, these are all acceptable answers to “What did you do this summer?”

Each sports the season's No. 1 trend: color. “Playing with brights is huge,” says Sam Lobban, a buyer for menswear retailer “You can get away with anything in the sunshine.”

The Musician: Jonny Grave: Grave admits he first started playing guitar because he thought it would impress the ladies. The 25-year-old blues man's latest record, “The Hammer” (No. 6 in his discography), includes covers of folk standards as well as original songs.

The singer (above left) kicks back in Jean Shop Rocker jeans ($260, and vintage Western wear, including a Bronco-brand Western shirt, Tony Lama cowboy boots and Stetson hat.

The Athlete: Otto Porter: At 6-foot-8,the All-American forward at Georgetown University was the No. 3 pick, taken by the Washington Wizards, in the 2013 NBA draft.

He shows his stuff (above right) on the steps of Georgetown's Healy Hall in an indigo Levi's work shirt ($195), Brixton Cerro leather belt ($52), Junya Watanabe pink-linen shorts ($450,, a brass-plate leather bracelet by 18 Waits ($115) and Nike sneakers.

The Chef: Aaron Silverman: Potomac, Md., native Silverman, 31, in September, will open Rose's Luxury, a restaurant on Capitol Hill's Barracks Row.

Aaron's tasty ensemble includes Hartford's classic linen shirt ($170,, a Massimo Dutti linen-blend sweater ($60, on sale at, Bonobos jeans in aspen spruce ($98,, Ben Sherman Pril slip-ons in white linen ($65, and Murdoch's square-frame acetate sunglasses ($220,

The Designer: Skyler Javier: In his spare time, the 26-year-old College Park, Md., native sketches and sews patterns for his nascent menswear and accessory line, Native Danger (

Javier stays cool in a “Strategy” striped tee by French Connection ($48,, slim-cut jeans in Big Sur yellow ($78,, G Shock by Casio G5600 white watch ($150), Nike Air Max 1 Essential Total Crimson Squadron Blue sneakers ($100) and a pair of Griffin eyeglass frames ($99,

Holley Simmons is a writer for The Washington Post.

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