Menswear is the flavour of the season with prominent and emerging fashion designers unveiling collections dedicated to the dappers. We decode the trends.
- DIVYAM MEHTA
Called ‘Into the Woods’, the collection was a painstaking tribute to the men who are into travelling and admire kaleidoscope of cultures. The designer presented a world potpourri by combining Indian embroideries with Japanese art, woven together by Italian tailoring. Samurai trousers were teamed with long shirts and silk shibori gilet (Nehru jackets). The leopard-printed footwear completed the look.
Trends: Sports luxe will be the ultimate trend. ‘Sneakers with formal wears’ is the new chic. In terms of detailing, men are also falling for crafts. In Mehta’s wardrobe, shibori crafts or hand-crafted pocket square can be easily worn everyday with office blazers. “Men are keen on crafts. We have got many orders from abroad for our pocket squares which are all hand-embroidered. Italians are loving it,” enthused the designer. Printed pocket squares are already in trend, but men are showing interest in colours and embroidery rather than just polka dots. “It’s like a piece of craft in your hands,” he said. Not to forget, the leopard printed-shoes, that grabbed special attention.
- ROHIT KAMRAThe Indian royal look can never go out of vogue. For over 10 years, Rohit Kamra is known for lending contemporary twist to the Maharaja style of Rajasthan. This was his first menswear show at the fashion week where he batted for Indian textiles complimented with suave tailoring.Trends: Crafts were used wisely. Geometric motifs featured prominently in bandagalas and trench coats, woven in flannel, wool, silk and cotton. Structured gingham jackets and comfortable breeches continue to rule the roost. Not to forget a Maharaja stick to complete the look.
- UJJAWAL DUBEYThe designer explored ‘The Red in Us’. Various shades of reds and other warmer colours dominated the look. The oxidised reds and blacks were used in handwoven khadi and silks. For him, volume replaced motifs this season.Trends: Comfort is the key as this anti-fit ensemble dominated the Antar-Agni look. Asymmetrical hemlines in long coats and kurtas were teamed with slouchy trousers. The other catch point of his collection was unisex designs, perfectly embodied by male and female models.