India’s Men’s Fashion Week: What to expect

Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010, 22:07 PM IST

Shashank Chouhan

The FDCI Men’s Fahioon week is back and promises to make the men look dapper and well groomed with latest designs. With 17 fashion designers showing their stuff at the three day event in Delhi, expectations are running quite high. In a preview, we bring to you what some of the top designers are showcasing. Take a look:

Karan Johar-Varun Bahl: Bollywood’s ace director has turned a fashion designer and he is going to showcase some serious style moves along with Varun Bahl. The collection is going to be a spring-summer collection with shorts, trousers, denims and jackets.

With Karan around, can Bollywood be far? But surprisingly, Johar says only their clothes are going to be the showstoppers. We don’t believe!

Anjana Bhargava: Acknowledging that the men today have become more demanding and thus ready to experiment, Anjana this year brings out an all-white collection as a part of the ANKY label which she handles with her daughter Ankita. “Last year we showed a colourful line, this time its different,” she says. Anjana’s collection includes 25 pieces and they will be innovative, semi-formal and formal shirts such as a kurta shirt. Look out for Unexpected pocket placements and simple colour inversions of the colour white in all its dimensions

Shantanu-Nikhil: The duo bringing up a their green theme to men’s fashion this year with their collection being called ‘Death of a Tree’. The clothes will mostly be hand-made. The 3-D effect on the mixed fabric is a highlight of their creations.

Vijay Arora: Arora’s collection is a salute to the men in uniform. There will be 30 pieces based on uniforms worn in the armed forces, he says. On display are olive greens, camouflaged colours and whites in cotton, silk and wool.

Narendra Kumar: Kumar and Harry Cheng of Maido India have announced a new partnership "to bring Japanese inspired designs to India, and the world and the fashion week begins with their show. Kumar is using textile designs inspired by Japan and experimenting with new hand-dyed technique textiles to create a completely new style for men.

“Japan has inspired me to create this collection, and I believe that we can create designs for the Indian, Japanese, and overseas markets. I believe the time is right for a close collaboration between India and Japan, and I am proud to be the first in the world of fashion to be able to do that,” he said.

Manoviraj Khosla: The men’s designer is back for the second time and is out with a colourful collection titled ‘Sunshine in the Dark’. “It is a collection of party clothing to be worn either in the day or at night. Most of the collection is done in white and black with bright palette adding thee fun and chic touch to the collection,” he tells us.

Different techniques like pleating, fabric texturisation, layering and various methods of printing have been well used in the collection. Kalamkari print has been used on various fabrics on sherwanis, bandhgalas, jackets, trousers. Watch out for the western surprise though.

Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna: “Any man who is well dressed and groomed for the right occasion is someone who one can seek inspiration from,” says the fashion-pro duo.

Their collection is named The Travelogues and it is fit for the modern day man who finds his roots through shifting terrains and landscapes. The colours used are muted tones, more like earthy tones that are beige, greys, washed whites and off-whites. “We have used a lot of linen that has been treated with newer techniques to get the result we wanted,” they say.

Rajesh Pratap Singh: The veteran fashion designer has taken inspiration from Rock ‘n’ Roll bands for his collection. Expect cargo jodhpurs (you read that right), slim fit jacksts with shorter lapels and minimum buttons. Colors are a flashback of vegetable hues, rust and red stone. Watch out for the metal jewellery for men, crafted for the occasion.

Rohit Bal: India’s favourite designer and ramp’s drama king is the Grand Finale designer at Men’s Week. In the recently concluded Couture Week in the Capital, he made his models stand in a pool which he waded later. With the collection for men being called ‘Shararat’, expect some naughty acts from him this time.

“Its all for the clothes,” he insists. The colors will be limited to a mix of crème and black and western as well as ethnic styles are on display.

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