What a handsome spectacle it was. Acknowledged and praised.
Take note: Van Heusen + GQ India Fashion Nights, is officially now a splendid sartorial event to add to your calendars. Bringing menswear in India to a whole new level, the collaboration between the power houses, cast a spotlight on our country’s prominent designers and gave a platform to emerging designers like Ujjawal Dubey and Dhruv Kapoor. Having recently been voted the most trusted premium formal wear brand in India, Van Heusen also showcased their SS16 collections over the two nights. From an opening ode to Nehruji’s style to a closing high octane collection (with Ranveer), the collections were progressive and style to perfection. Here are our note-worthy details from each show-
Seated and poised, the models sat in darkness while Nehru’s “Freedom At Night” silenced the room, setting in an implicit patriotic mood. The designer duo’s collection named The Cabinet Mission 1946, sang praise to time of India’s independence with a salient ode to Nehruji. Complete with bandhgala coats, cropped waistcoats, knit kurtas with stylized drapes and asymmetrical hemlines, and buttons that mimicked vintage coins, the collection was tailored to perfection with an amalgamation of old-world charm and modern sensibilities.
Bringing the Parsian dandy to our runway, Prince of Troy (designer to Mr.Modi and Hrithik Roshan), brought a certain whimsy to men’s formal wear. With a dose of prints, an explosion of colours and a riot of patterns, Troy Costa’s collection redefines suits to give it a striking yet power-packed look. While we’re sure we won’t see Mr.Modi in a polka dot anytime soon, we’re glad to see an uber confident Randeep Hooda walk the ramp in a dapper white tuxedo shirt and checked blazer. Also spotted: matching bows and suits (we mean the same fabric).
A collection fit for any king (or prince), Raghavendra Rathore’s collection The Imperial India Company was a stellar line-up of bandghalas, boiler suits, breeches and leather boots that brought to mind colonial expeditions. With the prince himself, Saif Ali Khan sporting a perfectly tailored bandhgala, Rathore’s collection brings an undeniable royal panache to menswear in India. Grooms, take note.
Furry slipper, shorts paired with bomber jackets, and denim jackets trimmed with gold-tone chains. That’s just a gist of what this new-kid-on-the-block had to show. With a street-meets-sporty look, his collection was edgy with surprising quirks that’s left us eager to see what more he has in store for us. What we love most? His attitude towards fashion.
Definitely a statement-maker in our books, this progressive designer’s collection puts focus on contemporary style with traditional cues that is perfect for today’s urban man. The monochrome collection boasts of Sufi-inspired stylized coats, low crotch pants, fedora hats, and sports shoes (uhuh! Your Nike’s are now runway approved!). And after seeing Ayushman in the Antar Agni ensemble, we’re gaga over Ujjawal’s designs.
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