van heusen + gq fashion night

Gentlemen, may we show you the way to your front row seats? 

The Brits. The Americans. The Italians. All of them have showcased men’s fashion as a premier league and not as a side kick; but that wasn’t the case back home in India. However, just when some started observing the lack of testosterone on our Indian runways, Van Heusen and GQ stepped right in. They are here to prove us wrong and reclaim the “power” of style with a first-of-its-kind event. With a line-up of India’s top menswear designers and a preview of Van Heusen’s SS16 collections, Day 1 of #FashionNights looked something like this:

First Star Spotting of the Night: Prateik Babbar’s probably been cruising around the country on a Harley Davidson. At least he looked it! With a biker jacket, well-worn jeans, rugged boots and that irresistible smile, uff…

The Battle of the Showstoppers: With a spring in his step and an infectious smile, Kunal Kapoor had us a tip of the hat (a fedora to be precise). Wearing a dapper suit from Van Heusen’s SS16 collection, he looked every bit the gentleman. Battling for first place, there was also Saif Ali Khan looking every bit a Nawab in his Raghavendra Rathore bandhgala. And there was Randeep Hooda in a perfectly tailored Troy Costa suit too. Who-do-ya think is the winner?

The Ladies of the Night: Pernia Qureshi and Dia Mirza. Composed and elegant, these divas could have easily stolen away the limelight of the night.

Style to Steal: Vikram Raizada. Ever-so-stylish, his ensemble was enough to get more than just the second glance. His armor of the night- a black and white window pane suit paired with a black and white gingham shirt. Checks-on-checks. Check that?

The King of the Night: While we had a Nawabi prince in our presence, it was Raghavendra Rathore (looking ever so royal) who carried himself with an air of (royal) panache. In a bandhgala, of course.

Best On-Stage Moment: True story. Just as we were about to settle down on our seats, Nikhil swiftly told us to “stand” during the right time, before he scurried off backstage. What?! Well, Shantanu and Nikhil’s collection dug deep into our history books to give us a power-packed, sharp and edgy collection that would make Nehruji proud and us, patriotic. With all the debate of the national anthem playing at movie halls, well this designer duo, brought it right to the runway!

Trend to Try: Cropped trousers, skinny trousers, and printed trousers. Forget the sleek-as-a-front-pleat trousers, it’s time to get some Spandex in your wardrobe.

Trend to Salute: March in style and welcome SS16 with strong influences from the military. While Shantanu and Nikhil’s collection was heavily influenced by a sense of retro-patriotism, Raghavendra Rathore’s collection delved deep into the history pages to bring  back safari-style suits, jodhpurs and any guesses… the bandhgala!

Grooming: Lumberjack beards, twirled up moustaches, a hint of the 70s side burns… 2015 is about the facial hair.

Accessories to Note: Lennon sunnies, bows that match your suits (seen at Troy Costa’s show), and umbrellas! Uhuh, rain or shine, an umbrella in hand and you’re ticking off all the right boxes.

With more deets on the collections coming your way soon, keep watching this space for more highlights from Day 2, while we polish our shoes, straighten our bows and put on our dapper best.