At the recently concluded Van Heusen Men's Fashion Week, the spirit of resort took centre stage. The jacket was de rigueur in most collections during the three-day men's fashion extravaganza. Let's take a look at five prominent collections at the Men's Fashion Week, shall we?
Varun Bahl and Karan Johar
Seen here is film director-turned-fashion designer Karan Johar and Varun Bahl's collection inspired by New York city. Therefore, you see silk button-down shirts, T-shirts layered with shirts and jackets, teamed with loafers and accessorised with a big bag. How urban chic!
Rajesh Pratap Singh
Rajesh Pratap Singh moved away from his signature design aesthetic to experiment with a lot of mix-and-match for a collection that was all about rock and roll. Indian handloom was the fabric he used in different prints and a range of colours. We loved the fact that he moved away from the conventional translation of rock and roll (metal, black, leather) and gave this eclectic collection a Bohemian feel.
Ashish Soni's collection was high on wearability and definitely retro (what with the moustache et al). Cravats, bow ties and perfectly gelled hair completed his retro collection.
Manoviraj Khosla is one of the few menswear designers who love to play with colours. So though he used a lot of basics like white, nudes and black in linen, there was a burst of colour too.
Rohit Bal presented "Shararaat" which was all about having fun. The male models flirted with the audience and each other (mind you). His showstopper John Abraham wore a velvet jacket over a see-through net shirt with floral embroidery. Johnny boy has the best body in Bollywood and nobody knows it better than Rohit Bal!
Five Style Lessons
1. Gone are the days of the metrosexual man because wearing your masculinity on your sleeve is the trend. It's what we call the return of the retrosexual, inspired by the immaculate masculine tailoring of the 30s and 40s. (Think Clark Gable from Gone with the Wind).
2. The colour palette is basic - white, black, navy and tan. Add colour with a scarf, pocket square and shoes, of course. Replace the conventional neck-tie with a bow tie or cravat.
3. Must-have shoes: Oxford shoes or brogues for formal occasions, loafers in a variety of colours for everyday wear and open sandals.
4. Jackets ruled the ramp - slim-fit single-breasted jackets, Chinese collars and Bandhgalas for that no-fuss yet well-tailored look. Bottom wear include slim-fit trousers, shorts and variations of breeches and Jodhpurs.
5. The overall mood is relaxed and laidback with the air of an easy charmer with effortless style.