Last season it was the lyrical song “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra that inspired Narendra Kumar’s men’s wear line.
This time for Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012 it was the super hit “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon and Christina Aguilera that set the beat for his men’s and women’s wear line. Narendra Kumar has given men’s wear some very innovative touches in the past and he has experimented with several looks which range from western to ethnic.
With the song a hit around the globe, Narendra’s collection too journeys through different countries in Asia, Europe, America and Africa with the silhouettes that move from western modern to contemporary. The influence of the five continents is seen in the stylish garments as they come together in a comprehensive collection that will delight the modern Indian male.
Always a showman par excellence this time Narendra Kumar was the DJ of his show in a Mick Jagger wig, which was also the hair style for all the male models as they danced and bogeyed down the ramp to foot tapping music.
Working with a range of fabrics starting with chino, cotton, velvet and wool in spicy, wildly vibrant colours; the men’s wear begins with contrast sleeves and jacket body for the suits which were either in one or two button single breast silhouette. More excitement is added with checks for either the jackets or trousers, and there is the constant monogram on some of the jacket pockets.
Besides the suits and coordinated jackets with contrasting trousers there are some casual options for the stylish dresser like Bermudas with comfortable colourful shirts. Piping was added to the jackets and shirts at strategic places to highlight the cuts of the garments while scarves and mufflers added to the chic look of the season.
The detailing is left to buttonholes, colour blocking, link buttons but it is the new super slim fit which makes the suits eye catching. The latter part of the collection was devoted to formal wear like lean tuxedos with satin shawl lapels or shimmering bundhgala jackets. The velvet jacket with gold buttons and the final gold brocade Jodhpur jacket were a great flamboyant part of the line. Narendra has always used embroidery discreetly and this time too he ensured that there was glitter but of the subdued kind which added to the personality of the garments as well as the wearer.
Colour played an important part in the collection as Narendra went for the rainbow hues for jackets, trousers, shirts, Jodhpuri coats and tuxedos. The lean shapes add to the very trendy look of the collection and the sharply cut shirts are form fitting when it came to being matched with the colourful suits.
Dressing some of the top Bollywood stars as well as celebrities Narendra Kumar has been bold in his designs for men and has at the same time restricted his creativity to make the Indian man look contemporary as well as international in his creations.
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