With the growth in the menswear market across the globe, i would expect there to be more menswear out there in the region, but it’s just so…sad that there’s not enough care to go around.
With Lakme Fashion Week happening a couple of days ago, I did notice that some of the menswear pieces stood out all at once. While it’s very obvious that womenswear designers will also churn out a menswear piece or two, but some will handle both of them with the same detail one pays to womenswear in the sub-continent. And one saw that transition of the conceptualization of the collection transcending into menswear pieces that the designers showed.
Here are my top Menswear picks from the Lakme Fashion Week.
Asa Kazingmei: Spaced Out
His collection was out of this world. Literally. It looks like something Lady Gaga would wear, and not in a weird way. Which is good, because it’s very easy on the eyes, and one just doesn’t want to look at it for its sheer unorthodx-ity, but also because it works. One can wear it and look good! It’s weird? Yes. It’s wearable? YES! And that is something menswear really needs. It’s a collection meant for the bold, outspoken people who just love to snatch the spotlight wherever they go, and rightfully so.
Theorem by Nitin Chawla: Fall Staple Style
I think this collection had to be the strongest menswear collection shown at LFW. It’s a very fall collection with all the fall colors, which is actually not that bad, and the pattern of the year; plaid. But it was such a cohesive and a dapper collection, it was hard not to fall in love with it. The printed shirts were good but the jackets stole the show. The red and blue plaid jacket was to die for! It was a very staple fall collection, and if one wants to look good, but not be the kind who gives off the feel of giving too much time to the wardrobe, then this collection is just for that man.
Sayantan Sarkar Design Studio: Fusion Love
Another unorthodox collection which very obviously featured the minimalist Japanese culture, as was evident from the block prints of the kokeshi dolls from that region, and the aesthetics of the jackets. But what made the collection kick was taking such a rich culture, and fusing it with another culture to create something so simple and beautiful. It was a collection for the arts student who wants to stand out from the crowd for it’s creativity, but not try to hard, for it’s a subtle and a beautiful piece of individuality.
INIFD’s Gen Next Show: Fly, Birdies
I, unfortunately, could not find out the names of the individual students who presented at the show, but the menswear pieces shown showed a lot of promise. It was very obvious that the students were trying to incorporate the current trends into the collections. What one got to see was a simple, yet innovative, display of menswear that one cannot shy away from. It was strong, and indicated a lot of potential for the growth of menswear. I mean, it was simple and that’s where the strength was. It wasn’t trying too hard, not going down without a fight. It was the perfect fit for a graduate student.
Antar-Agni: Brooding Artist
It was a very dark and brooding collection. The lose silhouettes and th dark hues just add to the cohesiveness of the collection. It featured everything for everyone. With jackets to suits to coats, it featured everything a man might need on a stylish walk in the dark. It’s the kind of collection which just speaks through its simplicity and the way the drapes, the fabric and colors come together. If you thought you’re the fashionable brooding artist who likes boldness to be subtle, this collection is just for you. It’s a perfect blend of life and death, evening and morning. It’s poetically beautiful.
Rizwan Beyg: Truck Pop
His truck art collection, though the same as PSFW 2013, was kind of a treat to the menswear shown at LFW. It was the perfect amount of color the indian menswear ramp needed. You can read my views on the collection here.
I so wish Huemn by Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty had more of menswear. Though their women wore very masculine pieces (it is after all, a feminist spin on menswear), i just wish they had the guys walk down the ramp in some of those pieces. The androgyny/unisexiness of the collection was just perfect and left me craving for more from them.
Ikai had one menswear piece that I left me wanting more from them. The jacket is just the thing that can leave one in awe, and i wanted more awestruck-ing.
SVA had a good collection, but nothing left me feeling like I hadn’t seen this before. Though the following look stood out.