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Top Menswear Picks from Lakmé Fashion Week

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

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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

Theorem by Nitin Chawla

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

Sayantan Sarkar Design Studio

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

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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

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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

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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.

INDIVIDUAL PICKS

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.

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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.

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SVA had a good collection, but nothing left me feeling like I hadn’t seen this before. Though the following look stood out.

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Outfit – Bow Tie

InstagramCapture_05ee95e4-e28e-42be-8c1a-d52edf1bd407_jpgHere I am wearing the STONEAGE JEANS’ bowtie. It’s a woven bow tie I had been contemplating showing to the world, but how. I had known for long that I wanted it to be this shirt. So I just went along with it. And the brown woven belt is such a look/life saver.

In the back, you can see my room. Will do a detailed post on that once I get the time to set it. You know, boys will be boys, and our rooms will be messy!

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OUTFIT – AIR TIE

BvhQjGKCUAAUY9kIt’s hard to have a formal look and stand out. I really like this shirt for it is plaid, and plaid is such an amazing pattern for this fall. And the air tie is the perfect tie to be sporting in order to look preppy, but not too uptight. If you’re going sans tie, make sure you either get a pocket square or a waistcoat with your jacket, otherwise the outfit would look really incomplete.

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Fickleness of Weirdness in Fashion

cd31edc830e3f3fa785cdcff688de32cIt scares me how self absorbed everyone is becoming. I think a lot of it stems from the fact that our generation wants every one of them to be special. We want to make history. Every one of us wants to leave a mark. And this makes us self absorbed to a a point where it just becomes unbearable.

I have been observing a lot of people like this. Specially the people in fashion. In fashion, everyone aspires to be “some thing”, something so different and unique. Uniqueness is what a lot of individuals in fashion strive for. And in this quest of trying to be different, there’s some personality traits of the people that get washed out in monotony. And that monotony is how they try and break the stereotype, all of the guys, and in turn end up creating a new stereotype that I sometimes question if it is the right way to go about it. Being unique is awesome, but somewhere along the way of trying to be different we get lost in the uniqueness, we lose ourselves.

It devours us. It makes us different, yes, but somehow it alienates us from the rest. It steals our identity. People cannot see past it. I think the ability to relate with others matters a lot. And if one cannot relate beyond the desire to be unique, and not achieve some sort of purity in the process, I think that  one’s being different is of no use. Fashion is supposed to inspire, and evoke feelings, emotions and thoughts that other forms of art cannot. And if a person is so oblivious to the rest of the world, i think the art just fails to leave the mark. That’s one of the reason the cohesiveness of the collection matters so much.

It’s only cohesive if the people staring down the runway see the cohesiveness; the cohesiveness is not just for the designer him/herself, but the ones who see the piece of clothing, and the ones who wear it.

Yes, being weird will get you noticed, and I firmly believe in the quote of Andy Worhol

In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes

Yes, you shall get your fifteen minutes, after that, what? What will you do after that? Who will you be? Will you be someone so deluded by the weirdness and the fickleness of the industry that takes micro seconds to change?

But if you think about it in terms of art, i think it is very necessary to be different and think different. Because a person’s art is an embodiment of who they are and if one is not different, does not think different, how will one create something different. But it does not justify being a self absorbed diva. I think people think being a diva is going to accredit them in front of others. What it does, in turn, is just cone off as very crass and bitchy. Confidence is also something that matters, but it doesn’t mean to diss people. I think a lot of people just think their word is the final verdict, for themselves. But if one thinks that way, how will the mind open up to experiencing and absorbing new things. Its like one needs to be vulnerable to a point where the vulnurabilities become strengths. Get what i mean?

You just need to see deeper than the shallowness projected by fashion. You need to look deep into yourself, regardless of what the fashion makes you believe. You need to find you, and embrace what makes you unique. Not be unique for the sake of being different. What if you are just like the rest of us? What if one is not that unique? You don’t need to be a diva to get far. When Tyra Banks says Fierce, it means embrace the weirdness of you. Not what other people think of you. You can only be fearless if you are true to your roots.

Can you still survive? Yes. You can. Just be you. Do what you love and be who you are.

Superficiality is very transparent. One can see right through it. Be opaque. Be deep. Be who you were meant to be. Be skin deep.

Outfit – Going Tribal

tribal menswear t shirt tee navajo mensI have been in love with the navajo/tribal print for so long, I had been craving for it in some of the menswear brands here in Pakistan. So I was surprised when this shirt caught my eye randomly walking outside my college, which happens to be in a very commercial area. I think this shirt was a steal.

I chose sandals to go along with it to complete the whole tribal look, i mean, i can’t wear shoes to a tribal event, right?! *bad joke*

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Outfit – Grunge

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I think I’m just going through one of my phases where I just wanna be left alone to contemplate about things. So it just fits the whole brooding and moody feel i am going through nowadays. The faded grey jeans, the black tee and my combat boots.

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3rd Feature at IFB Links à la Mode: What Really Matters

I am honored to have been selected the third time by IFB for the weekly Links a la Mode section of Independent Fashion Bloggers. It’s a big deal to be selected out of so many submissions, and having over a 60,000 members i’m so humbled to be among the lucky few to have been selected.

This time, the post selected is

Bareeze Man S/S’14 – The Dapper Road Trip.

My previous posts that made it to the feature were

1. Existentialism and Fashion in Pakistan

2. 5 Innovative Collections from London Collections: Men + Trends off LCM

You can read the posts by clicking on their names.

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Here’s the link up to the feature:-

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What Really Matters

This week has been rough for a lot of us. The news is full of terrible things. Sometimes it’s hard to focus when the world seems to be descending into chaos. But, at the end of the day, we all have to show up to our regular lives. Family, friends, work, creating the best life possible. Sometimes fashion seems, well, not the highest on the list of priorities, so sometimes you just have to return to the basics, the classics to work for you while you get your life on track. It’s not all about the clothes.

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Bareezé MAN S/S 2014 – The Dapper Road Trip

We’ve had a dearth of sartorially lovable menswear brands in Pakistan that cater to a westernized approach to clothing. But latelly things have been changing. One of the game changers to enter the really really shallow waters of Paki menswear is Bareeze MAN. They’ve been active for over two years but now they’ve gone bigger than before by actively showing their Spring/Summer 2014 collection not only at PSFW but also at the recently held Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Amsterdam.

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The collection, obviously is themed around the modern traveler who likes to look good while going on the road trips. The earthy tones of sunset orange, brown, white and blue make it obvious that it chose to hit a spot close to nature, for a road trip through the city is never really a road trip. It stems from the glorious mountains you pass through, the cross roads that confuse you, the waters that seduce you, and the roads that lead to nowhere.

This collection is a homage to the modern man that has the ability to not succumb to the concrete. This collection is a journey of innocence, that connects man to what made him, and in return, falling in love with one’s self all over. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a very masculine collection, too. It’s a basic collection for every man to be worn every day. From work to partying, to hitting the road, it has it all.

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The one at PSFW featured menswear staples that are a must for every man to have in the wardrobe, maybe even the jumpsuit, since it’s making waves everywhere. But what differed was the details this time.

The leather, the suede, the white pants, and the shoes; everything was distinctively modern and spot on!

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The orange camo print jacket/waist coat was heartbreakingly amazing. I loved the leather accents through and through.

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The styling, I admit, looked better than at PSFW. Somehow, the collection seemed more enticing this time, thanks to the styling.

And once again, we look forward to the progress Bareeze MAN will bring to the Pakistani Menswear.

Here are some of the backstage images.

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Dhoti Suit: Yay or Nay? Anju Modi @ India Couture Week

So the menswear in India is picking things up quick. The recently held India Couture Week featured some spicy menswear, and when i say spicy, i mean something mouth wateringly delicious. We are, sub continental, after all (thus the analogy). It’s the first time I am stepping across the border and noticing stuff. And this is an idea I just had to talk about.

Anju Modi Dhoti Suit India Couture week

While the sherwani has been aptly been used with the dhoti, it came off as a bit of a pleasant surprise when i saw the dhoti paired up with the tux jacket; thus term Dhoti Suit. Now this is something to look at. Wear a dhoti with your suit jacket, and ditch the trousers. This is so unbelievably desi! Anju Modi being the designer to bring it to my attention.

Over the years, menswear from the sub continent has adopted so many “western” trends into the eastern wardrobe, but this just stumps them all. It’s desi innovation at its best, no?

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Well, this is actually the bandh gala jackets, and not exactly a suit jacket, but you get the point!

tell me what you guys think of it? yay or nay?

REPUBLIC by Omar Farooq at the Woolmark

As one sits and ponders over the state of menswear, one can’t help but sigh. It’s not hopeless, it’s just that there’s so much cacophony, everything gets confused and in this confusion it all gets lost. As I said earlier, it’s very important to know where one stands and what he wants for himself, even in fashion. Brands and labels, when start off, get lost along the journey. A very important part of it is staying true to their roots and ideals. One of such labels in Pakistan who stuck to it’s signature and ideas from the start has been REPUBLIC by Omar Farooq. Omar’s attention to the details of his pieces, and the thought he puts into them sets him apart. When one is in need of a true Italian suit, REPUBLIC is there at the front, and you cannot ask for much more precision and perfection, considering this is Pakistan. It was because of these (and obviously other great) reasons that REPUBLIC was nominated for the Woolmark Prize. Now this is a big deal, for a Pakistani designer to be nominated for one of the most prestigious fashion awards in the world. YSL and Karl Lagerfeld were of the first few winners when this award was launched. You see, this award recognizes only the best in the game, those working with wool hands on, and being innovative with whatever work they produce. Fullscreen capture 7262014 60838 PM.bmp It was a pleasure to see Republic’s name on the same page as Public School NY, and Agi and Sam. This nomination is a testament to the fact that REPUBLIC has earned a name for itself not only nationally and internationally as well! His label is the “it” label for high quality menswear, and if you are in the mood to splurge on good clothing, REPUBLIC is the option.   Fullscreen capture 7262014 60914 PM.bmpWhen I reached out to Omar to tell me about his experience with Woolmark, he said it was one of those experiences where one can only learn more and more and grow. He said that being in Pakistan, one doesn’t get to know how to reach out to the clientele besides the one in Pakistan, and having experienced the Woolmark nomination, he saw that we need to expand our horizons and delve into the deep waters of fashion. A person needs top be challenged, and Woolmark was just the experience to teach one that, says Omar. Fullscreen capture 7262014 60845 PM.bmp Apart from that, Omar had to say that get your paperwork done in time. It will make things hectic once it comes a time to show at the regionals. It won’t even leave you time to go out sightseeing comfortably. While REPUBLIC unfortunately didn’t get to go on to compete at the world wide stage of the Woolmark, being a part of the Woolmark experience, and getting to be nominated among so many high profile international labels, is just an amazing thing for Pakistani fashion. Fullscreen capture 7262014 60956 PM.bmp We should be proud that Pakistan creates such amazing designers who have the potential to go to the international level and make a name for us. It is up to us to provide our designers the ability to expand and evolve in their creative pursuits so that we keep getting innovative collections over the years. What I have learned and observed from this experience is that Playing safe just won’t cut it anymore if Pakistani fashion wants to expand globally, or even nationally. We can’t stay at a static point in our fashion approaches and diss every other person who tries to break the norm. We need to encourage differential approaches and methods to fashion in Pakistan, and let the boundaries grow. Step out of our comfort zones. Here’s hoping REPUBLIC goes places around the globe and makes a name for not only itself, but also the Pakistani fashion industry. Wishing Omar all the best, with lots of love! Fullscreen capture 7262014 60855 PM.bmpImages Courtesy: Republic’s Instagram here