Menswear highlights from Lakme Fashion Week

Lakme Fashion Week saw some interesting menswear pieces which were fun, wearable and also innovative. Aren’t we all tired of seeing bandhgalas and double breasted suits on the ramp? Well, that sells but isn’t a platform like fashion week the ultimate place to look for a new, refreshing creative energy. Honestly, menswear space in India is untapped and there’s enough scope for the up and coming designers to find a footing. Even though the fraction of men who are willing to experiment with newer silhouettes, cuts and drapes may seem small, there’s definitely a new curiosity towards dressing up with a twist amongst men especially in the cities. Let’s check out which menswear shows rocked this time at LFW.

MOODY, BROODY, GRUNGE: Lalit Sengar 

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Designer Lalit Sengar’s line was inspired by Art Nouveau. Ornate motif, Art Deco references, camouflage and floral prints – formed the heart of this collection. It had a duality- it managed to looked country yet modern at the same time. Using textiles like cotton, Chanderi, linen with block prints, hand embroidery and screen prints and a palette of pastels like beige, ecru, grey and white; the line was a feast for the eyes.

We loved the fact that the inside of the jacket was as beautiful as the outside. Asymmetrical necklines, military style epaulets and the clever use of prints on the inside which just popped.   

Also, the show was stunningly styled – models wore gold jewellery on their faces and the bandage was used as footwear. 

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PREPPY WITH AN EDGE: Sanjay Hingu 

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Designer Sanjay Hingu has been making his presence felt in the menswear space for many seasons now. He took a break from LFW for a few seasons and made a comeback again with a smart, fun collection. 

The line titled, Men will be boys showed jackets with cheery, vibrant print on sleeves. We loved the giant bus image at the back on one of the pieces. Well-cut and tailored jackets have always been Sanjay’s forte and this time too his double and single breasted jackets were lean and short with two back vents and narrow lapels. We loved summery blazers, a solo checked dungaree, floral collars and pockets flaps.

However, the choice of footwear was disappointing and also the frumpy bags and satchels, which the models carried didn’t really complement the great ensembles. 

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Real Men Wear Metallics: Rajesh Pratap Singh

I have always been a fan of his country-inspired, minimal aesthetic. It’s hard not to fall in love with his pristine white, pin-tucked shirts which have become quite iconic in Indian fashion folklore. Having said that, let’s get back to his finale show at LFW which was quite experimental. When I saw the show, the metallic fabric used in the jackets looked lamé but when I read the PR release, it turned out that they were woven in silver, stainless steel, paper, aluminium, hand woven and spun khadi, silk and linen.

The blouson with attached scarf worn as a hoodie on a suit stoof out. Loved the metallic ribbed jackets, bermudas and trousers. 

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