Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) held in Delhi saw some very wearable, easy on the eye, pret menswear pieces.
Rajesh Pratap Singh
Inspiration: Selvedge denim
Highlights: Easily one of the most wearable collections at WIFW titled – Blue Blood brought back the selvedge denim made with pure indigo into mainstream fashion. The reclusive Mr Pratap kept the environmentalist impact of this offering in mind by using pure natural indigo and raw denim.
What we loved: The engineered shirt without an armhole was definitely the high point of the show. Hand and machine embroideries, chikan embroideries and the brand’s most identifiable insignia – the pintucks, patchwork jackets, polka appliques made it a treat for the eyes. Jackets, wide-legged trousers, shirts looked elegant on the kohl-eyed male models. Denim’s durability and toughness and its association with the working class was beautifully reflected in the line.
Inspiration: Contemporary art and modern youth
Highlights: It’s difficult to come across chic-yet-practical ready-to-wear menswear in today’s Indian market filled with bandis and bandhgalas. Josh Goraya presented a crisp, clean collection accented with pop, vibrant accents like neon green.
What we loved: The collection titled Lucid Play showcased lightweight linens, cottons and georgettes. The linen bandis which came without any underlining are definitely on my wishlist – perfect for sultry Mumbai weather.
Ashish N Soni
Highlights: The collection titled Plumage saw a panoply of prints – long feathers, downy feathers and wing feathers. The placement oriented prints on trousers, shirts and jackets added to the vibrancy of the layered ensembles.
What we loved: Jackets, double-breasted suits and bandis in a palette of white, teal and washed chambray were accented with feathers. Embellished sweatshirts and v-neck jumpers seem totally in sync with the currently trending sporty vibe.