From anti-fit to the urban dandy, here’s all you need to know about menswear trends as seen at Indian fashion’s biggest event.
1) Antar-AgniAntar-Agni by Ujjawal Dubey
Ujjawal Dubey has become synonymous with anti-fit in the Indian fashion circles. A delectable fusion of western construction and ethnic Indian cuts, every man who wants to experiment wants to own pieces from his label, making him quite a favourite with Indian celebrities.
True to form, Dubey brought back his assymetrical kurta and drop-crotch dhoti pants (in a new colour palette, surprisingly), the uneven hemline kurta jackets and well-constructed muted kalidars.
2) Kunal Rawal
Casual and delightfully wearable, Kunal Rawal was one of the highlights this season with an understated collection high on detail.
It felt good to see Rawal concentrate on cuts and fits rather than a sequined Bollywood affair, adding a sense of maturity and old world charm to a peppy, young label.
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3) Péro by Aneeth Arora
Known for his anti-fit and zero constructed pieces, Arora surprised us with a mix of Indian textiles and athleisure trends this season.
Using long and short satin stitches, the label married popular fabrics like chanderi, jamdani and khadi checks and stripes with hoodies, trainers and tees.Heavy linen stripes balanced with discreetly printed florals were quite the winners.
4) Abraham and Thakore
Using only discarded fabrics like bed sheets, cushion covers and off- cuts, the duo made a creative attempt at recycling waste material from off cuts on the factory floor.
Bits of cloth from markets of Delhi and even packaging material of courier parcels were used in an innovative manner for the garments. By using techniques like boro, pojagi, kantha and quilting, the label presented a great fashion story for the urban dandy.
5) Rajesh Pratap Singh
The main focus of the collection was on khadi and old denim, along with fibres and yarns cleverly created from recycled plastic bottles and salvaged garments. To this motley list of materials, Singh added hand woven ikat and hand embroidery to stunning effect.
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Deconstruction and construction were a part of the balance, with wide boxy jackets, double lapel coat with hood, a mix of denim of all kinds and a fantastic cropped battle jacket as some of the stand out garments that were part of this innovative line.
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