Let’s be honest. Every once in a while, you’d like to impress your buddies by dressing like those male models at fashion week, but you can’t seem to pull it off. You know you should probably sit up front at a few menswear shows making mental notes, but either finding time or landing an invite has proved to be your undoing. You intend to watch televised versions of the latest shows on Fashion TV for a spot of inspiration, but every time you tune in, you end up watching a lingerie or swimwear show instead. We’ve even assisted in your endeavour by sharing a list of the top 5 trends for men you should try right now, but you have yet to take that information and adapt it for your own use. Well, stop waiting around for a magical wardrobe transformation to happen while you style-doze. Even if Cinderella’s fairy godmother did exist for men, those clothes would turn to rags at midnight! The bottom line is simple. You can’t snooze while the style stakes are being upped at fashion week every season and still expect to look fashion forward. You’ve got remedy your wardrobe malady immediately.
Okay, so now you’re all worked up. Don’t be. You needn’t worry about trying to decode what happened at fashion week, because you have us to do that for you. We’ve taken all the best menswear action and translated those ramp styles into trends you can actually understand. Our style tips are guaranteed to up your game, so when you head out for a night on the town next, you will look as ramp-ready as ever!
MAKE MONOCHROME MAGIC
Say a silent prayer of thanks. You can now safely relegate those bold (read ‘ludicrous’) colour-blocking days to the past. Monochrome has been catching up steadily over the past few years, leaving classically-inclined gentlemen thrilled. This year, the ramps were soothed by Ashish N Soni and Rajesh Pratap Singh’s power pantsuits in black and white, while the new vanguard offered up an interesting indie expression on the trend that’ll have you nailing that beach vacation in Goa or rock concert in Bali. Of course monochrome isn’t restricted to black, grey and white — it basically gives you the liberty to pick a colour (literally any colour) and play with hues and textures in the same colour. Unwind in style with designer Akshat Bansal’s take on the trend. His brand, BLoni, played up monochrome marvellously, with diaphanous kurtas and crisp tie-dye jackets in chanderi and Italian crepe. Pick a piece or two to wear as separates with other staples from your wardrobe — don’t mindlessly duplicate the designer’s ramp styling, because that may be a bit too much for the average night out.
UNLEASH YOUR INNER WARRIOR
Hold on, we’re not suggesting that you go on a vandalising rampage with your boys! Instead, take the outdoorsy and street-style look further by moving things up a notch from your large collection of hoodies and baggy sweaters. For inspiration, all you need is a glance at Abhishek Paatni’s label NoughtOne — the ex-model (now Creative Director of this funky two-year-old brand) rocks edgy and utilitarian like no one else. Offering up bombers, joggers and basketball shorts in bright colours, Paatni sparked the runway this year with a ninja/samurai-inspired collection, using Japanese quilting and Sashiko stitching. You don’t need to know what that is to take a page out of Paatni’s lookbook. Feel free to avoid his masculine warrior skirt if that’s too avant-garde for you, but don’t let it deter you from wearing his other amazing separates. His edgy outfits will have you looking spiffy as you sip on some scotch, but they’re perfect if you want to shuffle dance the night away too. No wonder actor Arjun Kapoor is a fan.
GET YOUR PRINT ON... PRINT
This millennial trend — rampant on Fall-Winter runways this year — needs plenty of care, discretion and inherent talent to pull off; unless you want to be a victim of unflattering Instagram posts. Whether graphic, geometric, floral, abstract or socially conscious, patterns are instant ice-breakers — and pairing them up successfully ensures attention from all the right quarters. To channel this trend for a semi-formal party, look to Varun Bahl’s India Couture Week 2017 collection. His embroidered floral stoles over waistcoats in ivory, onion pink and aquamarine were inspired by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha’s masterpieces. For a more casual — and uninhibited — interpretation of print-on-print, turn to Bengaluru-based Ajay Kumar’s floral-printed pants, cowl neck shirts and Rajasthani-style Bhagatri kurtas flush with quirky prints — from flowers, birds and elephants to moustachioed men in pagdis. If you style it right, you’ll stand out in a sea of boring solids.
BRING BACK METAL PUNK
Want to channel the bad boy/rocker look without seeming like a relic from the Eighties? Look to Manipur-born designer Asa Kazingmei for inspiration. At Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017, the Gen Next designer’s edgy, structural collection — inspired by the Johnnie Walker Striding Man — ruled the runway; with actor Vidyut Jammwal as showstopper in a leather/denim jacket and multi-pocket pant with zipper detailing. The action hero’s natty man-bun may not something you can copy, but Kazingmei’s arsenal of leather panels, metal studs and sleeveless bomber jackets pack some seriously desirable swag. On your next boys’ night out, pair khakis with a battle-ready, laser-cut black hoodie with multiple-strap-detailing and calf-high military boots. Once you’ve pulled that off, aim higher and edgier — eventually you may be able to rock a Naga armour vest to unwind in style with your squad!
KEEP YOUR DESI WARDROBE TONED DOWN
For some inexplicable reason, Indian men tend to get infused with extra shots of ‘devil-may-care’ flamboyance during festive occasions and weddings — pulling out all the stops to unleash a riot of colours, prints and embroideries, all in one blitzkrieg of an outfit! Desi excess, dear boys, is now outdated! Take a leaf from Tarun Tahiliani’s legendary fit and simple but flawless construction, in a line of breezy salwars, sherwanis and bundis. The designer’s Lakme Fashion Week collection this year came alive with subtle detailing like Parsi embroidery on the high collars of sherwanis, patent leather Oxfords and peeping pocket squares. Keep it classically austere at that next sangeet and you’re golden… not literally, of course!
Image Credits: gqindia.com; vogue.in; vervemagazine.in; urbanasian.com; asakazingmei.co.in; shilpaahuja.com; michaelkors.com
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