Friday, September 16, 2011

Top Wardrobe Picks: Van Heusen India Men’s Week 2011

For a cosmopolitan man, the recently concluded VHIMW 2011 was a sneak into the global runaway. It was a spring/ summer 2012 preview.
Till recently, cropped/folded ankle length bottoms, seen only on the streets of London and Berlin, has finally found its way on the Indian men’s fashion runaway….much of a global headway now. And going forward, bottoms were visible in velveteen (velvet like), plaids, stripes and not to miss the florals.
If you were to pick trends from the VHIMW, not all, but some could definitely find a way in your wardrobe. Here are some main highlights of the fashion week that can be incorporated into your wardrobe.
Churidaars were quite prominent but finishing just above the ankle….do flaunt it, if you can.
Neat tailoring with clean silhouettes was the key. Though we saw lots of jodhpuris, a cut, which not many would dare to carry. But yes, if you are blessed by the Greek gods, then team it up with a Nehru jackets in riots of colors.
Jackets were showcased by almost all the designers, cuts and surface ornamentation being the focal spot. Interesting collar cuts, some quite asymmetric, yet wearable by an average Indian guy. Self printed outerwear and heavy embroidered ones stood out. Neutral colored bandhgalas with contrasting shirt or a tee peeping from inside, can be interestingly played.
Some really interesting and unheard cuts (in the Indian context) were visible – cowl in light weight jersey. For the western counterparts, this is a regular on the runaway, trickling down to the street fashion. If you are a Rampal brother, go ahead and flaunt, or else just watch.
Saw some good jerseys in self prints with vibrant color base. A must have in your wardrobe.
Organic and handspun feel made it very global Indian. Shibori and traditional ikat weave techniques (also in print form) were few of the favored picks.
Layering came as a strong form of dressing. crushed jackets, textured trousers, scarves and colored socks interestingly put together. Be careful with the color play…very important for balanced layered look. The look for the season was clean muted classic tones(earthy tones), mix in with bright pinks, oranges, lilacs, blues and reds.
Accessories, no longer a women thing…….bags – big , small, in hand, across shoulder sling ones were hot pick. Black, tan, blue ruled. Leather and canvas surfaced often.
Another interesting piece was a pocket square….bhandgalas, Nehru jackets, all accessorized with a contrasting piece of square cloth in solid tones or prints.
Hats are catching up fast.
Footwear in canvas and leather with colorful laces, can be your pick.
Cuts were a mix of traditional and western.
Source: Mensxp


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