Designs on Men

Five designers from Delhi,Mumbai and Pune display their creations as part of the city’s first Men’s Week.

Written by Anjali Jhangiani KP | Published: November 20, 2013 3:31:24 am

The next season of fashion,spring-summer 2014 beckons quirky designs. Be it funky prints,interesting cuts,or eye brow-raising colour stories,the criteria for men’s fashion is “fun”. Taking the idea forward,Rudraksh Pop Up Store at Raro,Koregaon Park,hosts the city’s first Men’s week,with the work of five popular menswear designers on display till the end of this week. As soon as one enters the store,the brightest designs to catch the eye are in the Quirk Box section. The jackets,shorts and shirts have a collection of colourful minions printed on them,but the bestseller is a suit with a stencil print of vintage cars. The city-based brand also has shirts from the latest “Stuck with Stupid” collection.

“The greatest ideas known to mankind are born as unrealistic thoughts and sheer chaos. Our designs can be described as a roller coaster ride over a colourful rainbow full of pop,kitsch,loud,yummy and tangy products with a load of attitude and spunk — fun menswear with a twist,” says Jayesh Sachdev from Quirk Box.

Keeping with the quirk factor,Delhi-based designer Rajesh Pratap Singh has introduced a line of T-shirts to team with the bottoms that he designs. Inspired from Mario Miranda’s cartoons,Singh’s T-shirts are ageless. “Those who were born in the ’70s grew up with Miranda’s cartoons. It is something we have admired and enjoyed. We requested him for permission to use his work on our T-shirts and he was glad to have them printed,” says Singh,who regrets that the cartoonist passed away before the T-shirts hit the racks in stores.

The store also displays Singh’s collection of denim Jodhpuris and polo-inspired bottoms — trousers which feature a bold curve starting from the hip and sloping down to the thigh. The trousers’ Indo-western look make a perfect team with the funky T-shirts. To match his range of bottoms,he has also designed a range of pathani kurtas in soft linen. A white jacket with print of tiny blue birds flocking together as they fly south,is a headturner. Another ash grey jacket made from regular suit material is given a twist with a double-tone shade towards the hem.

Singh extends his creative quirk to formal waistcoats as well. While the waistcoats look conventional from the front,the back has interesting cuts. Some are even backless to flaunt the work on a specially designed shirt meant to be worn inside.

Singh’s experiment with fusion of formal and casual outfits results in,what he likes to call,a tuxedo T-shirt. With the collar and yoke of a classy tuxedo shirt and the comfort of a lycra-based cotton T-shirt,the pieces are vanishing off the racks. The unique tuxedo T-shirts are available in a range of neutral colours and are best teamed with a semi-formal jacket. For those who are not yet ready to take on the funk revolution,Singh also has a range of crispy white shirts.

In the Indian wear section,the store showcases kurtas by Mumbai-based designer Krishna Mehta. Her ethnic wear features embroidery of colourful geometric motifs. She uses a variety of natural fabrics — ranging from crisp raw silk to comfortable washed cotton. The sherwanis successfully strike a balance between low-key and loud. A piece which stands out from the rack is an off-white kurta with intricate thread work all over the body and detailed bead work with tiny pearls on the bandhgala.

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