As Narendra Modi was sworn-in as the Prime Minister of India, our panel of fashion experts dissected his style and that of his newly-elected cabinet, as it turned out in its fashionable best at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Known for favouring bandhgalas worn over the trademark, half-sleeved ‘Modi Kurta’, NaMo changed it up for the occasion in a light coloured, underplayed ensemble.
“This is his new look — more formal, and well put-together. Modi chose a full-sleeved kurta which suited the seriousness of the grand event,” said fashion designer Rina Dhaka.
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Fashion Design Council of India president, Sunil Sethi, also gave a thumbs up to the outfit. “I think he kept it austere with the organic, dull cappuccino waistcoat worn over the khadi silk kurta and churidaar. In true spirit of the occasion, it was lovely to see the lotus being replaced by an Indian tricolour pin,” he said.
Our politicians are known for preferring understated monochrome as their choice of attire, and the event was no exception. Newly elected minister, Arun Jaitley opted for a white jacket worn over a white kurta — a look that won our panel over. Apart from Jaitley, the sari-clad Najma Heptulla also got a high style score.
While Uma Bharti’s choice of the BJP’s signature saffron came as no surprise, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, also chose to add to the tangerine touch. Some colour was also added by Nitin Gadkari in a stylish midnight blue version which he wore over his kurta.