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Big names, affordable prices

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 16, 2010 20:08 IST
Rochelle Pinto
Rochelle Pinto
Hindustan Times
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High end designers are coming to a store near you. Rogue menswear designer Kunal Rawal is tying up with Provogue to design a menswear collection for them. After his Cuban inspired Spring/Summer line at Lakme Fashion Week was well-received, Rawal will bring his easy aesthetic to the popular brand.

Narendra Kumar Ahmed is designing a line for Killer jeans. Kumar has already worked with Provogue and also regularly designs capsule collections for Westside. “They approached me to create a premium brand in Killer.

We realised that everything had already been done so it was a challenge to come up with a more modern take on jeans,” Kumar explains.

They decided to move away from embellishments and distressed looks and try a more tailored approach. “Expect unconventional cuts and tailoring that will make denims smarter and slicker,” he assures us of his line that will be priced between Rs 3,500 to 7,000.

Kumar predicts different jacket styles for men including bomber and sports jackets. Jeans will feature super-slim cuts… forcing men to be super fit. Women will enjoy slick jeans and corset denim dresses and fitted mini-skirts.

Dressing 101
Ask Kumar about the high-waist denim trend that appeared a while ago and he says, “Indian women are heavier on the hips and that style only works on very slim women. Similarly, ultra-low jeans don't work when you have to constantly pull on your t-shirt to cover up.”

Another don't in his book — jeans that have too many pockets, adding bulk to the frame. Experiment with washes instead. Kumar also offers one last nugget- when buying jeans go for one size smaller. “Denim expands even by the second wash,” he reveals. “So play it safe by opting for a size smaller, ensuring it fits you longer.”

For women
Pair a skinny bottom with a voluminous top in cotton or with prints, advises Kumar. “It looks great in proportion and brings focus to the shoulders.

The style also suits most body types unless you're obese.” Those who are heavy on the hips can try this with longer tops, while slim girls can go shorter.

Denim skirts are making a comeback especially when paired with leggings or layered over another skirt. “But don't try the typical cheerleader skirts,” Kumar warns. “Try a fitted look instead.”

For men
The fit is still slim and is athletic in nature with lots of sports jackets and zip-ups paired with sleek sneakers. Different washes, especially the raw look make denim more sophisticated.