Fashion gets weird: Are woollens in summer the new trend?

  • Deekshita Baruah, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2015 23:41 IST

Do you automatically start feeling itchy when you hear the words 'wool' in summers? It's not a surprise that most of us start reaching out for our cotton and linen suits. But how about picking up the winter fabric for comfort this season?

No, wait! Don't just leave. As absurd as it sounds, eminent designers Suket Dhir, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Timothy Everest debunked the myth that wool is only a winter fabric.

The collection was inspired by unconventional colours.

At an event at the Australian High Commission on Monday, the designers presented a spring-summer 'cool wool' collection designed especially for Indian summer.

Suket Dhir's collection consisted of formals in both peppy and dusty colours -- yellow, salmon, peach, blue, grey and brown in subtle Indian prints. The designer believes that it is just here in India that people have a preconceived notion that woollen can only be worn in winter.

Shades of salmon and dusty colours made it to the runway.

Dhir added, "We have used Indian prints in a very global way and have incorporated dusty colours as it works well with all skin tones."

Rajesh Pratap Singh's creations were dominated by white, navy, indigo and black. He roped in a celebrity showstopper -- Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, who donned a black woollen sherwani with a cloak on top.

Shades of neutral: Models pose for the camera.

Singh said, "The collection is made out of 100% Merino wool. It's light and cool and is suitable for all weathers."

London-based designer Timothy Everest, who has designed for international icons such as David Beckham and Tom Cruise, focussed more on formals with hints of pop colours in the collars.

The spring-summer collection was more about formal menswear.

Speaking at the occasion, Stuart Mc Cullough of The Woolmark Company said, "We believe that soft tailoring and deconstructing tailored apparel works particularly well with cool wool fabrics allowing the wearer to function comfortably in harsh, hot climates."

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