I-Day fashion check: PM Modi goes sober, stately and formal

  • Snigdha Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 15, 2015 13:45 IST
Modi’s attire was smart, as usual, and he sported a striking saffron turban. There was a huge crowd, listening patiently on a muggy Delhi morning. (Ajay Aggarwal/ HT Photo)

Power dressing is not only a fashion concept, but a political statement too. The best example? Our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, making quite a statement while giving his second Independence Day speech at the Red Fort in the national capital.

As compared to last year, fashion experts say the look is sobered up, but more stately and formal. In 2014, Modi’s saffron and green turban in traditional bandhani from Kutch made quite a sartorial stir when he paired it up with his trademarked, half-sleeved Modi kurta. This time around, the PM kept it classy in a full-sleeved kurta in a butterscotch-gold hue, topped with a matching, crisp bandhgala. The mustard coloured turban too matched steps with the attire, and seemed to be made of Gujarati Mashru weave.

Designer Rina Dhaka says the formal mood of Modi’s ensemble reflects sartorial maturity over the course of a year. "The look is more sombre this year, played-down and safer as compared to last year, when he had just come to power. Picking a traditional turban for the second time is great and his choice of clothing is reflective of his state of mind —more mature sartorially, with a definite formal, more responsible touch."

For designer Anand Bhushan, Modi’s Make in India philosophy still reflects in his dressing. "Modi has always paid tribute to the humble Indian textile. Not only does it lift the spirit of a dying industry but also generates a sense of belonging. Practice what you preach seems to be Modi's key note and he justifies his 'Make in India' real well," Bhushan says.

Twitter too has been abuzz with turban talk, and the most interesting part? Some people are comparing the weave to the iconic checkered print by British label Burberry. Twitter user Nidhi Goenka Goel posted on the website saying: "PM Modi in his Burberry check inspired turban and a tri colour pocket square symbolising the spirit of modern India!! (sic)"

More Twitter gossip claims that the turban could also belong to French fashion house, Louis Vuitton. While the toned-down look has its takers, designer Nida Mahmood feels last year’s look induced a greater sense of fervour. "I think last year it was more approachable in spirit with the half sleeved kurta and this year it is conventional formal. Known to have strong sartorial choices, it would have been more interesting to see him in a bolder look."

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