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Dude or dandy

india Updated: Apr 18, 2010 17:13 IST
Rochelle Pinto
Rochelle Pinto
Hindustan Times
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In a male-dominated world, it’s the women that get all the attention. Bar a few names like Shah Rukh Khan, Rahul Khanna and Saif Ali Khan, men rarely make it to the best-dressed list .SRK made the cravat popular while Rahul Khanna’s understated style means you won’t catch him dead in a flashy suit. And with the recent entry of two big names, the high-fashion Canali store at the Palladium and the Karan Johar-Varun Bahl menswear line at Aza men, looks like their style might just rub off on the rest of the city.

Eclectic designer Arjun Saluja beams, “Men’s shopping choices are becoming more interesting. They aren’t just buying suits from one place; they’re putting together looks by shopping around for great pieces.” While there are many who would dispute that, Saluja continues, “I introduced a pair of wide-legged pants that resembled a deconstructed dhoti. It will obviously not become a mass market garment, but there are many men who have bought it and come back for more because of how comfortable and original they are.”

Costume designer to most of male Bollywood, Shabina Khan makes another point. “I think fashion, even for formal events, has become more casual. I see lots of young stars opting for Blazers instead of suits.” She gives the blazer trend her vote of confidence, declaring that they can be worn with a T-shirt and jeans just as easily as with linen trousers. “This is the look that you will see at most summer weddings. Only close relatives will wear a full suit.”

Being summer, men need to try and put a little colour in their wardrobe, says celeb favourite Narendra Kumar, adding “Even if it’s only wearing a bright shirt, give it a try. But don’t forget to wear pants that are in the same colour family so that it doesn’t contrast too strongly.”