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Overall, A well put-together event

The men’s week ended on a successful note and Sunil Sethi, president of FDCI and his team surely deserve a pat on the back for the well put-together event! writes Vinod Nair.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2009 18:32 IST
Vinod Nair

A scintillating presentation of uber stylish menswear by Ashish N Soni and Cue by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna at the grand finale marked the downing of curtains at the country’s first menswear week in Delhi on Sunday.

Ashish had the models don razor-sharp, stylish, narrow suits in peak lapels, contrasting bright coloured collars, cuffs, belts and shoes, large sleeve buttons and immaculately tailored suits, dinner jackets and tunics. Fashion conscious men are bound to make a beeline for his store shelves after this.

Cue by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna had a sporty feel to their lineup. The duo made sure the collection made their men look leaner, fitter, and stylish. Green jackets, short pants with ribbed hems, stylish overalls, hooded jackets and narrow lapelled jackets formed part of their collection.

Rajesh Pratap Singh, as always, received a rousing applause for his collection, which had some extremely well made wearable pieces and some made just for fun (what’s with the striped cabbie underpants that showed up on the runway?) The use of ecru khadi (two button jacket with red trims), khaki linen bandhgala, black linen satin trim jacket and ‘glass cotton’ handloom cotton bird print shirt etc bore the mark of his signature style and perfection.

I think for a first time effort (that too done rather in a hurry), the event took off pretty well. Barring a mix of seasons appearing on the runway (I presume there was no seasonal theme attached to the event), collections seemed pretty much for men and not for ‘pretty’ men.

Earlier in the day, whoever came looking for chikan work on Kotwaara by Meera and Muzaffar Ali went back home happy, seeing their rather plain surfaces. The duo’s creations were well made and presented with an impressive array of Jodhupuri pants and bandhgalas and kurtas.

At the Agents of Change show, young Nitin Bal Chauhan brought in a collection meant for college boys. With printed tees, stylish pants, heavy on accessories, his show evoked plenty of response. Later, he said the prices too will suit the youngsters’ pockets. Samant Chauhan showed a wearable lineup and also a couple of skirts on his men with jackets looking a bit broad. Zubair Kirmani brought in a collection that was crisp and very well made, especially his jackets and suits. A really good collection.

The men’s week ended on a successful note and Sunil Sethi, president of FDCI and his team surely deserve a pat on the back for the well put-together event!