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The bulky look is passé

Heavy biceps and extra broad chests are still favoured by most of our designers while in the West, ‘normal, softer’ looks have been the preference for quite a while now.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2010 01:31 IST
Vinod Nair

Recently in the newspapers, I saw photos of one more model audition. This time, it was for the ensuing men’s fashion week. This made me wonder as to how our male models still follow the heavy looks and still do fairly well on the Indian runways.

Heavy biceps and extra broad chests are still favoured by most of our designers while in the West, ‘normal, softer’ looks have been the preference for quite a while now. While the western runways prefer ‘boyish’ looks with small, lean frames, here we still see the hefty, mannish look being the favourite.

It’s kind of strange. The bulky look has been long gone but we have them on our runways. For me, it’s kind of intimidating. It makes me think that I can only wear that outfit which I liked on the runway if I had shoulders and chest like Hulk Hogan’s. Not good. I feel inferior, dejected and small…

ModelWhen I saw the news of the male model audition, I hoped that this time, may be we get to see more real models at the men’s fashion week. I think it’s about time that we started looking for newer, leaner looks that can fit into the way normal people look in the men’s fashion segment.

While I somewhat agree that female models somewhat fit into the scheme of things, male look need to undergo drastic changes in terms of their physical appearance. Bulk has to go and it should immediately be replaced with leaner, smarter looks.

It’s not surprising then that when one goes to the stores too, what we get to see most is fairly larger sizes. Be it shirts or jackets, most designer stores offer sizes that are larger and shapes that are boxy. Does this reflect the sizes that we get to see on the runway? Barring a few, it does. Very few makes slim fit anyway.

I think the look should change ASAP. I doubt whether we need bulk on the runway. It’s intimidating in real life, then why drag the same on to the runway? I think it will be much more pleasant to see boyish charm sweeping the runway. The softer look for men is what is lacking on the runway and that’s what we should look for!