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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014
What a line-up!
Vinod Nair, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 07, 2009
First Published: 20:33 IST(7/9/2009)
Last Updated: 20:58 IST(7/9/2009)
Designer Raghavendra Rathore walks the ramp with his models at Delhi Fashion Week in New Delhi. See special

Coming few days will have plenty of action in terms of fashion weeks in India. The season will kick off with the first men’s fashion week in the country followed immediately by the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) in Mumbai.

Then October-end will witness the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW), back in its original avtaar of one fashion week in the Capital. While participating designers will vie for attention at the Van Heusen India Mens Week (VHIMW), I am still a bit skeptical as to what kind of collections will they be unleashing on the fashion runway. How different will they be from their usual styles? I would love it if we get to see something contemporary rather than the run-of-the-mill stuff with embroidery on their boxy shapes.

After all, how often do we don the men’s styles we some times see on the runway? Indian men, unlike women, wear western clothes to work and party, let’s not forget that. Of course, bandhgalas and kurtas are welcome, too. After all, Italians have now started invading India with their version of Indian wear for men. A couple of days ago, I was chatting with Paolo Canali, the sales director of world-renowned luxury menswear label Canali.

Paolo was here to launch his version of bandhgalas, ‘Canali Nawab’. He told me that he was very optimistic about it with several men already lunging for the product tailor-made for them. Indian in appeal and made in Italy, guys aren’t complaining. I must confess, Italian bandhgalas looked damn neat… razor-sharp styles. All the more reasons for our designers to show what they can do when it comes to traditional, formal wear.

With two of the menswear legends — Ravi Bajaj and Narendra Kumar Ahmed — being part of the event, I hope to see some smart gears for men at the fashion week. Both will be seen for the first time here during the menswear week. As for LFW, I look forward to Tarun Tahiliani’s finale presentation.

For me, Tarun too is somewhat a coup of sorts for LFW — the man who is known well for not leaving any stone unturned when it comes to his presentation styles. His association with Levi’s and their shows at LFW has always been something worth watching. And of course, on the first day evening LFW will have a collective show by all the Grand Finale designers who have shown there in the last 10 years. Surely, that will also be something worth seeing.


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