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Patching a plan to suits

The recently-concluded menswear weeks in Milan and Paris saw tailoring in a new light.

fashion and trends Updated: Jun 26, 2019 17:48 IST
Manish Mishra
Manish Mishra
Hindustan Times, Delhi
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A model presents a creation for Juna Watanabe Man, during Men's Spring/Summer 2020 fashion show in Paris. (AFP)

The classic suit received a patchworked flourish at the recently showcased menswear Spring Summer 2020 lines. Designers spliced and combined contrasting patterns, prints and textures, wreaking a visually sumptuous assault.

A model presents a creation for Juna Watanabe Man. ( AFP )

While Versace pieced together heritage fabric with solid blacks, Marni mixed camel with plaid and Junya Watanabe’s runway saw a flurry of artfully patchworked jackets and coats. “What I like about this trend is the fact that it injects an X factor to the tailoring aspect of menswear, besides making the overall look chiselled. Also, it’s far more relatable to a lot of guys, who stick to a safe colour zone. Having said that, this trend has been around in bowling and Cuban shirts for the last couple of seasons and this time, it makes its presence felt in tailored pieces,” says stylist Isha Bhansali.

A model presents a creation for fashion house Marni during the presentation of its men's spring/summer 2020 fashion collection in Milan. ( AFP )

A model presents a creation for fashion house Neil Barrett. ( AFP )


Indian designers like Doodlage and Nikhil D have rooted for upcycling and reusability time and again, but this season, it’s done in a chic format on global ramps. Stylist Divyak D’Souza says, “I see the emergence of a dystopian man, who’s a nonconformist dresser. Be it the clash of prints with the solid or a push on deconstruction — the idea is to be a bit subversive when wearing these pieces.”


Stylist Mohit Rai observes that clean tailoring in menswear has been around for a while now and this is a nice variation. “I see these clothes in a rich cultural context as there’s a conversation between the traditional menswear textile along with folksy textures and prints,” says Rai.

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First Published: Jun 24, 2019 14:52 IST