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Van Heusen India Mens Week: Day 3

Van Heusen India Mens Week at Day 3, also remained awesome as many designers presented their collections.

fashion and trends Updated: Sep 06, 2011 01:10 IST
Hindustan Times
Troy Costa,Rohit,Abhishek

Evening look
Designer:Troy Costa
Review:The designer presented an evening look with his men walking in with bow ties and dinner jackets. He played around with the fit of his jackets in a nicely tapered form. Suits were immaculately made even as a couple of jackets gave away in terms of the its overall buttoned looks. Trousers were comfortable yet stayed close to the legs and patterns on the surface traversed through geometry,

Macho appeal
Designers: Rohit and Abhishek
Review: There was a masculine statement with an impressive presentation of traditional silhouettes such as jodhpuris and safari jackets in the most contemporary manner with metal buttons and expandable trouser hems. Jackets were particularly mentionable as they were tailored to perfection.Colours were muted and controlled.

Fun element
Designer: Manoviraj Khosla
Review: The playful offerings consisted of shorts and suits. Turned up trousers and jackets, and a combination of fun colours made the collection easy on appeal. Particularly interesting were his striped pants and grey linen printed jacket, white trench jacket, purple silk layered Nehru jacket and black waist coat with coloured top stitches.

Fab for fit
Designers: Shantanu and Nikhil
Review: If you are fit and have a sense for style, then what these designer brothers presented will be an apt option for you. The duo kept trousers to the slimmest minimum while playing with their contemporarily made traditional mens garments, adding some colours. Surfaces were textured and treated carefully making an uncluttered clean look.

Youth appeal
Designers: Karan Johar + Varun Bahl
Review: Varun Bahl made a collection different from what he has done so far for the label Karan Johar + Varun Bahl. He played around with crushed look, bringing in the grunge feel on his creations. He managed to play well with softer looks on his line-up of men (cowls) along with structured look (jackets). Add to that colours such as amber, mustard and pistachio and the result was a collection that spelt total style.

Drool moment
At the grand finale show by designers Karan Johar and Varun Bahl, models also showcased some skimpy, silken boxer shorts. As soon as the models walked in wearing printed shorts, guests couldn’t help but drool at the taut, toned bodies.

What a scare
For those who were letting their hair down at the fashion week, when suddenly the fire alarm began ringing in the evening, it gave them a reason to worry. Surprisingly, the alram went off at least thrice during the evening. But, just when everyone began talking if there was a reason to worry, the organisers got it fixed.

Hubby love
As actor Imran Khan walked the ramp, he had some support from the home turf. His wife Avantika had come to watch her husband catwalk and seemed more excited than him about his ramp walk.

Style moment
Before the mensweek took off, fashion watchers ruedhow Indian men are not big on accessories and about a paucity of great accessories for men to complete the look. But seems like from what we saw on the runway, this might change soon. Man bags and boots at Rohit and Abhishek’s show got a great response.

What a shocker
On the last day of the menswear week, some guests were taken aback by a rude shock when they found that a guest complained of his bag being stolen. The security got hold of the accused who had tried to pick pocket at the venue and returned the bag to the owner.

Fashion is a very creative job
D irector Madhur Bhandarkar, who came on the last day of the mens week, was all praise for the fashion industry. He said, “I have a lot of designer friends and they called me, so I am here. I am curious to see the latest trends, textures, styles of men’s fashion. I appreciate people in the fashion world as it is a very creative job. I know it is a task to put together a show.”

Designer wear for a steal
Actor Dino Morea was present at the venue to announce the collaboration with FDCI to work with designers on new collections for websites. Dino said the website ( is a huge hit for selling Kareena Kapoor style kurtis from the film, Bodygaurd. FDCI president Sunil Sethi said, “Not everyone can buy a lehenga worth R3,00,000 but can surely buy something for R300 from the website.”

What has been the worst menswear trend ever

“Those check print scarves look like table cloths and should not be worn on the body”
The worst fashion trend for men of all times I would say is this new fad of wearing those chequered scarves around the necks. Abhorring.

- Shaan Thadani, fashion store owner

“Ill -fitted jeans on men as it spoils the entire look and a man’s physique”
Indian men should wear the right size and fit when it comes to jeans. Also the striped and check shirts are a little tiring and boring to see on men.

- Gaurav Gupta, designer

“Men wearing dhotis without any real style is a bad fashion trend”
I think what does not look nice is men who wear dhotis without the right pairing. Crumpled dhotis without the right pairings is the worst trend.

- Leena Singh, designer

“Skinny jeans. I think it cuts down circulation from the waist downward
I don’t understand this whole trend of skinny jeans on men. It doesn’t look good at all. I wonder why men wear it at all.
- Jamal Shaikh, Editor, Men’s Health

First Published: Sep 05, 2011 16:50 IST