Friday, April 8, 2016

Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016: My favourite menswear collections/designers

While I have done a post each on Manish Malhotra's and Rohit Bal's collections because they both were spectacular spectacular collections for men and women, there were a few more designers who had some really epic collections and they are who I am going to be talking in this post and the next. This one is going to be focused on my favourite menswear collections/designers from Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016.

Quirk Box's 'This is not fashion. This is art.' Collection

Quirk Box is one label that I am fiercely loyal to since its inception. It has a soft corner in my heart as it is the first quirky brand that I included into my wardrobe and it has filled it with colour ever since. With this collection, I surely see it making an entry in my husband's closet for sure because I loved the casual vibe of the men's collection. This season the resort collection made a shift to incorporating embroidery and the cross stitch patterns just stole my heart. The clothes spelt comfort through comfortable designs and breathable fabrics in lovely pastel hues. The opening visual was the show stealer, "This is not a fashion show. This is an art gallery. These are not clothes. These are canvases of art. When you wear this piece of clothing, you are not wearing fashion, but art - by putting this on, you become a walking, moving, gallery of imagination. This is not fashion. This is art. Be art." Rixi Bhatia and Jayesh Sachdev, kudos to you guys!

Dhruv Vaish's ‘Cerulean’ collection

Dhruv Vaish's 'Cerulean' was like a breath of fresh air with newness oozing out of the collection.  The weaves were interesting and the eclectic mix of fabrics – formal silks, casual denims and crisp cottons in rich colours like beige, shades of indigo and purple made the collection stand apart. One could also see a lot of surface texturing and patchwork and edgy tailoring that brought out the modernity of the collection. This guy is surely getting added on my radar of Indian designers to watch out for.

Antar-Agni Spring Summer collection

Comfort was all that this super relaxed and easy going collection screamt out loud and clear! The easy breezy, loose and flowy silhouettes is what made this a clear winner for me. Umatched proportion, disconnected layers and slits were the highlights. A palette of white, dull green, light grey and navy blue made it summer perfect. This collection was definitely a departure from the conventional and will only make heads turn. Ujwal Dubey's Antar-Agni is definitely on fashion forward India's list of favourites :)

Anita Dongre's 'Love Notes' Collection

All white and pristine, Anita Dongre's 'Love Notes' stirred emotions I hadn't felt before. All I suddenly wished for was to be taken back in time and get married again. How amazing would it be to see PS in something as gorgeous as these creations. But none the less, I am definitely determined to renew my vows now ;-) An autocratic collection personifying the splendour and royalty of Rajasthan, you could see a lovely mix of bandgalas to dhotis to angrakhas to nehru jackets in fabrics such as linen, mulmul and silks. Anita Dongre knows exactly how to strike a chord.

While I was busy attending all the shows to shortlist my favourite menswear designers this season at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016, I also got to interact with India's premier luxury and menswear blogger Riaan George and exchange notes on his thoughts about this season. He also quite liked the LYF Earth phone that I was using to cover the event and here are his views on it.

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Stay tuned for my final post in my Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 series where I will be featuring my favourite collections/designers that I am lusting for, for myself!

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