Traditional Indian menswear isn’t as safe and conventional as it once used to be. As the modern Indian man opens up to sartorial experiments, designers are serving him a platter of new-age silhouettes, colours and prints that marry yesteryear charm with contemporary flair. Thinking beyond the basics, these looks are cool, comfortable and abundantly fun. What’s trending for 2021 weddings, both intimate and grand, for the groom and his tribe alike? Aashni + Co studies trends, in-house bestsellers and latest launches to bring you a guide!
Take a yesteryear silhouette. Now, add deconstruct it with drapes and drama. Think a cowl kurta, a sherwani with a front-drape, overlapping jackets and more. The idea is to infuse newness to an existing style. SVA by Sonam & Paras Modi have pre-pleated sherwanis while Jatin Malik is all about asymmetric hem kurtas. Siddhartha Tytler, on the other hand, lets a flared kurta peek out of a structured sherwani.
The reign of the bandi
The bandi or Nehru jacket is a universal favourite, without any signs of dimming in popularity. Its latest avatars? Waistcoat-inspired zippered styles by Siddhartha Tytler, and pop colours and floral prints by the likes of Anita Dongre and Sabyasachi.
Monotone looks are the easiest way to add length to one’s frame, especially when worn from head-to-toe. This route is adopted by several men particularly in tones of ivory and ebony; the former for the wedding day and the latter for the sangeet or engagement. The easiest way to add intrigue to such looks so that it doesn’t fall flat? A play of textures, embroideries and layers that infuse depth into the repertoire.
The ‘men don’t wear pink’ adage is out of the proverbial window. The new diktat? The brighter the better. From pop neon hues to blush pastels and even shimmer in a rainbow of hues are being prescribed by designers, and lapped up by style enthusiasts. Think pinks by Anita Dongre, Tarun Tahiliani, colour blocked yellows by Pratap, bright red by Bohame and greens by Punit Balana.
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