Men's Fashion:Chic and casual is in
Even as the hot June summer melts into occasional rain, we haven't quite shed our light and breezy clothes, especially our accessories – which can make any humid evening feel bright and colourful along with a cooling sundowner or two.
Designer Sunil Mehra recommends that we opt for breathable clothes that make us feel comfortable and stylish at the same time. Interestingly, he presents a stunning collection of 'bandhgalas' this summer. Bandhgalas or Jodhpuri suits are a new trend in the world of fashion as modern men have started embracing the "Indian" look and style. It is now being accepted as a good option for formal wear as most men look for apparel which has an Indo-Western touch.
An interesting medley of casual and party wear, the collection is exclusively crafted for men who are fashion enthusiasts. Crafted with a blend of fabrics like cotton, linen and velvet, each piece lends itself to a crisp and smart fit. A leading fashion player, Mehra, stands out for his ability to reconcile fashion with innovation and spirituality. Says Saggar Mehra, Creative Director at Sunil Mehra, "Go for striking checks and stripes, vibrant shades and warm hues, animal and floral prints to typify your summer wardrobe. Make your summers comfortable and contrasting with breathable fabrics of blazers like cotton silk, linen silk. Opt for cotton scarves to add a style statement to your simple look. Summers are about color and since monsoon is arriving, pastel shades are perfect in apparel."
If it's summer, can Chinos be far behind? Vans, the action sports footwear and apparel brand, presents Authentic Chino, as part of the spring 2017 Mens' Apparel collection. Authentic Chino features Vans' Sturdy Stretch twill fabrication, highlighting an innovation that embraces timeless style and skateboard functionality all-in-one.
To create everyday wear that can be worn from day to night, Vans gained insight from their skate team to fulfill the need for classic style, lifestyle functionality and all-day comfort. The chinos feature a woven Vans branded label and are available in classic colours including black, dirt and dark slate.
Marked by the predominance of red, white and blue, taking inspiration from the 90's, this range includes hoodies, graphic tees, accessories and footwear. The featured garments adopt a minimalist and 90's anti-conformist approach to fashion, which is a contrast to flashy trends featured over other decades. A colorful take on some of the world's favorite footwear staples, there's always a good excuse to stock up on a new pair of classic Vans.
Summer and style can be a little bothersome to lead on a parallel path. You can either save yourself from harsh rays or look presentable enough. Dheeraj Bhatia, Co-founder of Gritstones says, "It has become a repetitive ideology to only opt for bright colors in summer. Mix and match is always a better option to create a new style statement and this summer it can be experimented with the mixture of pastel and bright colors. Choosing bright color for top wear and pastel color for shorts or trouser or reversing the color combination accordingly can help in generating a more fashionable look even in summer days." To acquire no sweat style with the mix of street trends, they have created some interesting designs like the printed vests from hooded style to zipper style, dual coloured round neck T-shirts and funky shorts.
Good shoes for men are one of the most significant elements of any sartorial statement. The level of style that you bring to any event lays its foundation in the shoes that you wear. To keep up the style quotient, Corneliani, the international Italian menswear brand has come up with Shoe Mate, a striking collection of formal, semi-formal and casual shoes.
Distinctively designed, the range incorporates textures and colours, adding a whiff of robustness in any wardrobe. Whether it's a simple casual look or refined formal attire, Corneliani shoes meet the demand seamlessly. Ranging from suede loafers with contrasting piping, derby shoes in hand-dyed calfskin to sneakers in micro-perforated nubuck leather, the brand effortlessly blends style and performance with high-quality material and finishing.
Alberto Torresi, an iconic footwear brand associated with style and comfort, presents its latest 'Classic Summer Collection' to rejoice the summer spell. The latest assortment by the brand comprises a range of loafers in a variety of styles including tassels. Offering a trendy combination of casual and tasteful fashion, the entire range is an ideal pick to enhance your style quotient this summer. These pairs are available in varied shades of burgundy, blue, black and brown at www.albertotorresi.com.
Ishaan Sachdeva, Director, Alberto Torresi says, "Our latest collection is designed keeping in mind the fashion tastes of the modern man. Through this collection we have also experimented with the colors. The unique designs make this range a complete fit for office as well as day-to-day wear."
Bags and more
Bridging the gap in Men's fashion wardrobe, BRUNE, a luxury leather brand offering premium genuine leather, handcrafted and hand finished shoes, bags and accessories at affordable prices has just launched its chic summer collection. The assortment incorporates varied styles in sandals ranging from buckles, fringes to lace-ups that are sure to give an absolute style statement this summer.
Made out of premium leather with padded insole, the range is handcrafted and hand painted with finesse to give an impeccable styling. Beat the heat this summer with these ultra-comfortable stylish pairs from Brune, available at: www.voganow.com, apt for both casual and semi-formal attire.
Says Tabby Bhatia, Director, Voganow.com, "Over the past few years, we can observe a tremendous indulgence of fashion trends in men's segment, be it apparels, footwear or accessories. A leather duffle bag in tones of dark brown, black or with a check print of brown and black is a must for a confident man.
Secondly, a hand finished leather strolley bag in earthy tones of dark brown with golden zip gives a luxe accent. Thirdly, a classic hand painted leather backpack in dark shade can render a fabulous appeal. Also, camouflage prints are quite in vogue these days; a laptop bag or sling bag in camouflage print can give a lasting impression to ones' personality."
Scarves and ties
Sharbari Datta started designing for men in 2001 when fashion for men was a nascentconcept in India. Her richly embroidered kurtas, paired with coloured dhotis and matching chadors or scarves made a splash instantly. Her client list has India's top celebrities including the Bachchans. Her designs are available at sharbaristudio.com. "Be it scarves, ties, shoes, bags, men are conscious and choosy about what they wear and how they carry their accessories. Since I design accessories for formal occasions, I use silk with embroidery, sequins, crystals on them. Even uttariyas that men wear with ethnic clothes are used to make a style statement..." says Sharbari Datta.So indulge!