Men`s fashion has been at the forefront of the Indian scene for a while now, though not in the same league as women`s fashion.
Pret to Haute
There is a brand for every market segment from top-notch exclusive designer wear to mass-market labels. And, with designer tags like J.J. Valaya, Rohit Bal, Cue, Ravi Bajaj influencing the fashion scene, there`s no two ways about copies or replicas filtering down to the main stream of the masses.
A look for every occasion
The fashion scene for men in India is definitely a lot more exciting than ever before. There`s a kind of look for almost every occasion.
The general trend for men on the party circuit reflects a vibrant, sensual look with young wannabes sporting ultra tight and body hugging tees.
The Provogue label is an exciting and refreshing blend of modern fabrics and styles aimed at a younger and more youthful segment. Even trousers have a sleeker silhouette in unconventional and unique colours like camel, prints and two-toned palettes.
Psychedelic prints, lycra and transparent shirts are the `in` things for those in the social scene.
Club and evening wear lean towards a more distinguished and refined look, more or less restricted to a mature, aware and older age group. Cargos, Golfing strides, Khakis and linen blends, are the preferred choice for many on this wavelength. The Dockers brand is just that and aims at a more well versed market.
A crisp, corporate look dominates the work wear arena with cutting edge style and precision.
This season Red Tape, the popular shoe brand has introduced square-toed shoes for a distinct look incorporated with various trimmings like the infamous silver buckles!
Watches and accessories are dominated by black and silver in dull matte finishes. The brands to `watch` out for are Swatch, Esprit, and Titan.
By Upasana Asrani. She is a leading fashion designer and runs a design house, `Studio Saks.` Photographs courtesy Sunder.