Suit it Indian

May life be filled with more travel plans and friends getting married at exotic locations.

I wore this look by NoughtOne (by Abhishek Paatni) for one of my dear friend’s wedding. The ‘bandhgala’ to me, is always appropriate for all indian occasions. I think it has been quite a while since I last wore a suit with a tie. Not the biggest fan of ties.

Made famous and followed by his name, the ‘Nehru Jacket’ is a style which I feel has a clear indian feeling attached to it. I recently blogged about a ‘bandhgala’ suit from another indian designer and I realise that they are spontaneously becoming a part of my personal style. This suit has a more modern edge with its crisp fabric and contemporary styling and details. One could even wear it with a mandarin collared shirt. I paired it with a bright blue shirt of mine. It was a perfect highlight for the light beige of the suit.

My friends poked fun at the look by calling it the look of Ladakh as the terrain is mostly rocky, hence beige and the blue of the sky is as clear and saturated as the shirt. I didn’t have much to argue about that and I laughed along with them.

I was once told at a French designer boutique that true luxury is reflected from the inside. Be it the finesse of the jacket lining or the way you maintained your drawers. Abhishek always scores well on that. I haven’t seen his office drawers but I am talking about his designs here. He always has a thought behind how he finishes the clothes he makes. Perfect highlights and impeccably finished insides. This is where a true gentleman would put his money.

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Shot in ‘Neh’ valley near Leh.

Photographed by Malvika Jain.

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Red Summer

Delhi summers have been burning this year. Not that any other year they are not. The occasional showers from the sky have been kind and cool and so is this outfit by 0.0. I have been blogging a lot about 0.0/Noughtone by Abhishek Paatni and I can not get enough of the swag he makes. Also, the true gentleman(him) made it to the Gen Next category for Lakme Fashion Week. The menswear collection he has designed is a bomb and is going to kick some serious ass. Look out for that.

 

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This look is perfect for the weather we have been steaming ourselves with. The red vest has a cool detail on the shoulder strap and the military stripes on the side give it a street cool look. The dropped crotch scuba shorts are quite comfortable and have great ease for movement.

 

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I paired this look with my Pharrell Williams Polka dotted Stansmith by Adidas Originals. I generally love colour co-ordinated looks where a colour from my outfit spills out to my accessories or shoes. A perfect way to finish a look off.

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Generally, the combination of shorts and summer vest is more hippie cool but the little details on this look(which make all the difference) give it a futuristic edge and yes I love the red on this vest. No wonder thats all the highlight.

Photographs by Anuja Khokani.

 

Navy Sport

An unlined summer jacket, made out of sports mesh and impeccably finished from inside. Cool, comfortable shorts made out of the same mesh. Both by 0.0.

 

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Added my navy coloured classic Polo by Superdry which has a perfect highlight of the neon green collar tape for this monotonous look. I obviously ┬áhad to throw my white hi-tops from Puma for this look. You know, the looks which get my sneakers out are my favourite ones. This pair has been ignored for a while but i am always loyal to my hi-tops. There a few more that i still haven’t blogged about. They probably will follow soon, in one of the future posts. _MG_0300 copy

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I really do like the zipper detail on the side of the jacket. My style is mostly about the little details which make the difference in a garment or a look. City cool or street cool, which ever way you say, I am loving the fitness vibe everyone is picking up. I definitely am and it is seeping into my style preferences as well.

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The idea is, jump around, break a leg or may be not.

Photographs by Anuja Khokhani.

 

#4 Future Active

It was SS2012 when several international designers came out with sportswear inspired collections right from rugby, basketball to many more. Surprisingly no overlaps in the sport the designers chose. Initially just a trend, it is now being considered a paradigm shift in fashion. e.g. the sneaker culture embraced globally by everyone at the same time.

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This look by NoughtOne by Abhishek Paatni is a perfect marriage of active wear inspiration and futurism. With super hero movies and future fantasy cinema sweeping theatres across the globe, futuristic active wear is a strong inspiration right now.

Scuba suit is what Abhishek calls it and I fell in love with it, the moment my eyes fell on it. The suit of the future I say. The jacket, the pants and the coat, all can be paired with cool casuals otherwise, but when put together as this power suit, it has its own unique identity which I called “Future Active”.

Sportswear and technical fabrics are becoming a part of everyday wear slowly. These special fabrics achieve different falls and drape uniquely on the body as compared to natural fibres like silk and cotton in classic weaves.

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Shot in the valley close to one of the oldest bridges in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. If you zoom  in on the last pic, you can notice near my hand it reads “Burn & Co. Bridge Builders 1912 Howrah”. It is an old world iron bridge and the valley around is vast. Not a popular place for tourists to visit but I felt lucky to have been able to shoot this look here. It gave this future fantasy look a post apocalyptic earth background.

Photographs by Rahul Singh Negi

Local Assistance: Parish Thakur and Johny Negi

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Trends #6

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2016 is on and what are the fashion forward men wearing?
This story talks about some of the key looks which are hot on trend right now.

Shot in the beautiful locations of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, the journey of this shoot was amazing and this is just a culmination of all the major #6 looks that I covered in this heart warming trip to the mountains. The individual stories will follow soon. Talking about each look in detail.

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Tobacco Dandy

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This look highlights the color tobacco as a strong upcoming color for men this year. The style is created with picking formal separates, married together to create the beautiful contrast of grey textures against a clean tobacco colors.

The whole look is Anuj Bhutani.

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Normcore

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The idea of Norm Core began with not following fashion. Wearing “normal clothing” and being almost anti fashion. Dressing neutral and not stand out is the idea. Basics run the town on this look/trend. No branding, no prints.

This clean look(all) is from HnM, matched with my favourite Nike sneakers.

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All Black

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Running from history to current runways, this monotone look may or may not be called a trend but it is definitely timeless to wear an all black look. Unisex in its appeal, this look is a mix and match of brands and textures of black.

Jacket by Anuj Bhutani, pants from HnM and boots are Diesel.

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Future active

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Sports and active wear influence on fashion has been a change of a sort which is a paradigm shift. This look is futuristic where a full suit is completely driven by the sports gear. This creative genius is from Noughtone by Abhishek Paatni, matched with Puma hi-top sneakers.

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Sports Tailored

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Almost an oximoron in sound but a completely sensible idea for clothing. Few subtle highlights and tailoring on special fabrics to create a tailored look with which you are ready to do a summersault, if you like. Growing with sportswear influence, this makes complete sense for a new direction in clothing.

The whole look is HnM, matched with Nike sneakers.

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Into the Wild

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This look is about lifestyle first and then trend/fashion. For a travel shoot, this was a must as this is how most creative travelers dress like. Down jackets and washed denims are a staple for this comfort look.

A mix of brands with my fav Domrebel tee.

Photographs by Rahul Singh Negi

A big thanks to Parish Thakur and Johny Negi for all the local support and the warmth of people of Himachal. It wouldn’t have happened without you guys.

Location: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Suits and boots.

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Do I miss a chance to wear a three piece suit. Never. It is the most empowering look/clothing for men and even for women I feel. This tailored perfection is by Noughtone. The are based in Delhi and really ace their bespoke business along with some uber-cool collection on sharp street style.

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The rib details on this Grey window pane check suit are killing me. I would never imagine a chunky rib hem for a three piece as it is a detail used for casual wear but these guys really cracked it for a formal look. The little rib on the pocket flap of the jacket real balances the rib on the trousers. Ace styling and I love it.

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Also, something amazing about a three piece is that when you take off that jacket, you look even more hot. The shirt is also from DotOne and the boots are Diesel.

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Suited, Street, Masculine, Urban.

Photographed by Mrinalini Singh.