Globally renowned mens fashion designers Dhruv Vaish and Gaurav Khanijo are coming to Kolkata for the first time only for two days at Kalon. And along with them we’ll get a chance to shop the latest collection by Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ekam, and Rahul Khanna and Rohit Gandhi. (Store address: P-72B, Sardar Shankar Road, Calcutta, India 700029). Khanijo recently won the Grazia young fashion award for mens wear. Both the deisgners were celebrated and applauded during the summer Lakme Fashion Week and we have to welcome them in a grand way.
(Farhan Akhtar spotted wearing Khanijo)
Right before the onset of the mega popup only for HIM, BlabberCat roped in Sanjay Agarwal to flaunt our favourite five looks. “There is a dearth of mens’ fashion in this city even though a lot of mens’ wear designers are coming up, its mostly heavy occasion wear. For someone like me who is usually in a white tee and jeans, I can’t wear ridiculously heavy or uncomfortable apparel. Silhouettes are the most important element for me. But if I had to give any grooming tip to the men coming to shop, focus on your fitness and personality and everything will compliment you,” said Sanjay while speaking to BlabberCat on men’s fashion and styling. While selecting our top recomendations we kept in mind the functionality of upcoming festivities, must have's and seasonal demand.
Everyone must have a staple white kurta that fits like a dream. And who could do it more stylishly than Rajesh Pratap Singh. A white Kurta looks high fashion when the detailing is done right and in this case this particular piece goes with any occasion including Rakhi, Diwali, pre card parties or day functions. Can be teamed wth Nehru jackets, waistcoats and dupattas.
2. Heavy Pintuck Kurta Set by Ekam by Manish Gupta
Drapes can be a hit or miss if you don’t carry it well. But this black-on-black adds the subtle layer making it a timeless piece even though it’s on trend.
“Art has always imbued in me, a sense of purpose. For me couture is the medium on which I express myself as an artist. An eye for detail and love to create inspirational clothing has lend me an inherent dexterity that exhorts to attend to every detail in my fashion line. Men’s wear though is a more commercial side to our brand. Even then the expression in design is more artistic then as on conventional clothing. I always incorporate minimal styles with the ones I create, to balance the look and keep it more classy then kitsch,” said designer Manish Gupta.
3. Raw Silk Nehru Jacket by Dhruv Vaish
If you’re not much of a shopper then try to buy subdued colours that can be paired with any kurta. English pink was our favourite pick from the collection. Suited for the tropical climate and appropriate for any occasion.
4. Dori Work Kurta Set and Cotton Thread Embroidery Jacket Check Motif by Ekam By Manish Gupta
(Kurta Set: Rs 12,950 and Jacket: Rs 14,950)
Don't let black become too boring. Strike out the right way and add detailing to a regular solid colour garment. Manish Gupta has slayed this art and how!
5. Navy Side Zip Kurta by Dhruv Vaish and Raw Silk Pant by Gaurav Khanijo
(Shirt: Rs 4,995 and Pant: Rs 14,000)
How hot is that! Nothing like a fine tailored shirt especially when its even doable for Indian occasions if paired with raw silk pants. “Our fellowship is the one of Risk Takers, Experimentalists and Forward Thinkers,” said Khanijo.
(Photography: Nayana and Amiya and MUA: Babai)
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More about the designers:
Dhruv Vaish: Dhruv Vaish's design philosophy is very simple. This young and gifted designer's signature style includes classic cuts and timeless, customized styling for exclusive men's wear. With a keen eye for detail, Dhruv Vaish's label boasts of inspirational embellishments, an eclectic mix of embroidery and textures as well as his innovative designs and drapes. His personalized attention to every ensemble adds the perfect finishing touch.
Ekam by Manish Gupta: Ekam design ensembles that are modern yet connected with the Indian art of embellishing, dancing on the refined elegance of minimal cuts.
The designs are vividly placed and embroidered with intricate hand cut appliqué inspired by artistic expression of the designer.
Gaurav Khanijo: The emergence of Khanijo came from the desire to answer the true calling of menswear that are Iconic, meaningful and comfortable. Khanijo represents a new form of statement clothing, set to illustrate cultural wealth over bank accounts. As an emerging fashion frankenstein, Khanijo has been dressing up the most desired celebrities and himself made it to the best dressed list of GQ. A favourite of fashion critics, Khanijo is setting really high goals for designers and the fashionistas.
Rajesh Pratap Singh: Currently based in Delhi, Rajesh Pratap Singh belongs to Rajasthan in India. Subsequent to his graduation from NIFT Delhi, he worked in the fashion Industry in India and Italy for two years before introducing his own line in 1997.
Rajesh has over the years created his unique signature style that subtly draws from his Indian roots to craft artisanal garments that stand apart due to their faultlessly clean lines, careful detailing and international silhouettes. His work epitomizes simplicity, yet on closer look reveals his obsessive attention to detail. While Rajesh combines the modern with the traditional in an understated design aesthetic, his clothes have a global appear yet remain passionately Indian.