Van Heusen India Mens Week 2011: Looks and styles for all guys

Van Heusen India Mens Week 2011 just concluded in New Delhi, and it was every fashion-conscious guy’s delight. (Women loved the shows too, for obvious reasons… drool!).

There were some fabulous collections and clothes for all guys, and we think every guy would be spoilt for choice! (Why should only women get a range of fashion options, right?).

So we thought it would be fun to match the guys we know with the clothes they’d like to wear. And the results of our little experiment are worth sharing. For obvious reasons we’re not revealing the names of the guys here, just their fashion attitude. Take a look and tell us if you know such guys.

For the guy who likes colour

He likes bright colours—as the mainstay of his look or just to break the monotony.

Below: From Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna; Manoviraj Khosla

Model at Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna VHIMW 2011 Model at Manoviraj Khosla VHIMW 2011

For the geek

Even geeks have a style beyond the dark and thick glasses. Separates carelessly thrown together with a book bag is the modern geek.

Below: From Sanchita Ajjampur

Model at Sanchita Ajjampur VHIMW 2011

For the guy who loves kurtas every day of the week

Who thought kurtas with slim trousers could be oh-so-chic?

Below: From Rajvi Mohan

Model at Rajvi Mohan - VHIMW 2011

For the rebel

Hoodies may have got a bad name recently, but they’re not the same anymore. There’s more than one on a tee, it’s in front, or it’s with a fitted sweatshirt. Either ways, the hoodie still seems to say “I don’t care”.

Below: From Anky

Model at Anky - VHIMW 2011

For the mysterious hottie

I saw one at a restaurant, another driving a Jaguar, and a third at fashion week. Sigh!

Below: From Rajesh Pratap Singh

Model for Rajesh Pratap Singh at VHIMW 2011

For the modern guy who likes homespun fabrics

He likes traditional Indian silhouettes and classic textiles in contemporary styles.

Below: From Abraham & Thakore

Model for Abraham & Thakore at VHIMW 2011

Guys—which one is you? Gals—which of these would your guy wear?

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 starts today with off-site Rohit Bal show

With my crazy work sched last week, I completely forgot that it’s almost time for another season of Lakme Fashion Week! And the day is finally here—ace Delhi designer Rohit Bal’s offsite show tonight will be the first collection of LFW Winter/Festive 2011.

Last season, Kolkata-based designer Anamika Khanna showcased her collection at LFW Summer/Resort 2011’s offsite show at Tote. A quick recap in pictures from the show:

Model for Anamika Khanna at LFW S/R 2011   Model for Anamika Khanna at LFW S/R 2011

Models for Anamika Khanna at LFW S/R 2011

Watch out for updates on Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 on Speaking Chic over the next few days.

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 runs from Aug 16-21 in Mumbai.

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 starts today with off-site Rohit Bal show

With my crazy work sched last week, I completely forgot that it’s almost time for another season of Lakme Fashion Week! And the day is finally here—ace Delhi designer Rohit Bal’s offsite show tonight will be the first collection of LFW Winter/Festive 2011.

Last season, Kolkata-based designer Anamika Khanna showcased her collection at LFW Summer/Resort 2011’s offsite show at Tote. A quick recap in pictures from the show:

Model for Anamika Khanna at LFW S/R 2011   Model for Anamika Khanna at LFW S/R 2011

Models for Anamika Khanna at LFW S/R 2011

Watch out for updates on Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 on Speaking Chic over the next few days.

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 runs from Aug 16-21 in Mumbai.

Fashion week news: Arjun Khanna to open Van Heusen India Mens Week 2011 with high-on-action collection

Renowned fashion designer Arjun Khanna will be the opening designer at Van Heusen India Mens Week 2011 (VHIMW 2011) this September.

Arjun Khanna’s collection is about action men, as imagined by the designer. “I am very excited to showcase at VHIMW,” Arjun Khanna said. “I have been recognized and appreciated for my work in men’s fashion and it couldn’t get any better than opening the VHIMW 2011… My collection is … not [about] Batman or Superman but Arjun Khanna’s imagination about action!”

Van Heusen logoShivaraj Subramaniam, Marketing Director, Van Heusen said, “Arjun Khanna brings alive the classy drama through his exquisite collection and retains a sense of Indianness in his collection. His signature style of fusing colour and decorative detailing with contemporary styles make him one of the leading designers of the country.”

About Van Heusen India Mens Week:
The three day men’s fashion fete will be held from September 2-4, 2011 at The Grand, New Delhi. Van Heusen India Mens Week has cemented India’s position as the fourth fashion destination for menswear in the world. Van Heusen is the world’s No.1 dress shirt brand. The brand entered India in 1990.

Synergy1 Delhi Couture Week highlights: Manish Malhotra re-creates early 20th century Indian royalty

Ace designer Manish Malhotra’s collection at Syngergy1 Delhi Couture Week 2011 sought inspiration from Indian royalty’s fashion choices from the 1920s to 1940s. Indian princes, princesses and maharanis largely stuck to traditional Indian wear, but their style was marked by a distinct British influence for at least a couple of decades.

Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor kicked off the show:

Sonam Kapoor for Manish Malhotra at Delhi Couture Week 2011

The colour palette for women included cherry reds and burgundys with tones of mint green, aqua, and off-whites. The heavily-embroidered lehengas and kurtas were easy and voluminous, while the highly structured hair provided a contrasting look.

Manish Malhotra lehenga at Delhi Couture Week 2011  Model in red lehenga at Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week 2011  Model in mint green lehenga at Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week 2011 Model in red and purple lehenga Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week 2011

The color story for menswear comprised blacks, burgundys, royal blue, beiges and gold—all very royal colours!

Model in black sherwani at Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week 2011  Model in gold sherwani at Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week 2011

The final walk down the ramp with Manish Malhotra was a dazzling visual!

 Models at Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week 2011

Chic Pics: 250 topless models audition for upcoming fashion week in Delhi

It will soon be time for the third edition of Van Heusen India Men’s Week and preparations are on in full swing. So 250 young men turned up for the model auditions of India’s only fashion week exclusively for men. A glimpse of the auditions:

Van Heusen India Men’s Week models

The bare-chested guys would have been enough to make many of our readers swoon!

Anyways, a jury (that didn’t ogle) judged the men on attributes like confidence, attitude and physique. The jurors Ashish Soni, Aparna Bahl, Gautam Kalra, Jamal Shaikh, Namrata Joshipura, Naveen Ansal and Rohit Bal selected 20 new faces for Van Heusen India Men’s Week 2011.

The very hot and lucky models who made it are:  Akshit, Ankit Raj, Arya Bhat, Danish, Himanshu Sherawat, Honey, Krishna Chaturvedi, Kuldeep Samant, Pankaj Tanwar, Puneet Beniwal, Ravinder, Romey, Shekkar Singh, Siddhant Bhutani, Sulabh, Sumit Grewal, Sumit Sejwal, Taher Ali, Uday Sandhu and Yashwant.

Here they are with the judges and with some clothes on:

Van Heusen India Men’s Week models

Ladies, pick your favourite and tell us who you want to see on the ramp. 😉

Have a drooling weekend!

Van Heusen India Men’s Week 2011 will be held September 2-3, 2011 in New Delhi.

Fashion week updates: Manish Malhotra to close LFW W/F 2011, Delhi Couture Week begins July 22

Bollywood favourite Manish Malhotra is grand finale designer for Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011

One of India’s best-known fashion designers—Manish Malhotra—will close LFW W/F 2011 next month. This is the third time Manish Malhotra will be showcasing his collection at an LFW grand finale (earlier such instances: 1999 and 2007).

Manish’s collection will showcase contemporary Indian evening wear, and will be based on Lakmé ABSOLUTE, a long-wear makeup range with skin care properties. According to Manish, “Lakmé Absolute is inspired by the contemporary Indian woman who effortlessly plays myriad set of roles across her personal and professional life. Akin to my style, the collection adapts contemporary fashion to the needs of the Indian woman.” The Lakmé Absolute collection is designed by Lakmé makeup experts and co-created with Manish Malhotra.

We absolutely loved Manish Malhotra’s chikankari and Kashmiri embroidery-based collection at the previous edition of LFW. We hope to see him outdo himself creatively… again!

Below: Manish Malhotra at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011.

Manish Malhotra with models at LFW S/R 2011

Second edition of Synergy1 Delhi Couture Week kicks off July 22

Model at Delhi Couture WeekThe second edition of Synergy1 Delhi Couture Week will begin July 22, with the opening show by Varun Bahl. The four-day FDCI event that aims to promote couture in India and globally will end July 25 with ace designer Rohit Bal’s show.

While we believe the idea of a couture week for India is a great idea, we hope the couture collections are taken seriously by both designers and the public. Only then can we hope to see much-needed creativity and fabulous fashion from India’s top designers.

Left : A model at last year’s Delhi Couture Week.

Fashion week updates: Manish Malhotra to close LFW W/F 2011, Delhi Couture Week begins July 22

Bollywood favourite Manish Malhotra is grand finale designer for Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011

One of India’s best-known fashion designers—Manish Malhotra—will close LFW W/F 2011 next month. This is the third time Manish Malhotra will be showcasing his collection at an LFW grand finale (earlier such instances: 1999 and 2007).

Manish’s collection will showcase contemporary Indian evening wear, and will be based on Lakmé ABSOLUTE, a long-wear makeup range with skin care properties. According to Manish, “Lakmé Absolute is inspired by the contemporary Indian woman who effortlessly plays myriad set of roles across her personal and professional life. Akin to my style, the collection adapts contemporary fashion to the needs of the Indian woman.” The Lakmé Absolute collection is designed by Lakmé makeup experts and co-created with Manish Malhotra.

We absolutely loved Manish Malhotra’s chikankari and Kashmiri embroidery-based collection at the previous edition of LFW. We hope to see him outdo himself creatively… again!

Below: Manish Malhotra at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011.

Manish Malhotra with models at LFW S/R 2011

Second edition of Synergy1 Delhi Couture Week kicks off July 22

Model at Delhi Couture WeekThe second edition of Synergy1 Delhi Couture Week will begin July 22, with the opening show by Varun Bahl. The four-day FDCI event that aims to promote couture in India and globally will end July 25 with ace designer Rohit Bal’s show.

While we believe the idea of a couture week for India is a great idea, we hope the couture collections are taken seriously by both designers and the public. Only then can we hope to see much-needed creativity and fabulous fashion from India’s top designers.

Left : A model at last year’s Delhi Couture Week.

Lakme Fashion Week update: New models, GenNext designers for Winter/Festive 2011

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 is still a while away, but preps for Mumbai’s biggest fashion event are in full swing. Speaking Chic brings you mid-season updates from LFW W/F 2011.

GenNext and Emerging designers for LFW W/F 2011
To start with, the list of debut Gen Next designers is out. The designers/ teams are from around the world—from Nagpur to Vancouver! Here are the lucky eight:

  • Farah Sanjana from Nagpur
  • Mohammed Javed Khan from Bangalore
  • Nikhil Thampi from Mumbai
  • Shashank Raj & Prajwal Badwe from New Delhi
  • Siddharth Arya from Mumbai
  • Theresa James & Roger Prince from Vancouver
  • Thinles Chosdup & Niranjana Adhya from Noida
  • Urmi Ghosh from Kolkata

Meanwhile, the emerging designers line-up has some familiar names, including Shivaji Dutta, Anna Liza Ganguly/ Anita Walia and Pam & Arch. A glimpse of the GenNext show from the previous season (Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011):

GenNext Designers at LFW SR 2011

Nine new faces on ramp for LFW W/F 2011
Earlier this week, an LFW jury selected nine new models to walk the ramp this upcoming season.

Ta-da!!

New faces of Lakme Fashion Week-(L-R) Keren SilveirraKaren LimaXamira MohlmannNoelia BarreiroDiana LobodaMariia CherniakovychSweta DolliNijhum Pat

Check them out (pun intended!) from left to right: Keren Silveirra, Karen Lima, Xamira Mohlmann, Noelia Barreiro, Diana Loboda, Mariia Cherniakovych, Sweta Dolli, Nijhum Patra and Mitali Rannorey.

The long-legged lasses impressed the jury comprising choreographers Anu Ahuja and Marc Robinson, designer Aki Narula, photographers Prasad Naik and Vishesh Verma, Monikangkana Datta, Anil Chopra (CEO- Lakme Lever) and Anjana Sharma (Director- Fashion IMG Reliance).

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 will run from August 16 to August 21, 2011 in Mumbai.

Chic Friday facts: How India’s super rich buy clothes and jewellery

Couple days ago, we stumbled upon a report that had practically nothing to do with fashion. But some parts of the report were interesting enough for us to share with our chic readers. The report, called Top of the Pyramid (TOP India), is all about how ultra HNIs (ultra high net worth individuals) aka super rich Indians spend and invest their money.

Here are the fashionable bits that interested us:

Interesting insight: Though ultra HNIs plan big purchases with family, 58% of their apparel and accessories purchases are impulse buys, while 41% are planned with family.

TOP India spending apparel fashion accessories

We say: Window shopping is never easy—there are temptations galore. Even the higher price tags don’t keep the super rich away from impulse buys. We’re kinda surprised by the proportion of people willing to plan their clothing purchases though. Good planning makes for sensible shopping, what say?

“Although the preference is for well-known brands, the ultra HNI is not averse to bargain purchases.”

So everyone likes good deals aka sale shopping!

Jewellery

Fact: Ultra HNIs in Delhi are relatively the biggest spenders on jewellery.

Jewellery TOP India report

We say: No surprise there! Delhi is all about exuberance and being OTT, right? 😉

Statement: The Inheritors* and the Self-made* spend more on jewellery than the Professionals*. The more
prosperous you are, the more the jewellery on your person.

We say: Do you think this is true for all—what about elegance and the “minimal” look?

Big jewellery brands

The report opines that the major global jewellery brands like Cartier and Tiffany are not as successful as leading family jewellers and independent jewellery designers due to their “limited range, lack of custom-made designs and reluctance of Indians to pay a premium for
designer jewellery.”

True—Indians love jewellery that no one else is wearing.

Apparel and accessories

Interesting insight: The Inheritors are more drawn towards international designer brands and purchase their fave brands on foreign trips.

We say: While I’m not an ultra HNI, I do agree with the respondents who say that the shopping experience, available range, quality and prices are much better abroad.

Meanwhile, Professionals are relatively not very big spenders on clothes.

Ultra HNI TOP India report

The biggest spenders on designer apparel and accessories are from Mumbai.

We say: So while Delhi spends more on jewellery, Mumbai wins the battle of the clothes. Which city dresses better though? Our vote goes to Delhi.

Numbers: The potential market for apparel and accessories in India was estimated at Rs 64 billion as of 2010-11, and its mainstay is Indian traditional wear, saris and designer wear, particularly for weddings and personal collections.

We say: ZOMG! The number caught us by surprise, but we’re happy to note that people love buying (and wearing) traditional wear, despite most of us unable to drape a sari or keep a dupatta in place. Long live the sari!

If you want more such interesting insights, leave your query in the comments below.

* The researchers from Kotak Wealth and CRISIL Research have classified India’s ultra HNIs into three groups: Inheritors are born with a silver spoon, and have inherited high net worth; Self-made are first generation entrepreneurs whose success in business turned them wealthy; and Professionals are qualified, highly skilled professionals who gained wealth because the companies that employed them grew big.

The report Top of the Pyramid (TOP India- Decoding the ultra HNI) is a newly-launched annual report by Kotak Mahindra Bank and CRISIL.