Chic finds: Summer essentials for guys

Why should girls have all the fun, right? With the change of season, it’s time for guys to update their wardrobes too. We dig out the bare summer essentials for the boys:

White shirt

Simple and summery, can be worn casually or to work. White linens are excellent for the terribly hot Indian summer.

Below: White shirt from Energie’s Summer/ Resort 2011 collection; white shirt from Zara.

Energie white shirt Zara white shirt

Fun summer wear

Even the “grownup” boys can have fun in the summer. These casual and fun shirts and tshirts are just for them. 🙂

Below (left to right): Tshirt from French Connection; shirt from Lee.

French Connection printed tshirt Lee blue shirt casual

Shorts/ Bermudas

In neutral shades or bright, plain or printed, nothing beats a pair of comfy shorts and bermudas to lounge around in.

Below (left to right): Look from Celio’s Spring/ Summer 2011 collection, bermudas from Lee.

Models @ celio fashion show (2) - CopyLee bermudas


Canvas or fabric sneakers in bright colours or white are ideal to pair with bermudas, jeans and casual Fridays.

Below (left to right): Sneakers from Energie; canvas sneakers from Converse.

Energie sneakersConverse canvas sneakers


Hot sunglasses for hot weather!

Below: Sunglasses from Fastrack


Fastrack sunglasses


Bonus: Bright colours

If women can wear bold pop colours, why can’t men? And hey, they need not look like Govinda. 😛

Below (left to right): Yellow tshirt from Cantabil’s Summer/Resort 2011 collection styled by Rocky S; blue pants from Energie’s Summer/Resort 2011 collection.

yellow tee Cantabil Blue pants from energie








What is your brother/ friend/ boyfriend wearing this summer?

LFW: Highlights of Day 4

The fourth day of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 was a mixed bag—with fun fashion and some disappointments.

Floral fiesta

It was mid-March, and the mercury was rising in Mumbai, even as the fashion was getting summery. We saw the eternal summer favourite floral prints taking to the ramp. Purvi Doshi presented great summer florals while Cantabil designs got an edgier twist. And at Anupamaa Dayal the bright florals were mixed and matched with colour and print blocks on saris, kaftans and dresses, creating a very sunny atmosphere in the main show area.

(Below left to right:  Purvi Doshi, Cantabil styled by Rocky S, Anupamaa Dayal).

Purvi Doshi at LFW S/R 2011 Cantabil styled by Rocky S LFW S/R 2011 Anupamaa Dayal at LFW S/R 2011

Funky prints ruled

Like we noted above, florals got a fun twist. But that was just one of the prints we saw on the ramp. Sabah Khan’s rickshaw-inspired prints were kitschy yet wearable. And the inimitable Kallol Dutta got cheeky with a print inspired by leading fashion journalist Sathya Saran (she’s ex-editor of Femina). Take a look.

(Below left to right: Sabah Khan, Kallol Dutta)

Sabah Khan at LFW S/R 2011 Kallol Dutta at LFW S/R 2011

More fun stuff for guys

So it turns out that Indian guys will have an amazing range of clothes to choose from this summer. While Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2011 had some good clothes for guys, the Cantabil and Sanjay Hingu collections on Day 4 added to their list of summer sartorial choices.

Sanjay Hingu presented a pastel colour palette for men, focussing on soft blue suits, jackets and trousers, with Rocky S styling the Cantabil men in pastel-coloured suits. One-button suits were another common link. Meanwhile Cantabil had a vibrant colour range for polo tshirts, and it was fun to see the guys in bright-coloured bermudas and trousers.

(Below left to right: Sanjay Hingu, Cantabil styled by Rocky S)

Sanjay Hingu at LFW S/R 2011 Cantabil by Rocky S at LFW S/R 2011

Lots of chic vacation wear

When I go on holiday this year, maybe I’ll ditch the convenient jeans-and-tee combo, and look at options for a relaxed chic look. In international fashion markets, this is often called resort wear, and I think it’s a great idea for the hot Indian summer, irrespective of whether you’re going on vacation or not.

I loved Anupamaa Dayal’s colourful printed kaftans in pinks and oranges, and Pria Kataria Puri evoked a Marrakesh atmosphere with exotic prints, mirror work and crystal-embellished kaftans, maxis and tunics that you could wear to a party.

(Below left to right: Anupamaa Dayal, Pria Kataria Puri)

Anupamaa Dayal at LFW S/R 2011 Pria Kataria Puri at LFW S/R 2011

Been there, seen that

At a show titled The Future of Fashion, what would you expect? Futuristic design, oodles of creativity, refreshing styles, right? Unfortunately, at this DHL-inspired show designers Atsu Sekhose and Kallol Dutta presented clothes that were mostly insipid and well, not futuristic or mindboggling at all. As a fashion watcher later told me, “What future of fashion? The show was more about the past of fashion.” LOL. (Take a peek and decide for yourself).

(Below left to right: Atsu, Kallol Dutta)

Atsu Sekhose at LFW S/R 2011 Kallol Dutta at LFW S/R 2011