The India Couture Week 2023 may have been the best one, yet!
By Rohit Kamble
You just could not have missed the Hyundai India Couture Week by FDCI (Fashion Design Council of India) in association with Reliance Brands even if you tried. Be it the glitzy front row that saw a line-up of heavyweight influencers, socialites, stylists and editors to the biggest celebrities — from Ranbir Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur to Kiara Advani and Bhumi Pednekar — or the closing shows for designers, the big-ticket event in Delhi firmly established that the wedding season is here and that Indian wear has never looked more exciting. Here are our top menswear picks:
Forget that Ranbir Kapoor made his runway debut in a lungi-trouser and set the internet on fire. It was Rawal’s inimitable menswear that we’ll be talking about for a long time. Embroidered sherwanis in wearable black and ivory that aren’t loud yet announce you as the coolest guy in the room.
The godfather of Indian fashion ensured that he had enough and more of wedding finery for whatever kind of groom you are — from traditional, maharaja-esque sherwanis complete with a turban and jewellery to more fluid drapes.
ROHIT GANDHI + RAHUL KHANNA
No one does tailored couture better than Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna. Only this time, they took it a notch higher with embellished suits that you know are a surefire winner at a cocktail night. Just ask Ishaan Khattar whose brocade jacket was begging to be on the dance floor.
SHANTNU & NIKHIL
Straddling traditional craftsmanship and contemporary silhouettes, the designer duo arguably put out their best couture show ever. It probably had something to do with the intricate embroidery and see-through tops that were set off by asymmetric pants — infusing the cool in couture.
RAJESH PRATAP SINGH
The stalwart proved why he remains at the top of India’s fashion food chain with a potent combination of classic and edgy menswear — leather long-line jackets paired with a lungi, and a white linen jacket and dhoti with a sheer inner — choices you bet no one else can imitate.
Reproduced with permission from Mansworldindia.com