Another standout fashion city that the world may not be aware of: Mumbai. Mumbai presents Lakme Fashion Week twice a year and this season’s summer resort 2014 collection just took place at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai. I was especially impressed with the boldness and lightness of the menswear collections.

This season, some distinct trends appeared at the Lakme Fashion Week, many of which had me itching for summer sunshine! Some of the concepts shown were a homeage to what may be India’s “signature” style of clothing, light, airy and baggy due to extreme heat and sun. Brights, patterns and paisley’s also dominated the runways for both men and women. Basically, updated takes on traditional outfits was big this season at Lakme Fashion Week.

Both Archana Kochar and Sengar showed a baggy, “genie” pant that is loose fitting and comfortable. Both attempted to tailor it up by adding a more refined, straighter blazer to combat the bagginess of pant. Sengar aims to edge out to look with a funky necklace. I am not sure how appropriate this look would be for the office, however for a sunset cocktail on the pier: perfection.

A black baggy style by Archana Kochhar.

A black baggy style by Archana Kochhar.

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A beige, edgier look with baggy pant from Sengar.

The paisley trend dominates in full force on the Lakme runways. All colors, styles and paisley prints appear on shirts, ties, shorts- really anything.

Ken Ferns opts for a paisley on paisley look.

Ken Ferns opts for a paisley on paisley look.

Kunal Anil Tanna matches paisley with crisp white shorts.

Kunal Anil Tanna matches paisley with crisp white shorts.

Another paisley look by Kunal Anil tanna matched with a comfortable blazer and leather bag.

Another paisley look by Kunal Anil Tanna paired with a comfortable blazer and leather bag.

Of course, as to be expected with any collection, brights, whites and pastels are a reoccurring color scheme.

Whites, pastels and brights by Sanjay Hingu.

Whites, pastels and brights by Sanjay Hingu.

This coral suit by Sanjay Hingu is BOLD.

This coral suit by Sanjay Hingu is BOLD.

Digvijay Singh matches crisp white pants with a plaid jacket for a refined summer look.

Digvijay Singh matches crisp white pants with a plaid jacket for a refined summer look.

Another trend I noticed was the use of grey, which is rather unusual in a summer/resort collection, but I actually really liked it, especially when paired with patterns or pastels. Especially prevalent was the grey blazer.

Sengar blends a masculine and floral feminine pattern together for a cool look.

Sengar blends a masculine grey and floral feminine pattern together for a cool look.

Theorem creates a sport summer look with a grey blazer and blue running shoes.

Theorem creates a sport summer look with a grey blazer and some casual shoes.

Theorem matches white pants with a color blocked blazer, using pink and blueish grey.

Theorem matches white pants with a color blocked blazer, using pink and blueish grey.

Posted by Lori Zaino and photos from the official Lakme Fashion Week Facebook page.

Lakme Fashion Week is India´s biggest fashion event and takes place in Mumbai. Sponsored by Lakme and IMG, this event showcases some fantastic designers. One of them in particular that caught my eye was Arjun Khanna with his collection featuring retro-chic bicycle messenger boys.

I was immediately intrigued after seeing Khanna´s show, and when I researched him I found the following quote under products he offers: ¨The Vintage. The Un-procurable. The Unimaginable. Luggage. Clothing. Accessories. Attitude¨. Pretty fantastic, no?!

People speak of Khanna´s designs as being ¨thrilling¨and ¨imaginative¨. His contributions to mens fashion in India are considered to be revolutionary.

Khanna has dressed many famous celebrities from India and Bollywood, in addition to Will Smith and Richard Branson, and has even collaborated with Harley Davidson.

His fashion week looks were inspired by bicycle culture and the 1940´s. (Yes, bicycle culture does exist!). The clothes were pretty neutral colorwise, with the occasional bright pop of neon or color, more specifically mint green and bright yellow. Fabrics were silks, tweed, cotton and linen. Vests and bomber jackets were featured and there were some hats, messenger bags- just typical ¨biking¨accessories. Faces were painted for that extra element of ¨fierceness¨.

Even if you don´t ride a bike, you will be inspired by some of these looks!

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You can visit his store in Mumbai at:

5/8 Grants Building, 2nd Floor, Arthur Bunder Road,

Opp. Cafe Basilico, Colaba, Mumbai – 400 005.

For more information visit the Arjun Khanna Website or Facebook page.

Photos are from the Offical Lakme Fashion Website.

Posted by: Lori

Fashion designer Narendra Kumar has a long history in the world of fashion and style.

His fashion career began when he was the founding fashion editor for Elle India and following that, he mentored and taught college courses about fashion. This background prepped him for his journey into fashion design. Narendra Kumar launched his first collection in 2000 and it was an immediate success.

His clothes are widely popular due to their perfect lines, fit and cut, showcasing Nari´s (many in India refer to him as Nari) refined tailoring work. He is innovative and modern, yet stays true to his Indian roots. He´s been involved in several fashion weeks, including LA fashion week and Australia Fashion week. His work has been featured in several Bollywood projects and been worn by famous Indian celebs such as John Abraham, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra and Saif Ali Khan.

Nari is the brand ambassador for Swiss Air, and has created looks for their signature SWISS calendar since 2009. He has also designed exclusive collections for Debenhams and Westside. Recently, he has collaborated with Mattel to design an exclusive kidswear line for their Hot Wheels Extreme brand. Nari also helps with corporate clothing projects for companies such as HSBC bank and Unilever.

Narenda Kumar has also been the recipient of many prestigious awards such as MTV´s Breakthrough Designer of the Year. His products include not only menswear, but womenswear, couture, Indo-Western, bridal and ethnic items.

You can visit his shop in Mumbai at this location:

Store Address: Dhariya Apts, Ground Floor, Near Madhu Park, 11th road, Khar (W), Mumbai- 400052.

Tel: 65224842

For more information, visit the Narendra Kumar Website, Facebook page or follow Nari on Twitter.

Photos from the Narendra Kumar Facebook Page.

Posted by: Lori

 

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