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DOUBLE THE APPEAL Though Martin Andersson designs his clothes for men, they are often picked up by women Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
DOUBLE THE APPEAL Though Martin Andersson designs his clothes for men, they are often picked up by women Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

There is a raw edge with none of the appeal of the synthetically syrupy in Martin Andersson's design wear

I might go back with a lot of Indian influences for my next collection Martin Andersson Absurdly youthful, the blue-eyed Martin Andersson could well belong in a boy band. His work, though, has none of the appeal of the synthetically syrupy; there is a raw edge to his design wear. The New York pop/rock/dance band, the Scissor Sisters wear them. Alternative rock musicians R.E.M. don them. The electronica-influenced pop band from Leicester, Kasabian, strut about in them, as does The Darkness, UK's neo-hair metal band. This cult following among musicians should not come as a surprise as Andersson is obsessed by rock 'n' roll. As a teenager, he adorned his bedroom with posters of Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Alice Cooper. He continues to be inspired by musicians and is gratified that in turn, they identify with his style.Slim silhouettes, skinny jeans, sharp tailoring and punk knits are his signature and he has explored the cultural movements such as the Detroit Rock Kids, the Berlin Underground and the U.K. Skinheads. Born in Sweden, Andersson graduated from the Central St Martins fashion school and has been based in London. Leading British photographers like Lord Litchfield and Alasdair McLellan were inspired to create an exhibition centred on one of his collections.A frequent participant in the Paris Fashion Week, Andersson is showing his Spring Summer Collection for 2007 at the Castle India Men's Fashion Fair. The colour scheme has a rocky feel with lots of black leavened by lighter shades like mint, cream and lilac. He has brought his trademark slim silhouettes, flared trousers, brightly patterned knits, "though I guess you do not really wear much knits in this weather".True to his penchant for seeking his muse amongst musicians, this collection has drawn from an American female singer. "My inspiration for the collection is Patti Smith (the poet laureate of punk rock)", he says. A female muse for a range of men's wear may seem novel. For those of us who have borrowed shirts and jerseys from the male wardrobe, it is perfectly understandable that though Andersson designs his clothes for men, they are often picked up by women. "My silver leather trousers are slim enough to fit women."Indeed, "I am going to try out a unisex line". That would only be after a relaxing break in India. He is going to travel along the Indian coast. Goa certainly, but he is captivated with the idea of visiting Gokarna after seeing it on the Net. "I might go back with a lot of Indian influences for my next collection. I have used Madras checks in suits for which I sourced the material from Chennai and I have used silk. This is my first trip to India and I have been learning a lot about different fabrics." SANDHYA MENDONCA

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