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stride in style A Raghavendra Rathore creation
stride in style A Raghavendra Rathore creation

A couple of designers will let men rule the ramp at WLIFW and DFW

Fashion has been women’s forte. They rule the ramp and flock to designer stuff. However, a rising tribe of designers is unravelling the joy of making clothes for men.

Of course, there are designers who always gave men’s wear its due — JJ Valaya, Manoviraj Khosla, Raghavendra Rathore, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Nikhil and Shantanu … the list is long. But it is the believers in men’s wear that are gaining strength. Men are ready to re-invent themselves, they vouch.

At the two fashion weeks in New Delhi, there are a couple of designers who are showcasing all men’s wear. Though Manoviraj Khosla makes women’s wear, he has shown an exclusive men’s collection for the past three seasons. “I enjoy making men’s wear more. I relate to it better,” says the Bangalore-based designer.

Contrary to popular belief, Khosla believes men’s wear offers enough challenges. “There is so much potential that is yet to be tapped in men’s wear,” he says.

Innovation can happen even on shirts and trousers, he asserts. Khosla’s collection “Then and Now” infuses new life in the 1970s and ’80s style. He is bringing back the harem pants, embellishing them with kantha and batik and colouring them in shades of blue, purple, orange and whites. “In terms of silhouette, I am bringing back the pleats and getting cutwork onto jackets,” says Khosla.

“If women can look fashionable, why can’t men?” he asks. The sentiment is echoed by Rajvi Mohan, a debutant at DFW.

If Khosla slid into men’s wear because he understood it better, Rajvi attempted it as she “did not understand anything about it.”

She joins Khosla in making it an all men’s show, though at a different event.

“Men’s wear will get the focus, provided the designers have the guts to hold on to it,” the young designer is candid.

“In the commercial sense, the numbers never tally. Women’s wear will make more money.

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