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Mozez Singh: OTT is nothing

Filmmaker and music enthusiast Mozez Singh is known for his sartorial flair. Outré, louche, debonair, sophisticate — all these words apply to him equally. After all, he works the club kid look as enthusiastically as ceremonial Indian. Singh’s knowledge of fashion is deep, and because of how he puts himself together, the avid traveller, pop culture consumer and Mumbai-based director of movie Zubaan, makes heads turn wherever he goes. “Fashion allows me to shape-shift, and I relish that,” he says. “It lets me shed who I am and become who I want to be at that moment. I love the fact that a pair of shoes, or a shirt or trousers, has the power to not just transform my mood, but also alter my persona.” More from the man who confesses that when he wants to shop, “I can find something to buy in a desert”.

Your style and what defines it.

My style is amorphous and ever evolving. I’ve never stuck to one look. What really defines me is my deep sense of comfort and belief in who I am. This translates into what I’m wearing. I’m a self aware person with the confidence to pull off any look. I’m not being pompous; I’ve reached this place of knowing after many false starts — but not any more.

Custom-made or off the rack?

Both. There are some things that just have to be custom-made. Like the perfect suit from Savile Row (from Kilgour or Richard Anderson), a tuxedo from Tom Ford or Giorgio Armani, or a Rohit Bal sherwani. Their fit has to be precise; only then do you do justice to the outfit and to yourself. I’m also a huge shopper. So off-the-rack shopping happens in gluttonous, insatiable ways from sites like Mr Porter and Matches, or stores like Luisa Via Roma in Florence.

Mozez Singh: OTT is nothing

Where do you shop?

Most of my shopping happens in London, New York, Milan and Tokyo (which I believe is the Mecca of all fashion). Antonlini in Milan, Grailed in Tokyo and Decades in LA for vintage are my favourite stores. There are a few Indian designers that I constantly buy from, like Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, and Abraham & Thakore — I own around 35 pairs of their pants (pictured). Raghavendra Rathore customises jodhpurs and breeches for me in colours he never sells in store. Then there’s Manish Arora and Malini Ramani. Both don’t do men’s clothes, but they customise clothes for me.

Do suits make the man?

Not always. I think it is self-confidence, kindness, compassion and a little bit of rakishness.

Dressing up or down?

I love dressing up, which means that everything is perfectly thought of, from the shoes to the hair wax. This could be formal or just funky. Even when I’m dressing down, I’m dressing up. My ripped T-shirt, faded track pants, dirty sneakers by Raf Simons and oversized sunglasses are something I’ve purposely put together. It’s all about what I’m feeling at that point in time. Fashion is a feeling.

Mozez Singh: OTT is nothing

Your most stylish outfits?

It keeps changing, but for now it is my unending acquisitions of the new Versace prints, and my latest baby pink tuxedo satin suit by Balmain. My most dramatic look recently was a head-to-toe silver foil outfit (pictured) by Vivienne Westwood that I wore for my mother’s birthday celebrations in Lake Como, Italy.

Recent fashion indulgence?

Rick Owens’ new gender fluid collection. It’s so spectacular, it made me want to scream with delight. As a designer, he’s taken the Japanese aesthetic and made it his own. I’m also totally eyeing pastel colour suits, sheer pants by Saint Laurent and Celine’s skinny glitter jackets.

Mozez Singh: OTT is nothing

Most treasured accessories?

Definitely my shoes and sunglasses. I am addicted. I should go to rehab before I bankrupt myself. I wear Yeezy Ortholite and Rick Owens sneakers almost every day. And I alternate between sneakers and boots for every occasion. I own more than 150 pairs. Currently I am digging the Nike X Fear of God collab sneakers and my new Saint Laurent sand- coloured boots in ultra suede.

Mozez Singh: OTT is nothing

You are known for your eyewear.

I own the most astonishing collection of sunglasses by Tom Ford, Balmain and Versace, among others. I have them in every size, shape and colour, and I die a thousand deaths when I lose a pair. I’m currently crushing on my new Fentys and I’m forever loyal to my Ray Ban gold-rimmed aviators with lenses in every possible colour.

Mozez Singh: OTT is nothing

Your off-duty signature look?

Abraham & Thakore wide leg pants or printed maharishis, or Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please drop crotch pants in different colours, and Sacai or Comme des Garçons T-shirts. I have been collecting the Japanese greats — Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto — since I was 19.

Mozez Singh: OTT is nothing

Travel style.

Balmain carry-on tassel bag, Gucci wheely, Tom Ford over-sized sunglasses and Hermes two-ply cashmere track suit. I am currently obsessed with Rimowa’s classic style. When I was in Tokyo, I bought so much Rimowa luggage they asked me to stop.

Mozez Singh: OTT is nothing

Go-to fragrances?

I only wear two. Gold by Mancera and Mutiny by Maison Margiela. They are my signature scents.

Who do you think has great style?

The late Karl Lagerfeld, Lenny Kravitz, ASAP Rocky, Travis Scott, and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.

Most stylish vacation spot?

Anywhere on the Italian Riviera — Capri, Positano, Ravello.

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