Red, amber and green embraced the ramp for designer Arjun Khanna. Orange/white traffic markers lined the ramp, which was converted into a two-way street with zebra crossing. Twenty-eight helmet-clad men marched down the catwalk and the scene was set for an almost martial like fashionable attack from the designer who can make a difference in men’s wardrobes. The surprise element of the show was Yuvraj Singh, who left the audience spellbound with his sexy moves on the ramp!
Arjun Khanna’s men’s wear has always evoked great responses at fashion weeks. There is style, construction, detailing and above all drama in his collections. His rock star biker boy inspired ensembles, had colours, fabrics, fashion and much more on the runway. It was a part rebellious, but a very avant garde look for the coming season that Arjun wanted men to wear.
High end couture techniques were merged with ultra-contrast fabrics. So leather, suede, light-weight wool and corduroy were creatively combined in one jacket. Texturing techniques and superb tailoring was visible for the crisply edited line of 30 garments. Cropped jackets, trousers and shirts were offered in masculine colours of the season. Black was seen in ten shades along with brown, olive, blue and bursts of off-white while hints of red were thrown in occasionally.
Embellishments had a marked Indian feel with quilting, dori and cord work used to highlight the garments. Metal additions like zippers, rivets and chains added to the strong but fashionable look of the masculine collection; while detailing on trousers was intricate and innovative. Keeping the trousers to mainly white, Arjun sent in an occasional red, black and white print, or dark manly shades. The jacket lengths never moved below the hips, with lots of lacing on back, arms, sides and hemlines of the jackets. Crazy slogans like ‘Biker Bundi’ or “Indian Drifter” further pushed the fun element of the collection.