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Designer duo Anjana Bhargav and Ankita Bhargav made their first men’s line with the men’s week. Their range gives the classic Aligarhi kurta a modern avatar. The focus is on kurta shirts that redefine casual luxe. The collection is experimental and creates a look for the modern man that is new age yet extremely wearable. The fabrics are soft cotton knits mixed with silks, woven jacquards and bamboo jerseys.

Deliberately upturning notions of male sensuality and taking it to a new platform even by his own standards- do remember that designer Rohit Bal has put sindoor on his men in the past-the show aptly titled Badmaash was all about playing up passionate men’s sexiness punctuated with a dollop of provocativeness. The show began with a host of bare-chested male models reclining suggestively on the ornate couches set up as props on the runway. Amid loud cheers, the opening sequence saw the boys flexing their gym-toned bodies languidly, showing off the perfect six packs and oozing raw masculinity.

As can be expected from the showman, his collection was a delicate and tasteful fusion of western and Indian silhouettes. There

 

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There were tall claims that domestic buyers would be around in plenty at India’s first Men’s Fashion Week here, but were they all in hiding? Even those who were present at the three-day event preferred not to place orders. Apart from domestic buyers, there were a few international buyers as well and according to them, Indian designers have a long way to go

q\j makp. if intp.mfltinnallu wear. “As a market,

perhaps the Indian designer-wear sector isn’t at a stage where it can churn out a high street label similar to the ones available internationally, but it’s just a matter of time and right investments,” said Doris Pietrek, a buyer from US- based store Anthropologe.

Another buyer, David Schneider from the Portuguese store Living Fashion, said he was here just to get a feel of the Indian men’s wear

was an excessive usage of passion colours such as rust, red, plum and flaming orange.

The liberal usage of gold patterns and baroque, the ensemble is from Siddhartha Tytler’s Spring Summer 10 collection, titled Love Look of the

collections and due to recession he would have to keep a check on what he was buying. Designers say they are not disappointed with the business scene – most of them echoed they expected no business – and that it was their duty to participate in India’s first Men’s Fashion Week. Mumbai-based celebrity designer Rocky S chose not to showcase in the stalls

e many takers. “I wasn’t expecting business at all. Hence I chose not to exhibit my collection in the stalls. I was here to support this wonderful initiative,” Rocky said. Though the stalls are spacious, the designers have just displayed their clothes on hangers and very few of them have used mannequins. Though VHIMW is a business-to-business event, most of the designers were not to be found at their stalls.

Day like prints accentuated the party feel of the outfits. The western-style pants were well cut in linear streamlined finish. There were also full-legged loose trousers in draped fall gathered at the ankles. The ornate sherwanis and bandhgalas were embellished with delicate gold work and lotus and peacock motifs in Swarovski. The jackets and waistcoats were structured and sharply tailored. The collection was all about displaying an edgy, naughty side of male dressing and the mood on the runway was created to highlight the unrestrained indulgence to sensuality.

Gadget Freaks How Paplu met Joker. By Rungeen Singh

, Geeti. Many friends that you make through chatting on the Internet, may really be rogues and they may harm you later,” said Mili. Geeti yelled, “Mili, will you stop it! You are such a wet blanket that I don’t know why I have made you my friend. For once, I am enjoying excitement because someone wants to meet me. He feels like a soul mate, yaar, and here you are giving lectures. It is like I have met my dream boyfriend. But he is such an ass that he hasn’t sent me his picture. So I don’t know what he looks like. He must be a handsome hulk, I bet.”

“Do you really think that a man who chats under the atrocious name of Paplu of the Gizmos will be a smart man?” asked Mili caustically.

“You bet. But can anyone know that a beauty like me goes under the name The Joker Geek? I bet he will be a dream boat and very handsome and smart too,” sighed Geeti whimsically.

“I hope you haven’t sent your photograph,” Mili wondered with concern.

“No, I have not, guardian angel. When will you stop patronising and monitoring me like an interfering warden?” asked Geeti balefully.

“Till someone comes to keep you in check,” said Mili.

“Uuh! No one but the very exceptional can keep me in check. Banish any other thought, lady!” scoffed Geeti as she got out her best dress and started getting ready.

“Where are you meeting him?” asked Mili.

“At the Sunflower,” replied Geeti.

“What time have you given him?” asked Mili.

“Eight,” answered Geeti shortly.

“Then why are you going so early?” asked Mili.

Geeti explained, “I have to check up on the latest Playstation he told me about. He says it is magic. I bet he is magic. I want to see his face when I gift it to him and now stop haranguing me. I am going. Bye.”

“Do your parents know?” asked the undeterred Mili.

“No! And you keep your trap shut. If you dare tell
them, you will be dead meat,” warned Geeti as she rushed out to her own car. She drove down to the best shop for the latest gizmos.

“I want the Playstation,” commanded Geeti as soon as she reached the counter of the shop she loved to frequent and she gave them the details that she had got from the Internet, from her Paplu of the Gizmos.

The salesman recognised her as she came very regularly to buy the latest inventions in gadgetry. They showed her the latest one and she loved tne Playstation and said, “Please pack it. I will pay by credit card.”

, Geeti. Many friends that you make through chatting on the Internet, may really be rogues and they may harm you later,” said Mili. Geeti yelled, “Mili, will you stop it! You are such a wet blanket that I don’t know why I have made you my friend. For once, I am enjoying excitement because someone wants to meet me. He feels like a soul mate, yaar, and here you are giving lectures. It is like I have met my dream boyfriend. But he is such an ass that he hasn’t sent me his picture. So I don’t know what he looks like. He must be a handsome hulk, I bet.”

“Do you really think that a man who chats under the atrocious name of Paplu of the Gizmos will be a smart man?” asked Mili caustically.

“You bet. But can anyone know that a beauty like me goes under the name The Joker Geek? I bet he will be a dream boat and very handsome and smart too,” sighed Geeti whimsically.

“I hope you haven’t sent your photograph,” Mili wondered with concern.

“No, I have not, guardian angel. When will you stop patronising and monitoring me like an interfering warden?” asked Geeti balefully.

“Till someone comes to keep you in check,” said Mili.

“Uuh! No one but the very exceptional can keep me in check. Banish any other thought, lady!” scoffed Geeti as she got out her best dress and started getting ready.

“Where are you meeting him?” asked Mili.

“At the Sunflower,” replied Geeti.

“What time have you given him?” asked Mili.

“Eight,” answered Geeti shortly.

“Then why are you going so early?” asked Mili.

Geeti explained, “I have to check up on the latest Playstation he told me about. He says it is magic. I bet he is magic. I want to see his face when I gift it to him and now stop haranguing me. I am going. Bye.”

“Do your parents know?” asked the undeterred Mili.

“No! And you keep your trap shut. If you dare tell
them, you will be dead meat,” warned Geeti as she rushed out to her own car. She drove down to the best shop for the latest gizmos.

“I want the Playstation,” commanded Geeti as soon as she reached the counter of the shop she loved to frequent and she gave them the details that she had got from the Internet, from her Paplu of the Gizmos.

The salesman recognised her as she came very regularly to buy the latest inventions in gadgetry. They showed her the latest one and she loved tne Playstation and said, “Please pack it. I will pay by credit card.”

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