New Delhi, Oct 10 (IANS) A splash of new colours and experimentation with different textiles were the highlight of the preview collection of select Indian and international designers showcased here - a run up to the Castle India Men's Fashion Fair - 2006 (CIMFF) starting in Bangalore Wednesday.
'Sadly men's fashion is always saddled with other segments and has never been given the due prominence it deserved. Our aim is to provide a platform to showcase the best in men's fashion in India and abroad,' said fashion guru Prasad Bidapa at the preview held in the capital last week.
CIMFF is reportedly India's only fashion fiesta exclusively for men.
The preview featured internationally acclaimed designers like Martin Anderson from London, Bibi Russell from Bangladesh, Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra, Rohit Bal and Hemant Leocoanet.
'Today Indian men are more fashionable than ever before. We believe that events like CIMFF will forge an everlasting relationship with our consumers year after year,' said Vinod Giri, Director Marketing, SABMiller India.
Bibi Russell brought myriad colours to the ramp through her collection inspired by rural Rajasthan. The magical fabric Kota Doria and Khadi (hand spun cotton) were used to create hand crafted traditional men's outfits and were complimented by Rajasthani ornaments.
Rock 'n' roll artist Patrick Smith inspired Martin Anderson's collection. The theme of the collection was rock 'n' roll, which featured slim jeans, flared trousers teamed with undershirts, short coats and full sleeve and cut sleeve jackets in various lengths.
The collection speaks of masculinity and confidence. While black dominated the colour palette, greys and beiges were also extensively used. The fabric largely used was washed and deconstructed leather.
Rohit Bal flaunted his 'Nacre' (mother of pearl) collection, which he had showcased at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, and it worked magic once again.
The designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil's collection was an opulent and three-dimensional fun line that painted the picture of Indian prince's going to New York. The collection revealed relaxed sophistication coupled with a different style of royalty.
There were short jackets and sherwani's teamed with churidar's and trousers. Fabrics used were velvet, corduroy and jacquards. While extensive use of appliquÃ©s and metal hangings was spotted, feminine colours and beiges dominated.
'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' by James Thurber inspired Didier Leocnet and Hemant Sagar's collection. Fabrics like canvas, suede (raw leather), cotton, poplin, twill, khaki and fake snakeskin were used.
The silhouettes were enhanced with witty prints, textures and subtle embellishments. There was no dearth of colours in the fusion wear collection.
The outfits showcased in the collection reflected that the designers had created what men want and not what they need.
The CIMFF 2006 is presented by Prasad Bidapa and sponsored by Castle Lager in association with Chancery Pavillion, Bangalore and Percepy D'Mark.