Lakme Fashion Week WF 2014 – Arjun Khanna Collection
Red, amber, green! Get Set Go….orange/white traffic markers lined the ramp, which was converted into a two-way street with zebra crossing. 28 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.
Arjun Khanna’s men’s wear has always evoked a great response at Lakmé Fashion Weeks. There is style, construction, detailing and above all drama in his collections. His Rock Star Biker Boy inspired ensembles, which ended Day Four at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 had colour, fabrics, fashion and much more on the runway.
It was a part rebellious, but 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, lightweight 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. Accessorised only with helmets and stylish boots, the briskly paced show was very high on testosterone as the models cheekily strutted down the ramp to almost martial music.
For added excitement, the specially created floral lining for all the garments gave the collection an international feel
The final all-white entry of a biker in glittering jacket with silver mesh yoke wearing a covered helmet added to the thrill of the mystery showstopper. To a wildly applauding roar from the audience, the dashing Rock Star Biker Boy was none other than the very handsome Yuvraj Singh whose confident strut down the ramp nearly had the crowd in raptures.
The overall look from Arjun Khanna was very trendy and hep, but did border on a slightly naughty appearance that will surely add panaché to the male wardrobe.