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How men's wear has evolved over the years is quite fascinating. From the mundane white shirt, black pant and sombre jacket which men wore for decades, the Indian male is more adventurous and experimental in how he dresses today.  One of the designers who believes in giving importance to men's wear with an innovative look is NIFT alumnus and gold medalist Nivedita Saboo. The designer likes her men to make a masculine style statement but at the same time all garments are off-the-runway wearable. "I want men's wear to be different, stylish and unconventional and the detailing and silhouettes I visualise are avant garde but at the same time wearable," she reveals. So, it was no wonder then that her grand finale showcase—choreographed to perfection by Prasad Bidapa—was edge-of-the-seat stunning!!


Using a military-inspired palette, belted kurta shirts layered with military jackets took centerstage, high buttoned collars were regal in appearance and leather detailing looked stylish. Attention to micro finish is Nivedita's forté and it was clearly seen in the edging as well as printed linings, which peeped out under the coats. Leather detailing, zippers and regimental buttons appeared in unexpected places. The focus was on separates — I absolutely loved the belted kurta and the military green long jacket worn sans shirt over Jodhpuri-style pants although the standout look was Rohit Magoo strapped bare-chested in a leather harness and cowled dhoti pants!! Like the designer said, ''there's no fun in cookie-cutter garments when you can get creative, express yourself and celebrate!''


In retrospect, what’s commendable is that everything is made in-house — from developing fabrics to embroideries, prints and surface ornamentation, each process is worked upon by talented craftsmen who ascertain quality. Is there any wonder then that she received a standing ovation as India Luxury Style Week drew to a close?


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