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Modi brings ”Indianness” in men’s fashion

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New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi inspires multiple designers in the growing segment of menswear by his sartorial taste, and 2015 turned out to be a year for the style-conscious male to rejoice.

Modi’s style statements – from the US to China – have been inspiring many men, says designer Troy Costa, who was roped in to create some outfits for the PM last year.

“He’s a leader. People are getting inspired by what he is wearing. He has started a trend of his own,” Costa said, referring to Modi’s jackets which he has made popular globally by flaunting them during international visits.

Designer Raghvendra Rathore said that Modi “has opened up the walls of the mind of the youth.”

“I don’t believe in this or that party. I believe that the most important thing is to unlock the imagination of the youth. He has done that by creating an appetite for what I think is the Indian look…11 years from now, we will remember this day. It’s like a Renaissance of a sort.

“It is about reaching out to weavers and using our resources. It’s the revival of classic clothing. Why do we always need a three-button suit or a tuxedo when we can do a good job with a bandh gala jacket,” Rathore, known for the iconic Jodhpur style Bandhgala suits, said.

Several fashion events plugged the gap between women and men’s fashion. Even the country’s fashion galas this year gave a push to the booming menswear segment, which saw experiments with cuts and colors.

Joining the wagon was renowned designer Manish Malhotra, who has completed 25 years as a costume designer and 10 years of his label. He showcased his debut menswear line titled ‘The Gentlemen’s Club’ at a fashion week in Mumbai in August.

The collection had suits and jackets in abundance with embroidery and intricate detailing, and much more.

Actor-comedian Vir Das surprisingly displayed another creative side by showcasing his debut collection as a designer on the runway this year. He launched a quirky clothing line under his company Weirdass Comedy. There were also boxer shorts, which Vir had conceptualised himself. He even created T-shirts dedicated to Bollywood’s star comedian Govinda.

Later this year, Gionee India Beach Fashion Week (GIBFW) 2015 soared the temperature of Goa with bikinis and bold resort wear for women. But it was the menswear that stole the show. Ace designers including Wendell Rodricks offered more options for men through their collections that consisted of bright coloured swimming trunks, shirts with lungis, and sherwanis with palazzo pants.

A popular magazine for men GQ India and Van Heusen, a premium lifestyle brand for professionals, commemorated the best of menswear in India through an event – Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights. It saw designers like Raghavendra Rathore, Rajesh Pratap Singh, and Shantanu & Nikhil, who are set to launch a menswear store in Kolkata soon, showcasing trends that are sophisticated and sharp, catering proficiently to the urban Indian men.

Delhi hosted L’Homme, Men’s Weekend, which was first launched in 2013, and introduced a fashion show exclusively for men, in December.

“With a lack of men-centric activations in the country today wherein all major activations are targeted towards women like Amazon India Fashion Week and wedding shows, we at DLF Emporio, aimed to plug-in this gap by growing our brand property L’Homme with men’s fashion show that highlighted DLF Emporio as one-stop destination for menswear from international and Indian luxury brands,” said Dinaz Madhukar, senior vice-president, DLF Emporio.

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Modi must speak up on violence against women, children: Rahul

During the protest, Gandhi slammed the Prime Minister over the repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” over the rape incidents in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao was “unacceptable”. He prodded him to speak.

He also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party governments in these states of “protecting rapists”. “Mr Prime Minister, your silence is unacceptable. What do you think about the growing violence against women and children? Why are accused rapists and murderers protected by the state? India is waiting. Speak up,” Gandhi said in a tweet.

Rahul Gandhi becomes president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi steps down
Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi again on his inability to secure women and children. Wikipedia

In another tweet earlier, Gandhi thanked people who had taken part in the midnight protest in Delhi against the “slumber” that the Modi government was in and sought justice for the victims.

“Thousands of men and women stood up to be counted in the battle for justice and to protest the rising acts of violence against girls and women.

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“I thank each and everyone of you for your support. It shall not be in vain,” Gandhi said while attaching pictures of people who participated in the protest. Gandhi, who had led the protest Thursday night, was joined by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra, hundreds of party workers and senior party leaders.

During the protest, Gandhi slammed the Prime Minister over the repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country. “We want the government to take action. Today, women are feeling insecure to move out of their houses. Somewhere a child, a woman is raped, killed and we want that the government should resolve this. The women of the country should feel safe,” he had said. IANS

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