Randeep Hooda takes ‘modern maharaja’ avatar for menswear show

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda brought a regal wave at the ramp of ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week (AIFW) Autumn-Winter 2016 here on Friday as he turned into a maharja with a contemporary twist for designer Rohit Kamra for the first menswear show of fashion gala.

The show, which was presented collectively by three designers Kamra, Ujjawal Dubey and Divyam Mehta, explored different creative zones from asymmetrical story of “The Red In Us”, an ode to the modern globetrotter with “Into The Woods” and regal yet modern take on the Indian maharajas through aMade in Jaypore’ respectively. The show was held on the day three of the five-day fashion gala at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.

The collection, which seemed like an elaborate chapter of rich history of India and its princely rulers with Jaypore influences, presented an amalgamation of traditional and modern — sherwanis with trench coats, bandhgala jackets, trousers, Jodhpur jackets and breeches, as well as waistcoats and Nehru jackets.

Using fabric like flannel, wool, wool khadi, silk and cotton, the line was filled with hues of black, white, grey, blue, green. The masculine silhouettes also flaunted geometrical motifs.

“I have carried forward my signature style, which I have been doing since the last couple of years since I started with modern maharaja. Modern maharaja is a person who feels like a king from inside,” Kamra said after the show.

Randeep, who started as a model, was glad to walk for Kamra. He said: “I don’t feel like a maharaja all the time but when I wear these clothes I do. He (Kamra) has done a great job bringing old world charm with modern touches to his collection. It was a great show.”

As it was a collective show, other designers also used the ramp to show their creativity.

Dubey through his brand Antar Agni showcased “The Red In Us”, and the collection aimed at controlled use of oxidized red as an extreme element paired with fabrics with character.

The line reflected interesting play of stitch lines, bold and classy tones. Dubey said: “We have kept red as a stimulator. It goes extreme and intense and the kind of the personality we all carry. So, we have tried to vent our emotions out through it.”

Dubey used light khadi and linens with red being the key colour and grey and blue complementing the line. The highlight of the range was asymmetrical cuts, flares, pants, sleeves, and jackets, along with a dash of red through socks.

Mehta traversed through different time zones with the collection, as he used mix of fabrics and techniques to tell multiple stories from every corner of the globe with a backdrop of a forest.

The line draws inspiration from the wilderness and the texture of tree barks and uses earthy hues. The collection includes samurai trousers, carrot trousers, Nehru jackets, trench bandhgala, desert boots and sneakers with animal prints.

Dubey said: “We had an idea of a global traveller. He appreciates a suit as well as dhoti or any other Indian craft.”

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