When it comes to dressing kings, princes and celebrities, Raghavendra Rathore is the man to go to. And his closing show for Day Two of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 was a fine balance between red carpet ready Indian wear and casual Indo-western outfits for the urban metrosexual man.
Rathore showcased two collections – The ‘Imperial India Company’, a ready-to-wear designer label inspired by the Raj featuring Indo-western styling and his bespoke line of ethnic groom wear. Two-button off-white jackets, brocade sherwanis, embroidered Jodhpur coats, bandhdgalas with printed shirts and coloured trousers and two-button grey suits with ethnic detailing were some of the eye-catching ensembles. The casual section featured a burst of colours – brown bundis on orange kurtas, white cuffs on bright mandarin collar shirts, stylishly cut pathani suits, sherwanis with pink cuffs and contrasting velvet collars and nothing can beat the sharply cut white tuxedo with shawl lapels – Indian influences and global style in a perfect marriage. And the overriding feature was, of course, Indian textile and excellent handiwork from weavers and artisans from Rathore’s home state, Rajasthan.
A separate section, called the ‘Raghavendra Rathore Foundation’ featured male models marching in Jodhpuri trousers and bandhgala jackets in gold, red and neon shades. The jackets soon came off to flaunt well-fitted white tees with the slogan “Je Suis L’Amour” on them.
Sans celebrity overkill (minus Riteish Deshmukh, who was the showstopper), the show was all about fine cuts, Indian textiles, talented artisanship and menswear designs that earn our respect and applause. Take a bow, Mr. Rathore.