LFW 2018: All The Deets On Falguni & Shane’s Menswear Debut
When thinking Couture, there is seldom a conversation that can be completed without the inclusion of designer-duo Falguni and Shane Peacock’s eponymous label. And with a celebrity clientele including names like Anushka Sharma, Sonakshi Sinha, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Gwen Stefani among others, it would be wrong to expect anything else, more so since their popularity is merely a by-product of the sartorial excellence that the two spell in their creations. After having enjoyed such a favourable position on the fashion charts across the world with their womenswear line, the designers have now extended their skill and expertise to the men’s wear segment as well. Debuting their first ever menswear couture collection titled, the Louche, the couple recently showcased at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018.
Unlike most showcases where a celebrity showstopper closes the show, Falguni and Shane decided to go with two celebrity muses… Sonakshi Sinha, who opened the show and Karan Johar, who brought it to a classy end.
Setting the tone right for what was to follow soon after, Sonakshi strutted down the runway in a sexy-all black ensemble comprising of a sultry bustier top layered under an embroidered jacket and teamed with a pair of wide-bottom trousers. Walking tall in a pair of black boots, Sonakshi’s outfit was accessorised with a stack of funky rings to keep the look from being too serious and a pair of statement glasses for some additional swag.
Bringing on his killer ‘tude, Karan walked down in structured suit featuring a dressy, black and silver sequined blazer, a black waist, matching trousers and a white shirt with a shimmery front panel. This was teamed with a pair of glossy black slip-ons with ‘Millennials’ written across each shoe.
Despite the bling blazer, the highlight of Karan’s look happened to be his new silver hair that incidentally were giving the look an edgy vibe.
When we talk of millennials and fashion for them, we often think of a boldness in design that’s unapologetically individualistic. The only problem is that when we think “fashion” we are mostly thinking women. As a general rule, fashion is known to have been gender-biased all along offering a lot more to women than it has done to men. This is particularly so when it comes to couture with womenswear witnessing a lot of desirable deconstruction and ample creative reinvention of just about everything from form to design to textiles, while basics continue to be served as part of men’s couture. And though this fashion gender-gap is already on the road to extinction, it isn’t quite there yet. Falguni and Shane, however, seemed adamant on pushing the boundaries with a collection that’s as much about wearing your attitude on your sleeve as it is about redefining the classic formal uniform, aka the suit, for the millennials. Take a look…
1. Silhouettes: As is usually the case with any Falguni Shane collection, this one too was about sharp tailoring and classic forms that were given interestingly dressy twists with a healthy dose of spunk to them. Paying an ode of sorts to the classic suit, the designer duo sent down an army of dapper dandies clad in structured, embroidered and embellished jackets and bombers, fitted pants and embellished shirts sported with sleek ties and bow-ties. Noteworthy were the feather-embellished cape jackets that made for a fun addition to formal menswear.
2. Colour Palette: The designers’ tonal narrative was largely dark with greys, blacks, navys and burgundy’s forming the base for bright pops of silver- added by way of sequins- and also red, blue, pink, green and yellow- incorporated as part of embroidered details. A sole pink bomber also made its way into the collection.
3. Prints, Embroideries & Embellishments: Anyone who thought floral motifs were too feminine had clearly not seen Falguni & Shane’s The Louche which was dominated by embroidered and embossed floral motifs. These were juxtaposed with feather and fun embellishments that adorned shoulder pads, sleeves and even breasts in some cases.
In addition there was embroidered and sequined ‘Psycho,’ ‘Super Psyco,’ ‘Street Punk,’ ‘Fake Party’ and more text covered the fronts and backs.And talking of backs, they seemed to hold a lot of drama at Falguni & Shane with interesting embroidered details including a cute panda and a wise owl.
From this extravagant and flamboyant collection, our favourite was the grey suit that featured self-embroidered vegetal motifs that shared the canvas with a funky roller-skate motif. a star-n-chain motif and ‘Street Punk’ embroidered across it’s front. This happens to be our pick not just because it’s well balanced between the formal and funky extremes but also for its perfect tailoring and crisp fit.
Image Credit: Viral Bhayani