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Troy Costa brings 30's style elegant menswear to LFW
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Aug '13
It was luxury from the 1930’s men’s wear era that revived expert tailoring of British styles. Troy Costa’s collection, called “The London Eye” at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013, was partly inspired by the Mark Gertler painting called ‘Merry Go Round’, which revealed sharp tailoring, shaping and use of technology. Waterproof thread, alternation and colour intarsia was balanced by a relaxed look for separates, ideal for the male wardrobes.

Brightly coloured jackets worn with wildly printed shirts and slim denim jeans or red pants gave great coordinated options. Zippered shirts, jackets with double vents, peaked lapels, piped collars/sleeve plackets and interesting fabrics allowed blazers to create a style statement.

Colours were revitalized with Monaco blue being a favourite, along with ecru, poppy red, orange and yellow some with bold flower prints, while the fabrics were linen and classic suitings.

To create excitement, Troy brought in the exciting Shillong Chamber Choir, who turned into flash singers and rose from the audience to keep the foot-tapping music going as the second section started. Influenced by the 30’s and 40’s the bespoke outfits had perfectly constructed suits, recreating the era of classic men’s wear. Here the colour story was sober with grey, navy, black and ink giving a formal direction.

The silhouettes stayed on the single and double breasted track for slim-fit jackets, as well as retro suits. The element of the Gatsby-esque look blended with skinny trousers and ties was interesting. Turn-up trousers, two-toned brocade jackets, tuxedoes in textured velvets or striped suitings, at times revealed the herringbone, hounds tooth, zig zag or diagonal checks weaves. Detailing came in the form of tasseled back yokes, contrast or piped lapels and shawl collars.

Accessories added to the style of the collection. Scarves, bags, folders, ultra-light clutches, document folders were ideal for the jet-setting corporate head-honcho.

Footwear was classy – brogue, spectators, tuxedo slippers, tasseled or toggled moccasins and brogue wedges, which completed the look.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, super actor from the hit films Kahani, Talaash, Gangs of Wassapur and Bombay Talkies, walked jauntily down the ramp to close the show in a black tuxedo with a printed velvet bowtie.

Aiming for a relaxed well-dressed look, which could be bohemian, hippy, dandy or sartorially perfect; it was apparent that Troy Costa wanted his man to dress up impeccably wherever he went.

Lakmé Fashion Week


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