Expect the unconventional when it comes to a Narendra Kumar fashion show. For Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017 the men’s wear collection “The Millennials” from the designer presented by top linen brand Burgoyne was a much-awaited event. Burgoyne linen has a history dating back to 1912 and its exquisite linen fabrics have been coveted by the top haute couture brands in the world.
Narendra Kumar’s collection was aimed at the young male in the age group of 18-20 years. The clean-shaven, boyish, models that strutted their attitude on the ramp were a refreshing change for the audience. It was a coming-of-age look for the boy-turned-man who looked for garments to match his changing lifestyle. The colour palette swayed from neutrals to bright pops of hues and then ended with deep tones of maroon and wine.
Using a profusion of linen, Narendra added cotton and velvet for variety as he showcased the three looks. The opening collection worked around the Urban Jungle that started with jungle prints in earthy toned neutrals along with olive green, khaki and salmon with the hip-hop, long line jackets with urban safari inspirations. The two-toned asymmetric shirts and track pants had a youthful vibe. Narendra offered a variety of bomber and biker jacket options along with some easy blazers and jogging pants.
The Aqua pop look came with fun pin-up girl prints on linen shirts with bomber jackets and relaxed linen trousers. Prints played a major role with zippered blousons making a style statement. Here it was stylish tailoring that spelt pure comfort with the easy silhouettes.
Finally, for the boy-to-man look there was classic tailoring with decadent embellishments. The decorative formal look had a 70’s vibe inspired by the rocking Beatles era where an assortment of single and double breasted jackets with 1/2/3 buttons closures and double vents were unleashed down the ramp and looked very contemporary in their styling.
Mixing them with jogger and bomber jackets, colour blocked sporty linen and evening wear combinations; the section had a marked athleisure appeal. The colours moved from blue to green, lilac, purple and then onto black. Intense butterfly embroidery in multi-colours or tonal versions added to the formal look of the jackets.
The silhouettes created were forward fashion, which were at all times young trendy and very apt for the stylish New Age male. From skinny pants to fitted bomber jackets, the shapes were a little more relaxed for the kurta-shirts and tunics.
Exhibiting a quirky sense of humour, Narendra showcased some of the trendy stylish garments on female models probably hinting that the collection could be androgynous too?
Making a debonair, show stopping entry was the very dashing and handsome Rahul Khanna in a black fully embroidered jacket and fitted pants.
“The Millennials” by Narendra Kumar presented with the exquisite linens from Burgoyne, was a collection that will surely give the young stylish men a confident, sartorial image.