An Ode to Beau Brummell – Ashish Soni

Ashish Soni Brings Back The Old World Charm

For the recently held Lakme Fashion Week 2019, Grado – one of the leading fabric houses of India – associated with fashion designer, Ashish Soni, to create a Summer/Resort collection which is an epitome of style, comfort, innovation and homage as well! An Ode to Beau Brummell, the Father of Men’s Fashion from the 1800s, this collection is all about reinventing designs into breezy and chic Summerwear with the perfect fabrics from Grado. Unique bomber jackets, flared pants and more ~ His apparels were chosen perfectly to describe who he was – a curious man with a strong connection to his roots: wild, but intellectual; soft but bold. Beyond macho, leaving the metrosexual behind, the looks are of an infinitely well-travelled global man, who is not deterred by a retro-sport style; he wants to try something contrastingly new.

A Fine Blend

Ashish Soni carefully chose some of best fabrics that GRADO has on offer. The symbolic traditions of the brand are carried throughout the collection with multiple use of stripes, checks, plaids and solids. Apart from this, there is a mix of blends at play in this collection – from soft cottons, poly blends with sheen to the royal wools with micro and macro structures in prime focus. In some looks, there is a playful interaction of light window pane checks that are contrasted and then juxtaposed against the more traditional ‘Prince of Wales’ checks.

Colour Story

There are interesting weaves in bold chalk stripes, a range of soft pastels and others in strong bursts of bright colour. Colours move across the spectrum, all of which are either soothing and calm or rich and vibrant: from summery pastels in powder earth tones to royal purples, leafy greens and tones of mustard .

Key Points

Tailoring done in a new slim-cut manner. The suits designed with intent of making things a little more relaxed and less uptight to keep the look interesting, contemporary and a little androgynous.

Shorter versions of all shapes are introduced: the bomber is a key element of this collection along with loose wide-cut ankle length pants, tailored-shorts, flared bermudas, which are paired up in looks that range from day to evening.

There is a contrast of strong cuts against light and flirty design with all the classic tailoring techniques.

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