Suit yourself in style
Fashion designer Abhay Harkauli's freshly rolled out line of outfits reflect his sense of haute couture and innovative intelligence.
MEN IN BLACK: The stress is on an all-black formal outfit
HIS EXPERTISE and class is testified in each of his creation. Con'traditions designer (Men's) Abhay Harkauli's latest `Sankranti' collection, tell's it all - his sense of haute couture, the well-thought fusion of contemporary and traditional styles, his intelligent innovation on comfortable and climate-friendly fabrics and the ease with which he does it.
"The garments have been designed for all those who want to look elegant and stylish, in a subtle manner, yet want to stand out," says the twenty-something designer of the city's hottest pręt couture outlet. NIFT graduate Abhay was working for Sheetal in Mumbai, before he joined Con'traditions seven months back.
WEDDING WEAR: For the highly fashionable, ethno-chic modern male.
"In Mumbai, I was very closely associated with top designers of the country, including Manish Malhotra, Hemant Trivedi and Rohit Bal, to name a few, where I actually picked up the skills," he says. Abhay's brush with the stalwarts is well reflected in his matured style.
"Our fabric has been carefully chosen keeping the body comfort and the rapidly changing seasons in mind. We have used a lot of high twisted yarns, blended cottons, linens and viscose crepes on light-weight suede-ash frayed knits and a new-age stretch performance fabric," he adds.
The Sankranti line has kurta-churidars and dhotis paired with crushed cotton tops and Bandini along with mojris. "The idea is to bring in the rustic folk look," says the talented designer. While the silk dhotis are priced between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,500, the tops are worth Rs 1,000. Besides the Sankranti line, Abhay has also rolled three more lines - Men in Black, Smart Casual and the Wedding Wear line for the "highly fashionable, ethno-chic modern male". Con'traditions had showcased Abhay's collection at a fashion show, recently held at Runway 9.
SANKRANTI LINE: Intelligent innovation on climate-friendly fabrics.
While in the MIB range, the stress is on an all-black formal outfit, the Smart Casual line highlights light-weight and colourful poly-viscose summer wear. "The crushed and crinkled cotton fabrics, in the newest cuts, like the variants of boat-necks and the latest fits, enhance masculinity," says Abhay. While the MIB range is priced between Rs 6500 and Rs 7000, the casuals are pegged between Rs 1000 and Rs 2000, for either shirts or trousers.
Abhay's Wedding Wear collection consists of silk resham jamevars and crushed cottons blended with the stretch fibre lycra for the sherwanis and fusion wears, like jodhpuris. For the suits, there is an immense hand and machine stitch detailing on thick linens and viscose blends. The price range starts from Rs 10,000. Check out the ensembles showcased at Con'traditions and suit yourself in style with the fashion that fits both your persona and pocket.
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