When a collection is called The Black Monk, you can expect silhouettes which are loose-fitting and monastic in spirit.
Personally, I have always been intrigued with anti-fit clothes. This is because, unlike the models you see in magazines and on the ramp, a number of men don’t have those athletic, gym-toned bodies to carry off designs which fit their body like a glove.
Most men, after the age of Thirty, tend to develop a slight belly and this is precisely why clothes with a loose fit are ideal to hide their excesses.
This is where designer Divyam Mehta comes in. He has exactly what they need in his latest collection which he premiered at Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.
The designer, whose label subtly echoes the crafts and traditions of India and impeccably fuses them with contemporary silhouettes and fine detailing, showed a collection of garments which personified a perfect harmony between exquisite fabrics, accurate construction, surface ornamentation and refined detailing.
Serene, spiritual and sophisticated, Divyam’s menswear is inspired by thedraping styles of the Buddhist monks and that explained the multiple layers and use of stark colours like charcoal black and cement grey.
The show started with a fluid kurta and loose trousers, black/ white coat, cropped/crushed shirt and dhoti pants. The low buttoned double-breasted jacket with draped baggy pants was an interesting addition. The cowled waistcoat worn with matching pants and jacket was an unusual version; while the Sherwani/shawl and bundi/kurta combos with asymmetric lapels and the black/white poncho with drop-crotch pleated pant further confirmed the theme of the show.
The delicate Shibori patterns and interesting block prints gave an added dimension in the form of innovative texturing to the handloom wool and matka silks.