Gaurav Gupta, known for his beautifully structured gowns for women, launched his line of menswear at the do thus making his foray into the vibrant and dynamic men’s fashion universe in India
The finale of the 3rd edition of Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights was a star-studded fashionable affair with ace designers like Rajesh Pratap Singh, Arjun Khanna and Gaurav Gupta showcasing their collections. The property created by GQ India, the ultimate authority on men’s fashion and lifestyle and Van Heusen, India’s leading lifestyle brand for professionals, was held at Taj Land’s End, Mumbai on 12th November. Bollywood A-lister Irrfan Khan kickstarted the night by showcasing a custom-made, Indigo-inspired Rajesh Pratap Singh outfit.
Vidyut Jamwal walked the ramp for Van Heusen while Shahid Kapoor closed the third edition as showstopper for Gaurav Gupta’s inaugural line of menswear. Deepika Padukone, looking breath-taking in a shimmer Sabyasachi sari, came to support her Padmavati co-star and was seen cheering him on excitedly as he brought the evening to a spectacular finish.
Van Heusen showcased their Fashion Wedding Collection which celebrates special occasions with refined details on luxurious fabric blends, impeccably tailored with flamboyant patterns, intense hues and bold shapes for today’s men.
Ever since its launch in 2008, GQ India has always been on the forefront of all things related to the modern Indian man. The last 9 years have seen GQ play an instrumental role in revolutionizing menswear in India, bringing about a tidal wave of change that has trickled down to the average man on the streets, further substantiated by Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights.
Rajesh Pratap Singh kicked off Day 2 with a powerful collection that showcased his experiments with indigo. The looks were inspired from small town India, especially the deserts of Rajasthan & Gujarat which served as his visual references. With asymmetric designs and modern international silhouettes, Singh’s collection was fashion forward yet supremely wearable.
Arjun Khanna’s collection involved fine detailing, combined with his impeccable cut and tailoring. The colour palette was predominantly black and white with bursts of red. Guests were privy to Khanna’s trademark biker and military influenced clothes – his take on crop jackets and the new Nehru jacket. The garments focussed on sleeves and textures. And an embroidered skull and bone motif lent a rock ‘n’ roll feel to the entire collection.
Closing the third edition of Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights was Gaurav Gupta who launched his line of menswear at the event. A bespoke Made to Measure collection, Gupta was inspired by constellations, stars and space, and put out very edgy, sexy and progressive tuxedos, and asymmetric jackets.
Sharing his thoughts on the collections showcased at the finale, Che Kurrien, Editor, GQ, said, “This was a seminal day in the history of menswear in India. The designers were at the very top of their game – teasing and provoking us with avant-garde ideas that will soon influence the mainstream. This is the power of the Fashion Nights platform.”
Mr. Abhay Bahugune, Chief Operating Officer (COO) – Van Heusen, Aditya Birla Fashion and Lifestyle Ltd. commented, “It has been an amazing experience to create the most awaited menswear event in the country- Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights. We are delighted to showcase our new SS’18 line which featured The Fashion Wedding Collection. And we are happy it has met with such a positive response tonight!”
Talking about the show, Rajesh Pratap Singh said, “This is the third time I am associated with Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights and I am happy and proud to be back. This is a platform India needs, especially something Indian menswear needs. And kudos to GQ for always doing it so wonderfully and professionally.”
Speaking about the show Arjun Khanna said, “Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights 2017 is a great platform showcasing and focusing on fine menswear. I’m happy to be associated with this trendsetting platform and of course with Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ) which I’ve grown up reading and looking at since childhood.”
Talking about the show and sharing his inspiration behind the collection, Gaurav Gupta said, “Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights is the only serious men’s high fashion platform in this country. This is where new collections and ideas take birth and I’ve been looking forward to this collaboration. I would not think of a better way for us to launch our menswear collection, whose starting point was from my best friend’s poem – Shake your telescope so that the stars trickle in – by Navkirat Sodhi.”
Talking about being the show stopper of Gaurav Gupta’s show, an exhilarated Shahid Kapoor shared, “It felt amazing to walk the ramp for my most favourite designer Gaurav Gupta today. Style and comfort goes hand-hand, and it was a pleasure to be a part of one of the most credible platform for menswear in India- Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights 2017. Gaurav is extremely versatile with his incredible sense of fashion, glad to be a part of his line of menswear which he launched today. I am looking forward to come back again.”
Celebrating the latest trends for men in India, Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights has created a customized platform for menswear in India. `Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights 2017’ featured not just the best names in men’s fashion in the country, but also opinion leaders who have been setting examples with their individual sartorial choices.