July 30, 2022 FDCI

Athleisure meets Luxury

As the line between active wear and luxury blurs Siddartha Tytler combines glamour with functionality

By Asmita Aggarwal

Seriously worked on six-pack abs, dragon dance, a delicious looking Farhan Akhtar and the Punjabi sensation Guru Randhawa, could you have asked for more on a rainy day in the capital, as the guests struggled with traffic jams  to get a glimpse of some Bollywood star sprinkle at Siddartha Tytler’s ICW 2022 show?

And the son of legendary wordsmith Javed Akhtar, didn’t disappoint, with his humour intact, he wore his sherwani with aplomb.  The other famous son, Tytler, inspired by the landscape of China, depicted in Shan Shui paintings, offered Ath-luxury couture, complete with bombers and joggers. His sherwanis with crystal appliqué combined with zari work, did not compromise on the elements of luminosity.

“The motifs are inspired by the mountain-water landscapes of China. I don’t follow trends, never have and never will.  I love crystal appliqué, velvets and volume,” says Tytler. Just like the paintings which are about form, composition and balance, this ideology is mirrored in fashion too.

His muse for the evening Akhtar junior lives by the principle “Be yourself”.  “You can be a trendsetter in your own way, frankly, I’m a simple dresser and for me shoes need to be comfy.  I don’t like dressing up unless it is for occasions,” exclaimed Farhan, dressed in a velvet sherwani with embroidered dragons flying on the torso.

The interesting part of the show was the choice of two not one show stopper, as Guru Randhawa candidly admitted he liked anything that had loads of fabric. “The energy of a live show is different from a runway. I was nervous to be on ramp,” he smiled after opening the show for Tytler.

On another note, if there is anything that couture week isn’t lacking in its theatrics —-  live music, jazz singing to, dragon dance and soulful pianists, each show has new tricks up its sleeve.  Black jumpsuits with glittering fabric manipulations, roomy pants with zardosi details, the mood was black and gold. The high waisted dhoti is now part of a gown, as Samurai pants, sequinned saris with armoured- sleeves, exaggerated bows and high-low kurtas made a swift appearance. The dhoti is finding its way everywhere and so are shararas, as Tytler introduced extreme flare.

Innovatively attached shawls to jackets resembling an Irish pipe band as well as sporty jerseys shimmering in sequins making it a galaxy of shine with a palette of copper. Placement embroideries on midnight blue Sherwanis and fully sequinned shawls for men told us that this season you need to embrace your inner and outer sparkle.


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