Bollywood meets fashion at ‘Van Heusen and GQ Fashion Nights 2016’ finale

With ace designers like Rajesh Pratap Singh, Kunal Rawal and Rohit Bal showcasing their new menswear collection, the finale of ‘Van Heusen and GQ Fashion Nights 2016’ was truly grand.

It was a star-studded night as Bollywood stars like Anil Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar and Kunal Kapoor walked the ramp while Aamir Khan, Tisca Chopra, Aayaan Mukherjee and other well known people from both the industries cheered them up.

The final evening started with the opening show of designer Rajesh Pratap Singh, who themed his collection around garment engineering and deconstruction, inspired by urban space and construction.

The colour palette was deep and dark with a blend of wool-silk, wool-cotton and wool-linen fabric. He brought about a contemporary direction in silhouettes and construction as the looks were pure and modern. Farhan Akhtar was the showstopper for Rajesh.

“Being a fan of Rajesh Pratap Singh, I am very happy to walk the ramp for him and be dressed by him. What I am wearing today is his vision. As a showstopper I am conveying that through clothes,” said Farhan Akhtar.

Actor Aamir Khan, along with Fatima and Sania from his upcoming film “Dangal” attended the show. Talking about the evening, Aamir said, “I am a fan of Rajesh Pratap ji, and I really liked his collection. Though I walked the ramp once for Salman Khan‘s ‘Being Human’, I am too shy to walk the ramp. I am into casual wear and I don’t have much fashion sense.”

Since Rajesh is more personality driven designer, asked about what made him choose Farhan as a showstopper for his collection, he said,” Farhan is an intelligent man. He is not just an actor and musician but an artiste in true sense. So he is more than just a celebrity or a Bollywood personality for me!”

Followed by that, the brand Van Heusen showcased an exclusive line from ‘Fashion Formals’ which redefines power dressing.

Inspired by the Kinetic and Optical art, the range includes an array of patterns and hues with optical graphics representing the technological progress in the modern world. Kunal Kapoor walked the ramp as a showstopper for the collection.

“It is always fun to walk the ramp. When it comes to Van Heusen I think there are three words it defines — stylish, sharp and trend-setting,” said Kunal Kapoor.

The last leg of the show started with an interesting collection by Kunal Rawal titled ‘Grey Method’. He kept the fabrication, detailing, colour palette, silhouettes, embroidery and paneling of his collection classic. It consisted of an array showcasing a diverse play with Indian and western fabrics created through varied techniques.

As superstar Anil Kapoor walked the ramp with his ‘jhakkas’ attitude, it amplified the beauty of Kunal’s collection.

“I am happy for all our Indian fashion designers as they are getting their due recognition worldwide. Fashion is an art as much as dance, music, poetry and acting. Kunal is a young fashion designer and he is doing good work,” Anil said.

The evening ended with Rohit Bal, who unveiled a very interesting classic collection titled ‘bohemian chic funk’.

It amalgamated ideas, shapes, incredible silhouettes and displayed innovation in menswear. Bal’s collection was definitely for the brave-hearted embodying the spirit of spontaneity!


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