"I believe that my clothes can give people a better image of themselves--that it can increase their feelings of confidence and happiness."-Giorgio Armani
A few weeks ago at the Armani Menswear show in Milan, the designer presented a strongly South Asian inspired collection with cropped dhoti pants, Nehru (band-collared) jackets, and vibrant silks in lilac and deep purple. Reports also say that the show concluded with the models in yoga poses as they turned to face the fashion guru, Giorgio Armani. So, seems a little bit more Mumbai than Milan, huh? The explanation may be as simple as the International Herald Tribune article, "India, the guru chants", puts it--India is an emerging market and fashion does not want to be left behind.
"We obviously see India as an emerging market of the future," said Robert Treifus, Armani's executive vice president for global communications. Armani will add stores in Mumbai and Bangalore within the year, Triefus said, exporting chic silk shantung dhotis to the land of Gandhi and hand-loomed khadi cloth."
Feeling inspired by the styles and colors of the collection? While the US may not be quite ready for cropped dhotis; rich purples, lilacs and neutral suiting can be chic looks for the guys this summer. Try:
Image source: men.style.com