It is no secret that world over, men, un-admittedly, seem to have embraced thecolourpink. In India, however, this affection for a feminine flavor in the gentleman’s wardrobe is a relatively new discovery for the urban, metrosexual male. Why a discovery? Simply because it must be acknowledged that long before the trendsetters dictated that pink was oh so acceptable for menswear, royalty & nobility seemed to don thecolourwith ease and panache. During the helm of the Raj and even prior, Hindustani gentry was seen in their light pink “mul”kurtas, rich pink and goldkhimkhaabachkans & shaded pink turban. Tides turned, and post-independence, the radiance of pink, amongst the larger audience was seen as a British overture, or may I say a "memsahib’s" choice of seeing the colorful hues of India through her eyes.
Change beinginevitable, has also meandered intomen’s clothing& styling, offering with it a fresh palette of newcoloursto dabble with for their sartorial ensembles. This change has been more evident in over the last decade and a half, with the Indian male consumer having a larger risk appetite forcolour. The Big Fat Indian wedding, singlehandedly seems to have manifested a new demand that has pushed the designers and clients alike to explore beyond their comfort zone. The inner self is being re-kindled by this desire to dress up in fun, and jovial hues, to match the mood, that we have now come to associate with a festivities and celebrations.
Pink and cream are the two coloursthat have dominated the menswear mindset and will continue to do so for some time to come. Earning a place on designer mood boards and client mindsets, alike, this combination does not seem to be a trend or a passing fad - it clearly seems to have become an integrated part of the gentleman’s fashion DNA.