The recently held GQ Best Dressed Awards 2014, which took place at Mumbai’s Palladium Hotel saw a slew of dapper gents come together to celebrate the spirit of sartorial elegance. The glitzy soirée was indeed wonderful and, expectedly, the style quotient was sky rocketing. From double-breasted suits, bandhgalas and breaches to classic tuxedos, fluorescent suits and leather biker jackets, there was no dearth of inspiration for those with an eye for menswear.
I decided to sport a look, which I would like to call ‘vintage with a twist’. Why vintage, you ask? Well, there is a certain undeniable charm about wearing a pin-tuck shirt and flaunting a bright bow-tie to an evening do. So I stepped into Marks & Spencer’s megastore in Bandra to suss out their menswear collections and find the perfect ensemble for the GQ Best Dressed party.
With the theme ‘vintage with a twist’ in mind, I could only think of one thing – pair a vintage shirt/bow-tie look with a decidedly modern suit. And that’s exactly what I did. Have a look at what I picked.
I began by choosing this classic white tuxedo shirt, in a slim fit, pin-tucks et al. The shirt comes with the winged-collar, designed to be worn with a bow-tie and comes with simple silver and black cufflinks. While Marks & Spencer’s bow-tie collection was limited to this one piece in black and blue stripes, I instantly picked it. The bow-tie instantly adds colour to a white shirt and does, in my opinion, make quite a statement.
Next, I wanted to look for a suit. No, I was not going to opt for a tuxedo or a regular black suit. I opted for this beautiful grey single-breasted, two button suit. There really is nothing vintage about this suit. In fact, it’s quite modern in its allure. But I thought, it would make for a great complement to my shirt and bow-tie.
I slipped into a pair of classic lace-ups by Pavers England. Mind you, I chose to stay away from black and brown leather as I find them a tad too done. I chose this beautiful hue of burgundy, which went so well with my grey suit.
A vintage hair-do ALWAYS complements a vintage ensemble. Which is why I used a generous quantity of TiGi Bed Head Wax to create a charming side part in my hair. I made sure the hair was slicked down with no stray flyaways. Here’s a mandatory selfie before stepping into the party.
And here’s a look at the final result.
While on the subject of menswear, I bumped into a style icon and GQ’s blue-eyed-boy Rahul Khanna who complimented me on my bow-tie and how it had gone a bit awry. I was quick to apologize and set it straight to which he responded, “An imperfect bow-tie adds character, don’t touch it.” An interesting anecdote from the evening!
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