Textual content by Rushmika Banerjee
Launched in 2008, designer Troy Costa’s eponymous model has advanced through the years to cater to the increasing tastes of the modern Indian man. Costa, who has dressed among the most influential males within the nation, holds a prime spot within the trendy league of designers – those who place emphasis on private type and customisation somewhat than superstar picture. And his newest showcase at FDCI x Lakmé Vogue Week clearly drew from this philosophy.
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With over 10 years of expertise within the trade, Costa has all the time recognized himself as a tailor somewhat than a designer. He believes that one ought to domesticate a private relationship with their tailor, which he ensures by requesting that each shopper involves his atelier for preliminary fittings. This Savile Row strategy in direction of clothes has not solely refined his ability set but additionally helped him to recognise the precise vogue wants of his prospects. Within the course of, the model has developed a distinct segment following and the understanding of a menswear wardrobe that goes past enterprise put on and good casuals.
The primary look on the runway was a luxe co-ord set styled with neon accents, and it instantly set the tone for the remainder of the gathering that embodied an off-the-cuff, easy vibe. Premium athleisure adopted: slim joggers and shorts; stylish sweatshirts and bombers, designed for elevated consolation. A metallic hoodie and complementing pants have been the spotlight of this section – a daring design assertion for a post-COVID world. The seems have been completed with white sneakers, belt luggage and baseball caps. Good enterprise ensembles have been subsequent. A scarlet jacket and pants worn over a glossy turtleneck, a blazer with stripes down the aspect and tailor-made go well with units. Whereas the cuts have been easy and traditional, the designer targeted on distinctive particulars – a bejewelled pocket on a bomber, neon drawstrings and trims and stripes that ran alongside the seams of a jumper.
Whereas we might have preferred to see a extra numerous runway in addition to a stronger push towards the boundaries of gender, Costa did experiment with just a few seems that took a playful jab on the idea of typical masculinity. As an illustration, a head-to-toe millennial-pink go well with worn over a pink shirt (very Timothée Chalamet), and a sheer prime styled over metallic pants that was a delicate nod to the ’90s. Whereas males’s equipment additionally obtained an replace with the designer’s variations of the minaudière and tote bag.
According to trying past a pandemic-restricted world, journey was the first theme of the gathering, with duffel luggage and structured backpacks finishing among the seems. In his press assertion, Costa acknowledged, “The [Troy Costa man] is an avid traveller and a vogue expressionist. The previous few months have mirrored us on how one ought to have a good time each single day, as tomorrow isn’t promised!” Taking this inspiration ahead, the garments exuded a way of glamour, however it was tempered by a streetwear-influenced simplicity. A marked shift from Costa’s earlier showcases, the place he primarily explored a extra formal class. The high-impact seems on this newest assortment additionally included a patchwork jacket over white shorts, a daring fuchsia go well with set and a zebra-print blazer.
Avido Tourista, which interprets to “avid vacationer” in English, is a well conceptualised assortment that introduces a “luxe and bespoke” component to each side of menswear. Within the new decade, the modern Indian man is re-inventing his aesthetic, and Troy Costa hopes to guide the cost.