The Derby event saw a coterie of stylish menswear trends come together.
Outside of a fashion show, men draped in the best of style are best seen on the race tracks! Case in point, the first edition of Indian Derby 2016 recently saw Mumbai’s gentlemen prepped and dressed, channelling the season’s style trends in full swing. And amidst the bow-ties, brogues and blazers were a lot of hits and misses! Read on to know how Mumbai’s men fared on the tracks and the stylish trends they rocked:
Blazers have been making men look classy since the 18th century, and the Derby was a testament to this. The red blazer sported by restaurateur Nico Goghawala, was my favourite from the bunch because this is classic derby-wear, in its purest form, paired with a jaunty hat and a bowtie. This gentleman has worn a brown houndstooth knitted blazer with suspenders underneath, and the white shirt was a nice touch. Similar to this was a grey blazer with pocket detailing. What we loved here was that instead of a simple coloured shirt, this dude opted for a mandarin collar, which added a nice touch to the look.
The melee of colours and textures of these blazers hit the right style notes at the Derby.
These gents gave a twist to styling navy.
Colour Du Jour – Navy
Arguably the hottest colour out on the turf this season was navy. Seen on blazers, trousers, shirts and even bow-ties, the nautical favourite has taken centre stage. While I did spot the classic navy blazer-white shirt combo on many, they came with a few interesting twists too. A gentleman wore an elegant red turban to offset his navy blazer, another used a navy polka dot pocket square and yet another opted for a micro-print shirt and a navy tie.
Navy is the new black for men.
This stunning yellow pocket square was a great touch on a checked suit.
It appears that some trends just never go out of style. Checks, for instance, are eternal. I spotted a lovely black and white gingham check shirt, with a beige blazer and a slim grey, knit tie for texture. I also spotted a nifty double-breasted blazer, worn with a white shirt.
The best one, although, was a pair of brown checked trousers, paired with slip-ons to make the whole look put-together.
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This gentleman’s pair of Marc Jacobs brown shades went very well with the blazer he wore. Another gentleman spruced up his grey blazer with a unique pair of shades, which he pulled off smoothly. A few ties and lapel accessories also caught my eye. My pick is the red tie with paisley print and a tie-pin. It’s also nice to see some people bringing back the trend of suspenders and fancy bow-ties, taking them from the ramp to the races!
A few ties and tie-pins caught my eye, as did roguish suspenders.
Brogues were the trending footwear.
Brogues for Boys
Brogues have always been the best choice of footwear for a daytime event like the Derby. The trending shade at the races was tan, which when paired with white, beige or black trousers made quite a statement.
Riaan J. George is one of India's top men's fashion and luxury bloggers. He is also a senior luxury journalist, contributing to leading publications. Follow him on Instagram @urbaneyebyrg and Twitter @riaangeorge.