Special: Designer Surbhi Pansari decodes the winter looks for stylish grooms
Vibrant colours in natural fabrics with detailed hand-embroidery and sequin work define menswear specialist Surbhi Pansari’s winter-festive ensemble. Sherwanis, jackets, suits and bandhgalas in bright hues of celery green, olive green, coral, plum and old rose rule the designer’s elaborate edit.
The Classic Collection, as she calls it, is primarily about colours and she has melded modern designs with traditional styles to come up with some classy, hand-embroidered sherwanis in light shades of fern green and almond, ritzy waistcoats, jackets and a wide range of monochrome suits with checked trousers to choose from. “Team them up with a nice bow tie or a pocket square to stand out,” tells the NIFD graduate.
“Indian weddings are traditionally a multiple-day affair involving intricate ceremonies. One has to look good yet comfortable and winter season calls for adding a few layers to your style while looking trendy,” feels Surbhi. Besides the typical colours that define the winter palette, including ebony, charcoal grey, midnight blue and indigo blue, suits in offbeat colours like celery green and coral are also available for those who love experimenting. “But you have to be careful while choosing the colours and make sure you don’t overdo it by matching your entire attire with that of the bride’s,” warns Surbhi, adding, “if the bride is wearing an old rose lehenga, you can settle for an almond-colour sherwani with a turban and a stole in old rose.”
Surbhi has also come up with some stunning, handstitched, colourful stoles in celery green, light almond and beige with ornate embroidery in the borders that are sure to take your style several notches higher. Known for her classic fits and luxe fabrics, Surbhi feels that in terms of cuts and silhouettes, this season it’s asymmetrical all the way with high and low hemlines ruling the fashion scene.
“For the groom’s friends, the look should be more chilled out and comfortable — something that looks smart — and I would prefer that they wear a nice bandhgala in ebony or midnight blue to rock the scene,” suggests Surbhi. You can also choose from an eclectic collection of blazers with horizontal chalk-striped blazers coming up strongly this season besides the usual checks and stripes in ebony and midnight blue.
Surbhi suggests wearing them with bright polo tee shirts or shirts in bright solid colours. The couturier, who retails from her sprawling outlet at Loudon Street, also has a smart range of hand-embroidered mules for the groom and his friends to look really cool and different. “Jutis are always there but a few now love wearing mules since the front is covered and the heels are open, making it really easy to take them off,” she adds.
ALL ABOUT ACCESSORIES
● Keep three-four small brooches in antique gold with small flower patterns or in other classy motifs handy
● Pocket squares in bright hues and prints are a rage this season
● Bow ties can elevate your entire look in case you opt for blazers and suits
● Pay attention to your footwear which is often most-neglected