There is a peacock in every man, says menswear designer Troy Costa

Generally he maintains a low profile with no jazz at all. But, when it comes to making news he is always at the forefront. In 2014, he became the buzz of fashion world after designing outfits for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This year, he made a comeback at Amazon India Fashion Week, where he showcased at FDCI’s finale ‘India Modern’. We caught up with the 40-year- old designer at the recent Woolmark Company Designer Showcase and talked about his latest collection and his idea of India Modern. What was the idea behind your participation at ‘The Woolmark Company Designer Showcase’? I am known for well-tailored clothing for men. And when, I was approached for this show, I found it interesting to play with merino wool and create something that is masculine and ceremonial. Playing with the concept of lightweight merino, silk and linen was fun, but at the same time challenging for me, as I had to keep the essence of my label alive. Tell us about La Bella Figura collection that you showcased at the show. In Italy, they believe that there is a peacock in every man. We tried to follow the same concept and played with Italian architecture patterns, amalgamated with motifs like ‘Prince of Wales’. The entire collection had lot of texture on major fabrics including lightweight merino wool, linen and silk. From shirts to shoes and even ties, we tried to mix two patterns. For example, flower print on tie had been layered with ‘Prince of Wales’. The idea behind the collection was to create an autumn day-wear line for Indian men drenched in shades of deep olive, cobalt, indigo, pink and beige. How much time did it take to create the collection and what all research you had to do? Well to be frank, you talk about clothes and I am on all set. So, in terms of research I had to do nothing. It was all in my head. As far as production is concerned, I was done in 10 days. In the context of Indian market, designers prefer women wear than menswear. You are among the ones who started with women wear, but gradually shifted to menswear, why? I strongly believe that man proposes and God disposes it for a good reason. In terms of my work too, I feel the same. It was not at all a conscious decision. One fine day there was a strike in my women’s wear factory and I had to shut down the production unit. So, I was only left with menswear line. Recently at FDCI’s AIFW AW’ 16 India Modern finale you too showcased a collection. What India Modern means to you as a concept? I think market of menswear had grown swiftly in last couple of years and all men have happily accepted the change. They are no more metro-sexual, rather have become uber-sexual. They want to choose their clothes with no interference of wife/girlfriend to take decision on their part. They want to be the one with a wardrobe of content dressing. Source: femina.in

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