With Delhi hovering around two degrees celsius, Arvind Kejriwal’s been under the weather for while making his improvised Arab head gear of a muffler is style statement of sorts. Ho hum did you say? Go on, mute your tv and tell us why dowdy is most of our neta brigade's middle name.
Many of the country's tops designers think so too. dna asked them about Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal and they admitted the trio could do with some changes in their wardrobe.
Leading designer Suneet Verma feels Modi comes across as too functionally dressed. “But the look is too harsh. He needs to work on a softer impression. He should lose the stiffness in his waist coats with softer colours and fabric, instead of hanging a folded shawl he should drape it around. The flow and flexibility of the garment will enhance the softness,” he suggested.
Designer Nachiket Barve felt Modi had what he called the “most re-callable look” He said, he would like to see Modi in a waist coats, achkans and fitted pyjamas giving him a more dressy look. “I think he should experiment more with colours like navy, indigo, deep rust and olive green. These will really work for him.”
Stylist and designer Nikhat Mariyam Neerushaa also felt that Modi was already the best dressed among the trio. “He should borrow from Lala Lajpatrai's style,” she pointed out and added, “He should try short sherwanis, churidars, silk dhoti-kurtas with a Nehru jacket and junk the head gear.” She also felt he should wear mojdis, kolhapuris, and rimless specs to go with his look.
All the three designers wanted Rahul Gandhi to go casual, dress young and add colour to his wardrobe. While Barve wanted to see him in leaf green, robin blue, tuscany brown, Verma wanted him to explore saffron, teal or light blue. Both Neerushaa and Barve felt he should dress more often in jackets and suits. Echoing them Verma observed, “The fair skin, the eyes and hair- everything about him screams blue blooded upbringing. So when he chooses extra large khadi kurta-pyjamas he looks out of sync. He needs to realise that commitment to a cause doesn't need to come from the way he dresses,” and suggests he borrow a leaf “from Omar Abdullah's style on sharp-dressing.”
Kejriwal seemed a bit of a challenge. Verma felt he revelled in the aam functionality of his attire and didn't want to change a thing. Barve wanted him to be a little more stylish. “Slacks, a fitted coat, nicely-tailored churidar-kurtas or a cardigan would do wonders for his look,” and added, “As for his signature muffler, perhaps he should experiment with indigenous textiles like ikat from Orissa, telia rumals from Andhra Pradesh or the Assamese gamcha.” Nerushaa wanted him to drop the 'the sarkari babu look' with chequered shirt and solid coloured trousers. She suggested linen trousers and shirts instead.
Nikhat Mariyam Neerushaa feels Rahul should wear casuals. The neta look is so not him; formal suits, blazers are. The clean shaven look works for him and glasses make him look intelligent. He should wear formal shoes, leather sandals or brogues and junk the keds.
Nachiket Barve He should try to be more stylish with slacks, a fitted coat, nicely-tailored churidar-kurta or a cardigan. His signature muffler could alternate with indigenous textiles from India.
Suneet Verma feels Modi's look is too harsh. Needs to lose stiffness in waist coats with softer colours and fabric. Instead of hanging a folded shawl, drape it around. softness. Half sleeve kurtas are great but they need to be less stiff and softer.