Fathers. The driving force behind that dream wedding a daughter wants. For this ideal wedding planner, the venue to the caterer, decorator to the drinks, everything has to be top notch. Except that he’s so engrossed in the task that he forgets to dress himself for the day. Yes! It’s a fact! Us married ones will agree!
So, brides-to-be, and grooms too, I got together with menswear designer Surbhi Pansari to style looks fit for the king himself. You can thank me later!
[Also, we shot with my dad, Rajesh Khanna for the feature! So the mood was oh-so-genuine- a daughter dressing up her father, knowing all his nuances and choosing to adhere to them… or not! 😉 ]
On a day for breaking into those great dad moves, kurtas spell comfort. Layer it with a Jawahar jacket, the occasion demands an embroidered one! A churidar below, add embroidered curled-up mojris. On a ready moment of inspiration, I slipped on a pearl necklace on dad, the mere inclusion of which jazzed up the look, but royally!
D-Day is the main deal and *daddy dearest dressed dapper* is the mantra to chant. A sleek bandhgala and trousers, all black is slimming and flattering. Introduce a pop of colour in this monotone outfit with the safa (a rolled turban worn on the head) and the pocket square. Surbhi has designed the traditional safa with a contemporary twist- the multicolour chevron prints are such a win! Should your father be fussy when it comes to wearing jewellery, pin the safa in place with an ornate brooch.
The wedding rituals are over, tension free, daddy dearest can now breathe easy and dress to impress! I dressed papa in an asymmetrical Johpuri coat off Mystical Woods, Surbhi Pansari’s Fall collection. Notice the embroidery on the coat? The designer draws inspiration from the overlapping forms of bracket mushrooms. Which, for me, translates into wearing art, definitely a conversation starter! Bring out the champagne and the bottles of scotch, it’s the time to party! But first, a picture for memories!
Surbhi Pansari’s label intends being a “one-stop destination”. Western formals to ethnic wear, sherwanis to smart dinner jackets, tailoring fabrics, shirts, kurtas, jewellery, pre-rolled turbans, pocket squares, mojris… the catalogue is extensive.
Keep a leisurely hour in hand when you visit, and no less than a month in advance if you’re getting something made to measure,” says Surbhi. Taking me around her newly renovated store- it is warm, earthy and neatly segregated- Surbhi tells me how men dress more suave than before. Think asymmetrical kurtas and more colours.
To acquaint yourself better with the label, and the designers ideas, visit the Surbhi Pansari flagship at 12 Loudon Street any day between 10.30am to 8.30pm. To book an appointment with the designer herself, call 033-40648232.
Pictures: Suvradeep Roy