Bling it on in style


It’s time for men to shine. Glimmer and shimmer might have been long associated with women but now even men are not shying away from going bling and flaunting jewellery. Amitabh Bachchan recently wore a bling jacket paired with polka dotted bow tie at the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. His velvet jacket was much talked about. Not just him, many Bollywood actors have recently carried off the bling thing pretty well. Ranbir Kapoor is also seen dancing in a shiny kurta in song Dilli walli girlfriend chod chad ke from film Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. City designers believe that 70s bling is back in fashion.
“Velvet has made a huge comeback for men. And we will see it in various bold colours. Satin, silk and sequins will rule men’s wardrobes this season. While loud colours are in this season one can go subtle on sheen factor to make a statement. But one needs to mix it well to avoid looking too gaudy. A bling jacket can be smartly paired with trousers of different colour or shiny slacks with a pain jacket. The idea is to be comfortable and let the fashion shine bright,” says fashion designer Rahul Mittal. He adds that those sparkly dresses do not take away muscularity, “In fact, they fact add charm to a man’s persona.”
Bollywood personalities like Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar, Manish Paul and many more have donned the bling avatar in recent times. Shiny elements have always been a big hit among rock and pop stars. And time and again they have shown us how shiny and glittering elements and jewellery can do wonders to a man’s look, says fashion designer Nikhil Mehra.
As men are becoming more fashion conscious starry shines seem to be catching their fascination. Fashion designer Gira Zaveri says that bling is going to be the next big thing. “Retro era fashion has become the latest fad among fashionistas. Bling is definitely going to be the next big thing. Bling for men is always a phase and it keeps coming back,” says Gira.
With just the right dose of glitter, Amitabh Bachchan turned heads at the Cannes festival recently, agrees Nikhil. However, one has to have that kind of persona to carry it off, he cautions. “Not everyone can carry it off. AD Singh from Delhi party circuit carries bling very well. However, if one does not have the right personality bling can also turn into a bizarre fashion faux pas for men. Also, mix it smartly otherwise too much bling can look very gaudy.”

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