8 designers who pushed boundaries at the FDCI India Men’s Fashion Weekend

From gender-agnostic styles to upgraded classic silhouettes, the show truly exhibited fashion as art.

Harper's Bazaar India

It's fashion week season around the world. And while our eyes are glued to the shows in New York, Milan, Paris, and London, it's time to shift our focus to the developments in our local fashion scene, like the recently held India Men’s Fashion Weekend in Goa, crafted by Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI).

India Men’s Fashion Weekend was held at the Aguad Port and Jail Complex in Sinquerim—a landmark in Goa with a rich history of more than 400 years. The showcase witnessed a plethora of moods with every designer exhibiting edgy collections along the pier, which was turned into the runway. The collections bridged the gap between heritage and modernity, perfectly tying the venue and the shows, setting the tone for a memorable fashion weekend! 

Here are some of the highlights from India Men’s Fashion Weekend that left us awestruck! 


The label presented a collection that established a balance between structure and organic fluidity. The outfits reflected a variety of fabrics such as silk, cotton, muga silk, and satin, delivering a truly diverse collection. Antar-Agni’s unique take on classic shapes—think pants made with drapes—was refreshing as were the soothing tones of the pieces. 

Ashish N Soni 

Minimalism and monotones dominated Ashish N Soni’s collection with classic co-ords and separates, which were upgraded with unique tailoring. If you love minimal pieces that make a statement, this collection will truly speak to you with its blend of neutral and rich colours.


Bloni's collection featured resortwear and eveningwear styles in a curated set of wardrobe essentials. But it was the ingenious silhouettes and futuristic fabrics that truly made the presentation stand out. He took something as simple as a pair of jeans and elevated them with a train! 

Dhruv Vaish

Titled ‘Spring Day’, the vibrant colour palette of Dhruv Vaish’s collection was like a breath of fresh air. Geometric prints such as horizontal stripes, checks, and chevrons dominated the collection, while monotone separates and tone-on-tone embroidery added an elegant touch. We also loved the gender-agnostic pieces like the vertically halved skirt over a pair of pants! 

JJ Valaya 

JJ Valaya’s presentation at India Men’s Fashion Weekend was a blend of regal and classics. His signature monochromatic palette shone at the show with pieces like kurtas paired with Nehru jackets and button-down shirts, which seamlessly integrated tradition and modernity.


‘Memoirs of Gulbash’ by Khanijo celebrated Indian craftsmanship and heritage. The masked Samurai look added a touch of mystique to the presentation while also celebrating the cultural wealth of India. He used fabrics such as cotton, linen, and khadi, which underscored Khanijo's commitment to sustainable fashion. What truly stood out in this collection were the intricate details like contort pleating, dori work, and of course, the Sanskrit and Urdu script on the outfits.

Rajesh Pratap Singh 

Rajesh Pratap Singh's show at India Men’s Fashion Weekend was a theatrical one with choreography that did perfect justice to the outfits. The models walked on with damp clothes and hair as if they had just emerged from the sea. Cropped pantsuits and co-ord sets with belted bottoms and scarves around the neck exuded a retro vibe. Stripes and solids dominated the collection.

Siddartha Tytler 

Inspired by the night sky, ‘Starlight’ by Siddartha Tytler, was dominated by bold shades of black, accented with touches of silver and gunmetal. It featured dramatic, voluminous, and gender-agnostic silhouettes like the tiered tulle skirt. This line was dedicated to men who embrace self-discovery. 

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