Raji Aujla’s Menswear Reinvention
The thought of Indian-inspired menswear is foreign to most unless you are South Asian or immersed in the culture. Once you see Raji Aujla’s work that perception will change. Her influence for this collection is the clash between the British Raj and Indian nationalists during the first uprising against colonial rule. The clothing, however, mixes modern, tailored menswear with Bollywood flair.
The jackets, fitted to the point of looking like sausage casing on some of the models, were well constructed with a slight edge. She either crinkles the lapel fabrics or changes collar colours. Pants are drop-crotched and tapered down to a fitted leg. She also shows a simple pair of dress pants, elegantly constructed, with French-cuff hems. Her shirts all have exaggerated collars or no collar at all, almost sitting off the shoulder. This show has the makings to win over fans and skeptics alike.
photos by Mikey Sin