Rock on those prints!

producer, director, writer, actor, singer – is there any skill Farhan Akhtar doesn’t have? This powerhouse of talents is turning 40 today and boy, are we curious to know what he’s going to do next! His quirky, laidback style is a reflection of his creativity! Have you noticed how well he pulls off prints? So this one’s for all you print-shy guys! We show you how to rock all sorts of patterns on tops and bottoms, a la Farhan Akhtar.

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Look 1: Caricature Cow

We believe every guy must own at least one quirky printed tee. It is the easiest way to make a statement and can be quite a conversation starter with the girls! With your usual comfy fit jeans and sneakers, just wear a caricature of your favourite animal on your tee that’s bound to get you second glances.

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Look 2: Suit Yourself
When you are not in the mood to go fully formal, yet want to look polished, a cool graphic printed t-shirt will help you out. Farhan wore a cycle print tee with formals to his childhood school, showing a grown up, yet fun side of himself. Wear this combo to an office party or a date for that cute-boy-who-means-business look.

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Look 3: The Floral Shirt
Yes, men can wear floral prints too without looking like they are at a beach vacation. The trick is to wear them in colours that don’t scream Hawaiian summer, and pick simple florals and not tropical prints. All it takes to toughen up a floral printed shirt is a rugged looking jacket in a neutral shade like olive green or brown and a pair of washed out denims.

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Look 4: Printed Bottoms
Printed shirts are fine, but printed trousers? Why not! Here’s the trick to get it right. Stick to a muted colour palette; earthy colours work well. Keep everything else print-free and layer up with an interesting jacket so that the printed trousers don’t get all the attention. Keep accessories to a minimum; a chunky watch will balance the quirky vibe of the trousers.

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Look 5: Pants in Plaid
Technically not a print, but we would love to see more men wearing plaid trousers; this dandyish look is such a good break from tuxedo suits that are a uniform at red carpet events. Give those stifling formals a twist with a pair of checked pants. You could start with a subtle tone on tone check, but do give it a shot. After all, what’s life without a bit of quirk?

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Brand Talk – Stanley Kane


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inspired by the British Indie music scene, Stanley Kane perfectly represents the relationship between music and fashion. Currently one of the trendiest labels on Myntra, the brand showcases everything from chic office wear to stylish party wear. In a coversation with Style Mynt, Chris Page – design director of Stanley Kane, talks about what the brand has to offer.

What is the brand philosophy of Stanley Kane?

Stanley Kane draws upon indie music and culture; we tap into the latest trends to manufacture exclusive designs that appeal to discerning fashion-conscious young men who are tired of seeing the same old lifestyle brands. Moreover, we are dedicated to providing young guys with fast fashion every month, it’s not about seasonal clothing anymore. It’s about here and now.

Who is the Stanley Kane customer?

Young men in the 16-24 age bracket.

How does street style influence the brand?

Stanley Kane draws upon indie music and street culture, newness is the cornerstone of the brand.

Stanley Kane has done a lot of unusual prints like feathers and leaves for men’s shirts. Do you think men are experimenting more with prints now?

Washed out prints have been a key trend this AW13. Feathers and leaves were a play on camouflage, the biggest trend this season. For SS14 we will see paisley prints come through strongly. Our best selling shirt in the UK has been a one colour washed out paisley print chambray shirt.

What are the must-have styles from the brand this season and what are the key trends for men’s casual wear?

For SS14, on shirts we will see washed out paisley prints, grand dad collars, coloured washed out denim continues, jeans and chinos get tighter and narrower, retro collegiate jerseys will become a key trend along with Sports Varsity, monochrome with brights coming through for summer.

Susshhhh…..it’s her!

the first mega bonanza of the year comes in the form of a fashion chat with the ultimate diva, Sushmita Sen. I met Sen at the recently concluded India Resortwear Fashion Week in Mumbai, her statuesque presence and endless charm very much in place. We met after a decade; and two daughters, several films and many controversies later, Sushmita remains an utterly gorgeous person you can’t help but be smitten by. For it’s not about the luxury brands she wears, but the wit and aura that she invariably dazzles you with.

Here’s a candid chat with her. Hope you enjoy it!

And here are Sush’s favourite fashion picks.

Get Waisted

the kamarbandh, an ornament traditionally worn by Indian brides has now taken on a whole new role. This waist band has been seen gracing the waists of A-listers and is also lending structure and poise to the hottest designerwear on Indian runways. Usually worn at the narrowest point of the waist, there are few things that can add charm to a silhouette while strongly defining the waistline, like a kamarbandh!

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Some of our favourite stars including Jacqueline Fernandez, Shilpa Shetty and Esha Deol (the latter two on their wedding) have sported them with their traditional ensemble, while Dia Mirza chose to use the kamarbandh effectively to lend a boho touch to her white gown.

Designers like Moni Agarwal, SVA, Nikhil Thampi, Arpita Mehta and Sabyasachi showed us the versatility of this piece teaming it with all kinds of ensemble.

Traditionally worn with sarees and lehengas, the kamarband has come a long way, as now it’s being used as a statement piece that can be worn to lend a fusion touch to your Western casual wardrobe. Pair yours with tunics, maxis and gowns. Your Kamarband does not necessarily have to be in gold; it can be in funkier, more contemporary styles with studs, sequins and more. A karmarbandh is no longer restricted to weddings and temple visits. It has evolved into a piece of jewellery to get glam with. But if you are heavy on the waist, then this piece is best avoided!

So flaunt your waist and accentuate with an accessory that stands apart from the rest!

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The DP Diaries

with her ‘Ajab si adaien”, gorgeous dimples and a body that all her contemporaries envy, Deepika Padukone has been a head turner ever since she entered Bollywood. With a successful 2013 and a promising 2014, the superstar celebrates her 28th birthday today while and Style Mynt tells you why very few can do casual chic the way DP does.

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Nautical Stripes

Deepika knows how to rock geek chic and this look is a perfect example of that. A striped sweater layered over a plain blue top and a pair of body-hugging denims is an undeniably cool way of everyday dressing. She completed the look with nerdy frames, a tote and matching boots.

Checks, check!

Another nerdy-chic look from Deepika – checkered shirt with tights and a matching monotone stole. Don’t have a long shirt? Just pick any over-sized shirt from your bro or boyfriend’s wardrobe and roll up its sleeves. Complete the look with long boots or high-top sneakers and a tote.

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Simply white

This look epitomizes the simple yet stunning styles that the actress sports ever so often. A white top paired with a well fitted pair of denims and peep toe sandals look fantastic on her. A messy ponytail with wavy ends keep things very interesting.

Wonderful Onesie

There’s a reason why Deepika sports jumpsuits so often. The silhouette gives more length to her look and she can also choose to avoid wearing heels with them. You can own this look by adding a contrast belt and a matching bag.