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Gone are the days when ornate sherwanis ruled weddings and heavy embroidery was the only way to dress for a  sangeet. Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to groomswear in India now, and there’s no one better equipped to create an understated look than fashion designer Payal Singhal.

Known for her perfect cuts, breezy outfits, and modern Indian bridal and occasion wear laden with global appeal, Singhal fuses tradition beautifully with new-age cuts. She recently launched her groomswear line in India, and has extended her signature aesthetic of subtle prints and lightweight fabrics to it. There are simple sherwanis, artistic bandi sets, and plush silk kurta sets in signature house prints and colours, with light and minimal embellishments. And not just that, the designer has also ventured into a selection of men’s accessories like ties, pocket squares, and safas to make the collection stand out.

Payal Singhal

Suffice to say that the entire range is a playful, interesting take on conventional groomswear that’s saturated with ornate, over-the-top designs. “There was an overwhelming demand for menswear from our brides, which led to the launch of this collection. It retains the essence of what the brand stands for, and is designed for the confident, metrosexual Indian man, or the one who lets his wife do all the shopping!” says the Singhal of this multi-functional line that can be worn for Mehendis, Sangeets, and Welcome Dinners.

We spoke to Singhal about this new venture and the overwhelming trends she sees in groomswear in India.  

Payal Singhal

On groomswear in India…

What’s really missing in men’s wedding wear category is fun and quirky outfits for the guy who loves to express himself and doesn’t want to wear a traditional sherwani.

Fabrics that work well for grooms…

Weddings should be about letting yourself loose and having fun in the process. How can one do that if they’re not comfortable? We use a mix of fabrics like silk, silk mul, and cotton silk, which are light and breezy. 2019 Pantone’s colour, Living Coral, is proof of how strong the pastel game is and it is reflected in menswear as well. Our colour palette has soothing shades like powder blue, peach, and ivory, which are perfect for summer weddings.  

Payal Singhal

On trends that are emerging in groomswear…

Couples these days are opting for coordinated outfits by matching or contrasting the colour palette and prints. They want relaxed silhouettes with light embellishments that are comfortable, yet make them look stunning. It was actually our women clients who insisted on having menswear as well under our label because they wanted their men to look effortless and simple. The groom is becoming fashion-forward and is experimenting with print and colour, and this collection is proof of that.

On her new menswear collection…

#PSMen is a contemporary Indian menswear collection that presents tradition through the modern lens. It resonates with our ethos and takes it a step forward in contemporising Indianwear. It is designed for the metrosexual Indian man, or one who lets his wife do all the shopping.

Payal Singhal

Dos and don’ts of groom style…

Don’t hesitate to wear or use accessories to up your style. Using the right ones can elevate your look. Pick the right shoes and socks – they usually look like a tiny detail but are important to the overall look. Make sure they are comfortable so you can dance the night away. You don’t need hours and hours of salon appointments but you do need grooming. Go get a trim.

A design, cut, or silhouette that’s trending this year…

Printed bandis are a big trend this summer for menswear

Payal Singhal

Accessories to look out for…

Experiment with printed ties. Add that flare of drama to a well-tailored suit with a printed tie or a printed pocket square.

Style advice for grooms…

Don’t try too hard by adding too many layers, too much embroidery or heavier fabrics. Find your style first and balance it out.

One can shop the menswear collection globally on www.payalsinghal.com, and exclusively at Curato in Khar in Mumbai.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.