A standalone episode by Shantanu & Nikhil at Lakme Fashion Week 2016

The sense of freedom and patriotism for Indians has often been questioned and debated.

The fact that two men are into fashion doesn’t mean that they are not patriotic was proved with the passionate affair shown by Shantanu & Nikhil on the Day 4 of Lakme Fashion Week 2016.

It is a common saying that thought is free. A man can never be hindered from thinking whatever he chooses so long as he conceals what he thinks. At present freedom of speech and expression is taken as a matter of course and seems a perfectly simple thing. We are so accustomed to it that we look on it as a natural right. But this right has been acquired only in quite recent times, and the way to its attainment has lain through lakes of blood. It has taken centuries to persuade the most enlightened people that liberty to publish and portray one’s opinions, is a good and not a bad thing.

The theme for Men’s wear being “Mutiny 1919” was a robust way to resurrect the spirit of freedom (general and of speech and expression too) in the country. As Shantanu and Nikhil themselves quoted

“A most valiant brand of man, lay resurrected in the spirit of a nation that readied itself to wreck it’s shackles; The Mutiny 1919 at the@lakmefashionwk .”


In 1919 the British avenged the betrayal and how severely they dealt with the Indians who joined hands, in any manner, with the forces fighting to get rid of a foreign power that had occupied their motherland.

It is ironical that today instead of truly and completely celebrating the freedom and independence we have to keep on reviving the spirits of one of the most brutal massacre in the history of the World.  The reason, perhaps, is that after 70 years we the Indians have a glorified idea of freedom where we do not want to sweat it out to get what is most essential unless it is for personal enhancement.

In Lakme Fashion week this year we have contemplated that the fashion industry is keeping close to the roots of the country, trying to relate with the traditions one way or the other. There is a strong cognizance between fashion and self expression, albeit, this time there was an ethos for emancipation.

During the times when the country is feeling shackled it is a bold reminder to the country that “Sarfaroshi ki tammanna Ab BHI humare dil me hai”.


Creating a strong fusion between the Past, Present and the future the collection by Shantanu & Nikhil was in every way rebellious. With details like Belts, Contemporary Buckles, Bracers, and of course Turbans, this emerging trend inspired by gutsy rebellious theme is worth a praise.







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