noun; the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics into an ambiguous form
Basically, Ranveer Singh.
Okay, so if you’ve not been living under a rock, you’ll know that this man is single-handedly responsible for showing the finger to fey masculinity in Indian fashion, exactly like the nonchalant boss that he is offscreen. He doesn’t do subtle. Terms like neutral colors, minimal prints, or fitted silhouettes do not exist in his vocabulary. Sure, the fashion critics of the world are divided on how they feel about his ‘more is more’ way of life but we’re Team Ranveer.
But hold on, this story isn’t about how flashy his fashion sense is. We’re rooting for this hot-to-the-touch man because he is, arguably, the ultimate gender bender that the country has or will ever witness. From floral couture to embellished t-shirts, from flowy tunics to neon overalls, from extravagant red-carpet appearances to funky street style, Singh has been blurring lines between genders since seven straight years. Call him flamboyant, call him eclectic, laude him or troll him, there’s no looking away from his inclusive fashion looks.
In the words of the woman behind this fashion revolution, Nitasha Gaurav, “When I am styling him, I don’t think of him as man or woman. It’s absolute free reign of creativity.” While she agrees that the likes of Prince and David Bowie are her reference leads when styling her muse, in all honesty, it’s Ranveer who sets the trend and the rest follow it. Nitasha also adds that it’s very rare to find men who voluntarily venture into androgynous dressing and have zero qualms about it. In fact, Singh hasn’t regretted a single style experiment in all these years, nope, not even one!
Sure, some of them may laugh it off as a ‘Ranveer thing’ but we, as a generation of the most body-conscious people, certainly need to take lessons from the actor on how to throw the fear of societal judgement to the dogs. On that note, we’ve scoured through pages and pages of his style files to create a crash course on gender-fluid dressing. Open your books, children.
Image Credits: DSquared2/GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2016, Arjun Saluja/Dubai International Film Festival 2016, Anju Modi/At Bajirao Mastani Promotions
Image Credits: Instagram/@ranveersingh, Instagram/@nitashagaurav, Instagram/@ranveersingh
Image Credits: Instagram/@nitashagaurav, Instagram/@ranveersingh, Instagram/@ranveersingh
Image Credits: Vogue India, Vogue India, Manish Arora/LFW 2017