Cannes-bound Omar Sait shares why fit is key, when it comes to the red carpet
We KNOW him for his easy charm, his sartorial and culinary interests and for bringing trunk shows featuring international luxe brands to our city. Now Omar Sait, director Gatsby Collection, is on his way to La Croisette, the star-studded promenade, with his Cannes Collection. His suits, tuxedos, trousers, shirts and accessories, to be showcased at Carlton Intercontinental’s VIP lounge, have been designed keeping in mind the rigorous red carpet requirements during the 12-day festival of films. ‘‘We are known for our detail and fabrics from the most prestigious Italian mills like Ermenegildo Zegna and Vitale Barberis Canonico, all from the 140s,’’ he shares, adding that you will also find hand-crafted bow-ties, cravats, cufflinks and more in the collection. Priced at `27,000 onwards, the suits seem a worthy investment. To get you started, the man who gave us the intrecciato weave on suits and metal embroidery on line-silk blended jacquard, shares a few pointers on rocking the red carpet suit:
Fit: The fit is the soul of the garment, so take your time with it. Too tight and you run the risk of looking like the Michelin man, too loose and you could be stopped for trying to smuggle cats. Your suit should fall right and buttons should not be holding on for dear life. Tom Ford tends to keep their suits a bit snug, with smaller arm holes, shorter body lengths. On the other hand, Brioni makes a comfortable suit, with relaxed fits and great fabrics for the billionare. The closest thing we ever had to an international quality national brand in India was Manzoni by Raymond, sadly, way ahead of its time and discontinued.
Fabric: If your suit says polyester, you don’t belong on the red carpet. Pick a natural 110s or 140s worsted fabric, and all-natural 100 per cent wool. Anything synthetic will make you glow under the flashbulbs.
Accessories: Yes, your belt buckle, cufflinks and watch should be co-ordinated. And no rubber shoe soles! Accessories are what pull the entire look together.
Trends: This isn’t the time to dust off your wedding suit from seven years ago. The red carpet is always about being sophisticated—think James Bond, George Clooney… definitely not what Amitabh Bachchan wore last year at Cannes. Experiment with the lapel, according to body type. Bigger guys with a little extra around the middle, like yours truly, should go for a peak lapel, directing the attention to the shoulders. Black is traditional, but celebrities like Ryan Gosling are now pushing the envelope with deep blue and dark charcoal grey tuxedos.