TUR­BAN TASHAN

Who says tra­di­tion and fash­ion can’t go hand in hand? As ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar rocks a sparkly tur­ban in his lat­est hit, we take a look at fash­ion for­ward Sikhs who have proved that one can be tra­di­tional and trendy at the same time

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For Sikh men, the tur­ban is their crown. The re­gal head­gear that sym­bol­ises courage and dig­nity has also cre­ated a unique place for Sikhs in the fash­ion world — right from global fash­ion leg­ends ded­i­cat­ing their en­tire col­lec­tion to Sikh chic to the most good look­ing men in Bol­ly­wood vouch­ing for Sar­dar swag. As ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar rocks a fear­lessly gilded, disco-per­fect tur­ban in his lat­est hit, Singh is Bli­ing, we pay a trib­ute to the dis­tinct and in­nate style of fa­mous Sikh fash­ion blog­gers and mod­els, who have proved that re­li­gious iden­tity and fash­ion can co­ex­ist and com­ple­ment each other.

The rise and rise of the tur­bana­tors

Some of the most in­spir­ing men in the world of fash­ion hap­pen to be tur­baned and bearded Sikhs. One such style icon, Lon­don based blog­ger/ model Pardeep Singh Bahra de­serves an ap­plause for putting Sikh chic on the global fash­ion radar. His blog Singh­Street­Style.com has been fea­tured in al­most ev­ery in­ter­na­tional fash­ion pub­li­ca­tion. Bahra has come a long way from at­tract­ing the “wrong kind of at­ten­tion” on the street to in­spir­ing mil­lions to imag­i­na­tively pair tur­bans with fash­ion wear and show­case their in­di­vid­u­al­ity. The Sikh who has mod­elled for lead­ing global brands says that tur­bans are a great way to show­case your in­nate style. “My blog aims to nor­mal­ize the im­age of a man with a tur­ban and a beard. Tur­bans and style go to­gether very well, more so if you want to be your­self. One does not jeop­ar­dise the in­tegrity of the other,” says Bahra, who was the first Sikh model to do an H&M ad.

We also have Lon­don based artist Jatin­der Singh Durhailay who has mod­elled for brands such as Louis Vuit­ton (he was the first tur­baned Sikh to model for the brand), Le­vis and Adi­das. “My tur­ban is my crown, and so is the hair on my head. It’s my way to ex­press my­self, and my val­ues,” says the artist who is a cre­ative di­rec­tor’s dream come true with his bold neon tur­bans, kohl-lined eyes and rugged-meets-kitsch style sense.

US based jew­ellery de­signer / ac­tor/model Waris Singh Ah­luwalia is yet an­other tur­baned Sikh who has earned him­self a cult fol­low­ing among fash­ion­able men across the world. It didn’t take much time for Ah­luwalia to make it to the list of best dressed men in US. The guy who is al­ways im­pec­ca­bly dressed (dap­per suits, sig­na­ture black tur­ban, chic bowties and stylishly con­trast­ing pocket squares de­fine his style) has been widely cov­ered by lead­ing fash­ion mag­a­zines, and is a fash­ion in­spi­ra­tion for men across the globe.

Tur­bans on the runway

From Jean Paul Gaultier to Karl Lager­feld and Vera Wang, we have seen the big­gest names in the fash­ion world present their take on tur­bans. Last year, de­signer Jeetinder Sandhu showed off his col­lec­tion dur­ing the Lon­don Fash­ion Week. Jeetinder paired his creations with tur­bans rang­ing from kitschy neon to chic white, teamed with jew­elled brooches. “There is a global trend that has seen tur­bans gain promi­nence in the fash­ion world in the re­cent few years. Tur­bans make a great fash­ion state­ment. There are end­less op­tion of colours, prints and styles. Tur­bans add class and char­ac­ter to a man’s look,” says Sandhu.

Model dreams

Closer home, we see a grow­ing num­ber of tur­baned and bearded Sikh men who are bag­ging pres­ti­gious mod­el­ling as­sign­ments. Push­pen­der Singh, di­rec­tor of Sar­dar Mod­els, a Delhi based mod­el­ling agency says, “Sikh men in the city are making their pres­ence felt in the fash­ion world. It’s great to see th­ese young men get good work with­out hav­ing to com­pro­mise on their cul­tural iden­tity,” says Singh. One such gamechanger is model Te­jesh­war Singh who was warned by many that be­ing a bearded, tur­baned Sikh would make his path chal­leng­ing in the fiercely com­pet­i­tive mod­el­ling world. “It was tough to get work in the be­gin­ning. A tur­baned Sikh model wasn’t the first choice for many peo­ple. Some sug­gested chuck­ing the tur­ban and beard. But I stuck to my guns and soon I saw a shift in the at­ti­tude. Agen­cies started to see a cer­tain USP in me as I could add an el­e­ment of quaint in the pic­tures with my colour­ful tur­bans,” says Singh, who has mod­elled for many lead­ing brands in the coun­try, and has in­spired many non-Sikh men to wear tur­bans.

Jeetinder Sandhu, fash­ion de­signer —Ak­shay Ku­mar, ac­tor

My tur­ban is my crown, and so is the hair on my head. It’s my way to ex­press my­self, and my val­ues and all that I stand for

Jatin­der Singh Durhailay, Lon­don based artist

RUL­ING

THE RUNWAY

De­signer Jeetinder Sandhu

show­cased out­fits teamed

with stylish tur­bans dur­ing the Lon­don Fash­ion Week last year

Ini­tially it was tough for me to get mod­el­ling as­sign­ments. Some sug­gested chuck­ing the tur­ban and beard. But I stuck to my guns and soon I saw a shift in the at­ti­tude. Now, mod­el­ling is a plat­form for me to show­case to the world how tur­bans help a guy flaunt his in­di­vid­u­al­ity Te­jesh­war Singh,

model I adore wear­ing a tur­ban. I feel 10 feet tall, I feel I have found a mean­ing, I feel un­break­able when I wear one. It is the most im­por­tant piece of cloth I have ever worn There is a global trend that has seen tur­bans gain promi­nence in the fash­ion world in the re­cent few years. Tur­bans make a great fash­ion state­ment. They add class and char­ac­ter to a man’s look

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