breezy times ahead
Style your way through this year with modern ensembles sprinkled with right amount of tradition
New Year... New Start... Let bygones be bygones and start afresh with 2015. This applies for your closet as well! This year, we foresee some refreshing and breezy apparel trending; a play on transparency and floral with soft hues and classy accessories.
Indo-Western silhouettes will hit the right notes this coming year. From pairing jackets with sarees, lehengas, saree gowns to dramatic gowns paired with dupattas, women are going to be seen in modern ensembles sprinkled with the right amount of tradition. Designer Nivedita Saboo says, “While the whole look for the upcoming season is relaxed, one must add fun to the look with statement accessories. Infuse quirky charm to your get-up with feathers in the form of headpieces. Also, invest in heavily embellished clutches that will instantly glam up your look.”
Seconding Nivedita’s views is Reynu Tandon. Says she, “Indo- Western styles are definitely in trend. This is particularly the style of the younger generation, which is now being followed by the older generation too. On the other hand, ghararas with short kurtis are going to rock in 2015. Both Indo-Western and ghararas will give you an elegant look.”
Furthermore, t-shirt necklines paired with dramatic jackets that are classically modern for both men and women is a huge trend to look out for. Bold and vibrant prints with dispersed embellishment, which is romantic yet contemporary, will surely turn heads in 2015. “Minimalism with a twist is back with a bang. From drapes to structured silhouettes and the juxtaposition thereof, modest modernity, which is relaxed yet luxe, is the most apropos fashion statement for the coming year,” Nivedita adds.
We list down the top trends for 2015.
This season saw designers ditching form-fitting shapes for more effortless silhouettes. Mohini Boparai-Guleria, executive director at exclusively.in, says, “This season, Wills India Fashion Week saw some inspired collections being showcased for Spring Summer 2015. There was a definitive focus on textiles and handlooms; a vibrant colour palette and silhouettes that are an ode to femininity.”
One of the biggest trends will see in 2015 is fuss-free Indian wear. Sarigowns and pre-stitched lehengas are here to stay. There’s no garment as elegant as a sari, and with a sari-gown, you can be elegant and comfortable. For the bridal wear, Parnika Jain of House of Marlyn predicts less is more. “Where brides once wore ensembles that were dripping with crystal work and stones, brides now choose subtler outfits in pretty colours like sea green, coral and nudes. There is an increasing demand for stylised gowns in India. I combine rich Indian embroidery and appliqué work and international silhouettes and cuts. The idea is to make a statement by looking effortlessly stylish. And as we all know, being stylish never goes out of fashion,” Parnika says.
Trends in 2015 will focus on western styles including skirts, blouses, jackets, pants and sarees; well-crafted in luxurious fabrics like silk, georgette, chiffon, net and raw silk. Designer Ushma Vaidya adds, “Traditional embellishment techniques such as resham, zardozi and beadwork balanced with just the right amount of sparkle will be the highlight for 2015.” Madhav Agasti, Creative director of MMM, sums up the trends into a combination of bundy with trousers, bundy with dhotipants, kurtas with trousers and bundy with vest coat hemlines.
For men, conventional suits in stripes and retro prints will make a huge comeback. Denim was one of the key fabrics seen across the SS15 collections. This trend will range from distressed denims to denim suits, and from denim-panelled pants, jackets and shirts, to refined versions of the boiler suit.
Eclectic mix of understated vivid hues, soft pastels and nature-inspired neutral shades are going to take centre- stage this season. From classic blue, browns, tangerine to aquamarine, the colour trends will have myriad of variety. This season there is an interest towards the cooler and softer side of the colour gamut. Nachiket Barve’s display of tangerine and classic blue outfits at WIFW 2015 was well-received. Samant Chauhan and Wendell Rodricks showcased all white silhouettes with embroidery in their own distinct style.
Designer Ushma Vaidya shares, “Colour palette of blues starting from teal to aqua and navy with a burst of festive colours like coral, orange and some forest green too will be the primary colours for the season. Deep backs, rich hues and wellconstructed silhouettes will definitely be incorporated in my coming collection along with draped saree, cropped blouses, dupattas, churidar skirts and palazzo pants.” Black, white and gold are fast becoming the trendiest colours when it comes to lehengas, anarkalis and sarees, adds Parnika Jain shares.
Animesh Maheshwari, vice president RIOT retail venture of Suditi Industries Ltd., gives more insights into the colour scheme. He says, “Colour choices follow the same minimalistic theme, taking cue from nature rather than being reinvented or artificially created. Soft, cool hues blend with fine warm colours to create a calming escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.”
The year will bring emphasis on fabric textures like raw edging and prints for denims, softer styles or floral and motif prints to make an impact. Go sexy with sheer. The latter half of 2014 had some stunning sheer outfits and in 2015, the trend will only get better. Add a bit of drama with layering and classy embroidery. Similarly, lace and net can be used in layers to get a desired effect. According to fashion designer Rohini Gugnani, “Sheer dresses will be in trend this year and deep red wine colour will rule the designer’s collection. Feather dresses or feather as a part of dress will also make its place in your wardrobe. In the bridal attire, more experiments with the colours will be on and heavy dupatta will be replaced by sheer dupatta.”
PRINTS & PATTERNS
Heena Malhotra, designer Chhabra 555, says, “2015 will revive the bygone designs, styles and silhouettes with a hint of modernity. Sheer, sheathing, kaleidoscopic hues, floral and geometrics will be doing the rounds of the virtual and brick & mortar Indian fashion platforms. Androgynous look will be ruling over beguiling feminine charm as 2015 is emphasising on woman’s strength and vigour. Europian, graphic, geometrical and African aztec prints, opaque laces, three-dimensional cut work borders, surface floral embroidery, easy patterns and contemporary experimentations with the established styles will be seen in abundance. Ethnic clothing got a formal hint and precision in cuts and styles are becoming more visible as soon as 2015 is approaching.”
While 2014 was a great year for bags, 2015 will experience totes as a constant trend in the women accessories segment along with shoulder bags and satchels. What will be new are unique trends in office bags collections, where briefcase bags and box-shaped bags will be the trendsetters across corporate spaces. An eclectic, ethereal mix of understated bright, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take centre-stage. Retro delights, folkloric and floral art, and the magical worlds of natural leather straight from the heart of Italy, will restore a sense of exotic fashion outburst. For casual day outs, fringes, fur bags, textile embellished and metallic accessorised bags along with innovative surface ornamentations highlighting different weaving techniques. Informal meetings will be adorned by varied designs and geometrical patterns like envelope bags and clutches.
So, plan your year ahead and be the cynosure of all eyes.