What will be in, what will be out, what’s going to be hot and what’s not, experts tell us about styles that threaten to stir a storm in 2017.
Make in India is the buzz word and Indian fashion designers are going all out to bring traditional weaves to mainstream, make them hip again. It started with Ritu Kumar using Indian weaves like Ajrakh prints, Ikat, Lucknowi; for a fashionista trying to have best of tradition and western fusion, her latest Kutchi collection drool worthy. What followed was Sabyasachi’s Banarsi wedding collection (in picture alongside) and Anita Dongre’s Grassroot collection of fusion cuts. So raid your nani’s closet for that fuschia Banarsi sari, or loosen up the pocket for designer picks. If heavy duty weaves aren’t your thing, a modest Chanderi or elegant Maheshwari cotton with the right accessories should do wonders.
This style is not yet done having fun with the Indian consumers. Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Jacqueline Fernandez have already made it a red carpet staple. Expect the style to trickle down to retail stores this new year and watch girls be part of the ever-so-fascinating superhero trend. Time to ignore Edna Mode for a couple of months.
If Manish Malhotra’s recent party was anything to hold as a standard, stock your wardrobe with metallics. The best feature of metallic dresses is that you can choose to not accessorise and still look like a royal. Don’t believe us? Let us rejig your memory with this Alia Bhatt image in which the actress of 2016 set the style bar high in a Manish Malhotra outfit and smokey eyes.
Gone are the days of skinny stretched jeans. Legs demand room. Palazzos are here to stay, but also keep an eye out for a good pair of bootcut pants. Lust after Kenjo’s high-waisted khaki pants (in left picture). Or for more leg room, take inspiration from the ‘50s and shop for tea skirts or dresses. Simply alter the accessories for an apt transition from day to night attire.
Men’s kurtas make a comeback
Mid-length kurtas will be the trend for men. Select from woolen, chikankari or ones with Kashmiri embroidery. Tie-die aspects from Ajay Kumar’s collection Ekam (in picture alongside) at Lakme Fashion Week will add boho-vibes or go nuts choosing the fabric weave.
Sharp and sleek silhouettes of shirts and jackets shall be the trend for 2017. The patterns will get bolder and wider with tartan. Pair these with fine linen trousers