THE WOOLLEN FASH­ION FORE­CAST

Apparel - - Industry Insights -

Long knit­ted coats like jack­ets, jacquard cardi­gans and long woollen dresses are must-haves this winter. Col­lar­less coats are emerg­ing as a new trend giv­ing the wearer a clean look. Ac­cord­ing to Mehrra, “Pat­terned and printed wool are big this sea­son. Capes and wraps are the in thing and mul­ti­coloured wool yarn is an­other hit trend.” The mono­chrome clas­sic pat­terns are in trend as well and there is abun­dant choice in the women's woollen wear sec­tion in solid, plaid and tex­ture pat­terns. “The scarf in jacquard pat­tern with cut work or ap­pliqué work is trendy. In ad­di­tion to the black and grey tone, nat­u­ral shades, tones of reds and sub­dued pas­tels are al­ready mov­ing,” says Rashmi Ah­luwalia, Founder, Stalk­buylove.com. A change in the sea­son is also a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to smartly pre­pare one’s wardrobe with dif­fer­ent pieces like woollen scarves and stoles that can be lay­ered en­chant­ingly. “The fine wool-silk combo is com­fort­able and looks great with coats and blaz­ers. Scarves are great for the day-to-night look while light-weight sweaters are apt for the dressy and ca­sual look. The easy­wear­ing, long cash­mere cardi­gan is per­fect for toss­ing over chic, lay­ered en­sem­bles,” opines Mehra. “In or­der to stream­line the woollen wear in­dus­try in the coun­try and to grab new op­por­tu­ni­ties, man­u­fac­tur­ers are shift­ing fo­cus from tra­di­tional ways and meth­ods. This has led to the emer­gence of new trends like in­tro­duc­tion of newer yarns, eco­nom­i­cal blends, in­no­va­tive value ad­di­tions and a shift to­wards the high-end, finer gauge,” adds Dutta.

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