Paint­ing the town red!

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No month spells party the way De­cem­ber does! With backto-back fes­tiv­i­ties in the form of Christ­mas and New Year, it’s time to make space for the party stunners in your wardrobe. Here’s a check­list to be­gin with:

GOTHIC GLAM­OUR

Give the clas­sic party shades of amethyst, plum, fuch­sia and vi­o­let a Gothic touch with a dash of matte and glit­ter­ing black strokes. De­signer Aniket Satam’s Fall/ Winter col­lec­tion—Chic-A-Wicca— glam­or­ises gothic fash­ion, to come up with a stun­ning range of party wear to choose from. “The col­lec­tion is di­vided into four looks. The LWD which is my take on the LBD is known as the Lit­tle Witch Dress which is very sexy and youth­ful. The God­dess Gowns are sig­na­ture draped evening en­sem­bles which of­fer a more for­mal look. The Eclipse Trin­ity com­prises cutout dresses and the Om­bré Nights line fea­tures shaded jump­suits and palaz­zos,” in­forms Aniket. For that youth­ful, trendy but slightly un­con­ven­tional touch, Aniket Satam’s of­fer­ings are just what you were look­ing for!

TAMING THE CALL OF THE WILD!

Give a colour­ful twist to fem­i­nine fab­rics this party sea­son! Mix and match bold and soft hues onto fab­rics like satin and cro­chet for a youth­ful yet so­phis­ti­cated look. Wen­dell Ro­dricks’ ‘Source of Youth’ col­lec­tion ex­hib­ited at Wills In­dia Fash­ion Week 2014 masters this trend per­fectly. His Africa-in­spired col­lec­tion, is a well-tai­lored, con­structed range in soft fem­i­nine fab­rics and neu­tral colours. Us­ing satin, linen, ge­or­gette, crepe and crin­kle cot­ton along with cro­chet to high­light the gar­ments, the col­lec­tion has em­broi­dered mo­tifs that recre­ate the charm of African beauty and colour. White is the pre­ferred hue of the col­lec­tion with hints of yel­low and black which brings in an af­ter dark story that suits the party theme per­fectly. Go for the ul­tra-glam­orous look with Wen­dell’s fuch­sia off-shoul­der col­umn gown and lux­u­ri­ous cape whereas stylish ruf­fles edged with black for churi sleeves are just apt for that for­mal evening party.

ITAL­IAN IN­SPI­RA­TIONS

The Ital­ians are all about sub­tle glam and that is what you can bring into your party wear by tak­ing a leaf out of their fash­ion books. Nivedita Sa­boo’s fes­tive line paints a beau­ti­ful Ital­ian pic­ture as the colour story moves from gor­geous ivory, mar­ble and grey to char­coal, bright marigold gold, rust, honey, mus­tard and then onto shades of an­gel, nau­ti­cal and twi­light blue. The sil­hou­ettes are sexy and se­duc­tive with de­tail­ing play­ing an im­por­tant part. Lav­ish fab­rics like lace, chif­fon, ge­or­gette and tulle make for an exquisitely for­mal look. Short and sassy, the or­nate Swarovski and gems added on the waist, neck, shoul­ders and hem­lines in­fuse your en­sem­ble with just what it needs to sashay proudly on the dance floor. Men too, can draw in­spi­ra­tion from the de­signer’s col­lec­tion that gives an in­ter­est­ing fash­ion di­rec­tion to tex­tured jack­ets with con­trast­ing lapels, and a hint of shim­mer for the fab­rics. The look is lean and fit­ted, com­bined with printed shirts for added colour. Tuxe­dos are given a more con­tem­po­rary touch with in­ter­est­ing de­tail­ing. Go­ing the Ital­ian way seems to be dom­i­nat­ing the fash­ion scene closer home as well. Nilesh Jani of Jani Ap­par­els, Mum­bai who han­dles the men’s fash­ion brands of Par Ex­cel­lence and PXL says, “This party sea­son, our col­lec­tion will veer more to­wards club wear that has been in­spired by Ital­ian and Turkey dress­ing along with a hint of the Bol­ly­wood look as well.”

OR­GANIC REV­ELRY!

Think na­ture and party don’t go handin-hand? De­signer Nachiket Barve makes you re­think this state­ment with his ut­terly fem­i­nine and na­ture-in­spired col­lec­tion, Fos­sil. Nachiket weaves leaves, ex­tinct drag­on­flies, fo­liage, am­monite, mol­luscs, gran­ite and mar­ble tex­tures into a com­pact fash­ion story that blends seam­lessly into the party themes of the sea­son.

FOR THE EX­PER­I­MEN­TAL PARTY LOOK GO FOR A FIG­URE-HUG­GING SHEATH DRESS THAT WILL SET THE FES­TIVE MOOD PER­FECTLY!

Go for a colour pal­ette that por­trays a melo­di­ous play be­tween shades of chalk, oat­meal, ivory, sil­ver-grey, sand­stone, beige, nude and old rose with strong shades of red and an­thracite. Fab­rics such as silk, chan­deri, crepe, chif­fon, ge­or­gette, or­ganza and cot­ton seem to be the per­fect drapes for na­ture-in­spired party wear. Nachiket’s col­lec­tion that in­cludes crop/ boxy tops, flow­ing dresses, shorts, cuffed cropped pants and loose jack­ets adds a quirky edge to your wardrobe this sea­son.

CON­TEM­PO­RARY TWISTS

This sea­son give the tra­di­tional and clas­sic party dress a con­tem­po­rary twist by mix­ing solid lace and em­broi­dery to­gether. De­signer Drashta Sar­vaiya has done this beau­ti­fully where she has in­no­va­tively blended ikat with eye­catch­ing laces and pas­tels to create a gor­geous ar­ray of party dresses to choose from. Ex­per­i­ment fur­ther by turn­ing out in a fig­ure-hug­ging sheath dress that has hints of ap­pliqués wo­ven on an ab­stract ikat base in grey, black and blue; set­ting the mood for fes­tiv­i­ties per­fectly! The lacy-waist, knee-length bias cut skirt dress; an­kle-skim­ming cig­a­rette pants and the flirty ‘50s look for em­broi­dery/ print are beau­ti­fully jux­ta­posed, lend­ing party wear a trendy and mod­ish ap­peal.

THE RED CAR­PET CHARM

For those want to make a ‘celeb party diva’ en­try, look no fur­ther than Swap­nil Shinde’s lat­est col­lec­tion. From en­sem­bles like the shock­ing pink draped sari gown with gold crafted body de­tail­ing and pink-or­ange mini sheath to the saf­fron ge­or­gette gown with gold fake leather dé­cor on the bodice—sexy yet el­e­gant is the way to go for that ul­ti­mate diva look. The clas­sic black can be dis­played through mi­nis and gowns in net and silk com­bi­na­tions with gold/black faux leather de­tail­ing on the bodice, shoul­ders, waist and neck or as corsets. And for that dramatic Red Car­pet ar­rival, choose any one of Swap­nil’s four mag­nif­i­cent fish-tail gowns in royal blue, bright pink, neon or­ange and gold.

CHRIST­MAS TIDINGS

Lina Tip­nis’s Christ­mas col­lec­tion is aimed at the young and trendy par­ty­goer and has an as­sort­ment of fab­rics that range from the fab­u­lous rich Du­pion silks to the very in­ter­est­ing or­ganic voiles, sheer chif­fons and sexy geor­gettes.

MAKE A BRIGHT SPLASH ON THE PARTY CIR­CUIT WITH RICH COLOURS OF OCHRE GOLD, CLAS­SIC RED, ROYAL BLUE AND SALMON PINK!

“For my sil­hou­ettes, I have stayed true to fu­sion gowns and short dresses, which can move from party wear to for­mal evening glam­our. There are one-shoul­der sheath dresses, which have a dis­creet sexy ap­peal. For my colour pal­ette I have se­lected bright, solid and vi­brant tones like ochre, elec­tric blue and fuch­sia pink. I have kept my em­bel­lish­ments very sub­dued but at the same time very eye-catch­ing; maybe a gleam­ing brooch for a one-shoul­der or an or­nate yoke for a hal­ter-neck­line gown. My em­pire line, strappy long maxis have a glit­ter­ing bodice with an In­dian touch,” states Lina. Very fem­i­nine with a time­less qual­ity at­tached to them, Lina Tip­nis’ line fits the cur­rent party trends ef­fort­lessly.

DE­TAIL­ING WITH EM­BROI­DERY OR 3D AP­PLIQUÉS IS MAK­ING

NEWS THIS SEA­SON ALONG WITH PLEATS, GATH­ERS AND LOTS OF

DRAPES IN GLIT­TERY, METAL­LIC TONES.

FU­TUR­IS­TIC AP­PEAL

Lend a jaw-drop­ping edge to your wardrobe with clothes that spell fu­tur­is­tic op­u­lence in the form of flam­boy­ant feather, shim­mer­ing se­quins, metal­lic strips and mind­bog­gling prints. Weav­ing in fash­ion fan­tasy with gor­geous con­struc­tion, Fal­guni and Shane Pea­cock’s line that is aimed at su­per star celebs is where you need to draw in­spi­ra­tion from for this über-glam look. Print and metal­lic stripes de­tail­ing dom­i­nates as the main stay of the col­lec­tion with the shim­mer is in shades of red, pink, pur­ple, blue and black, splashed with crys­tals. The pair brings in fu­tur­is­tic fash­ion to the fore with plaid wrap mini and tiny choli with a red bias cut skirt. Se­duc­tion is with a plunge neck sheath with a slashed hem­line, in­no­va­tive net and fab­ric print ap­pliqués for gowns and a line of shifts, sheaths and body-con mi­nis that gleam and glit­ter.

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