It's Party Time!

A low­down on the trends and western fash­ions of­fered by de­sign­ers, this party sea­son

Apparel - - Contents December 2014 -

At the Jabong Stage fash­ion shows dur­ing Lakmé Fash­ion Week Win­ter/Fes­tive 2014, the ‘party look’ took a fem­i­nine ap­proach with cute dresses, swirling skirts and stun­ning gowns. Solid colours were favoured over prints by most de­sign­ers and the sil­hou­ettes were dra­matic, fem­i­nine and el­e­gant with a marked so­phis­ti­ca­tion. Fab­rics were rich, while em­bel­lish­ments were clev­erly used to high­light the cre­ations.


It is that time of the year when the dress makes an ap­pear­ance on the fash­ion charts by all de­sign­ers. When it is party time, noth­ing is more flat­ter­ing and ver­sa­tile than the Lit­tle Black Dress (LBD). De­sign­ers have re­alised the adapt­able, favourable na­ture of the LBD and cre­ate a va­ri­ety of de­signs to suit ev­ery taste and palate.

De­sign­ers Ar­maan Rand­hawa and Ai­man Agha have given the Lit­tle Black Dress a new twist with leather and studs as em­bel­lish­ments. Here, they keep the sil­hou­ette sim­ple and the length a mod­est midi. At times, it’s the shirt wais­ter in sheer black with sparkling leather stud­ded shoul­ders that catches the eye.

The la­bel Mun­kee.See.Mun­kee.Doo. feels that graph­ics on asym­met­ri­cal shapes tell a great story for dresses. So, the de­sign­ers use black and white, which hich is ideal for a dress, while a red sheath with a black cover makes a style state­ment. Stark simplicity comes mes in the form of a cling­ing knee length dress when black ack re­turns for Chandni Mo­han, whose plung­ing neck, three quar­ter sleeves vi­sion with the side trail is a sexy exy of­fer­ing while a deep ma­roon shirt col­lar front open shift gives an easy and com­fort­able vibe.

When it comes to ex­per­i­ments with sil­hou­ettes and fab­rics, N&S Gaia of­fers some un­be­liev­able shapess with in­tri­cate but­ter­fly em­broi­dery on tiny minis with fluid con­trast flaps or presents a se­duc­tive moulded d mini with a pale pink cape.

Nitin Chawla gives his The­o­rem la­bel a great look k when his dress is a sim­ple brown front open cre­ationon with an asym­met­ri­cal hem­line. Adding a jacket in thehe same colour tone of brown, the style is just right forr an out­door lun­cheon to bring in the fes­tiv­i­ties. Slo­gans s and printed sen­tences give a dress in red, white, blue and black ver­ti­cal stripes a strik­ing im­pact to thehe view­ers who may find it fas­ci­nat­ing to read be­tweenn the lines! The grey cape is a great ad­di­tion when the e mer­cury dips dur­ing the Christ­mas party sea­son.


SERENESEREN SIMPLICITY Now, herehe is a gar­ment that never goes out of fash­ion.fashio Whether you are a western or an eth­nic dresser,d the skirt is one of the most ver­sa­tile gar­ments that will keep you in the front of the fash­ion listers with its vary­ing lengths of mini, midi or maxi.

The Love­birds la­bel of­fers skirts that are easyea and re­laxed in their sil­hou­ettes and neu­traln in their colour story so as to turn in­toin ver­sa­tile mix and match op­tions. Match a slate black skirt with a ‘V’ neck dol­man sleeved waist length top and the look spells el­e­gance all the way. Another in­ter­est­ing style is the pale green skirt with a drop waist sheer in­set to give it a sexy touch. Once again, team it with a cropped loose blouse to re­veal a flash of se­duc­tive skin through the sheer skirt fab­ric. Moss green leather for a bias cut maxi skirt makes an un­con­ven­tional fash­ion state­ment. The lay­ered top will work re­ally well when the weather gets nippy.

Sree­jith Jee­van, for his Rouka la­bel, goes a lit­tle eth­nic. The long khaki skirt with laced up de­tail­ing at the hem­line con­trasts beau­ti­fully to the ma­roon top and adds style to the hip­ster gar­ment. Team it with a cross over black gilet and the look has an ori­en­tal vibe to it.

For some fun cloth­ing dur­ing those fes­tive days, the River Is­land la­bel of­fers a cute zip­pered wrap, leather mini skirt with a printed corset and goes ul­tra­glam with a sil­ver mini skirt and a match­ing mesh top to bring in the New Year.

For the eth­nic dressers, SVA by Sonam and Paras presents a low slung skirt teamed with a gor­geous long sleeved tiny blouse. Dress the skirts up for a for­mal evening out or dress them down for a lunch, ei­ther way, you just can’t go wrong.



Gowns are the most im­por­tant en­sem­bles dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son of De­cem­ber and Jan­uary. The gown has ex­cited In­dian de­sign­ers for decades, so it is lit­tle won­der that for the com­ing party sea­son, they have pulled out all the stops to dis­play some of the most stun­ning pieces that will de­light their buy­ers.

Anuj Sharma, the bril­liant grad­u­ate and now fac­ulty at the Na­tional In­sti­tute of De­sign, has cre­ated gowns that not only are su­perb to look at but also clev­erly de­signed with but­tons at times as the main de­tail­ing. Anuj also adds a clever shred­ding of multi coloured stripes to cre­ate a feisty look. Mould­ing cir­cu­lar geo­met­ric shapes for strik­ing for­mal cre­ations, he gives a fu­tur­is­tic look to his en­sem­bles, while small fab­ric knots or sil­ver hard­ware on his gowns make for eye catch­ing em­bel­lish­ments.

Solid black seems to be the favourite with most de­sign­ers. Ar­pita Mehta’s gowns, with their un­usual sil­ver em­broi­dery, make an im­pact. She also adds a shock­ing pink cut­away shoul­der cre­ation with an or­nate bodice to com­plete her col­lec­tion.

If the lady wants drama on the Red Car­pet, Asa Kaz­ing­mei’s moulded ma­chined leather bolero with the se­duc­tive skirt combo or his space-age white cre­ation will have her turn­ing heads.

Farah San­jana’s ut­terly fem­i­nine line of black and lavender, floor-kiss­ing, lay­ered num­bers with the dra­matic chan­de­lier em­broi­dery is what glam­our is all about. The look is sleek and so­phis­ti­cated with the right amount of style and piz­zazz.

Gold makes an ap­pear­ance for the fes­tive par­ties by Harshita Chat­ter­jee Desh­pande, who brings in a so­phis­ti­cated, lux­u­ri­ous gown with a stun­ning, long-sleeved, em­broi­dered bolero. Giv­ing an eth­nic vibe, Harshita also presents a full flared, checked, silk, red, long skirt teamed with a solid red, long sleeved blouse dap­pled with in­tri­cate em­broi­dery for those who want that touch of fu­sion.

Neha Agar­wal’s line up of gowns will thrill women who de­sire craft plus glam­our. From a fuch­sia and black om­bré sheer lay­ered en­sem­ble with a gor­geous em­broi­dered bodice, to a crafted hor­i­zon­tal striped, fig­ure hug­ging num­ber; the looks are out­stand­ing to be­hold. Ar­pita’s sheer, long-sleeved gown with an em­broi­dered bralet and a bird em­bel­lished skirt can be a showstopper any­where.

Ridhi Mehra com­bines flo­ral ap­pliqués splashed on long, black skirts with a dual tone lay­ered gown or al­lows white 3D flower ap­pliqués to cas­cade down the bodice onto a navy silk skirt. Swati Vi­jay­vargie’s amaz­ing printed silk cre­ations are a fu­sion of Indo-western styles, in elec­tric blue, fuch­sia and indigo. Clev­erly lay­ered, the en­sem­bles have a New Age feel about them. Thus, western trends are all set to stun this sea­son.

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