It's Party Time!
A lowdown on the trends and western fashions offered by designers, this party season
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.
DRESS IT UP!
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.
THETH SKIRT IS ONE OF THETH MOST VERSATILE GARMENTSGA THAT WILL KEEPKE YOU IN FRONT OF THE FASHION LISTERSLIS WITH ITS VARYINGVA LENGHS OF MIDI,MID MINI OR MAXI.
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.
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.