THE NEW ro­mance

Fash­ion takes a FEM­I­NINE DE­TOUR as de­sign­ers across the board fall in love with THE SKIRT

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - SARI SPLENDOUR -

This sum­mer, if there is a fash­ion item that is wear­ing the pants in your closet, it has got to be the skirt. Giv­ing the sea­son a se­ri­ous fem­i­nine jolt af­ter lan­guish­ing off the run­ways and high street due to the fuss over skinny jeans and easy-to-wear dresses, this cool clas­sic fi­nally finds its right­ful place back in our wardrobes. And if you feel you have lost your wom­anly self in the rush to be one of the boys, here’s the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to sal­vage your­self.

In true sar­to­rial spirit, this power piece is back in sev­eral avatars. “I love the skirt. It is an ex­tremely flat­ter­ing item. And since I’d hate to pick the pen­cil over a mini, or a dirndl over a free-flow­ing maxi, I have a wardrobe full of op­tions that I work in dif­fer­ent ways de­pend­ing on the oc­ca­sion,” says fash­ion en­tre­pre­neur and style maven Per­nia Qureshi on the ver­sa­til­ity of the skirt. “In fact, my own web­site (www. per­ni­aspop­up­ is stock­ing some amaz­ing num­bers for sum­mer, from a lovely lacey be­low-the-knee pen­cil from my own line, to a beau­ti­ful flared khadi midi from James Fer­reira.” Ren­der­ing in-out trend lists ob­so­lete, you can lit­er­ally work the skirt in ev­ery­thing—from the new and in­ge­nious, to the more clas­sic and el­e­gant. Cue Muc­cia Prada’s ’50s fever with her Marilyn Mon­roe-es­que ac­cor­dion-pleated midis and the road­house blues in­spired wicked, au­to­mo­tive stiff leather pen­cils (a must-have on ev­ery­one’s shop­ping list). Bet you’re won­der­ing which to pick.

Burst­ing out of board­rooms and hit­ting chic streets and cock­tail par­ties ev­ery­where is the new wave of the pen­cil skirt. At Gauri & Nainika, we saw a ’40s re­vival with con­ser­va­tive, be­low-the-knee num­bers in rich jewel tones, while Mor­phe served up a fu­tur­is­tic help­ing of bul­bous or­ganza sheers lay­ered over dresses; the more stream­lined ver­sions popped out from be­neath dresses, ex­pos­ing buffed sum­mer legs in all their tanned glory. Al­ways one for tough-girl clothes, Alexan­der Wang sur­pris­ingly dished out some above-the-knee sporty pen­cils in full bloom, a vein Al­tuzarra fol­lowed as well. On a more glo­ri­ous note, Givenchy’s Ric­cardo Tisci took a huge dip in the ocean and pre­sented a mod­ern ver­sion of the Lit­tle Mer­maid in his slinky slim skirts with un­du­lat­ing lapels and pretty pe­plums. Sim­i­larly, Alexan­der Mcqueen’s Sarah Bur­ton

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