Top de­sign­ers share fes­tive fash­ion tips


The in­vi­ta­tions have gone out, the ar­ti­sanal cock­tails have been pre­pared, the flow­ers have been or­dered and RSVPs have been sent out. How­ever, the eter­nal co­nun­drum re­mains: what does one wear to the most cov­eted gala of the sea­son? If you are some­one who loves party hop­ping in the run up to Di­wali, chances are you are busy fret­ting over your sar­to­rial choices. We asked four de­sign­ers to break down the top fes­tive trends to make pick­ing out the perfect out­fit eas­ier and more fun for you this sea­son.


A huge trend that I see this fes­ti­val sea­son is stripes. Ex­per­i­ment with a slightly mas­cu­line sil­hou­ette but use ex­tremely fem­i­nine fab­rics like silk in mono­tones which can be bro­ken down with touches of embroidery or a patch­work stole. The fi­nal look turns out to be con­tem­po­rary but one that is en­dowed with a smidgen of nos­tal­gia and her­itage. The colour pal­ette I see be­ing pop­u­lar this sea­son is jewel toned. Emer­ald green paired with a lighter green is a pop­u­lar pick but one can pick any two colours in the same fam­ily. Lay­er­ing is an un­ex­pected way to stand out as is par­ing dresses with trousers. The idea is not to fit in but to stand out and cre­ate a newer ver­sion of fes­tive wear. One can pair a striped kurta set with polki jew­ellery or other tra­di­tional ac­ces­sories, keep­ing the look avante garde yet fes­tive-ap­pro­pri­ate. One can also pick sa­rees in a mod­ern weave with colour block­ing, or a metal­lic one and ac­ces­sorise it with heavy jew­ellery.


Un­like ear­lier, peo­ple are now ex­per­i­ment­ing with muted shades for the fes­ti­val sea­son. Nude peaches, pearl greys and ivories with muted sil­ver are pop­u­lar picks. These colours look and feel mod­ern and this is one of the rea­sons why women are grav­i­tat­ing to­wards them. Or­nate em­broi­dered jack­ets are a re­ally chic way of adding some flair to an out­fit. We rec­om­mend pick­ing a jacket with a long trail or pair­ing a pe­plum jacket with trousers. One can even try pair­ing jack­ets with skirts. Peo­ple want to make a state­ment, but an el­e­gant one— not an out­landish one. We also see women of all ages will­ing to ex­per­i­ment with shapes. Long dresses, too, look beau­ti­ful at soirees. It does not nec­es­sar­ily have to be a gown but some­where in-be­tween an anarkali and an evening gown—some­thing that you can eas­ily wear to a ball in Hong Kong as well as a card party in Delhi.


A great way to stand out in a crowd of fes­tive fash­ion is by adding touches of in­di­vid­u­al­ity to your out­fit. Bright colours, eclec­tic em­bri­odery and a bo­hemian vibe will cer­tainly make you stand out from the crowd. This sea­son is all about a har­mo­nious blend of or­ganic fab­rics, vivid colours, ec­cen­tric com­bi­na­tions, warm details, ran­dom weaves, bold checks, vi­brant prints and ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ments. Pick clothes that re­flect your per­son­al­ity and are not dic­tated by con­ven­tions. Pair sa­rees with trousers, skirts with du­pat­tas and kur­tas with boots. Fes­ti­val fash­ion can be about any­thing one wants it to be.


A good way to stand out dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties is by adding fun, flirty details to tra­di­tional out­fits. Draped gowns with del­i­cate embroidery can be worn with stylised blouses. Pick fab­rics like rich raw silks, wild hand­wo­ven silks, translu­cent or­gan­zas, matkas and tus­sars in vin­tage pas­tels, bluish pinks and muted olives. Ruf­fles are a huge trend for the fes­tive and wed­ding sea­son and we are see­ing them on ev­ery­thing from lehen­gas to gowns. Pe­plum tops, poet sleeves, shoul­der bar­ing blouses,draped sleeves are some of the trends that we can ex­pect to see this sea­son. For those who pre­fer more tra­di­tional threads, clas­sic sa­rees can be teamed with fun blouses or em­broi­dered du­pat­tas, and clas­sic tops with dhoti cowl pants. High­light embroidery can be done to add fresh bling to clas­sic out­fits too.

JEWEL GLOW Layer clothes in the same colour fam­ily for a pol­ished ef­fect

CHIC PICK High low jack­ets with a pe­plum de­tail­ing add in­stant glam­our

BOHO VIBES Fes­tive fash­ion should al­ways re­flect in­di­vid­ual style

RED CAR­PET WOR­THY Ruf­fles can be added to sa­rees, gowns or du­pat­tas for that dose of oomph

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