Bright and bril­liant style to light up the win­ter

The Luxury Collection - - Corneliani - -By Asha Chowdary

If you love the sea­son of win­ter with its cold winds, icy frost and early nights be­cause it takes you back to mem­o­ries of chilly evenings of sip­ping hot co­coa and en­joy­ing the warmth of a puffer jacket and a cozy sweater, get ready to ex­pe­ri­ence the same sen­sa­tions in fash­ion this year. Com­fort fash­ion has ar­rived and, while look­ing good is al­ways a pri­or­ity for both men and women, the strug­gle to look per­fect has dis­ap­peared from the fash­ion scene. As more and more fash­ion­istas em­brace im­per­fec­tion and re­turn to sim­ple liv­ing, there is also a nod to com­fort that was not there

be­fore. Some of the hottest styles of the year, like the re­turn of the cardi­gans, the rise of the granny knits and the pop­u­lar­ity of the hood­ies, show that feel­ing good is just as im­por­tant as look­ing good in the win­ter of 2017.

What are the fall and win­ter trends of the year? Here’s a com­pre­hen­sive com­pi­la­tion of the most pop­u­lar trends of the sea­son... Com­fort is the key Ever since the Ath­leisure trend of wear­ing lux­u­ri­ous gym and yoga wear to work and so­cial events be­came the norm, com­fort dress­ing is a part of our lives now. But make no mis­take. Wear­ing over­sized sweaters, shape­less coats and hideous boots are not the bench­marks of com­fort fash­ion. It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that whether you opt for quilted jack­ets, warm sweaters or wide leg pants, they have to be stylish, well crafted and worn with the right ac­ces­sories like a large belt and a pair of sexy shoes. In keep­ing with the com­fort fash­ion mood of the sea­son, you can wear chunky knits, granny cardis, su­per­sized turtle­necks, cold shoul­der sweaters and knitwear with batwing sleeves. If you love slouchy sweaters and re­laxed lounge wear, this is the year to em­brace th­ese looks and en­joy them to the fullest. Go retro

Retro trends are back with a bang and th­ese looks will rule the roost till the end of win­ter and till early next year. Sev­eral 70s and

80s in­spired pieces were seen on the fall and win­ter fash­ion run­ways this year. There were high waisted shorts, bright metallics, pussy bow dresses, off shoul­der tops, bell sleeves, peas­ant tops, tweed fab­rics, plat­form shoes and long skirts. Make sure to keep th­ese vin­tage looks modern by dress­ing them up with the right jew­ellery, jack­ets and shoes.

Colour per­fect The gloomy days of win­ter are the best time to wear colour. The trendi­est colour of this sea­son is poised to be bright red, so get ready to ex­per­i­ment with shades of deep scar­let, dark carmine, cool claret or bright ruby. Opt for tonal dress­ing when­ever pos­si­ble, where you wear one colour from head to toe, but make sure to add one ac­ces­sory in a con­trast colour to com­plete the look. The other colours of the sea­son are rich fuch­sia, deep navy and warm caramel. Each of th­ese shades can make you look su­per chic and you can wear them with con­fi­dence as they will brighten the en­vi­ron­ment wher­ever you go. Make a style state­ment

Lay­er­ing is al­ways the best idea for those cold days in win­ter es­pe­cially in the south where it can get very warm in the morn­ings and chilly by night. Stylists sug­gest that you can try the lay­er­ing trend in many ways -- for in­stance you could wear a dress over a strap­less top and team it with a pair of mas­cu­line trousers. Wear­ing a dress over a pair of pants is very stylish this year and it is also a good time to try out dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions of the skirt, like skirts with mi­cro pleats, leather skirts with zip­pers and skirts that are made of tulle or flowy fab­rics. There are beau­ti­ful fab­rics out there this win­ter like vel­vet, cor­duroy, che­nille knits and soft chif­fon that you need to ex­plore. State­ment hosiery and pretty tights are also on the must­buy list of most women. As for the men...

El­e­gance and sharp dress­ing will come to the fore­front for men this year. The win­ter fash­ion cat­walks of the sea­son had mod­els wear­ing cor­duroy suits, in shades of deep olive and navy and re­laxed trousers in the same fab­ric.

Male mod­els were also spot­ted wear­ing red suits and win­ter whites while sport­ing berets and scarves. Ac­cord­ing to trend fore­cast­ers, this au­tumn will be the year of plaids and checks when it comes to dress shirts, smart knitwear with cowl necks, slim fit suits, quilted jack­ets, printed silk shirts, smart coats in blends of cash­mere and wool, and gor­geous silk ties. Colours like camel, pow­der blue, moss green and teal will be seen ev­ery­where. Win­ter is al­ways the best time to dress up for ev­ery oc­ca­sion so that the weather does not dampen your spir­its. There­fore, don’t get ready to spend all your win­ter evenings in a moth eaten sweater and an old coat, watch­ing re­runs on tele­vi­sion. Dress­ing up for events has seen a re­vival de­spite our love for the re­laxed look of ath­leisure. While women can savour the vi­brant and ra­di­ant colours of the win­ter fash­ion pal­ette and ac­ces­sorise with an­kle boots, state­ment jew­ellery and bold graph­ics, men can en­joy the clean, stylish and re­laxed look of the hour.

Above all, make sure you en­joy the sea­son for all the spe­cial joys it brings and let your style shine through the chilly days of win­ter till the dawn of a new fash­ion sea­son in the year that lies ahead.

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