Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 and India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015 recently concluded leaving us with a broad spectrum of designs to choose from. Among this assortment there were recurring design elements which caught my eye. Based on the Wills India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 which took place last October I have already discussed some of these styles in my Saree Drape Styles post.
The following are 8 trends in sarees that will be big this year. The list includes some continuing styles along with new additions.
1. BELTED SAREE STYLE
The styling of a saree with a belt has been around for two-three years but never omnipresent like this season. Black leather belts were spotted on the ramp in shows by top designers like Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani and Anju Modi. The use of embroidered belts and metallic belts has been seen in fashion week and online collections by designers JJ Valaya, Iika and Raakesh Agarvwal.
(Refer the Saree Styling post here for more pictures)
2. TOPS & JACKETS AS SAREE BLOUSES
I have started seeing this trend in retail outlets already. The saree can be paired with a peplum top, crop top, short jacket or even long jackets. The options are endless. Abraham & Thakore have styled their sarees with shirts and jackets for both their Summer 2015 and Winter 2015 collections. Amalraj Sengupta, Not Like You, Paromita Banerjee, Aarti Vijay Gupta are few of the designers who showcased their sarees with non-traditional blouse options.
(Refer the Saree Styling post here for more design options)
3. TASSELED SAREE EDGE
The westernwear world is going crazy with the tasseled/fringe trend, and the Indianwear industry couldn’t be far behind. Manish Malhotra’s Spring/Resort collection was the biggest propagator of tassels. He showcased sarees with tasseled aanchals, lehengas with tasseled tops and even dupattas with tasseled edges. Tarun Tahiliani’s latest collection on exclusively.in has a mini range of tassel bordered sarees. The piece pictured above from Archana Rao’s collection uses bunches of tassels on the saree ending. She even had a lehenga skirt with similar tassels all over.
4. HANDLOOM SAREES
The handloom saree is being favoured by established and emerging deisgners equally, be it Abraham & Thakore or Not Like You. These sarees are not restricted to the traditional style of drape or styling, these can be paired with flared kedia tops, shirts or even crop tops. Anavila is the biggest supporter of handloom sarees and ninety percent of her collection consists of these sarees.
5. MODERNISTIC DIGITAL PRINTS
Printed sarees have been en-vogue since ages. The present fashion week collections saw a fresh take on the prints. Ranging from floral mixed with shading to graphical repeat patterns. These prints were not restricted to the sarees, they continued on to other ensembles of the collection too. The focal element of these sarees is the smart print and requires no additional embellishment.
6. COLOUR BLOCK
Colour Block as a trend is stale in the westernwear segment but when it comes to sarees it still looks elegant. These sarees get a refined definition with the use of neutral colours. Shivan and Narresh’s resortwear saree with a pop of pastel orange is a playful addition to the colour block trend.
7. LEHENGA SAREE
I had pretty much given up on the lehenga saree being in trend anymore but with this year’s collections, so far, they seem to be back. Anita Dongre showcased a silk gotta-patti embroidered lehenga saree in her summer campaigns. Tarun Tahiliani’s present retail collection has numerous designs in the shaded lehenga sarees. Payal Singhal too had a few designs in her Autumn/Winter collection.
This is not an individual style on its own but more of a multiple trend cocktail. You could pick any saree type stated above and wear it with a mix of styling options. Taking cue from Tanvi Kedia you could wear your silk saree with a top and use a metal belt for the final touch. Pick a graphical printed saree and pair it with a bustier and long jacket and do a floral knot at the shoulder. Archana Rao styled her saree with a lapel blazer and belt. Mix multiple trend to form an individual persona.
Hope this list helped make your next saree wearing more chic and innovative. Experiment and have fun! 🙂
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