August is the month of fashion weeks in India. The Couture Week concluded last week, Bridal Fashion Week is ongoing and later this month we have Lakme’s Winter Festive fashion week. I am excited with each new collection that comes up, critiquing it, understanding it and presenting the trends they throw our way. There will always be a mix of trends, some longer lasting than the others, and it’s upon individuals to choose what suits their personal style best. In the first post on Indian ethnic-wear trends for winter 2015 I present to you three styles for the bold bride and bridal party.
MODERN MERMAID SILHOUETTE
Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s was the first showcase at India Couture Week and I was so glad to spot a mermaid-cut skirt. Way back in March, after the AIFW, I had written mermaid cuts in my style notes but was still skeptical because just two-three designs were spotted on the ramp and it had been years since it was in vogue last. The couture week just proved me right- half the designers on the roster had atleast a few garments in the mermaid cut.
The mermaid silhouette was seen in gowns, lehenga skirts, saree gowns and long dresses. Technically the mermaid cut contours the body till the knees and then flares out to the hem. The style variations include flaring from above the knee, below the knee or from mid thigh. There were single fabric mermaid cuts at Sabyasachi’s show, vertical panels in Manish Malhotra’s collection, godets at Gaurav Gupta’s show and horizontal panels at Rahul Mishra’s show.
The mermaid silhouette was also spotted in a few magazine spreads and on real life bride Nishka Lulla at her mehendi. Shanatnu and Nikhil’s upcoming winter collection shoot also showcase this trend. This is a look that highlights the curves of a woman’s body and you need to be confident and comfortable in your skin to pull of this dramatic style. If you want to accentuate your curves and are willing to go bold, wear the mermaid silhouette at your cocktails or a lighter version for your mehendi.
The off-shoulder neckline is defined as a style that encircles the torso, wrapping around the outside of the upper arms just below the shoulder. The off-shoulder and one shoulder styles were initially spotted at Anamika Khanna’s fashion show for Bvlgari fine jewels.The neckline was seen on capes, tops and dresses. Payal Singhal’s autumn winter collection too has a few off shoulder designs like the blouse shown above.
Manish Malhotra’s couture week collection had three lehenga blouses with off-shoulders, including one layered blouse. Debarun had one shoulder blouses and Sabyasachi had one shoulder tops in their couture week collections. Nikasha has quiet a few one shoulder designs in her autumn winter collection, including kurtas and blouse tops. The off-shoulder neckline is not going to be as common as a mermaid silhouette because most Indian weddings are still conservative. But you could carry it off for more casual outings or go against traditions and sport one at your cocktails.
Layered hems do not have a definite specification but is a term I am using for a combination of styles. Be it Gaurav Gupta’s uneven hemmed jacket with an inner layer of organza panels, Manav Gangwani’s multi tiered dress or Shantanu and Nikhil’s handkerchief cut layered skirt. The commonality is the existence of extra layers of fabric towards the bottom of the garment. Rohit Bal and Rimple Narula’s designs on the other hand had their lining showing, giving the hemmed area a layered look. The layered hem just proves that you can go as experimental as you wish with ethnic wear, show the inner layers or overlap above the hem.
There are a few bigger trends, more commonly observed over collections, that were spotted at the couture and fall/winter fashion weeks and I will be writing about them in the coming days. Stay tuned for updates on trends in Indian fashion. Enjoy! 🙂
P.S.: Mermaid silhouette and off-shoulder necks were also spotted at the India Bridal Week but the official pictures have not come yet.