Woman’s Era • October (First) 2009


preferred fabrics will be the ones in crushed textures. Embellishments will largely be delicate and the silhouettes will range from trapeze to tulip.

The silhouette will be loose, not clinging to the body, accentuating its shape, and at the same time hiding its flaws. The necklines are asymmetrical, and off-shoulders are ruling the roost this season. And pretty knee-length frocks cinched with a belt or long sultry maxi dresses – femininity rules!

According to designer Bela Sanghvi, “This year, we will see comfortable, slimmer cuts and a little

Tunics and salwar-kameez are very much in vogue right now. While red is the quintessential bridal colour, the trend for this year is to experiment with royal hues like purple, cream, gold and peacock blue. Crystal embellishments are also ‘in’ right now.

The trends this year are varied. People are wearing everything from lehengas to saris that are pre­draped and stitched. All you have to do is pull them on! Bling is also big this year. Prepare to see lots of

bit of exposure. Long dresses are coming up, focussed for cocktail parties. Fusion is always welcomed and it will remain this year also because these days everyone wants to wear a combination of contemporary and traditional dresses. Body-hugging stylish dresses and the mix-and-match concept will remain as ever.”

The look will be casual and minimalist in fabrics that are soft, such as chiffons and georgettes, and at the same time embellished with lots of metallic trimmings. This year we will see fabrics such as linen, jersey, knits, georgettes and Lycra, with pure silk and chiffon. The whole look will be sexy, transparent with a complete feminine touch. The garments will be accentuated by metallic sheens and geometric motifs, encapsulating the sensuous and elegant reflection of the feminine state.

Prints: Geometric prints are going to rule. This print will be used in long gowns, short dresses, tops and shorts. Black sheer fabric will stay this year also. Structured shoulders are the latest fad in the present season. All outfits will carry shoulder pads, even the kurtis. Structured tights with a ripped look will set another hot style statement this spring-summer. Long shirts teamed up with short jackets, with detailing on collars and necklines, intricate handwork and surface embellish­ments will rule the trend.

Designer Falguni says, “Recycling of wardrobes will be in vogue

gold, silver and shiny stuff.

The choli is the focal point of the ensemble this season – backless ones are in fashion right now and the styles are many. Choose from tie-up blouses, low-backed ones or halter-necked ones, amongst others.

Play with light, semi-transparent fabrics that provide a contrast to otherwise heavily-embellished bridal ensembles. Keep dupattas and/or sleeves sheer and kurtas short.

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