As the year comes to an end, Yamini Walia & Sara Shah tell you a little bit about the trends that worked, those that didn’t and introduce you to the new designers you should be watching out for in 2016
This year, we witnessed several major events that changed and rewrote history across numerous fields, but we’re going to focus on the new fashion trends, along with some old trends that made a comeback in 2015. We tell you more about upcoming designers who wowed us with their collections, trends that scorched the runways and styles that we hope we never see again.
ON THE RAMP
The latest trends are pretty difficult to ignore, so here’s a look at what we saw in abundance on the ramp this year.
The early 2000s trend made a comeback this year. Instead of typical cold-weather toppers, puffer jackets in bold colours, interesting cuts and cool add-ons are a great way to update your winter collection. While this is a difficult trend to follow in Mumbai, if you’re heading to a colder area, don’t forget to carry one!
While we aren’t really fans of this trend, over-the-knee boots were a ramp favourite in 2015. Celebrities such as Kangana Ranaut were seen wearing the trend off the ramp as well! Best suited to winter months, these are a decent pick, but only if you can pull them off.
Turtlenecks popped up all over Fashion Weeks across the world, but we love this style the most when it’s layered under a dress, or the way Helena Borden wore it at the Paris Fashion Week (see picture). Pairing one with knee-length boots is the perfect way to sport it. And, the best part is that it’s extremely wearable too!
Barring the usual big names, this year saw the emergence of several new, talented designers. Take a look at our top five!
Sneha started her label in 2011, making her debut as a Gennext Designer at Lakmé Fashion Week’s Festive Winter edition in 2012. She also won the Grazia Young Fashion Award for the Breakthrough Label of Year in 2013. All her designs are wearable, and filled with a sense of simplicity.
We’re sure that you’ve heard of the label, Ikai, and are aware of who we’re talking about here. Ragini Ahuja, once a graphic designer, only recently introduced her label, but we already love how she combines leather cutwork and bandhini prints.
Pranav Mishra & Shyma Shetty
Huemn by Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty was a highly anticipated show at both seasons of Lakmé Fashion Week. They’re quirky and never shy away from experimenting. As if their minimal, pastel power suits weren’t enough, the designer duo unleashed their inner maximalist with a sequined varsity sari too!
Not So Serious by Pallavi Mohan makes everyday garments more exciting. Her collection, which was showcased at Amazon India Fashion Week for the Autumn/ Winter 2015 season, featured muted colours and conservative cuts, but also had lively, modern details that made her clothes stand out — the label is her way of making couture more fun!
Bodice by Radhika Sachdeva promotes comfort wear. Effortlessly stylish classics, with an added boyish charm, are this label’s USP. With a predominantly neutral colour palette and a twist of androgynous basics, Bodice is the ultimate cool-girl brand in India at the moment.
The traditional handloom designer works on designs that offer an interesting blend of Indian culture and textile history. His collections showcase this passion for textiles, which he translates into beautiful Indian Art.
TRENDS WE LOVE
Some are fresh off-the-ramp, while others made quite the comeback this year, but we can unanimously agree that all of these trends are fashion favourites.
Off shoulder dresses, tops and maxis — we absolutely love anything and everything in this style. This neckline adds the perfect amount of sensuality and boho appeal to your look, and is perfect for days when you want to dress up without putting in too much of an effort.
They have been around for quite a while, but made a major comeback on the runway this year, especially with skinny trousers. With the perfect amount of masculinity and feminine demurity, these are definitely your best bet when it comes to power dressing!
Denim on Denim
We love how retro this trend is, especially with skinny jeans adding to its contemporary charm. When it’s accessorised right, denim on denim can look both chic and casual at the same time!
Blazer and shorts
Who would have thought that pantsuits could be made more fun than they already are, simply by replacing the pants with shorts? When paired together, the shorts and blazer strike the perfect balance between elegant chic and risque.
While 2015 saw some really memorable new trends as well as some cool comebacks, we would not be sad to say goodbye to these for good:
The side shave
Actress Natalie Dormer looks gorgeous even with a major chunk of her head shaved off, but we’re definitely rooting for this trend to fade into oblivion — unless you’re in a heavy metal band, or are a professional biker!
Its appalling appearance is just one of the reasons why this trend should not stick around in 2016. Not only is it unflattering on the wearer (not even Beyonce could make it look great), but it also leaves very little to the imagination and is flattering in all the wrong places.
Of course, we’d rock Superwoman’s flaming red cape anytime! However, what we’re talking about here is the semi-jacket variant that has been doing the rounds this year. The style is worn over the shoulders, like any other cape, and could look incredibly stylish. However, this will only work if you’re a celebrity on the red carpet. Actress Shay Mitchell is often seen sporting capes.But if you aren’t afraid to experiment with your wardrobe and enjoy trying out new trends and styles, there are a few cape jackets take you could begin with. Check out our favourite picks on pages 16/17.