F A S H I O N - Surekha Kadapa-Bose ( Courtesy - BTW Magazine)
Fashion is cyclic. What was a rage a decade or two back, and since then forgotten, does make a comeback in a new avatar. Since last year, the fashion trends of the sixties and seventies have witnessed not just a revival but seem to be stuck in the groove. Spring-Summer trends of 2011 revisit the retro look not just in the domestic market but even on international ramps.
For instance, the maxi dress – which Bollywood actors of the 70s (Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi, Shabana Azmi, Neetu Singh) sported in several films – is back. The only difference is that now it is in sheer.
According to Riddhi and Siddhi Mapxencar, Goan designers based in Mumbai, “Maxi dresses are so designed that they are form fitting at the top – that is, they cling to the body at all the right places and tend to cut in at the waist to emphasise the figure, then roll over the hips and flow down to the feet. New sheer maxi dresses are adding another dimension to this flattering form of dress.”
The next trendy apparel is retro pants – bellbottoms and flared pants. The printed variety of the 70s has not hit the ramps yet, but knowing the sudden love of our designers for that decade, it won’t be long before prints stage a comeback. Soon, teenagers and adolescents will be seen romping in jumpsuits and boiler suits. The crisp fabrics with cuffed shorts cinched at the waist would look rather elegant.
Mumbai designer Archana Kochhar advises, “Add an element of wrinkle and texture to your festive wardrobe this season. Play with the carefree spirit of yesteryear and add a young eclectic vibe to the new-found modern Indianism … be bold and move beyond simple crush dupatta. Go for the wide-legged Palazzo to make a head-turning statement at any party.”
Trends in this Spring-Summer will emphasise more on the tops – blouses, tunics and crop tops will have more chic and casual look with variegated textures of beading, tie and die prints; dobby embroideries etc. Van Heusen has a whole range in summery colours like blues, red, blacks and
whites. The brand shows a chic, sporty and feminine way to go this summer, be it a navy white striper summer dress with a floral border or a loose knit tunic with dark blue denims in the same print.
Another brand, Tommy Hilfiger too has a host of trends for the Spring-Summer attire. They have boyfriend-cut trousers topped with menswear shirts. You can even top the pants with crop tops or shrunken tops. You can party in the evening with their back-baring georgette gowns.
The colours dominating this season would be the usual white, blue, yellow, orange and red. Besides these, the colours hitting the marquee this season would also be honeysuckles, periwinkle to navy blue, ballet pink, butter shade and pale mint greens.
This Spring-Summer wear retro, but look classy and chic with a dash of 2011 cuts and fabric.
Next to Kalaniketan, JVPD scheme, Juhu.
mapxencaRS by Riddhi & Siddhi, mapxencaRS, G-3, Anand Niwas, Opp Mahavir Hospital, 14-A Road (Ahimsa Marg), Khar (West).
Van Heusen outlets: Oberoi Mall; Nirmal Lifestyle; Inorbit Mall, Vashi; Inorbit Mall, Malad; Infiniti Mall; R City Mall, Ghatkopar West.
Tommy Hilfiger, Vithal Das Nagar Housing Colony, Linking Road, Santacruz West.
Jaya Rathore’s collection at Aza, 21 Altamount Road.