Style check for 2015

  • Ananya Ghosh
  • Updated: Dec 26, 2015 15:21 IST

The trendsetters, the shapeshifters, the divas and the daringly different, this year’s fashion highlights were a mixed bag of the crazy and the chic.

That ’70s look

Waistlines went up and hemlines went down, settling just below the ankles. Covering up was ‘cool’ in Bollywood. Films like Dil Dhadakne Do and Bombay Velvet bowed to a retro style and embraced suede, flared pants, crochet, lace, polka dots, and disco shimmer. Anushka Sharma had a fringe moment with her new bangs, while Sharmila Tagore’s double-winged eyeliners made a bold comeback.

Namaste to gym wear

It finally became okay to wear workout clothes outside the gym after the trend found an unlikely poster-boy in Russian President Vladimir Putin. By the end of the year, the trend was so big that the term Athleisure was added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Baba Ramdev is launching yoga pants soon.

Up in arms

Feminism found a new home – in your armpit. This year saw girls dyeing their underarm hair hot pink, teal, purple, neon yellow, green and every colour imaginable, in an anti-shaving, anti-shaming movement. Miley Cyrus did it in May, and a few weeks later trendy salons had put dyeing services on their menus.

Couture cut it out

Spanx is so 2014. This year, the top celebrities invested in better gym instructors. Risqué cut-outs exposed hitherto unseen regions of the body (the curve of the hip, the top of the butt, the lower torso, the side boob) and the ‘naked dress’ became the new LBD.

Boys got a bit less macho

Cross-dressing was more hip than ever. Jared Leto donned a skirt while Jaden Smith rocked a black dress and tank top. When Gucci’s new head Alessandro Michele showed lace, ruffles, bows, ribbon ties, applique and florals, people lapped it up. Burberry models walked down the runway in sheer lace shirts. Closer home, Ranveer Singh turned up in a flowy skirt by designer Anju Modi at a promotional event for Bajirao Mastani.

Euro chic

With mall rats already obsessed with Spanish brands like Mango and Zara, it was only a matter of time before the rest of Europe descended. Online stores partnered with labels like UK’s Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Dune, German brand Tom Taylor reached India and Delhi got an outpost of the Swedish brand H&M.

Rihanna made an omlette

The dress that launched a thousand memes. Riri’s Met Gala dress by Chinese designer Guo Pei was compared to omelettes, pizzas and even inflatable pools.

We wrapped it up

We pleated up our love for the sari and wore it on our sleeve… er … shoulder with the #100sareepact. Grandmas’ dhakais, kanjeevarams, nauvaris, tanchois and slinky chiffons were pulled out of closets, draped, and shown off on social media.

Lips went out

Style gurus will remember 2014 as the year women paid a record-breaking $675 for nail polish made by a shoemaker. Christian Louboutin’s collection of nail colours were made in a limited edition of 1,000, with bottles shaped to match his signature red-soled heels. This year, his range of 36 lipsticks was priced at a more affordable (but still extortionate) $90. Bonus value? The case doubles up as a pendant.

The one-piece garment is hard to wear (just try going to the toilet in it). And yet it was on every fashionable body this year. We saw it on the runway, on the red carpet and on every Zara-clone fashion blog in India.

Salwars flared out

Surely you’ve seen women wearing flowy kurtas with roomy palazzos at weddings this year. Put your tight churidars away for another day.

Yeezy did it

Kanye West’s collaboration with Adidas made people go crazy. At first glance they seemed downright ugly, but the limited edition Yeezy Boost 350, at $200 flew off the shelves, becoming a surprise hit with celebs, and even President Obama. If that was not enough, it also bagged the Shoe of the Year tag at the Footwear News 29th Annual Achievement Awards ceremony.

Banaras was back

While Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan , set in the holy town, won critical acclaim, the fashion industry looked beyond the ghaats and put focus on the bling. Hand-woven Banarasi brocade was the buzzword at fashion weeks. Designers experimented with motifs and silhouettes and also collaborated with weavers. By the end of the year local darzis were cutting up exquisite six-yard family heirlooms for pantsuits.

(Photo: Payal Khandwala)

Jumping for jumpsuits

The one-piece garment is hard to wear (just try going to the toilet in it). And yet it was on every fashionable body this year. We saw it on the runway, on the red carpet and on every Zara-clone fashion blog in India.

From HT Brunch, December 27

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