Animal motifs to botanical prints: Give a summer twist to your wardrobe

  • Ruchika Kher, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2016 09:14 IST
It’s time to give your wardrobe a summer twist with the latest trends from the ramp. A dress with colour-blocking designed by Karn Malhotra.

Every season brings with it myriad sartorial options. Some trends continue to rule the roost year after year, while a few die a slow death. Summer, too, brings forth style statements waiting to be adopted.

Something that was apparent in the latest edition of the recently concluded Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016. From top designers like Wendell Rodricks and Anita Dongre to young talents like Kunal Rawal and Payal Khandwala — the ramp came alive with eclectic imaginations for the hot and sweltering sunny season.

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While several rule-breaker silhouettes and colour combinations were experimented with, many old staples were also given a new lease of life for the upcoming tenacious summer. Here, we tell you about the top 10 trends that stood out, and are sure to make a splash this season.

Animal Motifs: There is good news for animal lovers. You can now showcase your love for different creatures now by opting for apparels inspired by them. Aartivijay Gupta and Huemn used this element as their prime inspiration this season. Here, a model showcases a Gorilla-faced sweatshirt by Huemn.

Bandeau: Show some skin this summer with bandeaus in different colours and fabrics. The multi-faceted bustier is apt for both Indian and western wear as shown by designers like Nishka Lulla, Shriya Som and Payal Singhal. Here, a model sports a printed bandeau at Nishka’s show.

Botanical prints; Nature has long inspired designers. Hence, it comes as no surprise that botanical prints are big this season as well. You can wear them on a traditional attire, as shown in Anita Dongre’s collection, or add a functional twist to them on skirts and jeans. Here, a model sports a denim skirt with floral motifs designed by Monisha Jaising.

Buttoned-up shirts:Give voice to the geek in you, and opt for buttoned-up shirts, which is also an international dressing craze at the moment. This nifty way of sporting a shirt is also quite versatile. So, wear it with a pair of leggings or throw it in as a blouse for a sari. Here, a model pairs a buttoned-up shirt with a lungi designed by Aiman.

Colour-blocking: From Shivan & Narresh to Karn Malhotra — colour-blocking saw several takers this season. Up your fashion game with a riot of colours and make a nifty statement. Here is a model in a Shivan & Narresh dress.

Midis: Not too long and not too short — midis make for a comfortable attire whether it is an office meeting or a night out with friends. In the scorching heat, inject some cheer into your wardrobe with this oh-so-feminine style. Here, a model is seen in an Aartivijay Gupta midi.

Overcoats: Whether it is winter or summer — long coats have become a wardrobe must-have. This season designers like Anushree Reddy, Swati Kalsi and Sonam and Paras Modi presented the diverse way this fluid layering can be used. So, overcots will give you the trend upgrade you need. Here, a model showcases an overcoat designed by Swati Vijaivergie.

Sheer: Bundle up in style in gauzy attires as sheer is officially the flavour of the season. While Priyanka Chopra stressed on its importance by wearing a semi sheer gown to the Oscars, designers like Sahil Kochhar, Farah Sanjana and Swati and Sunaina used the material generously on the ramp. Here, a model sports a sheer shirt by designer Sahil Kochhar.

Stripes: Some trends never fail to impress the fashion folks, and stripes is one such pattern. The versatile lines have been the favourite of fashionistas since the very beginning and they continue to garner applause. This season, too, it will be used in a big way as designers can’t get enough of it. Here, a model showcases a striped dress by Amit Aggarwal.

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