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Boyish charm

The aviator jacket has swept the UK fashion circle this Fall. But is the trend ‘hot’ enough for India?

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 25, 2010 00:45 IST
Zofeen Maqsood

The new autumn trend, according to style forecasters in the UK, is the big and bulky aviator or flying jacket. Design houses like Burberry have pinned their success on the somewhat rugged style, which starkly contrasts femininity and masculinity. With wraparound collars, zippers, cuffs and fur lining, the jackets evoke a very unconventional glamour that is more off than sexy most times.

As the Autumn season sets in, in the West, the sale of aviator jackets has registered a rise. On Net-a-porter.com, the leather Burberry aviator jacket has sold out already. The show that catapulted the aviator trend was the Burberry show at the London Fashion Week this February. Soon, high streets all over the UK followed suit.

However, whether the trend would trickle down to tease the stubborn Indian style sensibilities is a big question. Designer Anita Dongre says, “The problem with the flying jacket trend is that, it is a complicated, fussy look and requires a set of style rules. It’s good only for women, who are slim hipped and have nice long legs. It has limitations and may not be good for mass trend.”

More punk than propah
Designer Tarana Masand says, “The trend of a big-collared, puffed jacket is a seismic shift from the soft fashion movement floating in the subcontinent at the moment. It’s a trend that requires precision proportions in dressing or else you could end up looking mannish and unmannerly.” She adds, “We are at a style juncture, where we are aiming for clothes that emphasise the waist, elongate the leg and accentuate the form. But over-sized jackets rubbishes this entire ‘look pretty’ philosophy.”

Flattering or not?
Dongre says, “It’s an eccentric style but certainly not the most flattering one. While we have been talking about the return of real clothes and the feminists would love to tone down the trolley-drolly girlie dressing, a hot favourite right now here, for a more pared down look; an aviator style jacket that is like deploying unexpected touches." It's too busy and cluttered, exactly the problems we had with the frou-frou look." Dongre finishes with some practical words, “And by the way, do we have a season to accommodate this style.”

Wear it well
Accessorise wise: With fur and zippers, it’s already a busy look so go minimal on accessories. Avoid fringy bags or fur-lined boots.

Colour Code: Don’t stray from a strict palette of black, coffee, navy and camel. Any bright colour will make you look gaudy.

Be Natural: Keep the make up natural, the look is strong and masculine do not clash with girlie details. A dash of mascara, a hint of gloss on your lips and just minimum blush on your cheeks is the look to flaunt.

Snug fit: Pair it with a snug pair of jeans or a smart pencil skirt to balance the bulky fit of the jacket. If you are top heavy, avoid a tight fit and keep the jacket unbuttoned. If your bottom is heavy, avoid skinny jeans and go for a boot cut instead.

Find the look in Delhi
12,599: S.Oliver, Get that classy look with this uber chic jacket. Available at Select Citywalk, Saket

6,999: CK, Get glam in this hooded gold jacket. Available at DLF Promenade

9,999: FCUK, Team this stylish fur-collared jacket with any colour. Available at Ambience Mall, Gurgaon