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Satin set to make a comeback

That shiny, silky, soft fabric is going to be the big thing next autumn-winter - yes, we're talking of satin. Get ready to embrace the fabric that so seemlessly brings a touch of glamour but has been more in use as an inner layer for dresses and coats.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 28, 2012 19:18 IST

That shiny, silky, soft fabric is going to be the big thing next autumn-winter - yes, we're talking of satin. Get ready to embrace the fabric that so seemlessly brings a touch of glamour but has been more in use as an inner layer for dresses and coats.

The latest edition of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) saw a slew of designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Raakesh Agarvwal, Reynu Taandon, Shantanu-Nikhil, Chandrani Siingh Fllora, Charu Parashar and Monapali using satin extensively in their collections.

"Satin will be in trend as girls today want something which can add glamour to the personality. Satin speaks a lot for itself. When used properly, one doesn't need to make any extra effort to look good in a crowd," Taandon told IANS.

A satin-woven fabric tends to have high lustre due to the high number of floats on the fabric. Satin happens to be one of the most sought after fabrics for the autumn-winter season because it is moderately absorbent and holds body heat. It also has a lot of strength and doesn't tear quickly.

Designers say it could be a great option for winters as it doesn't let air pass through unlike fabrics like cotton. It also doesn't get crushed easily.

Satin saris and suits do well on occasions like marriages, festivals and family functions. The fabric is also popular as evening wear in gowns, tunic tops and skirts.

It is a designer's best friend too, says stylist Raakesh Agarwval, who finds it easy to cut the fabric into various silhouettes.

"I have always used satin. This is a fabric that is very close to my heart. I try to use it even in summers. The way it falls, its sheen and sexiness, is just amazing. You can cut it into body hugging clothes," Agarwval said.

"It is a fabric that lends itself into different styles very easily. You can do a lot with it," he added.

Designers James Ferreira and Pallavi Jaipur feel satin works best for Western garments.

"A lot of satin is used by designers because it looks chic and glamorous. Satin looks best in the form of gowns teamed up with nice accessories," said Ferreira.

Adds Jaipur: "It's a great fabric; a lot depends upon the kind of silhouettes you want to work. I have done a lot of collections in satin previously and Western garments look amazing in this fabric."

Taandon says satin looks elegant in bright colours like pink, purple and green.

Accessorising an outfit in a particular way plays an important role in enhancing its beauty and making it stand out in the crowd. So one should avoid wearing heavy jewellery with a satin dress, as that might end up giving a tacky look.

Just use one restrained piece of jewellery with a satin dress -- and you should be ready to party.