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Shake it like a gypsy

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 27, 2012 01:47 IST
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Flowy, low waist skirt, bustier, oxidized gold belt, hoop earrings and thick bangles — Katrina Kaif’s gypsy look in the song Mashallah from the film Ek Tha Tiger has a dash of mystery, just like the gypsies themselves. Katrina scores high on the style meter for sporting the look so sexily.

Earlier, the 60s and 70s saw fashion savvy women wear long skirts with fitted tops and vests, flowers in their hair and a dot on their forehead. This look has made a bold resurgence, with midriff baring boho chic outfits making their presence felt on the international ramp. The inspiration for Emilio Pucci Spring 2012 collection, showcased at the Milan Fashion Week 2011, was clearly gypsy.

Italian label Salvatore Ferragamo’s Fall 2012 collection too has a gypsy theme with models wearing off-shoulder blouses and dresses with flowy skirts, with hair pulled back and braided.

Closer home, the fashion gurus also have a spirited gypsy look to offer. Designer Rina Dhaka’s upcoming collection Urban Tribe captures the spirit of a modern gypsy.

“The block print gypsy skirts from Rajasthan were a rage in the 60s and 70s. French Designer Jean Paul Gaultier came up with the most popular version of the skirt in the 90s. Now, there is a revival taking place,” says Dhaka.

Katrina Kaif in a gypsy look from Ek Tha Tiger
Dhaka advises teaming up the skirt with something that shows off your midriff and shoulders. So, an off-shoulder tube, a tank top or a little backless choli or a bustier are flattering options. Even corsets and bikini tops can add a modern spin to your banjara look.

Rock the banjara look

Gypsy fashion is all about fun, relaxed casualness. Don’t make it too dressy. "If you are wearing a striking skirt with lot of colours and detailing, keep the top simple," says designer Payal Jain.

Scour the local flea markets for hoop earrings, beaded chokers and feather, wood or iron neckpieces in raw, rustic designs. You can also wear lots of oxidized gold or silver bangles in one hand. But don’t load yourself with accessories. Let one statement piece be the highlight of your look. Smoky eyes, nude lips with a dash of gloss and crystal bindis on your forehead will complete the look. You can also try sporting a big red dot on your forehead for added drama. Top it with chappals and sling a jhola.

Gypsy spirit on the ramp

At the Emilio Pucci Spring 2012 collection, showcased at theMilan Fashion Week 2011, models showed off floor length skirts teamed with midriff exposing embellished and fitted tops. Designer Rina Dhaka’s soon to be launched collection Urban Tribe too features features tubes paired with flowy skirts in sheer fabrics.