Spring-summer 2010 can be called the season of frocks. From the runway that were replete with feminine frocks in all styles, to the trendy fashionistas, frocks seemed to be the favoured summer staple for everyone. Designer Anupamaa Dayal says, “The runways of Diane Von Furstenberg and Anna Sui had chic frocks.” But with this breezy, girlie, cute-as-a-cupcake style in vogue, what came as style sore spots were some of the celebs seen following this trend in the most uflattering fashion. So as we move on to the fall season, here’s looking at some of the frocks that made heads turn, for all the wrong reasons. After all there’s a reason why we call them frocks of horror!
Basic and banal
Rani Mukherjee, trying to make the western look work for her, wore this black frock to the Fashion week in Mumbai. However designer Dev of Dev R Nil says, “Rani’s black frock is a boring style as it is a very predictable pattern. It shows that she is confused about her look and chose a safe style. Also since it’s not really structured or smartly styled, the look backfires with its absolute lack of any imagination.”
"Prachi Desai’s printed number does nothing for her frame and the camisole looks cheap. The fabric too, looks summer unfriendly. Also the print and style of the frock is hardly what a star should choose", says Dayal. Costa says, "The under bust yoke on the dress is tacky. Wonder where it is that Prachi finds these monstrosities."
Party pooper frock
Anushka Manchanda wore this candy-pink short frock this summer for a fashion brand launch. Designer Troy Costa says, “Since the frock in itself lacks any shape and definition, Anushka should have thought of her thin legs before trying such a short number. Also with those baby frills falling in a stray fashion as a front pattern adds to the woes over this frock.”
Tattered tier frock
Kangana, though a style stalwart, wore this green number some months ago in Mumbai. Dayal says, “The dress looks like an unfinished piece and is tacky. Dev adds, “With a criss-cross pattern, no definite style and a sharp hemline, it really looks as if Kangana walked in for the event sleepwalking.”
“When Amisha Patel chose a candy colour for her frock, she did get it right. But that’s where it ended,” says Costa. He further adds, “The unfinished hemline makes it look like a jumper, which had to be worn with skinnies or leggings.” Amisha sure is dressed for disaster.”
The nightdress frock
Tulip Joshi wore this super loose shirt-style frock and then tied a clashing belt over it at an event outing in Mumbai. Dayal says, “The fabric looks weird and the belt is so forced and out of place.” Dev says, “Looks like Tulip had a sleepover at a friend’s place and just dashed straight to the event in whatever she was wearing. It’s a reckless, tasteless style.”
Wear it well
Casual look: If you want to sport an easy, breezy style then go for a printed or plain frock preferably in fabrics like cotton or georgette. Keep away from anything shiny or blingy.
Formal look: Go for a frock that is slightly more fitted from the waistline. You can choose solid hues like black or navy blue. The fabric should give a formal feel, so try silk or duchess satin.
Accessorise: While it largely depends on the occasion, a pair of hoops works well with most frocks, if it’s a formal look, try pearls.