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Trend-setting on the runway

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 11, 2010 01:11 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times
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One of the styles that I noticed many designers following this season on the runway was the trench coats. Many designers this time interpreted this style in their own ways and came out with different trench coat inspired dresses and even cropped jackets. I am not quite sure as to whether it was Burberry or Aquascutum that invented trench coats, but it has become a rage over the years. Both these brands are known well for their trench coats.

Invented as a raincoat, the trench coat over the years has become a style to reckon with. Several international designers have interpreted it in their own ways and have come out with their own variations. Jean Paul Gaultier’s trench coat-inspired Privé Bag with its back flaps, big pockets and buckle belt, for instance, is still a craze among style conscious ladies the world over. So watching the collections, I felt that our designers were finally beginning to think alike on the runway and some kind of a trend was emerging from the fashion week. This style was unique in a way and really stood out. After each fashion week, when I go back, my colleagues ask me, “so what trend came out this time?” I usually have no convincing answer to this. But then, if such trends emerge from fashion weeks one can then safely think that fashion trends are coming out of such events and that designers are beginning to think alike.

This is important for a growing fashion industry such as ours. Season after season who wants to see the same stuff in different colours? At least this way I see some difference on the fashion runway. If this continues to happen and if more such trends emerge from fashion weeks, the coming seasons will be more interesting than ever before.