Every edition of Lakme Fashion Week gives the fashion-conscious a peek into the trends that go on to become the flavour of the season.
This year, too, the five-day event saw designers — emerging and established — experiment with diverse fabrics and elements to create style statements.
Here, we round up the top 10 trends that are sure to make a splash this season.
Use it for a top or to create a dupatta — no matter how you utilise it, your wardrobe must have something in velvet this season. The luxurious fabric became the muse for several designers, who showcased interesting ways of wearing it.
Gender-bending fashion has been hot for a while now. Clearly, the fashion world can’t get enough of it. While Rajesh Pratap Singh used short salwars as pants for his pantsuits, Ashish N Soni opted for a geek-chic look to present his version of the trend.
Fringe, as an element, is known for its versatility. Its beauty lies in its softness, and that’s what several designers employed in their collections. It was not just on skirts as trims, but it also accentuated jackets and tops.
Initially considered a more experimental fabric, mesh has, over the years, gained the acceptance of fashionistas. Mesh separates are primed to be the new sheer this season, as they can be used for jackets, skirts, tops, etc.
Designers often experiment with sari blouses and the drape. One statement that made heads turn this season was teaming a sari with a blazer. Aartivijay Gupta, Bina Rao and Ka Sha, among other designers, opted to showcase this trend.
Polka dots are known to be a casual staple. But it is now gaining prominence as a formal pattern. In fact, designers are increasingly using it for Indian wear. Even though some consider polka dots a print best suited for kids, with these desi variations, adults too might have some thinking to do.
Get your bling on. Designers feel that metallic elements will gain popularity this year. Kallol Datta, Wendell Rodricks and Manish Malhotra, among others, opted for them in their collections. This is a trend upgrade you need.
Old-world charm dominated the ramp, with models showcasing outfits with Colonial-style collars. Several designers, including Nimish Shah and Preeti Verma, used ruff-inspired collars on a variety of tops.
Pleated skirts are timeless. This time, they were more popular than ever on the ramp. From Ritu Kumar to Sanjay Garg — several designers showcased pleated skirts as part of their collections.
Robes are not limited to your bathroom anymore. The style is increasingly being used for dresses. Seems like the wrap-around trend will dominate the season, with several variations coming up on the fashion block.