If you've spent a bomb padding up your wardrobe last year, there's good news. Fashion gurus predict that many of our favourite things from 2009 are still haute enough to flaunt in the new year. Though we'd all like to see the end of bubble-hem dresses and gladiator sandals, the future is bright for these key pieces.
They heralded the return of ’80s fashion and just don't seem to be falling off the style hotdial. Now available in faux leather and soft denim (jeggings), designer Anita Dongre attributes their popularity to "their versatility and the fact that they have replaced churi pants to be worn under kurtis. They are also lighter than jeans, which suit our climate."
First Popeye, then Aamir Khan, everybody jumped onto the cartoon T-shirt trend. Even the Zoozoos got their own tees. Designer Nachiket Barve predicts they'll be around for 2010 because "India doesn't follow seasons to a hilt and whatever people like will carry forward. Also more than half of India is under 30 years of age and these tees appeal to them."
Black nail polish
The goth look took off overnight with the success of Twilight. Everyone worth their manicure began to sport hues of midnight blue and black. Cory Walia, celebrity make-up artist advises, "The wet look is still in. Wear nail paints that look like black from a distance but reveal blue and green tones from up close.
Last year, the gladiator heels conquered every wardrobe from Manhattan to Mumbai. According to Kapil Mahtani of Tresmode shoes, the gladiator flat evolved into a heel shape and was finally blessed with a platform to make it more comfortable. "Wedge heels or hidden platforms built into stilettos make them more comfortable for women who don't want to sacrifice wearing heels. It's an architectural concept.” Mahtani also advises us to look out for shoeties, strappy heels that rise up to just above the ankle like a bootie.
While we may have laughed at fashion shoots from the '80s featuring puffy padded jackets, shoulder pads have made a comeback as the 'exaggerated shoulder.' Stylist Anahaita Adajania Shroff says, "The statement shoulder is going strong, though the take on it now is not about emphasising the shape of the shoulder but more about giving it attitude with a little structure."