Fashion house Mango showcased a Fall/Winter 2009 review at their Atria mall store yesterday to illustrate the key trends of the season. Amidst a small gathering, models showed off the brand’s statements with themes like oriental, rustic charm, ‘80s club and pioneer. Based on the personal style of new brand face, Scarlett Johannson, the looks ranged from biker chic with studs and leather jackets to super glam with oversized sunglasses and suede booties.
On the surface
The cowboy staple, the fringe, is back. It decorates tan leather bags and outlines a thick black belt that can be added to a tunic top for that neo-hippie feel.
Studs also make a big comeback thanks to the ‘80s revival. Wear them on faded denim jackets or on acid wash jeans. Rhinestones also stud the side of Jackie O sunglasses.
Like it or not, leggings are here to stay. You could take the elegant route with wet- look leggings in petrol and softer tights in tan and grey, or rock a punk look with fuschia tights under a black shirt.
The winter staple — the military trench — is back. Even if the city’s sultry weather won’t let you wear one, stock up in case a sudden trip up north crops up. Satin trenches transform a day dress into front row fabulous. Preppy velvet jackets feel good, which translates into looking good. A standout piece that suit Mumbai’s version of winter is a loosely knitted wrap, folding around the body like a petal. Worn with a tank top, it’s versatile enough to wear across seasons.
Animal prints made it big on fashion runways like Lanvin and Blumarine and have now transformed into wardrobe staples. Avoid the old shades and try an artist’s palette of blues, whites and greens. If you find a classic leopard print too over-powering, an azure hue might change your mind.