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The young prophets of fashion

mumbai Updated: Dec 17, 2012 01:29 IST
Nidhi Verma

You could revamp your wardrobe by trying out unique colours predicted to be in vogue for New Year’s Eve according to students of Rachna Sansad, School of Fashion & Textile Design (SFTD), Dadar.

Fashion forecasting comprises predicting various fashion trends ranging from colours to patterns almost two years in advance. These predictions are done on the basis of past and present elements of fashion.

The forecast of 2013, which was done in 2011, are bright hues, motifs and prints for both women and men. Deep orange, brown, maroons, navy blue is the colour of the season.

According to the forecast, men are likely to be seen with a lot more of check, scarf like collar motifs and denim outfits while women will see traditional motifs, warli prints and jungle prints.

"We were keen to decide the fashion in advance and that is how the entire fashion forecasting began at the college," said Ankita Jade, student, Rachna Sansan SFTD. Another student Tasneem Raj said, "We combine past and present and make a future by looking at the taste of people and the missing elements in the current fashion."

The style mantra for these forecasters is ‘Less is more’. “Combine a plain solid colour pink or ochre dress with bling accessories such as a huge finger ring, choker or a studded bracelet that will stand out and make a simple outfit eye catchy,” explains Raj.

Students at Rachna’s conducted a survey where they observed people for their dressing, collections at malls and streets and also interviewed people about their choices. “We found that people are accepting to new colours, want new variations in patterns and motifs and trendy junk jewellery preferred to club with attires,” said Jade.

Students innovation to forecast fashion got them a place at this year’s Indian Resort Fashion Week (IRFW) at Goa. “To be a part of the fashion week as a designer was a dream come true," said Axita Patel, student These students have already predicted 2014 colour trends – that’s watery green, pink coppers and pastel neons.