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Hot new trends from WIFW

The fall trends for the next season are a mix of bright, joyous hues and subtle, barely-there sheen.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 24, 2012 00:31 IST
Sathya Saran

Some times fashion shrugs its shoulders and shakes off a lot that it has strutted and held dear for many seasons. That of course is the fickleness of fashion, and what makes it so exciting. This week, fashion showed that it was in a mood for change, and set up some marked frontiers to show where its trends ran.

Here, from the front row, of the recently-concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, are some sure fire changes in the year ahead, when the sun once again slips down under and the chill wimps blow.

Red is the new black
Finally Indian designers have woken up to our spectrum of colour, and the blacks and greys and deep blues that they had adopted as winter colours, thanks to the West, gave way to splashes of red and fuschia. Not surprisingly, red and its shades walked along with everyone from Priyadarshini Rao, to Manish Malhotra and Anju Modi.

Tarun favoured smoky pinks, Shantanu and Nikhil went for greens and pinks, but colour was significant as a major player, the coming winter.

Comfort is primary
Tight is out, flowing and comfortable is in. While the world tightens its belt a few notches, the trend on the ramp was to advocate ease of movement and no constriction. True to type, Kallol Dutta kept his silhouettes free falling and loose, as did a host of others, from Sonam Dubal and Charu Parashar.

Exit, the sequin
Experiencing a fall from grace, the sequinned look was something seen few and far between. Embellishments were muted, and even the sequin found new expression in spectacular displays on cuff, or back, and not as an overall neon. Kavita Bhartiya used the sequin interestingly along with her dull gold and silver thread embroidered clothes, Sonam Dubal made the sequin sparkle with crystal colours, and Rim Zim burnt them to good effect. Thread work was a star in Manish Malhotra’s Kashmir motifs.

Capes galore
They’ve been around since Count Dracula, but this season showed us that capes are well on their way back into fashion. The sweep of the flying cape was evident in the collections of many designers, and we are sure to see the romance of this garment capturing many fancies.

Metals clashed on clothes
Metallic shades and embellishments were a favourite with many designers. Anand Bhushan’s beautifully structured and subtly embellished line was as eye-catching as Rim Zim Dadu’s fitted clothes with metal weaves and textures that were indeed alluring and inventive. Nupur Kanoi took the idiom suggested by metal one step further by adding shoulder plates to her androgynous doublet jackets.

Indian crafts and textiles
From the subtle weaves of Rahul Mishra’s collection of merino wool married to chanderi silks to Madhu Jain’s (who did not show on ramp ) ikkats in luxurious silk, Dev r Nil’s silk screen prints, and personalised weaves from Bengal, and James Fereirra’s Batiks, Indian weaves and crafts found place on the ramp and off it. This is not only a reason for colour and celebration, but a sign that
Indian designers are increasingly re-discovering their roots. Incidentally, velvet is out, the humble wool is back in favour with everyone from Abraham and Thakore onwards and the year end will see more of warmth than show!