Metallic hues to rule this winter
Gold, silver, zinc, tin, lead and mercury - these are not just the names of metals but of the hues that will be in vogue in the next autumn-winter season.
"The coming winters are not going to be dominated by the colour black this time. Metallic shades are going to be a huge hit during the season," designer Namrata Joshipura said.
She showcased her autumn-winter collection at the just concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) in Delhi. The colour palette comprised gold, silver, electric magenta and teal.
Using fabrics like satin, wool and supple leather, she crafted dresses of varied styles and designs - baggy, off shoulder, bubble - tastefully matched with fitted jackets with dramatic collars.
And she was not alone.
A brigade of designers like Rohit Bal, Suneet Verma, Manish Arora, Mandira Wirk, Ranna Gill, Kavita Bhartiya, Prashant Verma, Samant Chauhan, Monisha Jaisingh and Rohit and Rahul Gandhi incorporated shimmer and sheen for their lines.
"During summers, soft, flowing fabrics and pastel shades are the best choice. However, winters are all about less detailing and hard and solid colours like black and mid-night blue. This time a lot of metallic shades would be in vogue," explained Pradeep Hirani, owner of the retail fashion store Kimaya.
Said Sunil Sethi, CEO of Alliance Merchandising Company: "A lot of designers have used disco ball shimmer, bling and metallic colours in their autumn-winter collection. Surely metallic is going to huge in the upcoming winter season."
Incorporating metallic shades and handcrafted Gota, Bal designed corsets, armour skirts, quilted jackets, jersey dresses, ripple dresses and metallic bra boning wires to create silhouettes.
Suneet Verma's line offered Anglo-French tailcoats, British tweed waistcoats, riding breeches, applets, short-cropped cavalry jackets and sarong shirts in gold and teal shades.
Generously using silver colour and a host of traditional and modern crystal elements, Arora's innovative line has outfits like structured jackets, fitted dresses, narrow trousers and A-line skirts inspired by the shapes of knights, Samurai armours and military attires.
With the palette ranging from antique silver to subdued gold to brass and copper, Wirk crafted balloon skirts, fitted tops, and cropped jackets. Gill made pants, tops dresses, sheath dresses both fitted and figure hugging gowns and jackets.
While Bhartiya rolled out a perfect mix of dresses, tunics, skirts, gowns, and cowl pants, Prashant Verma created fitted baggy, balloon hemline and floor length dresses.
Chauhan made sheath dresses, wide swinging panel skirt dresses, elongated slim fit tunic tops over wide calf-length skirts and well tailored blazer styles combined with straight cut pants.
Jaisingh presented short denim skirts with velvet boarders, crepe shirts, shift dresses, kurti dresses, skirts, pants and jackets splendidly using metallic gold colour.
Also, designer duo Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna displayed mini dresses with hoods and upright boat necks with trendy pockets. The line also offered jerseys, zipper jackets, high-collar short jackets, tweed draped and cowl neck gingham dresses for women teamed with slacks and ankle length boots.
For men, there were quilted jackets, high sheen biker jackets and hood jackets, apart from formal suits and long jackets with zipper details. Both lines were tastefully adorned with oxidized embellishments.