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The hemline has gone up, the fit is more structured and designers are adding some interesting twists to skirts. Read on to check out the latest trends this season.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2010 18:58 IST
Shewta Jain

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Vividly-embroidered skirts are what designer Lina Tipnis’s Autumn-Winter (AW) collection boasts. Made of dupion fabric, her skirts are fitted and just above-the-knee. She says, "We projected raja-rani, palm trees and the Taj — a symbol on love — on these skirts. Another line of skirts has ikkat motif in 3D effects." Tipnis suggests you buy skirts in mahogany, black and a montage of colours.

Leather and wool
Yes, the two eternally favourite fabrics of designers and buyers alike take centrestage in Atsu Sekhose’s AW line. He has predicted high waisted pencil skirts as the look for the season. “Be it above-the-knee or slightly below it, the skirt has to be structured and fitted. I have done lot of floral hand embroidery on wool skirts and have used napa (sheep skin) for leather skirts.”

He has a style tip. “Whet-her you wear a skirt for a formal or casual occasion, depends on what you pair it with. What I have done is more of formal eveningwear, hence satin shirts, ties and shimmer, and black colour are part of my collection.”

You cannot go wrong in a skirt that has panels and pleats. Designer duo Alpana and Neeraj’s AW collection of skirts uses this technique coupled with origami art. The duo have used tweed fabric and dark colours such as midnight blues, ink blue, greys, etc. Skirts, according to Alpana, “have become bold and brave and not restricted to their feminine boundaries anymore.” She recommends mid-thigh length skirts even for this chilly weather, that can be worn over leggings.

Try pin-tucks
Kolkata-based designer Jyotee Khaitan has experimented with skirts embellished with the pin-tuck technique. Here, pin tucks are going in different directions using resham thread and beadwork. She says that for winters, fabrics such as silk, satin and velvet work well.