Fashion trends

We suss out a report with top fashion trends that are sure to rule the coming season
– Ice-cream shades:
After a pop attack of the last season, make way for the dreamy palette of soothing ice-cream shades. “Think lilac, periwinkle, onion, marshmallow, lemon and team them with popsicle sorbet shades of tangerine, mango or apple green for an fresh winter palette,” says designer Aniket Satam. The contrast of citrusy liveliness with soft creamy shades makes this trend the coolest one.

– Capes:
The cape has redefined elite fashion — that charming Red Riding Hood sensibility, a heavy dose of practicality and a dash of super hero kapow! “There’s a lot to love about the cape, and it surely has to be a part of your wardrobe this season. With capes being designed in various length, prints, colours and fabrics, you pick what suits your best to add a stylish retro vibe,” says designer Babita Malkani.

– Exotic prints:
Adding rich, bold patterns and luscious colours to your wardrobe is a fantastic way to incorporate exotic flavour. Rainforest and cactus prints, pineapple motifs, Persian elements, fluid silhouette are the makings of exotic trend and it’s soon going to work its way into your closet this season.

– Fusion:
Teaming up Indian and western silhouettes to create a fusion is in. Wear Indian textiles in contemporary styles. Pair a zippered crop top with a classic flared gold lehenga to create a look apt for an Indian evening. Leave it simple, non-fussy and definitely try interesting head gears or fascinators to make a statement.

– Flamboyant:
Flamboyant is a trend that sees the return of 1920’s in 2015. It makes you feel both fun and free. Be prepared to shine bright this season with flamboyant prints popping up all over the place. “For evening wear the gowns have been embellished and fluffed with ruffles and glass beads with crystals to give an air of flamboyance and fun,” says designer Karn Malhotra.

– Turbans:
A rare fashion choice, these unusual hair accessories are a daring trend to follow. A handy tool for a bad hair day, a turban is an essential for a beach resort vacation. Not only does it protect your hair from the sun and keep it in place, it gives you a retro, boho chic look as well.

– Geometric grid:
Liven up our wardrobe by giving bold geometric prints a go. They are an edgy alternative to the ubiquitous floral sundress with strappy sandals and understated accessories for a simple day look. Soft hues, minimal accessories, black or nude shoes, and a solid-coloured clutch are the key essentials of this look!

– Neoprene fabric:
Neoprene is a soft, lightweight fabric traditionally used for making wetsuits, and is becoming the fashion world’s fabric darling — cropping up in outerwear, laser-cut skirts and even crop tops. “While wearing this fabric, always play with proportions and pair it with understated and unconventional elements,” says designer Shradha Murarka. For example, try teaming a boxy neoprene top with your jeans for an update on a laid-back minimal look — but don’t go too oversized. Make sure the bottom half fits and flatters your body, as this fabric gives voluminous vibe and you don’t want to look like you’re drowning in your clothes.

– Suede:
Suede has made its way back from the 70’s as the fabric in this trend is worth investing in, which can be worn year-round. The thing about suede is that it blends with any outfit, making it look retro and sophisticated; it stands on its own in head-to-toe understated glamour. Statement neckpieces with fringes, a scarf with tassels, and a quirky sling are the perfect accessories to go with suede ensembles.

– Seventies boho:
Luxe bohemian seventies is major theme this fall. Take a cue form ABBA and Daina Ross. Celebrate the luxurious nomadic details of garment. Think patch work of rich textiles and layer smartly to create a lively urban folklore inspired looks. Think brocade with embroidery, mix florals with polka, team fur jackets with diaphanous silk georgette maxi dresses. Chunky statement jewels are must as much funky sunglasses. It’s Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi glamour all the way.

– Vintage:
For the fashionable set in 2015, mixing vintage with modern designs is de rigueur in your wardrobe. Vintage fashion is wrapped in romance and old warm charm. Classy clean cuts, feminine silhouettes, solid colours, and conservative elegance pretty much defines vintage fashion. And yes, vintage is about to have a big moment this year.

– Wide bottoms:
Palazzo pants were very popular in the 1930s and then again in 60’s and were worn by rich glamourous women all over Europe. Designer Prasansha Saha suggests revamping this chic trend by pairing it with elegant Indian kurti. “Palazzo trousers are extremely easy to wear, provide balance and flatter your figure. They create an illusion of a maxi skirt while keeping the freedom of pants intact. The Indian version is versatile enough to be worn for work as well to occasions like mehendi and haldi.” Experiment with dark hues of blue and green or subtle shades of white and yellow adorned with minimal embellishment which gives an elegant and rich look.

– Cutouts:
Cutouts have ripped through the fashion and are as popular as ever. A little peek-a-boo skin gives you just the right hint of sexiness. A perfect payoff for all those killer workouts.

– Japanoise:
Japan and its influence over fashion is a big trend this season. The zen-like philosophy of minimalism and use of flora fauna and nature-inspired prints will be in vogue — try detailings like kimono sleeves, obi belts, robes in rich silks and sheer fabrics.

– Normcore:
A popular trend depicting unpretentious fashion derived from normal and hardcore. It means nothing special and advocates really casual or normal dressing yet it has style attached to it and it is about blending in or being unremarkable. Sweaters, jeans, khakis, sweatshirts, Birkenstocks and sneakers etc depict the regular normcore look.