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You don’t need us to tell you this but we’ll still state the obvious-to be seen wearing a kurti is now considered a serious fashion faux pas.

Written by Jagmeeta Thind Joy |
January 21, 2009 1:08:58 am

After seasons of celebrating and slipping into the kurti,it’s time we told you the tunic has taken its grand place

You don’t need us to tell you this but we’ll still state the obvious – to be seen wearing a kurti is now considered a serious fashion faux pas. The ‘garment’ that made many a homemaker slip out of a suit and ‘dare’ to go dressy,the one that we women have loved for its comfort-meets-chic features is now a thing of the past. In fact,it’s buried deep down inside a basement full of trunks where all out-of-fashion trends are stowed away! But the good news is that it has been side-stepped by a smart successor. It’s the tunic. “Unlike a kurti that was shorter,the tunic is a tad longer,” designer Poonam Sood spells the difference. This season’s collection by the designer who now works out of her studio in Sector 38 brings in the tunic but in a variety of Indo-Western avatars. “I have used fabrics like georgette,crushed silk,velvets,even lurex that’s perfect for the season,” says Sood whose lineup also makes the most of this year’s favourite — A-line cuts. “When it comes to international couture,tunics have sharper cuts and boast of buttons and belts. The Indian version however makes use of fusion of embellishments,” she adds. So in come Parsi embroidery with gota,velvet yokes and sheer net sleeves and the likes. “Unlike a kurti which could only be paired with a pair of jeans or trousers,a tunic looks as pretty with tights as it does with cigarette pants,” the designer, who has in the past worked with leading fashion houses and is a trousseau specialist – tips some style advice.

Slipping into a tunic all of this summer and now the season is city-based Geetan Mejie,a homemaker and also a budding artist. “The tunic is longer which makes it easier to team with tights and churidaars,” mentions the pretty lady dressed in a white one paired with jeans and high heels. “The tunic will suit all Indian body types,” admits Mejie as she shows off her latest pick – a black A-line one with an embellished yoke. Elsewhere for Aneesa Luthra,the tunic also works well as an evening dress. “With smarter fits,it is easy to carry it off also,” admits Luthra,who slips into a purple empire line bejeweled one with sheer short sleeves for us.

And these ladies aren’t the only ones making changes in their closets. Hop across to Meena Bazaar and there are both formal as well as casual styles of tunics on the racks. “The kurti has definitely made way for the tunic. We are getting our collection specially designed for us,” mentions Manish Jain. The fabrics are a mix of satin,velvet etc with printed styles making an appearance. “Unlike kurtis which boasted of only embroidery,tunics have pin-tucks and bolder neck styles. Also the bejewelled look is in,” elaborates Jain.

But you don’t have to restrict yourself to an Indo-Western tunic. For more Western silhouettes,look through the collections by international brands like United Colors of Benetton and Esprit where the ensemble is at hand in smart styles. Ready to re-look at your wardrobe then?

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