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With the holiday season underway,here’s decoding the latest trends in resortwear.

Written by VIDYA PRABHU |
December 16, 2013 5:53:36 am

After two editions in Goa,the India Resortwear Fashion Week (IRFW) made its way to Mumbai’s shores this season. Over three days,leading designers showcased resortwear creations targetted not just towards holidaymakers,but also at fashion lovers looking to replenish their wardrobe with the latest bridge collections. While kaftans and swimsuits undoubtedly dominated the shows,one was also treated to an array of eye-catching colours,dainty silhouettes and unorthodox accessories (read: Masaba Gupta’s bold silver earrings). Here’s a look at the key trends that emerged from IRFW this year.

Bright ideas<\b>

Bold,bright colours have been dotting the runway for a while now,so it should come as no surprise that they have permeated holiday wear as well. On one hand,Pria Kataaria Puri showcased neon maxis,kaftans and palazzos with bold prints,whereas Ramona Narang chose to fashion sarongs,blouses,skirts,dresses and jumpsuits using net and lycra in bold shades. From shocking pink to peppy yellows and lime greens,both their lines had a generous dose of pop colours. If this wasn’t enough,Surily Goel showcased fiery orange swimsuits and jumpsuits and short dresses with neon green accents. Malini Ramani combined her love for gold with a dash of pink,green and red in her “Tropical Wanderlust” themed collection. Narang emphasises that her aim was to present multifunctional clothing that would act as a mood lifter. “If you are on a holiday,there’s no better option than a neon ensemble — particularly one that can easily go from beachwear in the day to partywear at night. These colours lend a happy vibe to the overall look,” she reasons.

Sheer pleasure<\b>

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This year has celebrated sheer all through and the resortwear fashion week was no exception. Layering using sheer separates is clearly here to stay and shows by young designers such as Masaba Gupta and Nishka Lulla only served to reiterate this. While Gupta worked the trend by pairing white swimsuits with jackets and body covers,Lulla’s ensembles saw her team crop tops and short skirts with sheer shrugs and longer skirts. The latter’s whimsical doodle prints and pastel colours — ranging from minty green to ice-cream sundae pink as also muted grey and lavender — gave the clothes an austere yet chic look. Lulla says that her collection for aims at offering greater wearability. “Sheer shrugs made using organza,when paired with a bralet,pave the way for a certain mystery. Resortwear needn’t be about skin show,” she adds.

Kaftan kitsch<\b>

Resortwear can hardly be complete without a kaftan and the opening show by Pria Kataaria Puri set the tone for the three-day event. Puri worked with varying lengths for the kaftan and even went on to add a belt at the back to create a cinched look. Men donned flowy kaftans as well but it was Ramani’s range of kaftans that attracted maximum attention. Particularly eye-catching were the hooded variety. “The hood is a pragmatic addition especially when you are getting tanned at the beach. At the end of the day,good resortwear is about looking and feeling good,” she explains.

Leaving a print<\b>

Nothing says bold like a man wearing a pair of printed pants. At IRFW,there was a fair share of these pants on display. Dubai-based designer Varoin Marwah even used the tie-and-dye effect for his range of men’s trousers while Archana Kochhar opted to work with an earthy colour palette. In fact,her zigzag print — that she translated onto several silhouettes,including dresses and tunics — worked well on men’s cotton pants,giving them an overall slimming effect.

The right cut<\b>

The event also saw designers offer an interesting take on swimsuits,another resortwear staple. Gupta and Kochhar chose to display white and black swimsuits respectively with cutwork on the side. Meanwhile,Ramani,the champion of all things glamorous,sent the temperatures soaring with her red and black swimsuits. However,it was her black and gold maillot — with its cleavage-revealing cutwork — that stole the show.

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