Fashion trends that made us sit up and take note, and sometimes let out a little wolf-whistle too.
The Power Suit
Imagine a red carpet full of floor-sweeping frocks. Then imagine one of the most beautiful women in the world walking in with one of the most beautiful men in the world, wearing a his-and-hers pant suit. This was the effect Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had when they kick-started 2014 in their same-same Saint Laurent suits.
The women’s pant suit couldn’t have found a better launch pad than La Jolie and almost every red-carpet thereafter had at least a few of these. Solange Knowles, Beyonce’s hip little sister, even got married in a beauteous ivory pant suit.
“The women’s tux is a great and a bold option if you don’t want to be predictable in a cocktail dress. It looks powerful and stands out,” says designer Atsu Sekhose, who loves a neatly tailored sophisticate.
The Cut-out Gown
First seen on Deepika Padukone at this year’s Filmfare Awards (she wore Prabal Gurung), this scissor-loved-up frock is the stuff of naughty dreams come true.
Inspired by the trikini– a swimsuit that went through an exhaust fan — these gorgeous if risque dresses are now all the rage. There are many followers, but only an absolutely toned body can kill this look.
The Little Lace Dress
Kate Middleton’s decision to marry the to-be King of England was almost as notable as her decision to do it in an Alexander McQueen lace wedding gown. It’s been three years since but we can scarcely have enough of them Chantillys and Broderie Anglaises. There were enough gowns as the year began, but by the summer we had chopped them to far more versatile little mini dresses. Best loved on fashion’s little minx Kangana Ranaut of course.
The Crop Top
A perfect example of a style that the runway picked up from the street. Tight little tees on full skirts are now a red-carpet mainstay. Kim Kardashian is the biggest follower of this brave trend, she has an array of crop tops teamed with pencil skirts this year. Sonakshi Sinha has braved the crop top style too, and we can only say to that: very brave indeed.
Our last year’s loving for sheer dresses has only been taken one step further. We are now teaming our diaphanous dresses with giant granny-panties that are totally visible– in case you miss the point. Check Priyanka Chopra on the cover of this month’s Grazia magazine, she wears an embellished bodysuit with grandma pants. Namrata Joshipura, who designed the outfit says her collection this season has been dedicated to this style. “It’s the most sensual look for a toned body,” says the avid runner. So, why should only the brassiere cash in on the innerwear-as-outerwear trend, the chuddy wants its place in the sun too.
The most remarkable thing to come out of Indian fashion this year. Our penchant for the handloom just got a totally relevant twist with its denim avatar. Spearheaded by two genius labels– Rajesh Pratap Singh and 11.11/Cell Desgn – handmade jeans are the last word in modernism and ethical fashion. “Both khadi and denim come from historically rich contexts. This is an exciting marriage of two traditions which resonates strongly as a wearable armour of resistance towards the global mall culture. It is a symbol of the strength and beauty of the cottage industry,” says Himanshu Shani, the designer behind the 11.11/Cell Desgn label who has the weaver’s name embroidered on the pocket for a feeling of bespoke.
The Grunge Bride
The Modern Indian Bride is the gorgeous face of the new feminist wave in India. No longer are our brides coy and coquetteish. They’re now dressed in black and may not even wear a veil. Vogue India’s November cover was Lisa Haydon as a new-age bride with a sensational metallic armour by Manish Arora instead of a choli. Try Dolly ki Doli for more ideas.
“The modern bride knows herself and her body,” says designer Gavin Miguel, responsible for Kangana Ranaut’s grunge avatar in Revolver Rani. “Some brides come to choose their trousseau without their families who may intervene, they are far more open to risque silhouettes.”
The Tea Skirt
The tea skirt stops between a midi and a maxi and is the last word in femininity. Also paired with crop tops, but these are so lovely and ladylike you can wear them with just about anything – a tshirt or even a man’s shirt tucked in. It’s very 1940s and we can’t have enough of it.
It isn’t our insatiable hunger for fitness that has made us take to gym wear as chic, but a large looming reaction to excessive fashion and fashion trends. This is the public’s way of saying enough to logos and overpriced stuff, ‘normcore’ is how we’d rather be– dress as if we’re one in seven billion. Sneakers, sweaters and jackets with zippers – let’s all be those Americans we love to hate. Best showcased by the impeccably talented Sanchita Ajjampur and her faultless line of sportwear. “Sports styles have evolved from being slouchy to being more defined and stylish. We’re talking varsity jackets, leather backpacks, sporty sandals, jersey crop tops, baggy pants with tartans and stripes, sweatshirts and jumpsuits in rich fabrics,” says Ajjampur.
The Shift Blouse
This is a dressier version of the t-shirt. It’s basically a square blouse that goes with most looks and styles right from jeans to a tea skirt. They make for a wonderful and versatile investment and they promise to stick around for a few years more. “Shift blouses are the season’s go-to tops for an easy chic look. Thanks to their plush textures, varying necklines and interesting prints, it gives one a plethora of options for styling,” says Ajjampur.
The Ear Cuff
The story of the year in accessories, the ear cuff has been a real conversation-stopper. First seen on Sonam Kapoor and best seen on Huma Qureshi, the ear cuff is a one-ear piece that covers most or all of the listener and adds a bit of military style aggression in an otherwise elegant look.
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