Go for pre-stitched saris in western silhouettes over traditional drape and try shararas with straight cut kurtas over anarkalis for an innovative look during special occasions if you’re tired of the tried-and-tested, says an expert.
Designer Divya Gupta says one can break the conventionalism in fashion by opting for designs that look bold, yet traditional. From flared palazzos and shararas to opting for fabrics like chiffon and moonga silk, here are a few tips on how one can innovate with a traditional look:
* Silhouettes: The monotony of anarkalis has given way to straighter — yet detailed and modern — silhouettes teamed with the flared palazzos and skirts that accentuate the curvy Indian figure. Body hugging shararas in innovative lycra fabrics teamed with capes has become a key trend in Indian fashion. The minimalist dressing has taken over the Indian fashion industry as well with the sari becoming essentially minimalist and young — making it truly modern, yet close to its roots. The form has become non-conventional with stitched saris taking over the orthodox drape. Saris teamed with capes is also a modern take on the typical Indian wear for special occasions.
* Fabric: The extensive amalgamation of modern silhouettes with the traditional handloom fabric makes the current-day occasion wear essentially rooted in Indian heritage. Silks in varied textures and patterns are ideal for special occasions. Interesting use of lycra is gaining popularity in the sense of comfort for shararas. The silhouettes are transforming, but the fabrics largely remain conventional with silk handloom fabrics in captivating patterns. Towards the end of the year, velvet in intriguing colours will be all the rage.
* Colours: There’s a transition from bright tones to more subdued tones in the colour palette. The colours — well suited for the Indian skin tone — include sage, gold, chrome yellow, steel, burnt orange, scarlet with undertones of grey and brown. The festive season shall see deep, rich colours with muted undertones ranging from plum, teal and henna to brown. Rich, alluring colours with extensive embroidery shall be the flavour of the season.
* Accessorising and styling: A look for special occasions is incomplete without jewellery. Indian outfits radiate grandeur when teamed with polki jewellery. Long polki necklaces with studs and low buns exude regality.