Sunday, March 18, 2012



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You know, I've never been one to blindly follow trends and will always stress that one must be very mindful of body type and what suits one before blindly going for whats ‘in' and whats ‘out'. Having said that, living in the fast track, we are all keen observers of the delectable outpourings from the industrial Milan headquarters, the jaw dropping ready to wear Chanel shows year after year at the Grand Palais Paris, the dramatic and out of the envelope pageantry of Alexander Mc Queen or then the ever glamorous trend guru Miuccia Prada.

• The fashion world was left speechless with the nine-metre high, 240-tonne real iceberg that was the protagonist at the Karl Lagerfeld's autumn 2010 catwalk's stunning extravaganza with fringed wool shifts, exquisite sculpted knits, crystal-edged chiffon cocktail dresses, Yeti boots and faux fur-trimmed coats (of course real fur is super passé). The handbag was the hero as usual for Chanel, with Perspex ice cube shape in that trademark quilting. This show did not disappoint after last season's gigantic French barn with a seven piece orchestra that rose behind the curtain at the Chanel Show. 


• The big rule for fashion statements is to break rules and be liberated in choices. To create trends than be a ‘wannabe' follower of fashion trends blindly. And the greatest accessory for the year -ALL YEAR- is a smile. Believe it or not this year is one of the first times the YSL campaign has the model smiling.

• COLOURS- The colours for the season seem to shout golds, oranges, pinks, salmon and neutrals.

• PATTERNS, PRINTS & EMBELLISHMENTS- Prints and inspirations are the sea which has been one of my favorite muse in fashion. It is here in a big way - with its metaphor of peace and tranquility  quiet-itude and meditative calm. Prints lean toward baroque design, abstract art motifs reminiscent of Mondrian, deep sea designs with starfish and shells, digital prints, bird prints like the pheasant, humming bird and swan prints are very much in.

 Some designers on the European runway have actually used digital pictures like landscapes or even funky wrapping paper, or then a tropical jungle into fabric prints. Ornamental Baroque design on the waist and neck with a regal feel make a comeback. Coral, starfish, shark tooth, mermaid like embellishments and embroideries are big.

• FABRICS for hot little cocktail dresses are matte satin with its sense of elegance the classic top or the veteran ‘blouse', the knee length corporate skirt.

• SILHOUTTES are soft and flowing, flirty with feminine. Details and whimsical carefree drapes are big. It's not cleavage which is on view but the new trend is the midriff. Literally reminiscent of the Sari.

• The 1920's dropwaist is big and its back and the waist is at the hip.

• The PEPLUM is back in a big way as a short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket or merely an extra overskirt flounce sewn onto, and dropping from the waist of a skirt. Suit jackets fit at the waist, but fabric is now extended beyond the waist in an overskirt. Different styles of the peplum are very now.

• Eco-friendly, sustainable fabric and organic fashion is the way fashion                                                is going.

• One trend I noticed in our own backyard is ‘Black Tie & Evening Gown' making an appearance on the wedding card. Slowly but surely the Indian Sari is beginning to compete with the ball gown at shaadis and sangeets. Meena Rohira's sangeet at the Crystal room Taj and sangeet and marriage parties at the same venue could compete with the Modus party at Valencia which I'd just returned from. 

The Cavalli and Dior gowns on the dance floor up the glamour quotient dramatically and make me realize how world fashion is fantastically foraying into India.

Nisha JamVwal for
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Anonymous said...

Fabulous tips!Am looking for changes in my wardrobe and this has given me brilliant ideas! Thanks so much.

Kris said...

Quite a good drill for women to follow- but the best part is the Chanel set up for the show

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True, fashion is very stressful, you need to follow what's in and what's out. You give me ideas for making me more fashionable.

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