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LOOKING BACK; LOOKING AHEAD

2015 was a breeze! It was hectic too. From the preview of my summer/resort collection to designing for power women and special children as part of Set Beautiful Free, from the astounding success of my MCan fundraiser to redesigning Asilo’s couture cabanas and now working towards creating the look & feel for a Christmas event – everything’s been special.

And as we wrap this year & gravitate towards 2016 it’s time to take a look at the trends that were and at the trends to come. Trends aren’t meant to last forever — having an expiration date is built into the definition — and getting a kick out of our clothes in the moment is a good enough reason to wear them. But there was a handful of fashion trends that made it big this year that should probably show themselves out at this point.

From the 70s retro to the redux of the 80s and the 90s, 2015 was definitely all about nostalgia. Rave culture, minimalism & grunge did a shout-out from every fashion runway. From ripped jeans to the bootleg, from mineral blues to purple wines, from waistline peek-a-boos with cropped tops to the graphic black and white prints creating optical illusion – nostalgia ruled! The studded high heel killers, the super sexy ear cuffs and two finger drama rings – all made huge noise in 2015.

The story with the Indian wear wasn’t much different either. Indian fashion witnessed some much-awaited comebacks and lovely changes. Thank god the empire line Anarkali is now as extinct as the dinosaur – there was definitely an overkill of that silhouette. Of course, the more structured floor length kurtas worn over voluminous skirts or flared palazzos are a treat to the eyes. (A trend that was picked up by one and all this year was the palazzo). And who would have missed the jackets. They were adopted by one and all much like the Pakistani Kurtas. Available in different lengths they too were worn over voluminous skirts and flared palazzos. A subtle change in the right direction!

While the jackets were empowering, the low cut blouses, sheer backs and high collars seen during the year added that pinch of much-needed sensuality. The dhoti salwar, lace sheer bottoms, different appliqué work fabrics fused together on prints was a trend that took over while the cape added variety to the styling.

Out of all the hits of Indian fashion in 2015, the coup de grace was the comeback of shararas and gold tilla work. I personally feel they add opulence and a vintage feel. The delicate embroidery and embellishments are actually glamour at its best!

Now as we waft towards 2016 be ready to see the omnipresence of the happy striking orange. Moving to the playful escapism of blushed cheek rose pinks, the freshness of coral peaches, the mood sprucing buttercup yellows, the energizing and holiday spelling snorkel blues and the easy comfort of the iced coffee – the colour palette of 2016 is easy.

The trends that will continue to a reign of course are the Spanish skirts and dresses with ruffles and flounce, puffy sleeves and high collar necklines in Florals. Well! Has anyone gone wrong with the flower power?

 
Then there is sexy lace and crochet that transports us to the victorian era, graphic prints and the vibrant dye colors.

 
Shoulders will be the go-to erogenous zone for 2016. From off-the-shoulder tops to shoulder cut-outs to asymmetrical necklines, it is a standout style giving an absolute resort feel!

So girls, go ahead and embrace the trends of 2016. And whether you are a fashion chameleon slipping from gauzy little dresses that have no limits to comfortable floor length maxis or someone whose style is organic, always dress to kill. Your style should always reflect your fabulous self!

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