Designers Tell Us The Biggest And Brightest Ethnic Wear Trends We Will See This Season. Listen In
As fun as the festive season is, it can be equally stressful. It should honestly be illegal to have all these fun-filled festivities scheduled so closely. The month of October is heavy on our senses, stomachs, and wallets. Senses because of all the adrenaline-fuelled evenings and stomachs for the unlimited prasad and pandal junk food. As for our wallets, apart form festive gifting, our savings take a serious hit after we are done with festival ethnic wear shopping. It is exciting to indulge in all those fabrics, lehengas and accessories, the only time we are allowed to be so *extra*.
Having said that, it bodes well for our finances to have an idea on what to buy this festive season. This helps in us making better choices and avoid being random with our wardrobe. Fortunately, our favourite designers feel the same and have let us in on the biggest festive trends for the season. Take note, ladies!
All About The Drapes
According to ace designer Nikhil Thampi, “This festive season is all about drapes. We’ve incorporated them in stylish and functional ways in our collaborative (Indya) capsule. Flowy, cowl dupattas attached to crop tops, tops with floor-grazing cape sleeves that serve as dupattas, and drapes that extend from skirts as dupattas – it’s all about adding a dramatic drift to the silhouettes.”
His collaboration with popular ethnic wear brand Indya focuses on this idea to the T, “Effortless styling leads the way with separates to simply slip into and sashay away. Think draped dupattas attached to crop tops, one-shoulder maxi tunics, fluid short tops paired with full-bodied skirts and stunning sharara pants that are the perfect cross between traditional and new”, said Thampi.
They also have yellow lehengas, another blockbuster trend we anticipate this season!
For designer Avvantikaa S. Parwani, it’s all about romance in festive wear. “Classic ruffles are here to stay in my opinion. They’re perfect and versatile pieces that one could wear to brunch/cocktail dinner. You can pair a ruffled blouse with palazzos, sharp trousers, a pencil skirt or even a saree – that’s how easy it is to experiment with it. Plus, ruffles are statement-makers, and the use of silks and organzas, drapes and layering make it beautiful and so stylish”, said Avvantikaa and we totally agree!
There are a few brands that always make us go, “I’ll just pop into the store for a bit to check out the new collection”. Global desi is one of them! For the festive season though, “Global Desi has introduced beautiful gharara sets in varied fusion styles; sari drapes have also been incorporated in skirts, maxis and jumpsuits to give them that signature Global Desi spin. Symbolising the spirit of our beautiful country and its many colourful facets, the collection celebrates each narrative with a myriad of stunning hues such as Indigo, maroon, teal, wine, mustard, aqua, pink, aubergine, red which fits perfectly with the celebrations and upcoming festivities.”. Love!
The Prettiest Juttis
Leave all your heels in their boxes this festive season because juttis are about to shine, all the way through! The good people over at Fizzy Goblet have collaborated with Tribe for a range of charm juttis that are oh so cute!
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We also have a growing love for open back juttis. Shilpa Agarwalla, of Shilpsutra commented, “Festivals are all about colours and experimentation. juttis can be versatile yet traditional. Opt for an open-back juttis or a string lace one. With vibrant colours and embellishments, experiment your way into the footwear game”. Agreed!
Label Devnaagri has slowly but steadily grabbed attention for their elegant silhouettes in rich hues. Founders Priyanka Jain and Kavita Jain’s tip is simple, “This festive season sees deep jewel tones, ensembles in lustrous fabrics , intricate detailing , all taking it to a celebratory journey”, they said. Noted!
It is quite difficult to pin point a particular trend when it comes to jewellery. Desi women wear whatever suits their fancy and we appreciate this chaotic energy. That is why, this festive season, designer Prerna Rajpal of Amaris Jewels recommended to go green with our bling!
“Recycle and reuse your old jewels! Sit with your jeweller and revamp your old treasured jewels by adding gem stones or changing the old pearls to big pearls! Old heirloom pieces have their own charm and could make a statement with a touch of colour!”. She also gave us a styling tip,”Go bold on the colours, embrace unique colour combinations. Pair your red outfit with a pair of a green choker or a pair of gold jhumkas! Colours add a little drama to your festive look”. Fab