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Trend Report Fall/Winter 2017: 11 Wearable Trends from Lakme Fashion Week Winter / Festive 2017

Hey Guys

It’s the new season… and as the fashion cycle takes its turn, here’s a list of the most interesting, wearable trends that I’ve spotted at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2017… straight from the ramp!

Now you know that I’m not always the first to stay ahead of the ‘trend’ curve, but the list that I’ve put together here are things that I’d actually, possibly like to wear! So here goes…

 

TREND 1: CORSET BELTS

We’ve seen waist-cinchers make a huge come-back these last few months and this time, they’ve been taken up a notch and been paired with not just western streetwear, but luxurious Indian sarees as well! (For curvy women like us, things that help in creating a ‘slimming’ illusion is always welcome) 😉

 

Brand: Doodlage and their upcycled corset belts

 

Sonam & Paras Modi’s Ethnic Corset belts at the Lakme Fashion Week A/W 2017

 

Label by Ritu Kumar – Corseted Top

 

Masaba Gupta’s Corset belts on sarees

 

 

TREND 2: KIMONOS AND CLOAKS

 

If it was capes last festive season, it’s their more elaborate cousins that took the ramp by a storm this time! Kimono-inspired coats and cloaks were seen aplenty… especially in collections from Nikita Mhaisalkar, Sonal Verma , Sonakshi Raj and Rina Singh among others.

Brand: Eka by Rina Singh.
Kimono inspired outer layer

 

Brand: Rara Avis by Sonal Verma
Show stopper Sonal Chauhan wearing a Kimono inspired outer

 

Designer: Nikita Mhaisalkar
Model wearing a cloak with silver metallic details

 

Silver-gray winter cloak by designer Sonakshi Raaj

 

Shailesh Singhania’s Bananas cape on a saree

 

 

TREND 3: ASSYMETRICS

 

If perfect symmetry is the definition of classic, new age designers like Sonakshi Raj and Sohaya Mishra (of Chola)  decided to bend the rules in various directions.

 

Brand: Chola by Designer Sohaya Mishra

 

Designer: Sonakshi Raj

 

TREND 4: UNISEX CLOTHING

 

In my last post abount gender neutrality in fashion, I spoke about binary collections and unisex clothing and their overall implication on society… and behold! This season we saw not just one but several designers introduce ‘binary’ or unisex collections on the ramp! Most notable among them being Antar Agni, Indigene and Sayantan Sarkar.

 

Brand: Antr Agni

 

Designer: Sayantan Sarkar

 

Brand: Indigene

 

 

TREND 5: FESTIVE COATS

 

Imagine a typical sight at an open-air winter wedding in North India…

At the start of the function: Women dressed impeccably, gorgeously in the most glamourous of outfits, braving the weather with their heads (and heels) held high!

 

Few hours into the wedding: Same women, shivering and teeth clattering, trying to delicately hold shawls and light scarves so that their dress with all its cuts and designs is still visible… but trying not to die of cold!

 

Post mid-night: Same women wrapped up and blanketed in shawls that have no match with their previously glamourous attire, praying for the pundit to finish soon so they can run home n get warm.

 

Anyone who’s attended an open-air winter wedding in North India would agree that these festive coats, are much needed!!

 

Sailesh Singhania’s Banarasi festive jackets to go with sarees

 

 

TREND 6: SKIRT TROUSERS

 

Yes! You read that right! Back in the 80’s (I think) there was this huge trend in the west of wearing skirts over trousers! Well, this isn’t exactly the same, it is in fact, a much more glamorous version of it!

As seen in collections by Sonakshi Raj and Hardika Gulati, this version has beautifully constructed trousers (or jumpsuits) with a large flowing maxi-length skirt, attached only at the back. Now that’s pretty damn dramatic!

 

Designer: Sonakshi Raaj

 

Designer: Hardika Gulati

 

 

 

TREND 7: METALLICS AND METALLIC EMBROIDERY

Metallic finish on fabrics was seen aplenty this season at the Lakme fashion week. Gold and steel Metallic finishes on fabric with self-ribs like in collections by Amit Aggarwal showed us a future perfect picture… (something about them reminded me of Jetsons).

We also saw a lot of designers like Nikita Mhaisalkar, make use of metallic wire embroidery and silver embellishments that made a minimalistic yet grand statement.

 

Designer: Amit Aggarwal

 

Metallics used by designer Shweta Kapur at LFW Winter festive 2017

 

Metallic details by designer Nikita Mhaisalkar

 

Brand: Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta

 

TREND 8: RUFFLES

 

Ruffles have been in trend all this summer and they’re back this season as seen in collections by most designers at the Lakme Fashion week WF 2017. And they’re not limited to sleeves or skirts… they can be found anywhere!

 

Sanya Malhotra walks for The Meraki Project wearing a ruffled black silk skirt

 

Brand: Eka by Rina Singh

 

 

Designer Hardika Gulati’s ruffled trousers and sleeves

 

TREND 9: CAPE SLEEVES

Dramatic Cape-sleeves were seen in collections of Hardika Gulati, Sonakshi Raaj, Sonam & Paras Modi and Nachiket Barve,  which eliminate the need for a dupatta by adding that flowing drape-like effect to the outfit!

 

Designer: Sonam and Paras Modi

 

Designer: Hardika Gulati

 

Designer: Sonakshi Raj

 

TREND 10: SHEERS AND SOFT NET

Soft net and sheer is back this season in both Indian and western-wear. Be it floral embroidery  on sheer like in collections by Ritu Kumar and Manish Malhotra, or sheer lehengas with metallic highlights like those of Nachiket Barve, we’re all for see-through this season!

 

Designer: Label Ritu Kumar

 

Jacqueline Fernandez in a Sheer embroidered gown for Manish Malhotra

 

Designer: Nikita Mhaisalkar’s sheer cloak

 

Nachiket Barve’s sheer lehenags and dupattas

 

Nachiket Barve’s sheer drapes and ponchos

 

TREND 11: ART MEETS FASHION

Gaurang Shah painted relics of Ajanta & Ellora onto fabrics using Kalamkari, and Neha Agrawal showed us motifs of Madhubani on her garments! From traditional art to fun and fancy doodles… Art meeting fashion isn’t just a trend this season, it’s a phenomenon!

 

Neha Agarwal’s madhubani art motifs on dresses

 

Gaurang Shah’s Ajanta Ellora paintings on fabrics, using Kalamkari art

 

Artsy motifs and doodles from Ajay Kumar

 

 

Hope you enjoyed reading this.

Do leave a comment below and let me know which ones your favorite trends are!

 

Loads of love

Sonal

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Sonal Agrawal

Sonal is a Post Graduate in Luxury Brand Management from Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing, Florence (Italy) and has over 9 years of experience as a Brand Strategist working in the advertising industry. She has also been a Consumer Insights Miner specializing in fashion and luxury brands.

She’s a fashion enthusiast who believes in trying out and pursuing everything that catches her fancy… be it different styles or even different career choices! She went from being a brand strategist to research; to being a jewelry designer; to acting; to writing.
Loves to explore new cultures, travel, dance, eat, read and to grow younger with every passing year!

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Sonal is a Post Graduate in Luxury Brand Management from Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing, Florence (Italy) and has over 9 years of experience as a Brand Strategist working in the advertising industry.



She has also been a Consumer Insights Miner specializing in fashion and luxury brands.