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A time to shine

Published : 26 Sep 2019 05:39 PM | Updated : 05 Sep 2020 11:48 AM

Every year, designers are looking to spring up new surprises, a nip here and a tuck there. This season sees a surfeit of gossamer, sheer and fringe to get the party glowing era going. We round-up the trends that you need to stock up now to be on-time and on-point.

Glow worm

Buttery chanderi, gold thread and shine – what is a season’s soiree without a little shimmer? A reason why designers are still championing zari – but it’s more contemporary. Even kanjeevarams are now coming in lighter avatars. Shine in pastels helps to tone it down.

Return of prints

Asian traditional arts have found festive makeovers courtesy designers who are reviving traditions like ajrakh, kalamkari and pichwai on silk and crepes.

Sculptural accents

This season, it’s time to think interesting sculptural additions to the age-old designs. Designers are using unconventional materials like plastic-fibre pallus to asymmetrical falls. A sculptural element is a standout accent that requires little-to-no accessories.

Fringe Benefits

Looking for a fun, festive look, go for fringes. Fringe accents on sarees, blouses, dupattas, skirts and even jackets and salwars can make any look festive – almost instantaneously. When styling fringe in a saree or a dupatta, it’s advisable to contain all that volume with a smart belt for a defined waist.

Millennial update

Bold and unconventional, millennials are adding their own contemporary spin to age-old classics. If there’s one aesthetic that defines their style, it’s easy dressing – a reason why there will be a surge of pre-stitched garments in draped styles for the season. They are also body positive and a lot of styles are all about showing off their bodies.

Tradition time

Traditional weaves are going to be big this season. It’s all about creating modern-day heirlooms.

Net on net

The net is cast, thanks to many designers showcasing embroidery and metal work on tulle. Soft tulle is as much a festive staple as silk. 

Interesting blouses

Just like the saree drape, the saree blouse is in a mix too. From crop-tops to bare-all designs, to flouncy velvets and ruffles, the blouse is going to see more experimentation this season than the saree, which has gone through much iteration already.    —TNN