Being a fashion writer for a decade now, I have surely some take aways from the bible of fashion. One thing which I strongly believe is that you can not stay in your comfort zone for too long and you’ll want a change for sure – this is how a trend is born. I sincerely advice my readers not to randomly jump into the bandwagon of the Bollywood trend. Instead, you should try creating a self-indulgent befitting wardrobe for yourself, which is fortified to changing trends.
However, you can always take inspiration from your Desi designers, who are these days trying hard to conceive prêt-à-porter silhouettes, which aptly suit the new-age Indian woman’s requisites. Nachiket Barve’s Autumn/Winter Collection is a suggested line to check-out.
His collections are hugely inspired by the Art-Deco revolution that took place in the late 19th century in art, architecture and design. For the first time, he has included sarees to his line apart from dresses, tunics and other ethnic wears. His blouses reflect a modern spin to the typical design that we’ve been following since ages.
The designer is reputed to use his own fabrics for his garments. Nachiket had this to say,
“I love to see how a piece of fabric can enhance the charm of a garment without much being altered to it. For instance, I apply ombre dying on a white fabric and implement Japanese silhouri. The resultant transformation is joyous to behold.”
Having gone through his collections, I can just say this – Innovation which speaks femininity should be conceived in a hushful way and that fashion should always be about accessibility, wearability and reliability.
When the designer was asked about the consumption of Bollywood celeb fashion, he cited an example of dinner buffet made of wax and explained his point stating that it’s always great to look at, but it’s useless unless it is consumed.
Since the festive mood is in air and Diwali just a couple of days away, the upcoming trend will witness some bold and vibrant shades like deep magenta, blood red, cobalt, emerald, burgundy, gold and silver and not to mention with a dash of Western elements on the palette.
To create a sweeping statement, you can do some slight variation in your creativity and opt for a tunic, which is quite hot this season. An ombre-dyed or silhouri tunic can create wonders. You can match them with a pair of churidaar or leggings, whatever you’re convenient with.
You can opt this style this Diwali, if you don’t want to be overdressed as your focus would be more on Diwali decoration with rangoli and diyas and blowing crackers. You can or else go for a traditional sari. You can give a modern edge to your look by pairing your sari with a modern-cut blouse.
Now draping a sari does not necessarily mean to swathe in heavy embroidered layers. these days, you’ll easily find fusion saris from designer collections, if you’re serious about your Diwali fashion statement.
Now keeping aside the festive fashion for a while, let me come back to our quintessential wardrobe fashion. Do not get carried away with Bollywood fashion trends and try changing your wardrobe often. You can however replace a few pieces to build a detailed closet but falling for each and every current trend would never be a wise step. For instance, if you fall on the shorter side then you can not buy a maxi dress only because one of your favorite actresses had donned it.
You can always mix high street fashion with haute couture, the vintage with contemporary and so on. Here is how you can put together a mix and match look – You can borrow one of your mom’s jackets and pair it with new-age pallazo pants, funky accessories and a designer bag to maintain that sweeping statement.
I think these are a pretty good collections for the new age fashionista to have a fashionable Diwali this year without overdoing the ethnic element nor the contemporary detailing. Before blindly following celebrity fashion, listen to yourself and go with your instincts. Always remember nobody understands your body better than you do, so don’t just fall for aping trends.
What should be your wardrobe essentials?
- A well-fitted blue jeans
- a white shirt
- a handloom sari
- a cocktail dress
- a statement bag
- a good pair of sunglasses
- and some good pairs of foot wears such as pumps, platform sandals, sneakers, sandals, stilettos and flats.
Let your clothes in wardrobe spell a meaning – a reason especially why you wear them, as they reveal a lot about your personality.
Hope you found this post useful!