While the knee-length anarkali suit is now history, its many versions continue to be trendsetters. In 2012, Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi introduced us to the sweeping anarkali — one that touches the ankle, accompanied by a churidar that may not be visible at all. From veteran actors such as Shabana Azmi and Madhuri Dixit to up-and-coming name Parineeti Chopra, many of the beautiful people opted for this version of the anarkali. Local darzis, too, lapped up the trend. The sweeping anarkali exudes a sense of royalty and opulence and has a global appeal.
The six metre drape was given a makeover this year. From denim saris for the beach to Mexican motifs on blouses to leather jackets instead of cholis — the sari was as modern and traditional as the wearer (and designer) wanted. Nida Mahmood, Pankaj-Nidhi, Aneeth Arora and Pia Paurro added unconventional flavours to the traditional drape and gave it a global appeal. As their sales indicate, their loyalist clientele was more than happy with the change.
Peplum refuses to go out of fashion though it’s been around for three years. It’s the black of silhouettes and has an evergreen feel and look to it — it’s flirtatious, has a slim waist fit and accentuates the curves. This year, an increasing number of Indian designers experimented with this cut, including Rahul Mishra and Namrata Joshipura. Apart from being a party favourite, this silhouette worked well for the professionals in offices.
If red lips were 2011, then 2012 was all about the pretty red dress. Amit Aggarwal, Gaurav Gupta and Nachiket Barve created many red dresses as did brands such as Diesel, Zara, Esprit and Marchesa. There’s no one reason why red was hot this year, it just seemed to be everyone’s favourite.
Jewellery for Men
IT’S not often that you find men making a statement with jewellery. But 2012 changed that. From actor Abhay Deol, who wore a giant paisley maharaja brooch-cum-armlet with a large, carved emerald and three emerald chains on the ramp, to actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who preferred a brooch and three-string pearls, men seem to be getting serious about their baubles. This year’s India International Jewellery Week had men as showstoppers. “Jewellery is very much part of the male sartorial lexicon,” says jewellery designer Hanut Singh.
from brands such as Prada and Miu Miu, and Indian designers such as Masaba Gupta, Kallol Datta and Yogesh Chaudhary to thrift stores stocking jumpsuits, dresses, scarves and shirts, there was eccentricity written all over the designs. We wore cameras, cows, headless mannequins, pacman, racing cars, horses, deers, owls and anchors in graphic print. After many years, prints were getting a fresh treatment. Geeky-boho-chic, these worked both for men and women.
There was a time when cross-border fashion made waves in Indian metros such as Delhi and Mumbai. The soft, Pakistani lawn fabric, flared full sleeves, khula pyjamas and churidars, and prints were our favourite till it reached an overkill. It didn’t help that shopkeepers and masterjis began to stitch cotton fabrics together in Pakistani suits, and not doing justice to these at all. Somewhere during the year, the Pakistani suit died a natural death.
Two years ago, the concept of jeans+leggings seemed like a revolutionary idea and most women shifted from straight fits to these skinny, stretchable ones, in various colours. Now, the idea of jeggings makes us yawn. In an era of anti-fashion and the anti-fit, the skinny jeans looks odd. The young crop of designers is bringing back ease and it’s time to fill up the wardrobe with the loose-fits, boyfriends jeans and the slouchies.
We actually like palazzos but have a problem with the cliched styling. Why must it only be paired with a plain tee tucked inside? Many celebrities have been spotted in these wondrous pants but the risk of looking like a clone makes us fold them again. It’s time to experiment with them — wear a mid-riff top or a peplum tube top. Even a long grandmotherly sweater will give the outfit some novelty.
Colour Blocked Ensembles
Last year, we overdosed on the formula of three bright colours, and pink, green, yellow and orange were clear winners. Dresses, saris, gowns and even pantsuits sported the candy colours fashion has moved on. These fads get old very easily, stink of monotony and do not have a long life. If the colour formula still excites you, try colour-blocked clutches instead.