6 30 pm. Certain clothes just make you feel happy. They touch the right chords and give you access to the ‘happy bubble.’Aneeth Arora’s clothes have that effect on me. Wish every designer made such simple, beautiful, wearable clothes. Clothes that have ‘çute’written in capital letters all over them. The models for her show sat on the ramp and carried lovely yellow chrysanthemums that eventually landed on some of the audience members’ laps. The colour palette of the collection comprised whites, blues and splashes of yellows and the fabrics used was mostly cotton. There were frilly sundresses, roomy cotton trousers with the trademark blue Lungi prints, denim jackets, ripped jeans worn with layered tops and gingham jackets and trousers with lace trimmings, which particularly caught our eye. The accessories ranged from cutesy straw hats to bandanas and the models wore comfortable white ballet flats for a laid back, chic look.

Trend alert: Pretty, frilly dresses in breathable fabric for an ultra feminine look coupled with ballet flats in the same colour. If you’re camping out, or just doing a picnic with a bunch of friends, use straw hats to shield the sun and add an element of fun to the look. Alternately, use broad bandannas. The ripped jeans is the strongest bottomwear trend of the year. Wear it to college or even a day outdoors. And comfy cotton pants in vibrant prints, checks or interesting patterns will perk up your moody on a gloomy day. Don’t let go of them.

7 pm: Vineet Bahl’s collection was inspired by his trip to Marrakesh and a royal haveli there that took 20 year to get made. Cottons, silks, handwoven Maheshwari and Chanderi brought out the languid nature of Indian wear. His Indian line, comprising of anarkalis, had lots of layers. It almost seemed like wearing an anarkali kurta over a ghagra. They were mostly in pristine whites with gorgeous red, navy and black borders. There was a floral print story coupled with sheer whites and I also spotted an interesting all-white neon piece with a patch on neon orange. An intricately embroidered ghagra worn with a peplum choli was my favourite.

Trend alert: If you want to go completely Indian, remember nothing complemets it better than a delicate maang tika. Wear with with a messy bun, like the models in Vineet’s show, to a friend’s wedding perhaps, or even Ethnic Day at work.  Also, volume inducing layers add drama to Indian wear. Still confused about what to wear to a friend’s sangeet? Wear an anarkali that ends in cascading layers.

 

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