PRINTS AND TEXTURES: Shyamal and Bhumika chose big floral motifs and abstracts embroidery while Archana Kocchar kept it really modern with small and big elephant prints and cityscapes combined with abstracts in her collection titled Chokhi. She also used golden metal embellishment to highlight the festive spirit of the collection. While Anushree Reddy chose florals for her quilted choli, it was baroque inspired motifs for Ashtha Narang.
COLOURS: The base colour of Kocchar’s ethnic and fusion collection was a flaming orange teamed with bar brown. She also infused browns and the occasional sunflower yellow for men before moving into deep maroons. At Shyamal and Bhumika, there was a predominance of red merged with blues, peaches and bottle greens. At Reddy, there was a predominance of red, although show stopper Kalki Koechlin‘s ensemble had a generous dose of green as well. Astha Narang showed a wide palette including rose reds, flesh tones matched with black; gold and yellow.
SILHOUETTES: At Kochhar, there was mullet kurtas with leggings, sarees worn over fitted trousers, fitted tunics, shirts worn with lehengas and sarees with velvet pallus. For men, there were bandhgalas and jackets. Shamal and Bhumika stuck to princess like ghagra cholis, reminiscent of the 16th century and men wore ackhans with pagdis. Kameezes with long trains and lightweight lehengas were highlights of Aushree Reddy’s collection had palazzos worn with fitted tops, palazzos with dupattas and lehengas worn with snazzy blouses.
HAIR AND MAKE UP: Hair left open with soft waves and salmon pink lips at Archana Kochhar, kohl lined eyes and messy side braid at Bhumika and Shyamal and fishtail braid and red lips at Anushree Reddy and Astha Narang.
ACCESSORIES: Braided leather sandals, golden nathnis, leather file and silk bandannas at Kochhar, velvet pagdis and ornate jewellery seen on showstopper Dia Mirza including the traditional kaan phool earrings at Bhumika and Shyamal.
- Well, what do we say? We loved the elephant print at Archana Kochhar and would recommend it to everyone who love fashion with a sense of humour and has the right attitude to pull it off!
- The cityscape prints (seen at Kochhar) is also very cool this season. Try it on T shirts.
- A really cool way of creating your own version of the modern saree is by draping a long piece of beautiful fabric like a pallu over slim trousers. It’s called the trouser saree (seen at Kochhar) and is for those who want the ethnic feel of saree without compromising on comfort.
- The other thing to do to add a touch of ethnic glamour to your Western outfits is to add a dupatta or a shawl to it. Match an embellished jumpsuit with a dupatta (seen at Narang) this festive season.
- Flesh tones go very well with black (as seen at Astha Narang). The starkness of the two colours create splendour together. The combo is great for a formal evening do.
- Bandannas add a gypsy vibe to any outfit and helps you channel the modern day traveller look. Stock up on them in multiple colours.
- The fishtail braid complements red lips beautifully (seen at Narang and Reddy). The former stands for girlish charm and the latter for power and vigour.