While clothes make the show, sometimes it is accessories that steal it. We saw a plethora of accessories, some classic and some avant-garde, at Wills India Fashion Week – Autumn Winter 2014. Here’s a quick breakdown on the pieces that are going to be hot sellers next winter.
Move over stilettos, it’s time for flats in endless varieties. There were modified juttis with mesh details and straps at Tarun Tahiliani and wool and raffia woven flats at Paromita Banerjee that complemented their Indian silhouettes and weaves respectively. And for the sporty ones, Kallol Dutta presented his signature silhouettes with matching sneakers. Anand Bhushan’s spiked boots and Rimzim Dadu’s woven flatform shoes also caught our attention. As clothes on the runway are becoming easier and relaxed every season, it is no surprise that shoes are taking the same direction while making their own statements.
While hairstyles play an important part in the overall look of an ensemble, designers are exploring newer ways to add to the mood of their collections, and this time we saw innovative headgears take that role. Hairbands have made a permanent home at fashion weeks, in ornate forms – whether Tarun Tahiliani’s embellished black and gold ones, or parandi inspired tassled pieces at Pratima Pandey, beaded ones at Dev r Nil and minimal bands at Masaba for Satya Paul. And if you’re not into hairbands, Payal Pratap’s Orient inspired golden bun pins are just the thing for you.
Like a cherry on the cake, jewellery adds that perfect finishing touch to a garment and the runways saw a variety of adornments this season. Anupama Dayal, who is as known for her clothes as she is for her jewellery sent her ‘Kama’ models down the runway in pearl and gold matha pattis and folksy necklaces that epitomised feminine beauty. Raakesh Agarvwal’s bondage inspired chain linked cuffs and collars, on the other hand showed the dominatrix side of a woman. Anand Bhushan’s silver DNA earrings, Gaurav Jai Gupta’s terracotta necklaces and Myoho’s cloth bangles were among those that stood out.
The sports luxe trend has influenced bags too; backpacks showed up on the runways of Abraham & Thakore, Masaba for Satya Paul and Sanchita, the latter who also used faux fur on slouchy clutches. On the contrary, minaudieres and box clutches are still going strong, as seen at Nikasha and Shantanu & Nikhil’s shows. What caught our attention were the button embellished bags at Dev r Nil.
Not mere etceteras, accessories are covetable pieces that can drastically change the character of a look, so we would suggest spending some time on choosing the right ones and getting the look you desire.