Designer Pia Pauro travelled to Greece, fell so deeply in love with the blue sea and white homes, that she made a collection inspired by the country. Pia Pauro’s collection at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2013 was mostly blue and white with a touch of gold and bright colours. Her prints were “Mykonous” and “Olympia” with fish motifs and gold thread embroidery. The very long and short dresses and tunics had cute turquoise bikinis peeping through, making the ensembles perfect for vacation in Goa, Greece or St. Tropez. Resort wear is always fun, though this collection could have been more fun with a few more interesting pieces. Too bad I’m not going anywhere! I want to carry those large beach bags.
What to Expect- Humour and Sports
Remember the jogging suits from the 1980s? I owned a couple of them, and this season they’re getting a 21st century update with a touch of humour, thanks to Lacoste Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista has updated the brand’s eighties’ jogging suits.
So where’s the humour? For starters, you can’t miss the fanny packs he’s added (quite tongue-in-cheek), and the matchy-matchy shirts and pants (thankfully not the oversized fits).
Then there’s the capsule collection of polo shirts for men and women that will feature the brand’s iconic elements like tennis balls, rackets and courts—all very Wimbledon-y! You’d wish you played tennis…
The element of fun
There’s a little bit of fun in the entire collection, like the graphic and geometric prints in yellow, orange and other spring colours; and mixing of navy, red, electric blue and dark orange with lighter tones for contrasts.
The soothing look
Spring/ Summer 2013 is largely about neons and bright colours, so the Lacoste idea of pure white separates with pearly greys, pale yellows and light blues would be a sight for seeing-too-much-bright eyes. And the easy silhouettes indicate comfortable luxury that will hopefully make our summer a more relaxed one.
Trend repeats- from earlier seasons
Yup, colour blocking was still around this season, appearing on dresses, separates and even swimwear.
Below: Bric a block tunic dress from French Connection
What’s in store: This trend is likely to continue into AW 2012-13, though with darker tones and stronger contrasts.
Call them abstract florals or forest prints- the tropics have been spotted on ramps and high street recently.
Below: Skirt from Zara
What’s in store: Wait till next year for them to make an exit. (Or not!)
Trend misses- made it on the ramps, but not on high street
Sporty casual wear
Almost every fashion magazine wrote about sports-influenced separates and managed to put together editorial shoots based on the sports theme. While sportswear brands like Puma, Reebok and casual brands like Levi’s and Energie may have had the right separates for the look, most of high street missed out on this.
Below: Women’s Move long graphic tank top from Puma
The twenties were a high fashion trend this season (Gucci and Ralph Lauren). But flapper styles- drop waist dresses, straight silhouettes, neutral tones and jersey fabrics- were almost nowhere in the malls. Did you see anyone dressed remotely like a flapper?
Tribal prints were seen in several high fashion collections such as Burberry, but they didn’t catch the fancy of the high street folks.
Autumn/Winter 2012-13 trend predictions:
Lace all over, lace inserts, lace detailing and even some kinky/ fetishtic looks with lace.
Below: Lace dress from Mango.
Tropical prints and abstract florals ruled over the pretty delicate florals of the past few summers. Expect head-to-toe prints coming season, especially Baroque styles.
What are your fashion predictions for A/W 2012?
Where to buy linen:
- A number of high- street fashion brands have included linen in their summer 2012 collection. For men, the top choices are Tommy Hilfiger, Zodiac, Allen Solly and French Connection. I loved the delicious colours in Tommy Hilfiger’s menswear collection.
Solid linen shirt from Tommy Hilfiger
- Women can check out linen tops and tunics at AND and Allen Solly. Again, there’s a good choice in colours though styles are limited.
White and navy linen dress from AND.
- Alternately, you can buy linen fabric that you like, and get it tailored into fabulous jackets and trousers. Siyaram’s just-launched Royale Linen collection (with Manish Malhotra) offers high quality linen in a range of patterns, colours and textures.
Linen buying tips:
- Linen shirts mostly have looser fits, especially for men. So men may need to buy a size smaller than the usual. I learnt this the hard way when I bought a Tommy Hilfiger linen shirt as a gift for a friend.
- Opt for shirts, jackets and trousers that are close to linen’s natural shades such as ivory, ecru and grey if you want a classy look.
Arklow Washed Linen shirt from French Connection.
How to wear:
- My favourite formula to wear linen- Linen shirt + chinos = Smart and sexy!
- Skip the jeans if you can. Denim makes you feel warm, which is the opposite of what you want to be in this weather.
- Wear beige or white linen jackets with pastel shirts or blouses.
- If you want to wear an all-linen outfit, then pair coloured linen shirts with neutral linen pants (white, gray or beige). Pure white linen shirts go with all colours, from indigo to tan.
Ultimate linen inspiration
Shah Rukh Khan in Don 2! Loved the linen jacket.
Ladies, I’ve just coined a simple term to remember the hot trends for this summer: the 4Ps (not to be confused with the 4Ps of marketing!).
And the 4Ps for summer 2012 fashion are
- Printed pants
Now, repeat the 4Ps over and over again till you know the list by heart.
In this post, I’ve highlighted the first two trends (or Ps): pleats and peplums.
Trend 1: Pleats
Pleats this summer are all in the skirts! Long or short, bright or pastels, regular hemline or asymmetrical, wear pleated skirts with grace. The other day I saw a woman wearing a maxi pleated skirt that was transparent below the knee, and it didn’t look as funny as it sounds. Really!
How to wear: Wear a bright pleated skirt with neutral or printed blouse.
Chic tip: While accordion pleated skirts are hot right now, they may be fashionably far-fetched from some. You could opt for a formal box pleated skirt or a pleated dress instead.
Skirt from Mango
Skirt from United Colors of Benetton
Dress from French Connection
Trend 2: Peplums
Peplums came in to serious public view after Michelle Williams wore a peplum gown to the Academy Awards in February, and Kate Middleton has been spotted at least a couple times in peplum-ed outfits.
So what is a peplum? It’s a strip of pleated, gathered or flared fabric that is attached to the waist line of a skirt, dress, jacket or top. It could even be an overskirt of sorts.
How to wear: Wear a peplum on a dress or skirt that ends at the knee or just below. When wearing a solid dress or skirt, wear classic jewellery.
Chic tip: A peplum can be unflattering if you got zero curves around the waist and hip area- so wear with caution. Also, choose a peplum dress or skirt that is sleek and sculptured rather than slouchy or loose.
Dotty peplum dress from Fever London (available on Rock.in)
Zara skirt with frill
What’s your choice among the pleats and peplums?
Coming soon: The other 2Ps- pastels and printed pants!
Were you surprised to see the Mango Spring/ Summer 2012 ad featuring Kate Moss on TV? It’s probably the first time I saw an international fashion brand advertise on Indian television. In the advert (called the “Spy Game” commercial), Kate Moss slips into a variety of looks, from casual to party.
Do any of you remember seeing ads by competing international brands earlier? Probably not.
Also, if you’ve noticed the Mango website recently, they’ve opened shopping for Indian users though shipping costs are high for orders below Rs 5000. And oh, the folks at Mango have recently roped in the agency OMD India for media buying and planning across traditional and online media.
All this is good news, of course! Because it means the Spanish brand Mango is getting very serious about expanding in India and making it big in the country.
So we get better collections, more variety and hopefully a better shopping experience (online and offline). And the best part—the competition will up the ante as well. I’m waiting for Zara (another Spanish brand) to come up with an answer!
Best looks from Day 1 at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012:
“Frou-Frou” was wearable, practical and minimalistic. Loved the menswear inspiration (structured shirt) combined with the feminine touch (polka dots, sheer fabrics). I got inspired by the mix-and-match styling as well.
Fluid floating drapes, multiple layers, ombre effects and digital prints on jersey and silk organza. When you wear this, keep your makeup all dark, and you would look goth!
Tie-and-dye and bandhini on a single fabric, for very wearable skirts, tops, swirling maxis and blouses. A drape here, a fold there, a tuck in there- good construction!
Ahh, the prints. Warning: for the quirky fashionistas only!
Accessory of the day
Headgear at Shivan-Narresh.
Beauty look of the day
Sky-high updos at James Ferreira.
Crazy but interesting looks
An interpretation of Tibetan attire with use of silk, wool, patchwork and floral patterns. Most interesting bits: baubles of wool, exotic head gear and 3D flowers. (Umm… not sure if the model could see through that).
SoFake by Sapna Bhavnani and Sukriti Grover
Don’t get taken aback by the “Gaga” look. You could wear the garments as separates for a saner look. 🙂
On my wishlist
Jumpsuits: James Ferreira, Drashta
Swimsuit: Shivan-Narresh (when I get into shape)
Special moment of the day
James Ferreira bringing his entire team on the ramp. Not too many designers acknowledge and thank their karigars and creative teams.
Customary Bollywood appearance of the day
There were more than a couple of celebs walking the ramp. My fave: hottie Prateik for Masaba Gupta. But why is he wearing baby pink shoes?
Fashion lovers, Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2012 kicks off today! Here are the shows I’m excited about:
Gen Next show: Every season, LFW kicks off with the Gen Next show. It’s always interesting to watch India’s young fashion talent present their first collections. Looking forward to it! The Gen Next designers are Archana Rao, Shikha Grover & Vinita Adhikare, Manoj Kumar & Vinod Bhardwaj, Tanya Sharma, Megha Garg, Yogesh Chaudhary and Prashant Kumar.
Below: Shashank and Prajwal, Gen Next show at LFW W/F 2011
SoFake by Sapna Bhavnani and Sukriti Grover: Sapna and Sukriti’s first collection for SoFake emphasizes on classic cuts, strong structured shapes and the use of basic colours “black, grey and white” that can be paired with anything. Their inspiration? Kathakali and the British Raj!
Shivan – Narresh: Shivan and Narresh are best known for their resort wear. Since I’m already in the process of getting into shape this summer, I’m looking forward to their swim suits. 😉
Below: Shivan-Narresh at LFW S/R 2011
James Ferreira: He is known as a “master draper and cutter” and returns to the Mumbai fashion scene after a gap of five years. James will present “Save the Air” that is dedicated to Mumbai, and hopes to bring around awareness for the quality of air we breathe.
Which show are you looking forward to today?
I last saw men and women wearing loafers in the last 1980s, or maybe the early 1990s. The most common ones I remember seeing were brown with little tassles. And then, those shoes disappeared.
But now, they’re in almost every good shoe store in town. I was extremely sceptical about them, but they seem to be THE SHOES for the season. Here’s why:
Reason 1: They are comfy. I’m not used to “closed” shoes being a Mumbai gal, so I wasn’t sure if I would be comfy in them. I tried on this pair at Tresmode, and they were super comfy. In fact, they seemed tailormade for my feet. 🙂
Below: Newbuck loafers from Tresmode (for women)
Reason 2: This season, loafers (also called “slip-ons”) are available in a mindboggling range of styles and colours for both men and women. Loafers can be simple slip-on shoes, with minimum or no detailing or it could have a fancy buckle or faux laces.
Below: Mockk from Steve Madden (for women)
Reason 3: You can wear them almost everywhere! I wear my Charles & Keith loafers to movies, meetings, dinners and to run errands.
Below: Loafers from Charles & Keith (for women)
Reason 4: They are great for both cold and warm weather. While I wouldn’t recommend loafers for summer, I don’t find them making my feet too sweaty in the current Mumbai weather. In Delhi recently, I wore my loafers with socks.
Below: Loafers from Carlton London (f0r men), available on BeStylish.com
Reason 5: Loafers are chic! End of discussion! 😉
Do you have your pair of loafers yet?
Highlights of Day 5 at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 in Delhi:
From nature-inspired prints to geometric and the increasingly-popular digital prints, the mind-boggling range of prints have got us excited for next year’s summer already!
Below: Rajdeep Ranawat, Vineet Bahl, Geisha by Paras & Shalini
Drapes are feminine, flattering and can be sexy. Ruches, ruffles, gathers and more—you can never run out of ways to wear them.
Below: Amit GT, Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna, Rehane
Subtle is sweet
The fashion scene today reflects the urge to grab five seconds of fame with statement accessories, plunging necklines and rising hemlines. So it was refreshing to see subtlety on the ramp in a country obsessed with larger-than-life style. The subtle looks meant delicate accessories and lighter or no embellishments.
Below: Rehane, Geisha by Paras & Shalini, Vineet Bahl
Contrasting looks of the day
The sweet, understated, modern Indian woman at Virtues.
Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna’s diva from the future—bold and adventurous.
Accessory of the day
There’s a feather is Rajdeep Ranawat’s hat! Cute!