Adieu To Fusion

26 Dec


Adieu to fusion

Round-up Women loved their tunics, shirt dresses and bubble skirts while men returned to skinny jeans and structured jackets. Sangeetha Devi Dundoolooks at the fashion trends of 2007


What’s in A model showcases tunic and leggings designed by Raghavendra Rathore.

Like every year, there was a lot of action and off the ramp in the fashion industry. For once, there wasn’t much disconnect between what the models showcased on the ramp and what made its way to the malls for mass consumption. 2007 saw a clear
demarcation between western and Indian lines.

As city-based designer Anand Kabra, who showed his collections at the Autum-Winter and Spring-Summer editions of Lakme India Fashion Week puts it, “No more cholis worn with skirts. Indo-western fusion has taken a backseat. There are either clear Indian clothes or western clothes. And until now, most people believed that Indian clothes would not do well without chiffons, georgettes and crepes. This year we saw more matka silks, jute silks and newer fabrics.”

Designer Deepika Govind affirms, “People are more open to new fabrics now. When you blend in two different fabrics, you arrive at a different texture that enhances your product.” Deepika has blended noil silk with spun silk, used silk-lycra, silk-tencel and mooga silk among other fabrics.

Of dresses and tunics

Ankle-length skirts in crushed cottons were replaced by structured, pleated skirts for formal wear and voluminous, bubble or balloon skirts for casual wear. “I doubt how long the bubble will last, because it looks good only on reed-thin women,” feels Anand. On the ramp and off it, A-line dresses, skirts, tunics and shirt dresses paired appropriately with leggings and denims became widely popular. So did empire waist dresses.

Dresses help women hide their flaws and can blend into formal and casual wear. If the printed dresses offset with bright collars and cuffs make for evening wear, plain cotton shirt dresses with large buttons worn on linen trousers, denims or tights are ideal for formal and semi-formal occasions. “Women have taken well to shift dresses and tunics because they can be made to suit different occasions and requirements,” says designer Kedar Maddula.


A summer dress by Shantanu and Nikhil

Along with pencil skirts and A-line skirts, slim jeans replaced boot cuts and flared bottoms.

In Indian wear, cocktail saris and Patiala salwars stood out. A baggy Patiala-meets-harem pant worn with a fitted top, like the one worn by Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met, made the rounds. Deepika Padukone and Soha Ali Khan advertised the glamour and class of the ‘70s and ‘60s in Om Shanti Om and Khoya Khoya Chand respectively but retro didn’t create ripples as much as the tunics and shift dresses did.

All that’s formal

There weren’t drastic changes for men. But thankfully, designers did not scream from rooftops about dressing up the metro-sexual or uber-sexual male. Saif Ali Khan didn’t have to flaunt pink tees and shirts. Machismo made a comeback and so did a culmination of casual and formal wear. So, it is perfectly acceptable to team formal shirts and jackets with cool pairs of denims as shown in an ad campaign of a leading brand of men’s clothing.

Shah Rukh Khan and Shreyas Talpade drew attention to bell bottoms and all-white attire of the ‘70s but in real life, bell bottoms and flared denims were shown the door. “Straight cuts and skinny jeans ruled. Ties and suspenders completed the formal look for men,” says Anand.

Rohit Bal endorsed linen for men just in time. It has dawned on Indian designers that denim is no so cool for Indian summers. Structured jackets and trousers came back in. Designers like Vikram Phadnis experimented with screen printed motifs on linen jackets. The prints were single and large rather than being scattered throughout, endorsing no-nonsense bling.


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