Saturday, October 18, 2014

Trend report for Spring/Summer 2015

The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week's Spring/Summer 2015 collections pulsated with the beat of novelty while being an ode to summery whirlwinds.

Refreshing and breezy with a play on transparency, the season saw the return of delicate laces in a very floral atmosphere. But there were also muted, chalky tones that acted as a canvas for geometric prints, and built the easy silhouettes that comprised the unanimous choice of most designers. Here are some of the upcoming season's notable trends.

1. Sheer
The usage of sheer fabrics through layering, combined with an opaque sub-layer was a big hit. Designer Samant Chauhan displayed bright embroidery covered by the veil of a sheer layer, while Mrinalini and 'Not So Serious' by Pallavi Mohan played with basic silhouettes and colour gradation.

(L to R: Mrinalini, 'Rajputana' by Samant Chauhan, 'Not So Serious' by Pallavi Mohan)

2. Lace and net
Feminine and summery, lace and net was used in varying amounts. It was abundant in Atsu's garments, designer duo Pankaj and Nidhi used it to compliment their graphic prints, and Manish Gupta used net as a base for exquisite textured floral embroidery.

(L to R: Atsu, Pankaj and Nidhi, Manish Gupta)

3. Kaleidoscopic
A mirror-effect with prints and embellishments on the left and right halves of a garment to create a reflective, symmetrical effect featured as a prevalent trend for SS15. Saaj by Ankita displayed occultism-inspired symmetry, DevRNil employed selectively placed delicate nature patterns and Hemant and Nandita incorporated it into their weaves and embroidery.

(L to R: Hemant and Nandita, 'Saaj' by Ankita, DevRNil)

4. Floral+Geometric
An atypical representation of summer saw the juxtaposition of floral motifs against geometric repeats. Payal Pratap presented European-inspired prints and jacquards, Nida Mahmood showcased the nouveau style in her signature contrast colour choices, while Sahil Kochar showed stenciling-inspired three-dimensional cutwork.

(L to R: Payal Pratap, Sahil Kochar, Nida Mahmood)

5. Denim
Denim has been a popular international trend for SS15, and our designers too incorporated it into their collections. Rajesh Pratap Singh's entire collection was a laudation to the creators of raw denim, Pero displayed floral-embroidered denim as part of its assemblage and Raakesh Agarwal cast denim as the hero of his collection.

(L to R: Raakesh Agarwal, Pero , Rajesh Pratap Singh)

6. Easy silhouettes
This season saw designers ditching form-fitting shapes for looser, more effortless silhouettes perfectly suited to summer. Anupama Dayal layered beautiful azure tones, Sneha Arora chose to pair easy earthy pieces and Eka overlaid relaxed contours to create character in its ensembles.

(L to R: Anupamaa, Sneha Arora, Eka)

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