Brides and brights

2013 coaxed the best out of vibrant and subtle, embellishing it with drama

Brides and brights
the year 2013 has been a roller coaster of new trends, experimentation, simplicity, comfort and strong style statements. Brights ruled the ramp with bold stripes, dramatic checks, vibrant primary colours and cool digital prints. However, if one end of the fashion spectrum dictated a strong and bold palette, the other end was subtle and sophisticated monochromatic hues, tone-on-tone textures and treatments.

Western options for women this year, varied from cool, pastel coloured linen suits paired with delicate georgette and chiffon blouses for summer to luxurious wool blends with interesting weaves and textures for winter. Exotic woven fabrics were structured into crisp jackets to pair with short skirts, long pencil skirts, wide and narrow pants or straight line shift dresses for a versatile work wardrobe. Also, experimenting with bags, heels, scarves, shawls, pins, jewellery and more kept the fashion quotient alive in everyday style!

What swept the year 2013 by surprise was when Masaba Gupta at the age of 24 took over as the youngest fashion director at Satya Paul. With an experience of just three years under her belt, Masaba created a buzz in the world of fashion.

Well known stylist Naeem Khan’s debut presentation in India was another point of debate in the Indian fashion industry. Having dressed the likes of Michelle Obama, Penelope Cruz, singer Beyonce, Khan showcased his collection for the first time at Lakme Fashion Week 2013. The Indian-born American designer presented his collection which was a melange of evening wear, cocktail dresses and ball gowns.

Having made great contribution to the fashion industry, for Ritu Kumar the Padmashri was a recognition of her incomparable work over the decades. In 2013, she launched her first line of shoes under the brand Label. The collection is typical of Kumar — uniquely Indian, vibrant, practical and affordable.

The year also celebrated designer Pallavi Jaikishan’s 42 years in the fashion fraternity. Being a well known name among Mumbai’s brides, Pallavi had every reason to celebrate her success.

Amidst the splendid grandeur, December, 2013 saw BMW India and renowned fashion designer Suneet Varma celebrating the timeless design of BMW’s immensely successfully four door sedan, the new BMW 5 series. Through this venture, Varma displayed shear elegance and sophistication.

Indian fashion, in other words, pocketed 2013 in style. Here’s to that.

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