From change in seasons to festivities and parties, there are plenty of excuses to revamp one’s closet and while we say so, it is hard to miss out on how our fashion choices are constantly driven by films and fashion weeks. 2019, as a year in fashion gave us the best of 3 worlds – the PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE of fashion.
Transient and ever-changing in nature, the fashion month has officially come to an end with fashion weeks giving us some serious goals into what’s in store for us in 2020. India’s esteemed fashion body – The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) in collaboration with Lotus Make-Up recently concluded the Spring/ Summer 2020 Edition of India Fashion Week bringing on-board a perfect blend of Indian textiles, crafts and silhouettes along with what’s trending internationally.
From delicate florals and soft pastels that exude “Minimalism” to loud prints and extravagant ruffles that shout “Maximalism”, hold your heart as we reveal 2020’s top 5 Spring/Summer Fashion Trends.
Are the ruffles here to stay? While few of us may dislike this retro trend, it’s difficult to miss how this vintage trend is making its way back to every designer’s collection some or the other way through the years. Designer Nithya Reddy gave this trend a modern update by showcasing ruffled dresses in soft summer hues of blush pink, sunshine yellow and powder blue. With intricate detailing on the sleeve and necklines, the ensembles will remind you of a bright sunny day brunch or an evening tea party. Divya Reddy on the other hand, unveiled an ornate collection of ruffled crop tops, lehengas and gowns in pista green, mustard, turquoise blue and white will sweep you off your feet when adorned for a cocktail party.
FDCI India Fashion Week’s runway witnessed this trend in the collections of Ragini Ahuja, Pratima Pandey, Nidhi Yasha, Parul and Aishe, Shruti Sancheti and Mahima Mahajan. From being fashioned as structured co-ord sets in Ragini Ahuja’s collection to taking the form of an evening gown with floral applique detailing and a long trail as seen in Samant Chauhan’s collection, this effervescent fashion trend is the essence of Spring/Summer season. Also, the dainty floral embroidered kurta sets in subtle hues of rose pink and peach like in Shruti Sancheti’s collection will make a perfect addition to your trousseau if you are dreaming of a summer wedding.
From metallics and mirror work to sequins and shimmer, 2020 is going to exude bling to a different level. Yogita Kadam at the FDCI India Fashion Week showcased an eccentric collection of statement making dresses with intricate mirror work detailing that were teamed with a trendy ruffled cape. The designer also gave the traditional lehenga choli a millennial twist by replacing the blouse with a shimmery crop top and organza cover up. While Yogita Kadam’s collection offered elegant drapes to adorn for festivities, Rimzim Dadu’s collection of ensembles with metallic drapes targeted those who are not afraid to sport a bold look. Suneet Varma, on the other hand modernized this trend with his collection of high-on bling shimmery lehenga cholis with peplums and plunging necklines for the millennial Indian bride.
● LOUD PRINTS AND BOLD COLORS
Believe it or not 2019 has been a year of choosing your style- be it minimalism and maximalism, bold colours or soft pastels you wear what catches your fancy. 2020 will bring in fashion that is avant-garde, chic and inspired from cultures and traditions from across the world. Love experimenting new styles? Be it gowns with Korean pop-culture inspired prints as seen in Shivan and Narresh’s collection- “Seoul Series”, Manish Arora’s skirts from his “Glow in the Dark” collection, neon jacket dresses like in Rajesh Pratap Singh’s collection or Wendell Rodrick’s tribal collection, the runway saw styles that were extravagant and dandy.
● FASHION WITH AN IMPACT
From Nidhika Shekhar’s “The Red Phase” collection that entailed asymmetrical dresses and coord sets in deep red inspired from the women’s menstrual cycle to Nitin Bal Chauhan’s collection “Dementia” that revealed the inner working of the brain during a mental breakdown, these designers worked on creating an impact in society by using fashion as a tool. If you are an advocate of mental health and social work, opt for these ensembles to create awareness and educate the people around you for what’s right.
FDCI’s Spring/Summer India Fashion Week 2020 showcased that trends will come and go but what remains will be detailing and intricacy. Bring these trends into your wardrobe before anyone else; how about cocktail parties and new year’s party ?