The end of a fashion week and a celebrity spotting in new trends leaves behind a certain urgency to update one’s sense of style. Today’s new generation Indians prefer comfort and fit over heavy, cumbersome old school occasion wear. Occasion wear is all about individual taste but in recent years there has been a tilt towards lighter and more structured styles. We bring you the the season’s trends in Gown Designs that can go straight from the runway into your wardrobe.
1. Focus on Fabrics, Textures and Silhouettes rather than Embellishments
Gaurang Shah’s LFW 2016 show was a detour from his previous collections of primarily ornate saris. This time around, his collection included 28 gowns that took precedence. Each gown had three saris tailored together. Gaurang’s weavers used 120 count fine khadi and the tree of life was woven using jamdani technique. The palette ranged from mild yellow and mint green to deeper hues. The gowns are bereft of embellishments, with the jamdani weave doing all the talking. From Mughal floral motifs to paithani designs, there was a combination of elements. The gowns echoed a vintage theme. The gowns were all made from khadi-jamdani saris. Take cues from this collection an opt for an embellishment-free gown with focus on silhouettes, textile and weaving techniques. By respecting centuries of tradition and heritage, while embracing modernity you can make a powerful statement with your outfits.
2. Cape Gowns and Cut-Outs are the New Gown Designs to Try
Manish Malhotra showed a collection of dreamy and glamorous gowns. Starting with soothing pastel hues and ending with earth blues and greens, the gowns combined traditional Indian silhouettes with contemporary elements. These are signature Manish Malhotra, just the way we like it – whimsical and absolutely wonderful! The organza, tussar, crepe creations, embellished with tone-on-tone thread embroidery, sequins and delicate sequin flowers, are perfect for evening parties, cocktail parties and Wedding Receptions. Take cues from these gown designs by experimenting with the cuts. Try cut-outs, mid-riff cuts, off-shoulders, one-shoulders and deep V-Necks.Like Jaqueline Fernandez, try a cape gown, a gown that comes with a detachable cape! Also try experimenting with various lengths of the cape.
3. Saree Gown Designs
Sonam Kapoor opted for a white saree inspired gowngown for her red carpet appearance at the Cannes Film Festival 2016. It was a caped and embroidered saree inspired gown designed by Ralph & Russo. We love the jersey in the top portion and the cold shoulders, which lends a very modern and sporty vibe to a traditional embroidered half cape saree inspired gown. The half way cape started from the right shoulder and had an extension from the left waist.The saree gown has a lot of volume, and yet it is controlled and figure hugging. Sonam Kapoor has always tried mixing Indian elements in her outfits at Cannes. We have seen her in saree inspired gowns at earlier appearances too and this year was no different.
4. Jacketed Gown Designs
Gowns paired with long flowing jackets is trending this season. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan too sported a heavily embellished floor-sweeping, golden-brown coloured bandhgala jacket with a gown at Cannes 2016. The look spells royalty, regal and grandeur and is a must have pick for brides at their wedding reception. For others, who want to try this look can skip the heavy embellishments and opt for this look in lighter fabrics.
5. Drape Gowns
Try gowns that have drapes which are strategically placed to make you look slim and svelte. This style takes its inspiration from couture with a focus on wear-ability, bringing luxe designs into everyday lives and closets. Drape gowns are the best way to camouflage the problem areas of the body. An additional tip is to stay away from nude shades and go for deeper tones instead. These gowns are made with soft light-weight fabrics, so it’s flowy and elegant. If you have a good figure, try experimenting with some bold cuts. Drape Gowns with one shoulder or sleeveless look and the pleats falling near the waistline can present an ideal ensemble even for occassions and parties.
Hope we managed to inspire you! 🙂