The cold northern air heralds onset of vibrant colours and warm clothes. TWF correspondent Sharmila Chand gives a low-down on hot fashion of the day for women. IBNS | 2 years ago

Winter is here well and good, at last. The fashion scene also moves from crispy cottons and pastel shades to the warm and bright.
This season is all about screaming neons, bold prints, long scarves, velvet jackets and sequined stoles.Back in fashion after sometime is neon- lively, chic and vivacious. Be adventurous and take a plunge into this eclectic colour, say the stylist divas.

Talking about the colour, fashion designer Anita Dongre says, "Neons are a rage this season. So colours like lime greens, hot pinks, corals, tangerine will be finding their way into most wardrobes. Even in bridal wear, most brides are steering away from the conventional reds and maroons and opting for a fresh vibrant colour palette."

Lehengas and gowns in hot pinks, lime greens and corals is going to rule the colour chart this season, creating moods and looks that range from sophisticated and structured to fun and lively.
Options like mint orange, fluorescent pinks and bright parrot greens are doing the rounds to.

The message : Lay off the subtle colours and embrace your inner child by sporting this strong and distinctive trend, say the designers.

Yellow sets a rage

Believe it or not, the word 'glowing' means 'Yellow' for the fashion rounds now. Every hue of the colour — canary, chrome, powder, buttercup, banana or pineapple — is a rage this season.

No wonder, Deepika Padukone was spotted in a chrome yellow gown, standing tall at the Marrakesh International Film Festival. So was Sonakshi Sinha, in a shimmery yellow outfit at the promotions of her latest film. To top it all, Rani Mukerji in a pineapple maxi gown at Dilip Kumar's birthday bash, recently. That seals the colour code pretty well.

Says fashion designer Jaya Misra, "A bright colour like yellow does wonders in dull and dark winters as it adds sunshine to your wardrobe. It also flatters the Indian skin tone. Count on it to lend a chirpy flavour to your look and make a statement. It will stay in trend till 2014."

Flaunt your prints

Exotic prints, loud patterns, are meant to pep up the spirits this winter. Palazzo pants and casual tops all signify a joyful trend. What is remarkable about the trend is that it blends seamlessly as casual daywear to a formal evening do.

This season's prints reflect different moods and spirits. An array of prints - quirky, floral, geometric, houndstooth or ethnic - take your pick and create a stir.

The trendy Swants

What is new and exciting is 'Swants' this winter. A buzzword, Swants stands for old sweaters recycled as pants. Girls are making them more interesting by adding some accessories to them. Fashionista Bushra is flaunting her new swants with elan. "I love to jive in them, they are so comfy and look so stylish with my wooden buttons I have added," she says.

These come in various knit patterns, basket weaves, rice stitches and even geometric shape patterns like large diamonds and inverted triangles in colourful woolly fabric. Whether these swants survive one fashion season, one has to wait and watch. Meanwhile you can just enjoy the look and the fact that they are made of old sweaters add another element.

Pop some velvet

Velvet with its old world charm is making a comeback. Ralph Lauren's harem pants are a hit this season and Christopher Kane's glamorous cut-out velvet dresses created a stir.
Blended in ethnic and fusion wear, velvet lends a royal look. A lightweight velvet in a sari kurta adds to the feminine quotient alongwith the richness that comes with velvet texture.

A gold-embroidered jacket accentuates the richness of velvet. If worn over a simple, flowy dress in a neutral shade like white or beige, it makes for a nice contrast. Remember to avoid heavy jewellery with this jacket as its rich on its own.

The ubiquitous scarf

Whatever may be in vogue, the inevitable scarf remains the mainstay on top of your winter party accessory, day or night.

While the really long ones are much sought after, the small ones look smart with fitted collard shirts. Available in several upmarket stores as well as with street side shops, they come in various colours and designs.

Solid plain colours and florals work for the day so can be teamed with denims and a white shirt. For the rage of the season, that is, the Tex-Mex look , go for Aztec prints and tribal designs that look funky. The polka dotted ones wrapped loosely around your neck lend some retro charm and if it's a formal meeting, it is advisable to wear a cream shaded scarf in houndstooth prints.For a day event, neck stole with beads and tassles look fantastic whereas for the night, a plain or print in silk looks good. The ones with sequins add that bling for the night out.

Jackets steal the show

This is an apparel you will wear day in and day out, night after night with a variety of outfits, so it is important that it flatters your shape. Length, cut, neckline, and various other details can make or break the effect. So pick the right one and be sure it accentuates your style statement.

"It's a great addition to any wardrobe," says designer Priyanka Modi.

Adds Dongre, "The traditional Indian Bandi ( Nehru Jacket) is huge this season for women as well. It's a versatile fashion piece and a beautiful raw silk bandi in trending colours like lime green or hot pink pairs well with either a lehenga, a skirt, a gown or even pallazo pants. It's a must have for this season."


Must Haves:
Designer-speak: Anita Dongre

1. A pencil skirt
2. A gold choli
3. A bandi
4 A gown with subtle minimalistic work which allows it to be toned down or teamed up with appropriate accessorising
5. An anarkali- ever so graceful and naturally alluring
6 Flared palazzos


Must Haves :
Designer-speak: Pam Mehta

a) A cool scarf or stole. Go in for one that defines you
b) A pair of tan boots
c) A cape
d)A black dress for the party season
e) Bold accessories worn in a bunch.

(Posted on 26-12-2013)