When fashion went boho and vintage (2011 in Retrospect)

December 16th, 2011 - 4:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Angelina Jolie New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Fashionistas made heads turn with vintage-inspired dresses and graphic prints, and models lit up the ramp in wedge heels, animal print scarves and chunky jewellery. IANS takes a look at the hot trends in 2011:

Vintage Fashion: High-waist trousers, drape-style maxis, peplum silhouettes and kaftans returned to the fashion scene with a glamorous makeover. Fashion fanatics also dressed in retro-inspired flared trousers, matched with chic tops and accessorised with animal print scarves or ribbons.

If that wasn’t enough, celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Katie Holmes, Rihanna and our own ‘desi bala’ Deepika Padukone boosted the vintage-inspired wardrobe.

Skinny jeans: Remember Madhuri Dixit or Raveena Tandon in skinny jeans and oversized tops? The style made a comeback, but of course with modifications and fresh styling.

In shades of yellow, green and purple as well as in usual blacks and whites, skinny jeans and pants made a splash this year. Designers Narendra Kumar, Shantanu and Nikhil and Asmita Marwah were instrumental in popularising the trend.

Prints: The bigger, the louder, the better! Prints became more playful and expressive than ever. From fruit prints to bold animal prints, there was a huge range, but what caught people’s fancy was digital prints, especially after it was promoted aggressively by designers Kallol Datta, Rimzim Dadu, Namrata Joshipura and Rahul Mishra through their collections on the Indian ramp.

Bright Colours: The splash of yellow, orange, cobalt blue, teal and purple livened up the fashion scene. The bold and bright colour palette kept popping up on dresses, accessories and bags.

Boho Look: The boho look or bohemian style was dominant throughout the year. If pop stars Britney Spears and Lady Gaga made style statements with it, fashion free thinkers too followed the bright colours and wild cuts merrily. Floral prints and lacy tops to fringe-trimmed bags and chunky accessories accentuated the bohemian style, originally popularised by artists in the 1960s.

Ruffles and Layers: First, ruffles and layers hit the ramp and later stretched everywhere - from big stores to flea market. Tunics, skirts over pants, layered shirts and vests became a must have for every wardrobe. What was considered the coolest look was sporting ruffled skirts with T-shirts.

Designers like Gauri and Nainika, Babita Malkani and Nandita Mahtani experimented with the style, and displayed how to get the look right.

Tassels: Sometimes a little detailing makes a garment more noticeable and this time different types of tassels were the hot choice to accentuate a design. Adorning everything - from handbags to shoes to dresses and hats - it was tassels everywhere.

Hats: The Greta Garbo look was a hit this season - the Hollywood style icon used to complete her enigmatic look with her slouch Fedora hat. And this time hats were a must - from simple, elegant to elaborate ones decorated with nets, lace and feathers set a trend.

The demand for them was boosted by the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince Williams where women made style statements with hats and other headgear in various shapes and shades.

Chunky accessories: Neon bags, chunky necklaces, bangles, earrings and belts as well as retro-inspired plastic sunglasses with thick frames, worn by Vidya Balan in “The Dirty Picture”, gave a new dimension to the stylish divas’ boho look.

Wedge Heels: Stilettos, flat chappals were very much there, but what made a woman stand out was the wedge heels. Size notwithstanding, it grabbed maximum space on the shoe racks. International designers like Fendi, Prada and Chanel made them in vogue.

They had been in the market earlier, but this time there was a huge range of variety to choose from - wedge heels were available with embellishments, cut-out details and lacework were hot picks of the season.

(Nivedita Sharma can be contacted at nivedita.s@ians.in)

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