‘You can't be melancholy in fashion because people don't respond to it.’ - Isaac Mizrahi Festive joy, community and celebration – this is where fashion is at its best and liveliest! India, has often been called ‘the land of festivals.’ As a diverse and secular nation, festivities of numerous communities are celebrated all year round – not to mention the bi-annual wedding seasons that bring with them a congratulatory spirit of their own. Autumn/Winter, being the ultimate clash between religious festivals and a flamboyant cocktail-wedding season; usually brings with it an undeniable festive flavour! This year’s seasonal favourites are sleek blazer suits, ‘bandhgalas’ for men; and for women – embellished gown-dresses, voluminous ‘gheras’, chic cocktail tops for soirees and stunning embroideries. Read on, for a low-down on the key trends, as we gear up to throw confetti in the air, in ultimate celebratory spirit!

Patch-Worked Warm & Cool Hues

 
 
Bright and bold - warm-toned hues of red, deep maroons, fuchsia, rust-orange and pink are the most prominent colour trends for A/W 2019, with accents of aqua, cobalt blue and off-white shades. Paired in a warm-toned colour scheme and colour-blocked with cool-toned accents; this trend resembles a patch-work assemblage of various colours and textures, with gold and silver surface embroideries thrown into the mix. Brands like Westside and Global Desi are key influencers for this multi-dimensional trend. Styling Cue: Adorn traditional Kundan or Polki jewellery to balance out this colourful trend.

Foil And Block Printed Silk

 
 
Striking in contrasting gold and silver, or subtle and tonal in texture – foil and block prints on deep jewel-toned silk bases ooze exuberance. This is a key Indian wear style that has firmly established itself as a festive staple in Indian occasion wear. Stunning in kurta-anarkali sets for women, and sherwanis for men - this hand-crafted or screen-printed technique also works wonders for sarees. With brands like Inddus and W as key influencers, foil and block printing are a popular and attractive choice for all occasions – be it weddings, parties or festivals! Styling cue: Opt for a bright monochromatic kurta set, with only the print in a contrast metallic finish for an editorial and high-fashion flair.

Experiments In Indo-Western Fusion

 
Indian fashion, within its own cycle, is quickly evolving to be a tour-de-force of eastern and western fusion with regards to conceptual and commercial design. Encompassing influences from western prints and stylizations, and fusing silhouettes like the sari and kurta with culottes and crop-tops; Indo-western fusion is quickly carving a lane of its own in styling and design. A niche and evolved style, combining western and Indian wear will give you a unique and creative expression – perfect for a friend’s sangeet or mehndi ceremony. Styling cue: A crisp white shirt is a versatile piece that goes with everything – wear one tucked into a lehenga skirt or a traditional sharara, and stack on the antique silver jewellery for maximum impact!

Raise A Toast To Being Cocktail-Ready

 
Get ready for bachelorettes, cocktail-soirees and Christmas parties this year with stylized gown dresses that feature subtle, feminine embellishments and sleek top-wear with off-shoulders or an asymmetric neckline, for a sophisticated profile. Crisp formal shirts, made in interesting fabrics, prints and metallic textures are ideal for men, as the top style inclinations gear towards a prominent 90s and 00s resurgence within the fashion cycle. Styling cue: Slip into sleek and solid-toned footwear – preferably made in luxe materials like satin or leather for an updated and modern look. High-spirited and un-inhibited in colour and style; celebratory fashion adds just the right amount out exuberance needed, to feel refreshed and creatively inspired! In a community and country where the opportunity for celebration, is in itself celebrated - festive fashion is an enigmatic playing field for all. Shop the celebration edit here.

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