7 Biggest Fashion Trends For Summer 2016
If there’s one thing that stands out this season, it is the intelligent cultural mash-up of sartorial sensibilities that brings together the best of traditional and Western aesthetics. Comfort reigns supreme, with anti-fit and fluid silhouettes replacing the form-fitted. Indigenous textiles and techniques get a shot in the arm while tunics emerge as the new mainstays. And in spite of the whiplash-inducing trend cycles, minimalism stays at the top of its game. Whether it is a revival initiative or a commitment to sustainability, designers are veering towards clothes with a timeless appeal. We pick the best trends from Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016.
Rumble in the jungle
Fashion designers are looking to the wild for inspiration this summer; we are talking tropical twists and not leopard prints. From brightly coloured batik, geometric florals and lush blooms, to squirrels and rabbits picked straight out of a kindergarten book, wearable designs are bursting with elan.
Monochrome to the rescue
It’s time to toss that stale once-white shirt into your donation bin and invest in a pristine new one. With unique cut-outs, pleated details and layered looks trending on the runway and streets alike, there’s never been a better time to go snow-white. Let the finer details take centre stage within the blank canvas of your outfit. Sometimes the subtlest specifics make all the difference. Accessorise it right with stilettos, sunglasses, a dainty necklace and a clutch.
Sunshine on my shoulder
With the rising mercury level, we’re all set to bare our shoulders in unmatchable style. The versatility of this trend is especially exciting as it appears on shirts, crop tops, jumpsuits, dresses and even ethnic blouses. Fall under the bare-a-bit category with these numbers; forget the midriff, this is the new sexy you should be focussing on.
Call of comfort
It is hard to go wrong with the tunic, one of the hottest styles of the season. They’re comfort-oozers, minimalism lovers, and come in every size and colour, with a versatile touch. A cross between the au courant alternative to a kurti and an Indian interpretation of the dress, it’s all everyone is talking about now.
Tone it down
Light trenches in sheers, anti-fit overlays and ankle length robe coats are signature outerwears today. Spelling ease and elegance, these can be slipped on over a little summer dress for a casual Sunday stroll or spruced up with a crop-top-plus-slit-skirt combo for a party-perfect look.
Earn your stripes
Get a head start on summery stripes with hip silhouettes which ensure that you look far from boring. Show off your styling chops by stocking up on matching separates, shirt dresses, saris and twin sets to channel vacay vibes.
With a flair
Statement-making flared sleeves are back in action! With dramatic bell-sleeved numbers, you can add both volume and drama to even the simplest of get-ups.