The 5 Trends to Invest in This Season, Says Fashion Curator Nishat Fatima!
1. Slouchy Suits & Trousers
The past few seasons, fashion has yo-yoed between the 70s and the 90s. Bomber jackets in nylon and florals hark to the hippie era, while an urban grunge edge brings to mind Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. But the big story this season takes its cues from the 80s. From a more formal time, though styled in a more casual avatar. Think Richard Gere from American Gigolo meets Jesse Eisenberg from The Social Network. In real terms, that’s Armani’s scene stealing suits paired with sneakers and backpacks. The suit is your investment piece, but not as you know it. Now, it’s a fluid construct, from a jacket, which falls softly to the hip, and tailored trousers that are loose at both hip and ankle.It’s in the smart casual space. Often, the footwear is sneakers. Or shoes without socks. But, this trend is not about being careless.It’s just about being a little unbuttoned.
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3. Decadent Velvet
4. Shine & Shimmer
This is not usually a trend you see on the menswear ￼￼shows, but hey, this season, men aren’t being left out of the peacock phenomenon. Metallics are huge, there are sequin-sheeted trousers, there is embroidery, there is the sheen of silk. Winter is festive and how. Silver metallic trousers are a mini trend all unto themselves, while gold frogging was the embellishment du jour on the other big trend – military jackets (more about that later). Unlike in Indian wear, where no one is afraid of shine or sequins – and embroidery is de rigueur – all of this can be rather intimidating when it comes to Western wear. So, here’s the style sheet. The most accessible way into the trend is with a silk shirt. Wear it all by itself or under a jacket. Mastered the silk shirt? Next up is the nylon bomber jacket. Or if you’re in India, throw on a bandi jacket over your shirt and trousers. Subtle shine and just so cool. Toughened it out? Leather pants, anyone?
5. Military Leanings
If you could appropriate one movie line for this season, it would be ‘May the Forces be with you’. The armed forces were a major inspiration point for designers across the fashion capitals. Military leanings and naval looks popped up time and again. The formal tie-pin dressed-up-officer look is an offshoot you may choose. Fall is serious business in the West. But in India, where the season is more a nippy morning than a freezing day, the way to embrace the trend is in its evening wear avatar. Pick a shorter jacket (waist or hip length), check that it’s got either decorative stripes, gold buttons or frogging and go ahead and pair it with a T-shirt, jacket and jeans. Et voila, you’re dressy without being too dressed up.