Culture & tradition
Culture & tradition

A Pastel Puja Of Soft Styling

Between 'anjali' and 'adda' Durga Puja is the time when we can’t but be Fashion Divas or Don Juans no matter how drab and ordinary we are for the rest of the year. The mood this Durga Puja is bright, but in pastel shades say the designers. Fashionista Kiran Uttam Ghosh suggests you dress up in bright, happy, festive colours like coral, yellow, fuchsia, tomato red offset by neutral shades like mocha, grey etc. The clothes are simpler and pared down. The highlight is on the silhouette. The cut is shaped and structured. No sharp edges but soft and structured with the accent on the hips and the waist. “But it is not fair to suggest an uniform look for all because all body shape is not the same. Everyone should wear what suits them and highlight the area they would like to draw attention to. The cut should be shaped as far as possible,” says the lady, who completes 15 years in fashion designing. If Kiran is to be heard it’s a blend of soft fabrics with the heavier ones giving a jersey feel.
“This Puja there is going to be interesting colour stories like candy with lime,” she predicts. Drapes are going to be very much in demand and kaftans and cowls are going to get into the popular sartorial directory. Designer Arjun Agarwal too strongly recommends cowl pants this season. “Cowl trousers in voile and pure cotton are going to be very haute for both men and women,” he says. Girls go for knee length short dresses and cool hats in neutral shades for that ooh la la look. Just throw a scarf around the neck and step out to watch the pandal hoppers gasp.
Arjun prescribes vibrant colours like electric greens, sky blues, lemon yellows and reds offset with lowers in dark colours like blue, brown and black. Mix the colours, but let not the tones be too catchy or disturbing. Men can pair a long kurta with the cowl pant for a traditional dhoti look. They can team it up with a short jacket like a vest to edge it up. “Fashion is very individual now. Simple minimalistic look is in,” says the young designer setting trends himself. Just add some bold bangles, eyeliner and kajal and you are ready to rock!!
Designer Abhishek Dutta names bright pastels as colour of the season. The Western wear prêt line is unembellished with the stress on cut and style and not embroidery. The cut is streamlined and no flares and balloons this year. The Indo-Western look is not about jeans and kurtis anymore. “The kurti is still very much in vogue, but it is worn over a low crotch pant or the harem pants. There is going to be some experimentation with fishtail skirts and tops. Pant suits are new this season and look very good,” he says. Pre-stitched sarees are in demand and the print has shifted from floral to acrylic, digital and geometric patterns. No more boring checks for the men. They can switch over to foliage prints, graphics and graffiti instead of the usual floral prints they opted for when looking for a change from bold colours and checks. Guys can get ready to dress in feminine shades and get more colourful though in subdued pastel shades
Designer Tejas Gandhi suggests contrast combination in fusion, say wearing a Western top over and Indian pajama. So you can wear your shirt over a legging and layer it with a t-shit as layering is very much in this time. Textures are in with lots of colours like purples, yellows and reds. Leggings, churidars, gypsy pants are in demand. And hairstyles are out. “The trend is to get a good haircut instead”, says Tejas. So go for a cut that suits you in shoulder length. Try layers or opt for soft curls. Perms are out. “Create your own style,” he says. Remember you are not dressed right if you got your accessory wrong. So go for the right shoe, belt and bag. For the girls broad belts in solid colours are in and so are strap-shoes, sandals, ballerinas, pointed shoes and stilettos. Guys need slim belts, pointed shoes and sling bags in denim, leather and suede to look chik. Time to step out in style!