Blame it on the party season but sequin seems to be the hottest trend at the moment. A shining disco ball has never been so much in demand in the last two decades! Spinning out of control, these little glittering orbs have popped up on not only clothes but also accessories all the year round. Worn in the right measure, its super glamorous.
On the runway and off it, lace has been all over the place, making it one of the top trends this year. Lacy tops, dresses, skirts and accessories were spotted from brunches to barbecues. 85 Lansdowne partner and fashionista Shalini Nopany attributes the love affair with lace to the femininity factor. Louis Vuitton and Alberta Ferretti do the best lace, says she.
This year pumps booted out their strappy counterparts. The only brand that comes to mind when thinking of these classic chic heels is Christian Louboutin, who single-handedly brought pumps back in the 1990s. The most posh pumps today are made by Jimmy Choo, YSL, Lanvin and Louis Vuitton. Closer home, Aldo does a great job. I love pumps stilettos for the classic look or wedge heels for a touch of funk. Steve Madden and Miu Miu are my favourites for their fun fluorescent pumps, says designer Komal Sood.
The famous Bengali eyes went smoky this year because we finally realised this one make-up trick could transform a girl-next-door into a sexy style queen. The cue came from Bong beauties Rani Mukerji, Bipasha Basu and our very own Paoli Dam (above). Plus, the important catwalks like Gucci, Chanel and Roberto Cavalli.
Wanted: The Christian Dior smoky-eye kit!
Blue became boring as fabulous acid tones painted the town red. International celeb followers of the trend included Hilary Duff, Victoria Beckham, Fergie, Jada Pinkett Smith. Closer home, Katrina Kaif (above), Sonakshi Sinha, Deepika Padukone and Neha Dhupia couldnt get enough of the new shade card. Electric blue and teal are especially hot, says city-based model Sonika, who bets on Mango, Electra denims and Zara for a fab fit. From basic white tees to formal blouses, people wore their jeans in and out.
The Calcutta woman loves her saris. And this year she sure funned it up quite a bit. Corsage saris, lehnga saris, pre-stitched saris the drape came in various shapes and styles. Everything from fun polka dots to sexy tiger prints was tried. But our favourite has to be Delhi-based Gaurav Gupta, the master of draped saris (Priyanka Chopra in Gaurav Gupta in picture).
Zesty, vibrant, youthful and super sexy, tangerine was and still is all around. Begging to be worn with tanned, toned legs, some even did this colour head to toe. Most kept it to accents via bags, shoes, shades, nail paint and even lipsticks. Close on the heels of the Hermes orange, tangerine was popularised on the Indian catwalk by Pankaj & Nidhi and Amit Aggarwal.
Nothing is as feminine and modern as a long flowy anarkali, says Manish Malhotra. That explains the click-factor of the anarkali. The volume brings about elegance and sensuousness, and Calcutta continued to avoid simple straight cuts. The Kathak dancers uniform was initially reinvented by the king of kalidaars Rohit Bal. These days Sabyasachi and Manish Malhotra do the most amazing anarkalis.
While Calcutta wasnt exactly flooded by Chanels (the goddess of chain bags), it did have more than a fair share of chain-strap bags, courtesy Charles & Keith, Mango and New Market! Its a sure-shot combo of classy and chic. The celeb ambassadors included Karisma Kapur, Sonam Kapoor, Paris Hilton, Blake Lively, Sarah Jessica Parker
the list goes on. And on.
One-shoulder continued to rule this year, staying way ahead of the cleavage and legs. Showing just the right amount of skin in the form of a long bare arm, the trend inspired by the toga dress of ancient Rome, has reached almost all design ateliers. Donna Karan does a great one-shoulder as does our own Anamika Khanna. Jersey tops to Halston Heritage style maxis, girls flashed the power of one from plexes to parties.
Popular in the 1950s, these babies came back with a bang in 2011. A great waist-definer and a style statement with a pop of colour, skinny belts upped the glam quotient and how! Calcutta women worked one to clinch everything flowy romantic top to chunky knit sweater, fitted blazer to flirty frock. We loved Salvatore Ferragamo and then there was the great sasta raasta!
From roaring leopards to seductive snakeskins, exotic animal prints rocked the fashion scene this year. Inspired by animal print addicts Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana, the high street was high on the junglee chhaap. Our city went wild too.