Fashion is like a fickle mistress who ever eludes our grasp. One day something is hep and stylish, the next, it is a fad we look back on and laugh at. Be that as it may, the world of fashion religiously follows the ever-evolving trends. Top designers predict that the trends of 2017 are going to be casual and informal. Let's check what Beena Kannan, one of the most sought-after name in ethnic couture, has got to say about the upcoming fashion season.
“Anything can be worn at any place; there are no strict dress codes. You can go very casually to a wedding or you can get really dressed up," Kannan said.
“Unpredictability and utter contrasts are other features of 2017 trends,” she adds.
Ditch the black and go pastel
Colors of 2017 are going to be subtly and unpredictably contrasting, predicts Kannan. Shades like navy blue, pastel pinks, blues and greens will all be back in trend. People would go for unthinkable color combinations but baselines will be casual and subtle. Like a mehendi green with electric blue touch or a yellow with peach, such combinations will take over the fashion world in 2017, says Kannan.
While printed sarees have faded into oblivion, graphical designs are becoming mainstream. Dark dark shades in pink and peach are coming in, and ombre is making a bold return. The Seematti silk maestro observes a change happening in the color preferences across the world fashion arena. “Existing color trends like beige into all other colors will all be in. But copper zardosi will be back. White into copper zardosi and zardosi springs in electric blues will make a boom this year,” she predicted.
Shell out some money on silk
Keralites are going into more pure stuff, observes Kannan. Pure silk mixed with plain handloom, linen and slug cotton is gaining acceptance. Prints and synthetics are going considerably down. “People need genuine material and they are ready to invest on it. There was a time when they all went behind embroideries and Georgette but they are all back to pure fabrics this year. Drapes, silhouettes and zardosi laces are also in,” she says.
According to Kannan, unpredictability and contrasting would take over outfit pairings too. A trouser or an erratic cut top would go well with the saree ascribing the wearer a very casual look without jewelry, she adds, it may have an ombre print with contrast touch all over, or perhaps a different blue underneath or a distinct green above.
Go bold with lip color
According to Kannan, dark lip colors and nail polishes will be a trend this year. Hairstyles would be very casual to match the attire. Though the dresses are unpredictable in designs, colors would probably be yellow with electric blue, green with grey and such different combos. Other than the dark lip and nail colors, all other beauty accessories will witness a slow decline towards the end of 2017, says Kannan.
Blue for bride
Though Kerala is always a bit slow in catching up with the pace of changes in international fashion, Kannan forecasts a positive and vibrant change in the wedding concepts this year. “I am a Kanchipuram designer for the last 35 years. I sense a change in the materials and designs passing through my hands. Though Kerala has a stubborn wedding market, there is a shift from ongoing pinks and reds to maroon and rani colors. Light purple and blues would enter the Keralite wedding wear this year,” says Kannan.