Khadi is Couture
The biggest designers have rediscovered the beauty of our heritage fabrics, says fashion entrepreneur Prasad Bidapa, and everyone — from Rohit Bal to Abraham & Thakore — is celebrating the fabric of freedom in not-so-humble avatars. From rough spun to the finest mulmul, expect to see the finest of khadis everywhere.
Indigo is the New Black
If India had a national colour, it would be indigo. Traditional block-printers in Jaipur use more of indigo than any other colour. This year, they introduced a green indigo, made possible with the addition of turmeric in their mix.
The Sari is the New LBD
Saris was rediscovered by trendy young ladies, who wore them with utter disregard for conventions and in the most unusual of ways, says Bidapa. “Blue jeans and churidars replaced petticoats; cholis morphed into skinny stretch tees or bikini bras and hemlines floated well above traditional lengths.” 2019 will see saris take the centre stage.
Black, White & Grey
Sophisticated combinations of these neutrals popped up in many designer collections this year — from Abraham & Thakore to Rajesh Pratap Singh & Shahab Durazi.
End of Celebrity Inspiration
The constant wave of obsession over how celebrities style themselves will change in 2019, says Palak Shah, founder and CEO of handloom brand Ekaya. “I see the younger generation borrowing heirloom pieces from their mothers and grandmothers, and revamping them with a contemporary twist.”
Features such as adjustable trouser length, hidden and roomy pockets, adjustable slit in dresses and anti-stain, antiwrinkle and easy care garments will become the norm. Year 2018 saw the reappearance of reversible clothing and this should continue to be a part of work-wear closets in 2019, too.