Decking up for an occasion in this scorching heat can be wearing and might be almost last on the cards. But can we really run away from invitations and festivities for long? Living in a country where each day seems like a celebration, this hide and seek game is not going to work for long! My friend, you ought to face the reality and get your occasion wear in line before you get caught up in the eternal dilemma of choosing the right ensemble for the right occasion.
Summer 2019 is all about reviving the Awadh & Mughal glory, playing with the staple pastels, spreading the yapping yellow magic, donning the pride of Lucknow – Chikankari, keeping it sassy with chevrons and stripes & much more! Browse through the Top 10 Occasion Wear Trends, filter your beat and get your styling game on:
Traditional Gharchola Bandhani
A celebrated variant of Bandhani, Gharchola has been a legacy fabric originating from the Khambat region of Gujarat. Traditionally a part of Gujarati weddings, Gharchola sarees are given to the bride as she is all set to enter her new home i.e. Ghar and chola literally means her wedding attire.
This Gharchola Bandhani has become a rage in recent times! The wedding markets are flooded with Gharchola anarkali suits, dupattas and sarees. Easy to spot, these prints follow a set geometric check pattern finished with the traditional Bandhani work. Spot these in tones of red, green, pink, orange and not to miss the vibrant dual tones. Do not mistake to turn your back on these assuming only a bride can pull it off. You can easily pair a Gharchola dupatta with a plain anarkali suit or don a Gharchola saree and throw some kundan jewellery to complete the look. This evergreen craft is going to enrich your final look by tenfold.
The Awadhi Legacy: Ghararas & Shararas
A legacy attire worn by the people of Awadh, Uttar Pradesh, Ghararas and Shararas were ideally a routine affair of Awadhi women. The designers of 2019 abide by the famous phrase “Old is gold” and hence have left no stone unturned to revive & retain the beauty of this ensemble by experimenting with minimal variations in the silhouettes.
The breezy wide-legged pants, ruched at the knee or the flared-kali shararas doesn’t stick to your body as much as a churidar does! Doesn’t that already sound like a big relief? Moreover, these ensembles can be pulled off by not only the daughters but mums as well. Yes, you heard it right! They are fashioned in such a way that can be worn by women of all ages & can give you a much-needed break from the mundane sarees and salwar suits.
Greek Gone Ethnic: Peplum Palazzo or Dhoti Sets
Who thought an ensemble of the Greeks would take the Indian route and emerge in such a stunning ethnic avatar? Ideally classified as chic western wear, visualization peplum with a pair of palazzos and jewelry would have sounded categorically unreal few years back from now. But we need to give it to the Indian fashion industry for making our lives incredibly relaxed by introducing these breezy peplum palazzo sets.
One can team it with a tassel, embroidered, Banarasi or Organza tissue dupatta and catch the eyes of many at a family gathering, mehandi, sangeet or festive occasions.
The Floral Flurry
We talk about summers and leave behind florals is like serving custard without jelly. Florals are indeed a summer staple pattern in the casual as well as festive fashion realms. The Indian fashion designer industry experts like Anita Dongre, Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Mahima Mahajan to name a few have set the trends on fire with their summery collections flaunting coordinates like fragrant floral motifs spread across dainty lehengas, capes, overlays & sarees crafted with crisp and lustrous Organza Silk, chic Crepe or flowy Georgette fabrics.
The Glimmer Gaga: Beadwork, Mirror Work and Swarovski
When the sun doesn’t shy away from illuminating the land round the year, how can we be behind in adding a little glimmer to our summer occasion wear. Walk hand-in-hand with the bright sun in glistening mirror work, sequins or beadwork sharara, heavy kali anarkalis, dupattas & lehengas.
Mirror work maven Abhinav Mishra’s 2019 Spring collection “Rhapsody” draws inspiration from a dreamy fantasy coming true where love unites everyone, and happiness has no bounds. Soft pastel palette, a web of enchanting mirror work, the collection is indeed a masterpiece.
Tarun Tahiliani’s Summer’19 collection is yet another heart-throbber inspired by the grandeur of Pharaonic Egypt, showcasing a spectacular range of occasion wear ornamented with Swarovski, crystals and pearls.
The Yapping Yellow Hues
If there is one color that is presiding the Indian fashion world right now, that is “Yellow”. Drawing inspiration from the beaming mustard flowers, I strongly feel the designers are just getting all nostalgic and trying to revive the Indian Bollywood movie times where mustard fields acted almost like a fashion runway for Indian actors. Often resonated with Haldi (turmeric), this shade is just what you need to make your presence not only felt but talked & stalked about at the occasions. Any hue of yellow in this bright sunny season will instantly make you look chirpier and prettyyy!
The 2 Graceful Os – Organdy & Organza
In a layman’s fashion dictionary Cotton mostly tops the casual wear chart while Silk makes it to the Occasion wear hot list. Ultimately it all boils down to the season’s mood and the occasion which give the designers a clean chit for experimentation.
They are no less than magicians and can really bring something exceptional to the table, just like this year Sabyasachi has once again moved his magic wand and introduced a tranquil collection of Organdy cotton ensembles showcasing intricate gold vines and zari polkas on a rich off-white palette, apt for morning mehandi, haldi brunch & small festivities.
This is what we love about 2019 summer. Remarkable comfort crowned with a hint of luster and sophistication! After all who thought a sheer & plain weave Cotton Organdy fabric could be shaped into a statement occasion wear!
Furthermore, donning silks in summers is one herculean task. But it seems like our Bollywood divas can pull off everything and anything all-round the year! Spotted Malika Arora in a chic foil print floral saree by Rohit Bal. Owing to the feather-light & sheer texture, such prints when fashioned onto summery Organza Tissue Silk fabric can vouch for sleek style and enthralling poise. Many top-line designers are indeed experimenting with Organza Tissue capes, overlays & upbeat lehengas.
Geometric Jazz: Chevron and Stripes
Geometrics with a little glam is the beat you need to jive to this summer! Ornamentations like gotta patti, coin & mirror work done to enhance the upbeat chevron & stripes patterns are a real game changer! See it for yourself, as designers like the Chevron Queen Priyal Prakash and Glimmer guy Abhinav Mishra are making us go head over heels with their summer occasion wear range of geometric lehengas, dupattas & sarees.
The Mughal Glory: Chikankari
A pride of Lucknow, known to be brought to life during the Mughal Era by the wife of Jahangir, Nur Jahan, Chikankari has been one of the most ancient and celebrated textile crafts of India. Usually done on fabrics like Georgette, Cotton & Muslin, the intricate floral threadwork looks stunning when fashioned into heavy kali lehengas, anarkalis, sarees and blouses. Lately, this craft has taken the occasion wear trends by storm and no matter wherever you head to shop, you are ought to spot this textile craft, silently spreading its magic & alluring you with its charm!
Quirk it up with Digital Prints
The 21st century is all about quirk and colors. Even the most traditional designs can now be traced and given a modern twist with the leading-edge digital printing technique. You talk about paisleys, Patola prints, Leheriya, Bandhani, animal motifs and what not, everything is digital and looks so chic when crafted into designer silhouettes. You will often find these digital prints flaunting a set of pop hues that can literally add glamour to any outfit, hence making them a no-brainer for a summer cocktail party, mehandi, family get-togethers or dinners.
Did we just make your life simpler? Thank us later! For now, just pick your beat & hop onto Fabriclore.com to Design Your Own Summer Occasion Wear!Authored By: Tanvi Mahajan