This season’s trends are all about making heads turn. From pops of bright colour and translucent fabrics to variations of classic denim and chunky jewellery, these looks ensure the spotlight’s
By ANANYA BAHL
Lovers of the maxi skirt, it’s time to rejoice! Tory Burch and Altuzarra’s recent runway shows showed that these ankle-skimming drapes are going to be all the rage this season. Even British Vogue has declared 2023 as the ‘Year of the Maxiskirt’. Go for stretch-bodycon options and team them with crop tops. The best part? These will work well in the winter months, too.
A TRICK UP YOUR SLEEVE
Here’s one trend men will love this spring! Sleeveless tops are ruling the runways and it’s time to welcome them with open arms. From Brunello Cucinelli’s gilets, Etro’s embroidered vests, and Emporio Armani’s sporty sleeveless shirts, several men’s fashion shows are flaunting this look. While Versace presents body-hugging, sleeveless vests with baggy trousers, Dior and Kim Jones take it a step further with stylishly translucent sleeveless tops.
The usual floral prints during spring have evolved into something bigger—and better. Add drama to your outfits with three-dimensional floral cut-outs and additions! We’re talking larger-than-life floral adornments on shoulders, sleeves, and even sprawled across your chest. This trend is perfect for when you want to make an impactful entry at those gorgeous outdoor soirées. And if you’re still in doubt, know that Loewe, Prada, Carolina Herrera, and Dior wholly endorse this floral formula!
DRESSED TO DISTRESS
Undone and uneven designs made a strong statement on the runways this season. Chinese fashion designer Uma Wang’s models showcased creations in frayed cotton fabric to give the impression they were picked up at a vintage store. Distressed pants, asymmetric silhouettes, and wrinkled fabric are other elements to watch out for this spring.
‘Main character energy’ is a buzz phrase these days, referencing people who love being in the limelight. This bold and beautiful shade of acid green is for those seeking some vibrant attention! It has been showing up on apparel and accessories across runway shows, with Miu Miu and Fendi being the prominent fashion houses to embrace the colour. From boots to polo knits and sling purses, it’s a green
UP IN ARMS
Arm cuffs are immensely popular currently and will soon be the top accessory trend to watch out for. From metallic elegance to diaphanous and bold animal-figurine style of cuffs—there’s something for everyone! Tory Burch, Bevza, and Kim Shui are some of the design houses that have played a major part in making this a trend you cannot miss. Michael Kors decided to go the chunkier way with thicker cuffs. Pair this jewellery with jeans, shorts, and dresses to get compliments galore.
Bottega Veneta and Tibi are urging you to fill your wardrobe with baggy jeans and pants. And it’s only fair considering the rising temperatures. Iconic supermodel Kate Moss walked the ramp for Bottega Veneta, rocking her jeans—just like you can, too! Men need not feel left out, with JW Anderson making these more fitted at the thigh and loose towards the bottom (a slightly retro twist we aren’t complaining about) for them. Pair with sleeveless vests for maximum comfort and style.
LIFE OF THE PARTY
Paco Rabanne, Fendi, Jil Sander, Valentino, Hermes, Khaite, JW Anderson, Victoria Beckham—now that’s a long list of eminent fashion visionaries creating sequinned, glitzy, bejewelled purses to complete our party looks. Watch out for shimmering metals, amoebic shapes, boxy carry-ons, and buckled adornments. Don’t be surprised if these become the stars of your after-hours outfit.
DENIM’S THE WAY
Denim paired with denim has its fair share of naysayers. Raf Simons, who has unveiled unbridled creativity as the co-director of Prada,
is not among them! Men will love this special look made stylish by using two pieces of fabric with the same denim wash. This is one of the few times the brand has ventured towards more everyday fabrics like denim. Go ahead, indulge your masculine side with pants or shorts (or jorts) teamed with a classic denim shirt. It’s bound to be double
JORT FOR YOU
Once relegated to the confines of ‘dad style’, jorts or jean shorts have now achieved manic mainstream attention, thanks to the likes of Justin Bieber including it in their wardrobes. These fun creations are meant to toe the line between fitted looks and big, baggy silhouettes. Givenchy and Louis Vuitton are some of the big brands that have given this sartorial choice their stamp of approval. Wear with plain, white tees and bomber jackets to accentuate the look.
Retro elements have been coming back in vogue for a while now.
And in that same vein, dazzling sequins are making a comeback, too— straight out of the ’80s! All the major players—from Tom Ford and Michael Kors to Nensi Dojaka and Area— are dipping their fingers in glorious glitter. Think blinding golden sequins adorning fitted crop tops and silvery jersey skirts: it’s all about shimmering parties
The warmer months require one to adorn fabrics that are breezy,
soft, and promote ease of movement. It’s no wonder then that sheer materials are on everyone’s mind, as tops, skirts, dresses, and even layers. Turtlenecks from Enzo Costa, mesh dresses by Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and jaw-dropping statement pieces from Chanel and Ferragamo all attest to the fact that we can no longer ignore the sheer brilliance of sheer.
PLAY IT BY EAR
The spectacular charm of chandelier earrings has long been a part of traditional Indian jewellery and attire. Now, as the world looks towards their ethereal beauty, it has become imperative we up the ante when it comes to styling these with Western wear, as well! Fashion houses like Markarian and Ulla Johnson are veering towards more intricate styles, while designers like Lele Sadoughi have established a sleeker finish. Either way, both routes of design make the cut!
READY FOR RED
It’s time to paint the town crimson—starting with your feet! The runways are being walked in red slippers and footwear, in both classic and avant-garde styles. From Manolo Blahnik’s kitten heels to Alaïa’s mules and Khaite’s shearling flats—the list is seemingly endless. In any case, red sandals transition beautifully from work to party wear, and that’s just one more reason to love them.
SMELLS LIKE TEAM SPIRIT
Football fans will love this fashionable take on team jerseys. Except this time, it’s the brand’s logo that takes the cake. Show up for your favourite designers and sport their funky tees over jeans or chinos this spring. Martine Rose and Barragán are two brands that are spearheading this sporty look. What adds to the fun is the slight tongue-in-cheek humour associated with wearing this football-jersey-with-a-twist. A sure-fire conversation starter!