With so much of globalization happening, fashion knows no boundaries now.  India’s first ever fashion week took place in New Delhi in the Autumn of 2000, organized by the newly created Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the international talent agency IMG, and title sponsor Lakmé, a leading Indian cosmetics and beauty brand. This edition ran until the big split in 2006. Since then, Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) by IMG is held in Mumbai, home of Bollywood and “filmy” glamour, while the FDCI continued as Wills India Fashion Week (WIFW) in New Delhi.

With all the hype of the fashion weeks and each aspiring designer wanting to be a part of one of these shows, Indian market is now keeping in trend with International counterparts. Traditionally India had saris and sulwar kameez as their elements of showcasing but now more and more designers are venturing into western silhouettes. The cuts are international and colors and fabrics are vibrant and indicative of rich cultural heritage that India has.  So it’s quite effective if we know exactly what trends are doing the rounds in the international scene.

We will discuss in detail the fashion trends and color trends for Autumn – Winter 2011:

Returning and recycling of the trends is a common phenomenon in Fashion. This year has been a mix of 70’s and a bit of 60’s fashion scene.  When I think of that 70’s era, I think of bell bottoms, disco pants, blouses with bows , high waisted pants , long slinky gowns with slits, bob cuts, bouffant hair styles and satchel bags . 60’s fashion had color blocks, graphic prints, peter pan collars, ultra short hemlines,full circle skirts, pencil skirts and cropped pants with high waist.

So now lets go in further detail of each trend and how each can be mixed in a classic way so that u don’t look like a clown wearing everything that’s available.

–          Wide legged trousers:  high waisted wide legged trousers have been doing rounds in fashion for a year now. Various fabrics are experimented from linen, cottons to wool, essential element they better drape well. The Herringbone pattern is uber trendy for these trousers. Colored trousers like lilac, pink, ice blue are also in vogue. These can be teamed up with bow blouses, party tops, formal shirts, printed tops to give different looks.  A broad or a thin belt to accessorize it completely.  Wide trousers are never complete without high heels.


–          Bow blouses: Very feminine is the word for these tops. Available in different plain colors with a girly touch of a bow or lace or pearl buttons. Silk fabrics make them a great option for evening wear. Jewel tones like emerald, ruby red, sapphire and blue can be used for that elegant look. Cotton fabrics give a good option for daywear.



–          Lace: Lace has been the ultimate element of 60’s fashion as is back again. The usage of lace is seen in tops, dresses, shoes, bags and accessories.  Lady like dresses are back again with more feminine and dreamy elements in it.  Plain white lace dress or a black lace dress are a must have this season


–           Skirts: Knee length and long “pleated” skirts are absolutely adorable. The knife and sunray pleats are the most commonly used ones. Chiffon fabric with colors of the season make up for some amazing skirts. Pleats are also carried further in pants and maxis. Besides that polka dots are “IN” for that retro feel.



–          Maxi dresses:  Till last year it was seen only on celebrities but still being in fashion, Maxi‘s have finally arrived in street fashion even in India. Casual long maxis are very chic and trendy. It could be plain , striped ( big trend ) , or with pleats


–          Long evening gowns: Dressing is getting very stylish and now women are experimental. So wearing that slinky long gown with a thigh high slit in the front and backless pattern is absolutely stylish.



–          Graphic patterns:  Abstract graphic prints in one piece dresses


–          Oriental feel: oriental fabrics are becoming trendy this season but do not overdo the same. Obi belt of oriental fabric or from simple fabric when wrapped across the waist can make a simple dress also very stylish



–          Plunging neck lines : deep plunging necklines going as deep as till the navel is the trend internationally


–          Sheer clothing:  Sheer fabrics are used in sync with either lace or chiffons or silks to give that sensual look of the 70’s.



Colors for the winter 2011 are:

–          Warm bamboo

–          Scarlet

–          Honeysuckle

–          Coffee

–          Teal green

–          Taupe

–          Black

–          Grey


As far as jewellery goes, solid jewellery like statement chokers and cuffs are very stylish. They wouldn’t have much designs engraved into it, would be very simple and minimalist.

Hope this gives u all fashion forward girls a basic idea on mixing the trends with the classics hoarded in your wardrobes ..

Ultimate style icon for the 70’s ~ Bianca Jagger

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