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5 Ethnic Trends That Dominated India Couture Week 2017

by Jharna Pariani

5 Ethnic Trends That Dominated India Couture Week 2017

Couture week has gone by, but the trends that popped up on those regal runways only just mark the beginning of things to come. While it’s no secret that India Couture Week 2017 heavily dictates bridal and wedding season styles, we saw a ton of cues that can be adopted by all you contemporary and fusion-wear loving dames out there as well.

Layered royalty 

The traditional wears this season had an additional update that wasn’t a dupatta — we’re talking long or cropped, flowy or slitted high-neck jackets that instantly amp up the elegance factor on just about about any lehenga-choli combination. If the silhouettes from Rohit Bal, Varun Bahl and Manav Gangwani are any indication, its that you need to ditch your dupattas in favour of a long and regal jacket instead.

Manav Gangwani, Varun Bahl, Rohit Bal, Anju Modi, India Couture Week 2017
Manav Gangwani, Rohit Bal, Anju Modi, Varun Bahl

All about those shoulders

Cold shoulders, one shouldered, off-the-shoulder… it was pretty evident where the designers’ had their sights set this season. But, if all that bare shoulder action wasn’t enough, the sleeves took on a whimsical mind of their own at the Manav Gangwani show altogether with all that ruffled action and received some exaggerated long lengths at Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal and Gaurav Gupta’s shows.

Manav Gangwani, Shyamal Bhumika, Rina Dhaka, India Couture Week 2017
Manav Gangwani, Shyamal Bhumika, Rina Dhaka
Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, India Couture Week 2017
Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra

Flared up

This season was all about the flared up silhouettes, whether it was the jackets, kurtas or the bottoms. At Rahul Mishra and Rohit Bal the jackets were almost reminiscent of a Rajasthani kediya with it’s peplum-esque flared-up silhouette. Whereas designers Rina Dhaka, Reynu Tandon and Manav Gangwani made a serious case for breezy shararas that are back and clearly here to stay.

Rohit Bal, Rahul Mishra, India Couture Week 2017
Rohit Bal, Rahul Mishra
Manav Gangwani, Reynu Tandon, Rina Dhaka, India Couture Week 2017
Manav Gangwani, Reynu Tandon, Rina Dhaka

Boudoir babes

There’s nothing more refreshing than seeing an alluringly sultry trend weave its way into otherwise traditional clothing — we’re talking boudoir va-va-voom! The regular cholis and blouses were replaced by some semi-sheer and boned corseted bralettes on the runways of Manish Malhotra. Even Monisha Jaising’s damsels appeared in hardly any distress donning their semi-sheer blouses and bralette cut dresses.

Manish Malhotra, Rina Dhaka, Monisha Jaising, India Couture Week 2017
Monisha Jaising, Rina Dhaka, Manish Malhotra

Cinched in

It’s all in the mid-section this season as dresses, gowns and sarees were all nipped at the waist with unique belted contraptions. Anita Dongre’s belted babes held a special place in our favourites for their obi-belt style wide cinchers that made the kurtas and dresses go their extra mile.

Manav Gangwani, Anita Dongre, Anju Modi, India Couture Week 2017
Manav Gangwani, Anju Modi, Anita Dongre


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