October 18, 2022 FDCI

Light is right

Nikita M brings with her the tropical breeze of Bali in her swaying palm prints, while Shyamal and Bhumika keep it light with dhoti pants and shararas, as Pawan Sachdeva ups the fun quotient with his roomy pyjamas and leatherite patchwork pants.

By Asmita Aggarwal

There has been a sharp change in buying patterns, classic over trendy, colour over pastels and online shopping becoming the only way you can reach a larger audience. Last season women were careful buyers, they weren’t sure if the clothes would be lying in their wardrobe, if lockdown was imposed again, stores were not buying outright, retail spaces refused bulk, which has made way for revenge buying this year. As the festive season brings with it both volume and sales, Nikita M takes us back to her vacation in Bali, which gives her prints that bring with them the serenity of the sun, sea and sand.

Nikita started working in fashion way back in 2005, but her fashion week journey began in 2015, and what makes her different from a sea of designers is practicality and keeping what consumers want in mind. Swaying palm trees, foliage on raffia and hemp cotton resonates with the tropical vibe, with baroque embroidery, which comes with a thicker rendition elevating her jackets, trench coats and evening dresses.

Mumbai brings with it a galaxy of stars and this season was no different from Yami Gautam, Siddharth Malhotra, Malaika Arora Khan, Bhagyashree to Shamita Shetty. Even though brightness has been increased this year, sheer and pastels haven’t lost favour as Shymal and Bhumika confirmed. Lighter luxury Indian pret with ash greys and subtle browns used to offer dhotis teamed up with short kurtas, ivory skirts with gold placement embroidery. Fully embroidered bodice with palazzos, sari gowns to the ubiquitous sharara making a quiet appearance.

The fun factor wasn’t missing either as Pawan Sachdeva bringing with him Irrfan Khan’s son Babil dressed in his monochromatic printed jacket exuding the same carefree spirit as his late father. Leatherite trousers with and without patches, unexpected pocket placements, Aztec-inspired prints, a whole cool range of pyjama-style pants, the vibe was wear it to a basketball court and then carry on to a music concert; all you need is a white tee to take you there!


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