'After Hrs' predicts key fashion trends in the New Year

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 8:03am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

If 2013 saw soft punk making a comeback with a bit of boudoir and risque dressing, the focus in the year will be more on symmetry, shape and structure.

A bold year
Designer Archana Rao says, “The trends will shift focus to shape and structure as I foresee a lot of geometry, symmetric patterns and architectural influence mixing concepts. Also, the influence of crochet and blooming flowers interpreted in a very symmetric method. 2014 will be fashion moving towards cleaner lines and softer details, with focus being on silhouettes.”

The year of art
Designer Varun Bahl says, “The white shirt will emerge as a key wardrobe piece, and tribal-inspired prints and patterns will be another big trend. Punk peaked last year, but gold will carry on, as will fashion’s love affair with various kinds of embellishments. Some of the most amazing collections of Spring-Summer 2014 are inspired by art, and this just goes to show how art is becoming part of mainstream fashion. It’s great to know that people who don’t usually take an interest in art will also be drawn to it through fashion.”

Designer Amalraj Sengupta says, “Art has always inspired fashion since early 1940,s and it will continue inspiring fashion as it involves along with fashion. 2014 will be a year full of colours and we will see a lot of tribal and architectural influences besides vintage and robotic inspirations.”

Metallics rule
“The use of neon colours is going to die out as it’s becoming too much for too long. The mix of sheer and opaque fabric or texture is going to continue. A lot of metallic colours are going to come in trend, particular in menswear. Menswear is going to be far more experimental than it was last year,” adds Sengupta.

Heritage revival
Designer Yogesh Choudhary says, “I am sensing a lot of cultural inspirations. Regional influences, heritage revivals yet very slick and minimal are my predictions. I am huge fan of art in fashion. Visionaries like Karl Lagerfeld, Miuccia, Raf Simons continue to inspire me and dreaming bigger. Also, with the revival of Schiaperelli I am thrilled to see what the new year is going to bring in.”

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