GO WITH THE FLOW 2011 TREND ALERT

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Fashions undergo constant recycling. What goes on-of fashion today, stages a comeback after some time. What went on-of fashion a few years ago will become a fashion today. The cycle goes on at random. It is expected that the most prominent trend for the coming year for spring/summer for women will be the looks of seventies. Therefore, watch out for trends in fashion transformation in the year – 2011.

The most prominent trend for the coming year for spring/summer for women will be:

The Seventies look

The Seventies look will be a big trend and used as an inspiration for dresses to blouses.

Get waisted:  The natural waistline will be well defined — be it a dress, a skirt or trousers. All silhouettes will accentuate the natural waist. This trend makes for a feminine and elegant look.

Straight and flared

Kurtas: For Indian wear, kurtas will range from the straight shape to slightly flared shapes created with gathers, pintucks, pleats and panels. For evening wear, the flares will be more exaggerated and voluminous.

Skirts and dresses: For skirts, the ideal length will be till the mid calf (when it is a pencil skirt fitted at the waist). For a flared skirt, the length would be a three-quarter length.

Dresses: Dresses will vary from straight shifts to flare to fit at the waist. They will be created in popular bright and feminine prints like all over floral. Shift dresses will continue to be in vogue for the next season too as they work very well for day wearing.

Block prints and ombré: For Indian wear, silhouettes in bright block prints and ombré dyeing will be popular.

On-trend colors: Lots and lots of white, sunflower yellow, ink blue, coral, and pink to a hot pink, forest green with a tinge of lime and a neutral nude.

On-trend fabrics: Popular fabrics like cotton   in various weaves, such as sheer cotton muls in cutwork and embroidery, will be popular.  For evening wear, it will be knits in cotton, viscose, linens and georgette silks, along with chiffons. In Indian wear, the hot fabrics will be mainly cotton muls and chanderis along with georgettes and chiffons for evening wear.

On-trend cuts: Cuts will range from the   complete off shoulder to one shoulder to knotted halters exposing the shoulders. Waists will be redefined and trousers would be flared —inspired by the Seventies.

Dress lengths will go below calf and for resort wear, relaxed dressing involving midi to maxi length ensembles will be ideal. Added volume in tiered and paneled shapes will give such ensembles a feminine and beautiful movement.

For Indian wear, the emphasis will be on the waist. Kurtas will be paneled and darted with panels to enhance the shape of the waist.

Must-have garment: The Seventies popular  maxi dress will make a comeback. Whether in solids or prints or ombré dyed, it is the hot new must-have dress for this next summer.

From tunic shirts to luxe loafers, the menswear trend for 2011 looks definitely experimental. Here are the top pieces you should snap up now to ensure you’ll look chic in the New Year.

Minimalist Bomber: This 1990s staple will be paired down for spring in monochromatic hues of black and grey with little embellishment and clean lines. Asymmetrical zips were seen on the runways for Raf Simons and Gaspard Yurkievich.

Military Jacket: Army-inspired pieces will still be huge come spring, carrying over from the present A/W 2010 season. Variations range from formal with gold buttons and braiding to casuals. Everyone from Burberry Prorsum to Cerruti showed this key spring piece on the runways.

Slash neck knit: This new knitwear shape makes for a great layering piece, either over  formal shirting for office wear or under a blazer for a laid-back weekend outfit.

Tunic shirt: This ethnic-inspired article of clothing was spotted on the runways for Alexis Mabille, Agnes B., Jean Paul Gaultier, among others. The tunic is both breezy enough to be casual yet elegant enough to be formal.

Low cut tank: The classic men’s tank top gets a sensual update. The spring staple, with its V-neckline and low-cut armholes, pairs wonderfully with slouchy vest tops and lends an air of sexy insouciance.

Formal Bermuda short: The Bermuda short has been extended to just above the knee and comes in a looser, roomier fit for spring. Chic cotton variations were seen on the runways for Dries van Noten, Hermes, and Comme des Garcons.

Caramel leather man bag: The bag trend for men isn’t going anywhere soon. Expect to see an avalanche of roomy, practical leather carry-alls and satchels in luxe caramel tones for the upcoming season. Everyone from Kenzo to Dunhill to Dries van Noten presented men’s bags in buttery shades on the runways.

Basket weave lace up: Basket-weave details provide an updated twist on the masculine lace-up shoe for spring. Straw-like and cotton weaves replace the classic formal leather weaves for a more relaxed, breezy look.

Luxe loafer: The casual loafer  gets a high-fashion update. Come spring, expect to see loafers tricked out with suede uppers. Gucci to Les Hommes to Etro sent their male models down the runway with chic, sophisticated loafers.

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