It started in 2011
Both on and off the runway, we saw deep red tops paired with fuchsia pink skirts. We watched black shirts complement green pants. Prints were done away with and neon colour was embraced. Fashion designer Sabbah Sharma explains, "An outfit broken by solid colours or colour blocking was one of the major trends of 2011 and will definitely carry forward to 2012."
2011 also saw a type of '80s revival, with the popularity of the loose shirt, shoulder pads and wide leg trousers. Sharma adds, "There is an emphasis on comfort. Wearability of garments is very important. While they do have their roots in androgyny, the cuts and silhouettes that work are those that are a little more flattering for people."
Lace also made an appearance in a prominent way. If not as accents on shirts, dresses and pants, then as jackets and skirts in different colours and styles. An overjoyed Sharma says, "Lace is here to stay. It came in last year and I see designers having fun with it next year. Lace in brighter colours will be big."
Classic pieces, especially those that could be worn from day to night were a hit in 2011. The idea of simply changing up your day look by accessorising or layering struck a chord with people. A fuss-free approach was more appealing than a laborious dress-up.
As apparel and accessory designer Nachiket Barve puts it, "Fashion became about clothes you could live in. People weren't flocking to designers only to buy wedding pieces. They wanted to look stylish and at the same time, wear clothes they could breathe in."
Big hit in 2012: Indian clothes will get a twist
2012 will be the year fashion 'returns to India'. Waistcoats will make their way on kurtas. Sarees will be worn with a new take. It will be a re-interpretation of the Indian aesthetic. Indian silhouettes have always been flattering to the Indian figure, showing off the right curves. It will be interesting to watch people experiment with the range of pieces India has to offer.
� Nachiket Barve, apparel and accessory designer