Of military coats and moccasins: A fusion of fashion

Published: December 5, 2011

Designers and brand both local and abroad are promoting manly fashion for women. PHOTO: FILE

In winters, when everything tilts towards the gloomy side, people try to fight weather blues by experimenting in fashion and accessories. Just like the big red bus is  a colourful burst in dismal London weather, similarly candy pop clothing act like food for soul in winters. This season, it’s all about bold colours and experimental designs that suit both genders, IANS quotes experts as saying. Coats, jackets, dresses, hats and scarves and even a mix of eastern-western will be the major trends this season.

Bold international fashion

Indian designer Nida Mahmood, known for her flair for creative and dramatic creations, stresses on androgyny fashion for this winter. “Androgyny and colour blocking is in and looks great. This season is all about teaming jackets with sharp trousers, ruffled blouses or buttoned-up shirts. Also, shoulder pads and high waists are the highlights of the androgyny look and metallic colours are very cool,” IANS quotes Mahmood as saying. International brands like Splash in UAE and American brand Forever 21 have tailored jackets in bright hues like orange, shocking pink and blue.

Mahmood also feels the international fashion trends from the 1940s will make quite a splash in the fashion market. “A trend which will hit the fashion markets are clothes inspired by the 1940s style. While long lengths are very prominent this season, full sleeves, floor-length dresses and skirts teamed with buttoned-up collars tops are going to set the mood,” she adds.

For those who want sophistication, metallic dresses, red carpet gowns and pencil skirts, teamed with belts and leather jackets can do wonders. To add fun and a tad bit of masculinity, may we suggest you opt for hats of different varieties like berets, beanies, cloches and caps.

This season, let colours differentiate between genders. “Hues like orange, aubergine, burgundy, purple, teal blue and indigo in fabrics like tweed, silk dupion, organza can work wonders for women,” says Indian designer Jatin Varma.

Men, however, are advised to put a lid on the colour fetish and stick to earthy and army shades of the spectrum. Military style coats, jackets, pleated trousers and bold pocket squares are making a huge comeback, apart from the usual Nordic motifs, stripes and check prints, reports IANS

While in Pakistan

Fashion designer Kamiar Rokni from The House of Kamiar Rokni, won admiration at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week held in October for his line called the ‘Modernist’ collection. Inspired by the 1933 modernist movement, Rokni’s collection was an explosion of neon colours, cut and stitched to make asymmetrical candy pop dresses. The collection was Rokni’s very own take on the colour blocking trend which he altered to suit the demands of his Pakistani clientele.

Another one of a kind designer, Yousuf Bashir Qureshi (YBQ) brought the wave of androgyny to Pakistan in his collection that also served as homage to his country in Karachi Fashion Week held in October. YBQ fused grubby army prints with military-style double-breasted jackets, to create a patriotic line which blurred out the line between genders.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2011.

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