Summer Lookbook

Summer trends this year spell sheers, whites and delicate cut outs

It’s official. Whites, sheers and cut-outs are in this summer.

Fashion designer Varun Bahl has played up whites in his recently launched spring summer collection. “I have converted prints into embroidery using applique and delicate ‘resham’ thread work to play up feminine and delicate accents. Using corsages inspired by nature and unique two-tones in our signature patchwork embroidery creates an element of fluidity through the innovative cuts, bold bodices, sheer dupattas, and voluminous skirts,” he says. The season calls for the colour white. Fabrics like organza, net, georgette, Chanderi and chiffon are fun and playful, allowing for easy movement, he adds.

Whites have always been a summer staple but with the design turnaround, it has got a nouveau spin. Leading designers including Pankaj and Nidhi; Saksha and Kinni have been experimenting with whites using lace, cut-outs, sleeve accents and fitted silhouettes. Tanvi Sethi, founder of Torqadorn, brings in 3D, colour blocking techniques, and geometric lace detailing to play up the neutral colour. “Our designs are more luxurious. We have used satin silk to create simple silhouettes. This fabric and silhouette combination subscribes to the ‘less is more’ philosophy,” she adds. 

Sarah Gonsalves, director and co-founder of the luxury label, Sarah and Sandeep, says, “Our new line of athleisure is in keeping with the growing trend of summer whites. It has cotton knits and Supima cotton T-shirts.”  Cut-out for me  Elegant cut-outs in geometric shapes have been making their way into silhouettes. Whether at the back of dresses, highlighting the midriff or the waistline, it brings in a flirtatious edge to outfits. “I believe that the biggest advantage of cut-outs in outfits is the ability to create visually striking designs that are bold and unique. Cut-outs add a sense of edginess and modernity to an otherwise classic design, instantly elevating the look and making it stand out,” says Tanvi. She has…

Shilpi Madan for Deccan Herald

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