What has the mercury rising in style's thermometer? T. Krithika Reddy talks to designers Krishna Mehta and Anita Dongre about summer's blueprint for success :
It's time to pack up those spotlight-grabbing sequins and silhouettes that celebrate exaggerated volume. Summer is about simplicity. It's about upgrading those throw-it-on-and-go warm-weather staples with a shot of urban attitude. As the mercury soars, style unequivocally means one thing — wearability.
“Hot, colourful and full of life,” is how designer Krishna Mehta describes the season. “No matter what you are doing — Indian, Western or Indo-Western, the cuts have to be simple. To me, long, lean and elegant are the buzzwords.”
Designer Anita Dongre who treads the tricky line between exclusivity and masstige, lists the key trends for a searing summer. “Flowing maxis, knee-length Fifties-style dresses, graphic pants and tunic dresses are in. Broad, colourful stripes and multi-tone cacophonous prints add cheer to the summer wardrobe.”
Though summer is about lightness and effortlessness, designers hardly scrimp on the detail. So whether it is a thigh-skimming sheath or a demure peasant-style maxi dress, you can't miss the subtle workmanship on necklines and hemlines. “A gentle touch is all it takes to transform a dress from simple to stunning,” adds Mehta.
Natural is in Talk about fabrics, and “natural” is the chorus. “Linen is emerging as a cool option. And there is always cotton that's synonymous with summer. Viscose georgettes are for the evenings — they breathe equally well,” says Mehta.
Palazzo pants Talk about colours that will liven up the fashion circuit, and Dongre says, “Mint green is big this season. Pastels are definitely integral to warm weather. Neon, yellow and orange are the other colours that will hold sway as the temperature rises.
Cutting our long hot, hotter, hottest summer story short, Mehta says, “Comfort comes first. The key to success is not to overdo. There are prints, patterns and colours to make a summer dress look busy. So don't throw in too many elements. And when it comes to accessories, use them judiciously to dress up a white creation or dress down a colour-drenched outfit.”