When Manish Arora and Amrapali's collaborative Fall/Winter 2013 collection hit the Paris Fashion Week ramp, what stood out, apart from the fabulous clothes and conceptual jewellery, was the black leather turban. While the designer may have made an allusion to his Indian roots, over the past few seasons, brands such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam and Gucci have alternately experimented with head wraps such as turbans, bandeaux and scarves on international ramps. Closer home, designer JJ Valaya showcased his take on turbans, in this case for the bride, at the Aamby Valley Bridal Fashion Week 2013.
At the prêt shows, turbans were the choice of head gear for designer Pia Pauro whose Autumn-Winter 2013 collection, 'Mountain Chic', was an ode to the mountainous terrain of Central Asia. The designer used rich fabrics and textiles such as silk, raw silk, crepe, voile, and canvas that were styled as turbans. 'Apart from the look of the collection, I feel a garment can be worn in different ways and hence, I chose turbans for the show', says Pauro, who also took the look forward with bandeaux at her show at the recently concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring Summer 2014 edition.
Ditto for Mumbai-based designer Krishna Mehta, whose summer showcase saw models cover their heads with dupattas and scarves, tied up like side buns. 'For this collection, I worked with the Ministry of Textiles for the promotion of Varanasi handlooms. I wanted to show the various types of textiles but present them in a unique way', says Mehta, adding: 'Traditionally, we Indians are known to cover our heads but this is my contemporary take'.
And if there was any doubt about the growing popularity of this trend, luxury giant Hermès, known for their iconic Carré silk scarves, recently launched their first ever iPhone and iPad app called Hermès Silk Knots. Leading in the line-up is a module on tying a turban with their Autumn Winter 2013 selection of scarves. Time to make a head start, we say.