From Manish Malhotra to Masaba Gupta, top fashion designers reveal the styles that will rule this year


It’s 2022 and despite the uncertainties ahead, many have started planning trips, a wedding wardrobe and, of course, the next phase of Work From Home dressing. While fashion trends change over time, some stand the test of time. According to fashion designers, 2022 will be more carefree, light-hearted with a touch of durability and will oscillate between novelties and 2021 trends in stylish tracksuits and loungewear. Here’s what the experts are predicting for the new year:

Fluid Fashion — Shantanu & Nikhil

According to ace design duo, Shantanu and Nikhil, this year will be all about inclusivity and styles that reflect her personality. “It will be a gender neutral garment, it could be a draped kurta or a structured bandhgala jacket. These classic silhouettes flatter everyone and all body types. You know how they say a man in a suit and a woman in a saree feel the most confident. We truly believe that our signature draped kurta or bandhgala amplifies the emotion one feels while wearing their traditional attire while adding a touch of fluidity and modern sexiness to it,” they share. This year, the design duo celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new vertical, S&N by Shantanu and Nikhil, which celebrates Indian heritage and millennial courage.

Classic meets contemporary — Manish Malhotra

Indian fashion and saris have a synonym: Manish Malhotra. And Bollywood’s favorite fashion designer thinks upcycling clothes will be something designers and individuals will focus on. “It will be the same with bridal wear. Many brides are turning to hassle-free sarees and lehengas that can be repurposed, which is a heartwarming start to minimalism. Kalidars, lehengas, dresses, jackets, shararas, kurtas, palazzos, dupattas and signature blouses will suit various palettes and occasions. Sherbet and blush shades of hot pink, lilac, grey-blue, beige-gold, dusty blue, metallic gold-silver among many others would also be a preferred choice. This year will be all about classic aesthetics and a more vibrant new-age look of contemporary times,” shares the ace designer.

Bright and bold — Masaba Gupta

The ace designer points to the return of kaftans, which had become a lockdown favorite in 2020. “This year, comfort will define a trend that will go with flowing kurtas and lightweight pants in bright, bold colors,” she says. For the party, sarees will play the starring role with long-sleeved or embellished blouses. Reds, yellows and pinks will always dominate the festive palette but you can play with shimmering and earthy colors.

Effortless Style — Reshma Dalal

It will be a question of celebrating natural and playful elegance. “Without overwhelming the person, wardrobe choices will be vibrant colors and moods with color-blocked paneled jumpsuits, fuss-free printed mini dresses, Moorish patterns, liner cuts and flattering silhouettes. Lush natural fabrics, cool silks and cottons will be favorite fabrics for comfortable day dresses, ideal for walks in the park, Zoom parties, gatherings with friends or even just days spent working from home,” says Reshma Dalal of Tara & I. .

Easy fit with bright colors — Gurmeen Shrivastav

This time, kurta palazzo will dominate women’s clothing. Likewise, the spotlight will be on the kurta shirt for men. Digital prints will be more acceptable to people as they allow for many experiences. “Women will opt for dresses like kaftan jumpsuits with individual prints as working from home will also continue this year. People will place more importance on comfort and casual clothing. Solids are the best options for a sleek and elegant look, especially for formal gatherings. Pair your solids with accessories and sneakers. Even ethnic clothing will work beautifully with the right color combinations and accessories. Vibrant color palettes are set to dominate the fashion industry this year,” shares Gurmeen Shrivastav of Nayshaas Siyahi Sa Vastra.

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Posted: Sunday, January 9, 2022, 9:12 a.m. IST


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