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Trend Forecast
Published: Volume 15, Issue 1, January, 2007

Short, floaty, baby-doll frocks and structured, feminine pleats rule the ramp this season

Pleats
They first made an appearance in the 1960s, but now they are back with a bang. This season, pleats have been revived and reintroduced in novel ways. Simple yet chic, they make a great fashion statement as they can be adapted to various styles. From dresses with pleat panels, to box pleated skirts and intricately pleated tunics, they complement and add their own elegance to each outfit. They can give just the right amount of flair to a silhouette, definition to a jacket and volume to a skirt. Although practical, today, pleats are the height of sophistication. Look out for classy high waisted, pleated front trousers by well-known designer, Zac Posen, as well as structured pleated jackets by Giorgio Armani. Indian designers Dev R Nil and Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna have presented perfect teatime pleated dresses while Narendra Kumar has featured sensational full pleated skirts for those evening soirees.

Baby-doll Dresses
Fun, fashionable and fabulous, the baby-doll dress is this season's essential wardrobe item. These short flirty frocks with Empire waists and full swingy skirts cut a flattering silhouette and hide a multitude of sins. Beautifully trimmed with lace, ruffles, bows and ribbons, this outfit undeniably paints a pretty picture. Perfect for a girls' night out, this vintage inspired creation has been featured in many well-known collections on the international ramp, as well as at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. Jean Paul Gaultier showcased a gorgeous double layered taffeta version, while Calvin Klein and Burberry introduced provocative baby-doll dresses in washed silk. Closer to home, Indian designers like Surily Goel and Suneet Varma preferred embellished chiffon and charming polka dots. For a glamorous look, pair this dress with leggings and a belt cinched high on the waist. For a more relaxed feel, team with flat sandals and an oversized bag. Whichever way you wear it, this is one trend that won't go unnoticed.

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