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