curls and gypsy twirls
to know what's in and what's not in fashion? Ruwanthi Herat Gunaratne
tailored coats, and stiff necklines. Peasant chic is in! The hottest
looks from the catwalk though not too practical have been cleverly
suit day to day to day wear.
nothing as big as the total folksy revolution that has hit the market,"
says Otara Chandiram of Odel (Pvt.) Ltd. "The ability to provide
designer styling at affordable prices is what has been a make or
break factor with many of the high street stores."
The look to
portray this season is decidedly soft, pretty, fresh and feminine.
But care has to be taken as it can get easily overdone and look
out of place. A gypsy skirt with a plain top or even a smart tailored
suit with a frilly shirt can do wonders.
folksy, it's gypsy," says Purnima Abeyaratne, "The gypsy
look comes from the 1970s. Skirts are flouncy and their lengths
vary. Bandannas and skull caps from the 1920s too are very popular."
But never fear,
those denims need not be hidden in the back of the closet this season.
"It has become the backbone of the modern wardrobe and there
are many ways to wear it, more than ever before. No longer is it
only suitable for the casual morning or a weekend jaunt but denim
can now be sexy, smart and super fashionable depending only on what
you team it up with," comments Otara. Denims should ideally
be faded and sport sequins, tassels and almost anything that can
accentuate the folksy look.
The 'must have'
this season seems to be a white suit which can be carried off in
style with different coordinates to make it look ultra dressy. Tiered
skirts and homespun fabric teamed together with rich crochet accessories
take centre stage at most dress boutiques.
If you want
to accessorize this is the time to do so. The belt has skyrocketed
to popularity. "Large ornate belts are also to be found as
well as belts of pure lace, either wide or narrow, which trim the
tops of the pants or skirts and add a touch of elegance," says
Otara. Jewellery is the main focus. The choice is endless and trimmings
especially on handbags are a top priority. Earrings, rings and bracelets
Purnima beaded lengthy chains are worn either tied somewhere in
the middle or wrapped around to form varying lengths - this has
been adopted from the 1920's. The season's fashions show heavy Spanish,
bohemian and a touch of Indian influence.
the key styles this season are ankle boots, and anything with top
stitching, perforations, lacing and patterned cuts. Ethnic sandals
and beady flip flops too are much in demand and are freely available.
"Shoes are heavily pointed," says Purnima, "They
can be open or closed but the pointed effect is always present."
in general is a perfect combination of the American Wild West and
home-spun folksy. If however, you don't want to go the whole hog
with the peasant look - any one of these accessories, teamed with
one of your favourite items from your wardrobe, can give a whole
new look," advises Otara.
that while straight hair is totally 'out' the gypsy curls worn either
long or short and sported with heavy eye make up forms the look
of the season.
look is rather bold but if you are willing to adapt, go ahead, it's
crazy, hip but free!