“There is a general mood of escape in people which is being expressed increasingly through fashion, and prints narrate the same emotion effortlessly,” says Shivan Bhatiya, head designer, Shivan & Narresh, a luxury swimwear and resort wear brand. The designer duo suggests that apart from usual favourites like tropical, botanical, and foliage prints, bold art strokes, and even strong geometrical prints will take centre stage this season.
SUMMERS ARE HERE. Which means it is time to up your fashion quotient. However, fashion isn’t the same anymore, with the pandemic having altered its meaning. For example, work from home has begun to mean yoga pants and loungewear, replacing the need for that sharp suit one would wear to the office everyday. Functional silhouettes and comfort, above all else, became the priority for people last year. But with people focussing on their sartorial choices, there is still hope for fashion. And what can be a better season than summer to flaunt that perfect look! Here are five trends to look out for:
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