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By Maheen Khan Fashion designer, Mayasir
Q. Some of the major fashion events have taken place over the past few weeks showing the styles for the next season. Especially in the subcontinent, Lakme Fashion Week is seen as an important directional event for the region. Could you highlight the main fashion trends?
A. There are many aspects and facets of such showing across the globe. In most cases such shows reflect the markets for which the lines are developed. In most cases lines are developed with target customers in mind. Globalisation of market is making and setting trends that cross continents. With the use of visual and electronic media styles, shapes, trimmings and colours are picked up around the world almost at the same time.
Green is the new pink, although I don't know how well it will be accepted. The popular shades are olive, sea green, lime and so on. Greens are also being used as accent colours. For example you can still continue to wear your coral pink dress but now use green accessories as belt, shoe, hair and jewellery.
Stripes are the biggest pattern out this season, big or small, bold or fine, even or uneven. Stripes never looked better, but not left just on their own instead when they are used with solids in moderation they stand out. You can also use stripes in your home furnishings. Polka dots are also back as a significant surface pattern. Bigger polkas are looking refreshingly good.
Feminine ruched applications on blouses, skirts, capri and bias asymmetrical layered dresses have probably come back in fashion. Drawstrings to create interest on styles bring to light a seventies inspiration, soft rounded shapes and flares are styles to look for in garments. Pockets are also an important element especially on trousers.
Clothes can take on complete new dimension this season. Gypsy chic is clearly the trend of the moment. Let me elaborate on this by giving an example. Lets say a light T-shirt is worn under a blouse, which can be put under a sleeveless jacket, wrap the waist with a wide belt, pair them with a flared bias skirt. Voila it can turn into a great style for today. The showings suggest that bold accessories in hoop earring, wide bangles, soft bags in large or small utility sizes are happening and wedge heel shoes are the cutting edge style for spring. One needs to look at trends, but really you must decide on your own style, and pick up lines that best suits you.
Mother's to be require special attention. Looking good is very important for a pregnant person. Comfort is vital. In Dhaka light cotton fabrics are good. There are many different kinds of cotton fabrics available in the local market. Voile, addi, and plain cotton weaves, which are slightly heavier are also acceptable. Plain solid colors can be very dull some time so one can pep up the pattern by using checks, stripes or prints. I suppose I am not aware of stores that cater to maternity garments, although there are many places that offer plus sizes. But one should not think they are the same. The vast majority of women during pregnancy only gain weight around the abdomen with some more distributed around the body and chest area. The shoulders, sleeve length, body length will essentially remain the same. A very good shape for a maternity outfit would be a v-neck, with a umpire waist, short sleeves, a bias cut lower body with flared hem lines that open up for the baby.
Dear Maheen Khan
It is important to look professional when you go for your interview. It does reflect great attitude, personality and in general personal hygiene.
Colours are very important. Neutral colours, in beige, stone, taupe, coffee xand so on. Suits are very good, but you could also wear jackets with trousers in complimenting colors, rather than in a contrast color. For example wear a beige jacket with a white trousers. For summer interview wear linen. Stripes are the biggest pattern this season, wear it on your shirt in subtle colors, wear with cufflinks. Your ties should not be loud but rather blend in well with your ensemble. Shoes, belts, filers or attaché cases should not look brand new but rather well used. As a formal wear your shoes should look sleek not oversized and bulky. Get a smart hair cut. Good luck.
But I have lost touch with shopping malls. Can you please suggest what is in style these days. What sort of kamiz, cuts or colour. I am 32 and not too chubby or not too slim. Please help me.
I see that you are bored with your look. Professions and environments dictate certain styles and at times it is just refreshing and rejuvenating to change. There are loads of styles that are current right now. It all depends on your personal taste. Mid length kameez with tapered trousers or short lengths with patiala salwers, short kurtas with churidars. If you have a medium figure all these styles will probably work for you. Use light cotton fabrics this summer in solids, white is the most important color, paired with bright contrast bottoms. The colors this summer will be shades of green, pink, and the neutrals played up with vibrant shades. This is a wonderful whimsical combination. I would highly recommend interesting doppattas in texture and weaves as an accessory. I think most shops that deal in handloom should have interesting accessories that you could play, mix and match.
By The Way
Removing eye make up, the easy way
Eye make-up removers can be a pain, especially the kind that tends to dry out the skin! Why not try something home-made for a change? Mix one tbs castor oil, one tbs light olive oil and two tsp corn oil. Apply with tissue or cotton ball around the eyes.
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