What’s hot in haute couture?


1. Daring with deep V neck
This season, major trend setters like Julien Fournie, Schiaparelli and Giorgio Armani Prive had models sashaying in deep-V necklines. Deep Vs are an extremely minimalist tool to instantly look sexy. Ranging from sexy, sheer V-neck slip dresses to modern, structured silhouettes – there’s a style for every woman. While you may want to stay away from the trend when it comes to office wear, how about daring to take the plunge off-duty?
2. Shakespeare-inspired collars
Queen Elizabeth I used to wear garments with ruffled collars and remarkable, elegant sleeves – garments that add character. Pay homage to the austere yet forever-fashionable Elizabethan times and create a soft, high collar for your shirts and dresses, like Valentino did on the ramp. To give this trend a unique twist, you can play around with different sizes and kinds of ruffles. Want to go extreme with the Victorian trend? Consider collars in capes.3. Birds of a feather
If there’s one trend that oozes glamour and induces jaw-dropping reactions whenever it pops up on the red carpet, it’s feathers. Big, small, thin, plentiful, feathers are everywhere at the moment and they are being used in the most innovative and exciting ways. While British fashion designer Giles Deacon covered a dress in ostrich plumage, Chanel had its bridal wear with tufts of delicate apricot- colour feathers. Closer home, Hemant and Nandita used feathers on collars as a decorative embellishment.
4. Gowns with whimsical prints
Nothing says couture like intricate embroidery and detailed prints. But this season, designers went in for whimsical motifs and playful graphics that channelled everything from food and flowers to wolves, deer and fairy tales. Zuhair Murad crafted a mountainside village on an attractive number, while Karl Lagerfeld drew Scandinavian landscapes on Fendi dresses. Frocks with city prints on the front are a rage too.
Tip: Risky and attractive at the same time, overall prints are not everyone’s cup of tea. If you have the confidence to wear them with style, you are sure to make a fashion-forward statement.

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