Watching fashion shows and latest trends season after season we have realised that clothes have become a symbol of individuality while being more outrageous than ever before. The social landscape today is altering at a pace where diversity, unity and power to express freedom through clothes is reigning in the fashion corridors and so is peoples’ inclination to adorn this transformation.
The year 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade and symbolizes a fresh birth. A period when fashion is likely to celebrate individuality, diversity and unity. Fashion styles will activate a change by paying homage to the old and getting influenced by the new standout trends that will rule the 2020 runways. These are the five fashion trends to make your own style statement by Antonio Maurizio Grioli, Dean, School of Fashion, Pearl Academy.
01 Power of Equality
Why should fashion have rules? And if it does, then this year is all about breaking the rules and celebrating freedom. The past few years have been transformational for India when it comes to discussing the notion of gender fluidity. It gained massive attraction and continues to do so with people expressing their inner-self by adorning clothes that express their desires to look a certain way.
Gender-neutral fashion is set to be a new rage in 2020. Initiated in the last decade, gender-neutral trend gives us the freedom to celebrate all aspects of our personalities. From the runway to the streets, fashionistas are challenging the norm and embarking on uncharted paths and breaking the stigma attached to what is too masculine or feminine? In the real sense, nothing of such a kind exists. Rather, it is all about the right to equality, the right to express by being our most fabulous selves, and exude glamour and confidence.
02 Let there be Joy!
Yes! It is all about joy at the end of the day and the colour of joy and celebration is expected to rule this year. It has the sunshine of yellow and the luxurious feel of gold. You can shine with grace and panache by adorning vibrant mustards and yellows. While mustard may not be your favourite condiment, but it can definitely add a sprinkle of joy to your wardrobe this year. It works well with both, Indian and western clothing. If an overdose of yellow is not to your liking then adding hints of it by incorporating it with your accessories, such as socks, bags and scarfs, can make a huge difference.
03 Room to Grow
The boxy blazer has been in trend for a while and it would continue to make its presence felt in 2020 as well. It gives a sense of power without any constraints. Layered or double breasted, neutral or brightly coloured, basic or patterned; the boxy blazer gives you the room to experiment and express your most confident self. Pair it with pants and stilettos or denim cut-off and ankle boots; boxy blazers have a way of bringing cohesiveness to all kinds of styles statements.
04 Is Our Future Spotty?
Welcome to the year of Yayoi Kusama. Polka here, polka there, polka dots everywhere! Polka dots are always fun. This year, they are going to be all rage and will give us major retro feels. Polkas can be playful and childlike, elegant, geometric or just random! You can either go polka happy or wear them with understated sophistication. They are available as prints, embroideries, weaves etc. and can be adorned both formally as well as casually.
05 Let’s Save the Planet
Sustainability is not a new concept, and neither is upcycling. However, 2020 is going to break the notion that upcycling is only for a selected few and a trend which can only accomplish a certain look and style. From artsy patchwork, deconstructed garments to elegant and glamourous power suits, this year upcycling is going to get a makeover. Not all of us can be completely sustainable, but we can do our bit. From chic to quirky, ethnic to modern; rethinking and restyling of old pieces, the notion of sustainability with fashion will let us enjoy our individuality through garments while helping the planet at the same time.
Trends are a great framework to be updated in the world of fashion. There are many more in 2020 that could help you feel fabulous and updated, such as crochet, true blue, puffy sleeves etc. However, don’t be afraid to express your unique individuality. Be glamorous, chic or quirky. More importantly, just be you!