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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!

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They were a fad back in the 70s. They are redefining jewellery design now. Beads are adding contemporary sensibilities to classical thoughts to create jewellery for the women of today. Jewellery designer Riddhika Jesrani tells us how beads play a major role in creating elegant and modern jewellery designs

Statement Orange Day Beaded Necklace

Beads Represent an Evolution.

Women are evolving. They are becoming bolder and are willing to try new things. Fashion-oriented jewellery is one of these. Working with beads makes necklaces look grand and glamorous. How light reflects off faceted beads and makes the wearer shine is inspiring. It’s the attraction towards contemporary designs and materials that women are choosing to wear around their neck rather than traditional pieces. However, it’s important to not make the change look so drastic. That’s why adding some semi-precious stones helps bridge that thinking and strike a balance between the modern and traditional. It’s how vintage stories can be told in a young, contemporary manner.

Jewellery Design
Big Bold Gold Beaded Necklace

Jewellery is an Experience.

While designing, one must think about the person wearing it. How do you want her to feel? Once you have the answer to that question, use material, form, texture, and colour to design that feeling in your jewellery. Each piece is a story that can only be expressed with these four key elements. For example, a faceted bead will add a different look in a necklace than a plain red round one. If you’re looking to make the design fun, then just add some felt beads. If you’re working on kids’ collection, keep the colours bright and the textures fun enough for the kids to enjoy.

Jewellery Design
Signature Beaded Happy Buddha Necklace

There is Symmetry in Chaos.

It’s important to first visualise the design, scribble it out if required. Next, think of a colour scheme. Once that’s in place, pick out beads of different shape and size and lay them out. Then start eliminating. In other words, de-clutter. And you’ll realize that in the end, all you’re left with is what you string together. Make sure you take into consideration the colour and size of beads in order to balance your design.

Jewellery Design
Signature Beaded Sunny Yellow Necklace
Signature Beaded Purple Burst Necklace

Jewellery Need not be Serious.

Put some fun in it. Create designs that remind the wearer that it’s not always about being perfect. It’s about enjoying the moment and being comfortable with the way things are. We all know how Indians take their jewellery so seriously. The idea is to get customers to buy a piece because it makes them smile and feel good every time they put it on.

Jewellery Design
Signature Beaded Statement Elephant Necklace
Signature Beaded Disco Necklace

Fashion is Freedom.

Following fashion trends is totally out of fashion. What’s in, is to believe in your own style and follow what makes you comfortable in your skin. It’s this freedom that a jewellery designer must pass on. Treat each piece as an incomplete sentence, with a belief that the story becomes complete only when it is worn. After all, it’s not just about what statement the jewellery piece makes, but also about how the wearer wants to make that statement.

Jewellery Design
Signature Beaded Icy Pearl Necklace
Signature Beaded Fiery Tortoise Necklace

Be Idea-Driven Rather Than Technique Driven.

Because, if the idea is in place you will figure out a way to make it. An idea or a colour scheme can be drawn from anything, anytime. It could be a rainbow you spot while traveling or the unique combination of colours in the food you’re having. Inspiration can ignite anytime and that’s why it’s important to keep your eyes peeled and ears perked up for anything exciting. Don’t worry if you don’t know the technique. It can be learned on the job. Just be original and believe in your creativity and creations.

Jewellery Design
Signature Beaded Pitch Black Necklace
Peacock Frenzy

Published in Issue 11

This issue also explored the Jewellery Design & Wedding Photography with some cool techniques to learn from experts in Gyaan section.

 

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