India has an immense creative side when it comes to fashion. Indian fashion stalwarts like Sabyasachi, Anita Dongre, Ritu Kumar are all influenced in some way or the other by our culture and nature practices. The folk prints from India have rampaged across the global market with acceptance and appearance.
Let us check out the major touch ups from India that have influenced the global fashion today!
Indian Red hue and heavy make-up
Heavy make up with equal definitions to the eyes and lips are variants of Indian Make up tradition owing to the skin texture and the climate here that reflects the colorful shimmer with a ferocious double. In recent years, the West has picked upon the trend gradually and the bright red lipstick is a must stick now!
The Indian Fashion Trend- Floral!
Sabyasachi, the biggest fashion name for the Indian fashion and culture has brought out his best- the Spring Floral Fashion Collection! After it was announced that floral is the print of the season, the fashion research suggested that Indian fashion culture is adorned with floral fashion- an apt pick for the Western brands. Deriving a theoretical understanding from the picks and lacing it with western ideas is the new trend.
Pheran Shift Dresses- A gift from Kashmir!
The Kashmir print and design of the clothing is the new nerd fashion trend. Look closely, the over sized kurta with trousers adorned with balanced color variations or prints are the recent joy for people of comfort! The Western fashion trend this year deems to comfort. A very balanced global fashion is appreciated and retrieved from the basic Kashmir folk culture.
The Long Indian Tradition of Wrap Around
Wrap Arounds are a basic skirt version of the Sari. It is comfortable to wear and immensely stylish to flaunt about. North East India has a long history of fashionable wrap around skirts and Mekhala Chadar. The recent hit in the West is a tradition in India!
The Indi-Fusion Wear
The custom of fusion wear goes both sides, it is a popular fashion choice in India too! A conjoint of western outfit with either folk prints or vice versa is in popular demand today. Heavy accessorizing is also a big Indian Fashion Revolution ladies!
The Indian Folk prints
The diversity of the Indian Culture makes it possible for a variety of prints in the fashion world. There is a range to pick from- from Chanderi, Madhubani, Block and many other popular prints available. The Western designers have picked up a fusion of this diversity and have come up with bright hues and big Indian prints. The big floral Pheran prints from Kashmir and abstract contemporary designs are very much in trend.
Mid Part hair with indigo prints- the Indian enigma!
The most in demand and in accuracy with the summer style and nature- The Indigo Print is the new market favorite! The very subtle prints of nature or mandala designs have their origins in India. It has gathered momentum in the name of the Indian classic! Adorned with a ravishing indigo print apparel and minimalism with basic mid part or braided hair is the Indian picture of calm fashion that the West is loving today!
Know your roots of fashion, they come from within you!
Colour blocking has been used by the designers for many years. It is an amazing way to add a touch of elegance or quirkiness to even the simplest of outfits depending on the colour schemes used. Lately, we have seen a lot of popularity of this trend amongst the public and everyone is using the colour blocking trend in their own unique way. Also, people seem to love the versatility and fun factor of this stylish trend. This trend gives you the freedom to experiment with different colour schemes, textures and patterns to create catchy and fun looks.
The colour block designs generally have a combination of two colours that are opposites on the colour wheel. Often, these colours are louder and are the ones which you would otherwise not wear together. Sometimes, even three colours are used in a colour block pattern.
One of the best benefits of this fun trend is that it allows you to accentuate your body parts by combining the colour and pattern in a particular way to as to enhance a particular body part. It also makes people look taller or thinner. Who would not like to have these benefits, right?
It is not always necessary that the colour block designs will have 2-3 bright colours only. Some outfits also include neutral shades to add a touch of subtleness to the outfit.
Designers like Elie Saab, Bottega Veneta, Derek Lam, Chanel, Christopher Kane, DKNY, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Rebecca Taylor and many more have used their creativity to create amazing c and perfect colour block designs.
This cool block trend is surely a retro trend which has made a comeback recently, but I am sure everyone is happy to have this trend back in fashion. Just like us, even the celebrities are seen adorning this fun trend in their everyday as well as event looks. We have seen our favourite celebs like Malaika Arora Khan, Bipasha Basu, Eva Longoria, Jessica Alba, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and many others rock this block trend and we surely love the way they experiment with and style this fun trend.
Colour block trend is used in apparel, shoes, accessories and makeup too. Also, these days you will see this retro trend in home decor and interiors too. We are sure you must have seen this trend being used almost everywhere these days. Why should you stay behind? Go ahead and try this trend. This trend is totally worth a try. You are sure to fall in love with the colour block style, and once you start following it, it is surely very tough to stay away from this trend.
For all of you who love this colour block style but are afraid to try it because you are not sure if you will be able to mix the colours well or maybe worried that you will look good/bad in this trend, let us help you with a few simple tips to help you style yourself in this funky fashion trend.
For the beginners, try pairing two colours first. You can either pair two contrasting colours ( green and pink, yellow and purple, etc,) or two similar colours (yellow and orange, red and orange, blue and green). If you are too afraid to try the loud colours at once, try wearing an outfit with a neutral base colour and colour block design on it. To complete the look, don’t forget to pair your outfit with neutral shoes and accessories. You definitely don’t to be immersed in too many colours, right?
For those of you who are short, avoid heavy block designs or horizontal patterns. As you are aware, these make you look even shorter (which you don’t want to). Make the most out of this trend and utilise it well. Wear outfits that don’t have a heavy block pattern. Subtle designs are the best for you. Also, try and get the outfits that have somewhat vertical patterns.
If you are too unsure about trying this trend, simply pair similar shades together (like a light pink top with a dark pink skirt/ pant, light blue and blue combination, etc.) and wear quirky shoes in a contrast colour. See how it will suddenly make you look like a diva while keeping in line with the colour block trend.
Try creating a colour block look incorporating some funky accessories. Pick up those chunky earrings, bracelets, neckpieces in contrast colours and give it a try. You are surely going to look gorgeous and make heads turn for your captivating fashion statement.
With your normal outfit, pair a handbag in a bold colour. This is yet another way to incorporate the colour block trend in your daily fashion and look uber cool.
How about trying some colour block patterns with makeup? Believe it or not, it looks amazing and gives you the freedom to experiment a lot and create your own unique looks. For beginners, you can opt for pairing quirky colours of eyeshadow and lipstick, eyeshadow and eyeliner, eyeshadow and nails, etc. And for those of you who are not afraid to try out some bold colours and carry them comfortably, you have a plethora of choices for your makeup looks that you can create that follow the colour block trend. Also, additionally, I am sure you all can come up with even more different looks. Just keep experimenting and explore this block trend to the fullest.
Now that we have seen this trend being incorporated everywhere, how can this not be used in hair styling? You are right, you can have colour blocked hair too. This is definitely a pretty bold look that you will get for yourself. However, if you use temporary colours, you don’t really have to carry such a bold look everyday. Here is some colour block hair inspiration for you all.
Hope these tips are helpful and you all (those of you who have not yet tried this trend) will try and incorporate this trend into your looks.
The colour block trend quickly got a lot of popularity and still people seem to love it as much as they did when they learn about this trend for the first time. Colour block trend is seen on the runways and well-known fashion shows very often and a lot of designers seem to be using this trend for their designs. And why not, after all it is such a fun way to add definition to a look.
Considering the popularity of the colour block trend, we definitely don’t see this trend going out of fashion soon. Also, even the latest collections of many designers worldwide, still have used the colour block trend. This gives you yet another reason to stick around with this trend and keep rocking your looks.
Amongst all the retro trends that have made a comeback lately, the colour block trend is one of those trends that immediately got a lot of popularity and is here to last. So yes, you can stock up on those beautiful colour block outfits without worrying about them being out of fashion. Colour block it your way and flaunt your unique style.
Here’s some trendy colour block looks that we love.
Stay tuned to read about more interesting trends and styles that you can follow in your everyday life.
The fashion industry has evolved a lot over the years. Be it the designs, the techniques, and tools used for processing the material, ways used to recycle the waste; everything has changed.
The value of global apparel market is approximately 3 trillion dollars and also accounts for 2% of the world’s GDP. The garment industry accounts for around 10% of carbon emissions globally and is the second largest industrial polluter, after oil.
The amount of pollution caused by fashion industry alone is so large that it definitely needs to be looked at seriously by everyone working with or utilising the products produced by this 3 Trillion USD industry.
With time, people have changed with regards to their taste in products they consume, the way they look at things, the awareness they have about global issues. This has helped introduce the sustainable clothing and other green technology in the fashion industry. As the awareness about the concerns is growing among people, they are open to accepting eco-friendly and organic options for their daily necessities.
Considering this, the fashion industry has been utilising newer technologies and processes to make this industry environment-friendly and cause as much less pollution as it can. Organic fabrics and green technology in fashion are surely gaining pace these days. Also, slowly but steadily people are becoming aware of the importance of green technology in fashion.
Let’s know a little more about the organic fabric/ clothing and its benefits.
Organic fabrics are primarily made from materials grown in compliance with organic agricultural standards. These may be prepared from cotton, jute, silk, wool or any other material that is grown organically. Some of the positives of Organic Fabric include:
– No usage of pesticides or other chemicals
– Organic farming produces very fewer CO2 emissions
– Organic farming needs far less water thus saving it for another purpose
– Fabric is easily recycled without creating any waste residue in the land
So yes, if you look at all the details carefully, it is evident that organic fabrics and the usage of green technology in fashion is surely the future of this industry to flaunt the fabulous designs we like without harming the environment.
Nowadays, almost every type of fabric is produced organically like cotton, jute, silk, wool, etc. This allows the designers and manufacturers to create an array of various creative designs to suit the choices of different consumers.
Apart from the usage of organic fabrics, there are many other techniques and technological advances that are used in the fashion industry which are eco-friendly.
o Fabric from food products
A lot of companies are manufacturing fabrics from different food products like milk, tea/coffee. This fabric is as good as the traditional fabric and also easy to recycle. Many designers use this method, and people love this innovative fabric.
Natural cellulosic fabric
One of the modern organic materials in the news is natural cellulosic fabric like LIVA. This one is made from natural fibers derived from wood pulp which is a renewable resource and is super comfortable, soft and chic. It is popular for its flow and the way it transforms the overall look of the person wearing this fabric. To produce this fabric, trees are specially grown so that the green cover of the earth is not depleted. Also, the production process saves an enormous amount of water as compared to other fabrics. This eco-friendly fabric is being used by a lot of brands and is already gaining popularity amongst the consumers.
Keeping aside the age-old technique of dying fabrics using tonnes and tonnes of chemicals, recently the air dying technique is gaining pace. Also, this technology saves a lot of water and energy and does not produce any harmful by-products.
o Digital printing
A very innovative green technology used in the fashion industry these days is digital printing. In this method, prints are directly applied to the fabric thereby reducing the usage of water and minimising the waste. Digitally printed clothes are already very popular amongst the consumers.
o Fabrics from Plastic and Glass Bottles
Yes, you heard it right. A lot of companies use the latest technology wherein clothing material is made out of old plastic bottles and glass bottles. Typically, in this method, the plastic/ glass bottles are broken down into fine pieces, molten and then combined with other fabric like cotton to create a new fabric which is soft, durable and eco-friendly. Mostly, a lot of companies use this technology to make denim.
o Hand Dying
While the fashion industry is using a lot of innovative and new-age technology, some companies are going back to the age-old technique of hand dying using organic dyes prepared from locally grown produce. Majorly, smaller companies are opting for this method and not the huge fashion houses.
o Water-free washing technology for denim
A new technology allows us to do a waterless wash to create the different types of finishes we see on the denim. As per its name, this technique reduces the usage of water to 28-96%.
o Direct Panel on Loom (DPOL) technology
Popularly known as Smart Tailoring, Direct Panel on Loom (DPOL) technology was created by an Indian designer to increase the fabric efficiency and to reduce the lead-time to manufacture high-end garments. In this method, the weaving, fabric cutting and patterning happens together. The loom machine is attached to a computer system wherein details about the design, pattern, colour, etc. are entered into the system. The loom directly produces exact cut pieces with the designs which just need to be constructed together to prepare the final clothing piece.
o Upcycled Jewelry
A lot of companies are upcycling waste products like paper scraps, old keyboards, etc. to create funky and innovative jewellery.
o Recyclable Shoes/ Fabric
Another innovative green technology used in the fashion industry is recyclable shoes/ material. This fabric and shoes are made from 100% recyclable material and are undoubtedly unique and trendy.
o Bio-filtering Wastewater
As we all know, a lot of waste water is produced through the different processes and steps followed by the fabric manufacturers in the fashion industry. As much as we need to create green technology for producing and treating the fabric, we equally need green technology to filter or process the wastewater. Bio-filtering is an innovative process that helps to remove the most toxic textile dye components by breaking them down through treatments like ozone treatment which is then followed by the actual bio-filtering wherein the filter has aggregates of microorganisms that process the wastewater in an eco-friendly way. Compared to traditional filtering methods, this technique produces almost 80% less sludge.
This article provides just a glimpse of the various green technologies that is used in the fashion industry lately. Researchers are always on the lookout for newer and more efficient technologies that will help the fashion industry take the greener route for various procedures. We will surely see many more technological advances that will assist the fashion industry to take the green path and contribute to maintaining a clean and green environment.
Also, the consumers are not yet very open to the idea/ concept of organic fabrics or other green technology in fashion. As the organic fabric is a little bit more expensive than the traditional ones, people tend to opt for the traditional fabric without giving it much thought. Hence there is much requirement of creating awareness among them for the adoption of these advances in the fashion industry.
A lot of designers and fashion brands like The Vanca are now adopting the usage of organic materials and other green technologies in their processes. They positively support the newer green methods for the long-term environment-friendly benefits as well as the efficiency and durability of such clothing. However, just utilising the green technology in the production and processing is not enough. Companies should also focus on raising awareness amongst the consumers about the importance and benefits of the organic fabric and green technology that is being used in the fashion industry. This will surely help them popularise the idea of organic materials and nature-friendly green technologies and also help the larger cause of adapting to eco-friendly ways of daily needs. Slowly but eventually, people will accept the greenway which will lead to pollution free, healthy and clean environment.