Pratishtha Rana

History repeats itself and so does fashion from the bygone era. What was once considered bold soon becomes outdated only to make a reappearance a decade later as cool and stylish. We highlight trends from the ’90s that have steered back into the limelight this year.

DENIM ALL THE WAY

Aishwarya Rai in Falguni & Shane Peacock at Cannes 2019
Aishwarya Rai in Falguni & Shane Peacock at Cannes 2019
While denim has always been in fashion ever since the 1800s, styles and cuts have evolved with the seasons. Dungarees, baggy jeans, high-waist or mom jeans, flared jeans, jackets and skirts, once popular in the ’90s, find themselves back in the limelight. The love for denim is so strong that denim on denim is not a fashion faux pas but can be fashionable when done right. Personalising denim with embellishments and embroidery is also big.
The Ikat Story fashion
Denim Jeans from The Ikat Story
Chandni Sareen, founder of The Ikat Story upcycles vintage denim with ikat, her first love. “Denim on denim can be really heavy on the eyes, so we break the monotony by introducing ikat,” says Sareen.

ACING ATHLEISURE

HRX by Hrithik Roshan
HRX by Hrithik Roshan
With people becoming more health conscious and giving more emphasis to comfort, active wear is not confined to the gym. What ruled the streets during the ’90s were oversized tracksuits, cropped sweatshirts, Lycra leggings and cycling shorts. Now termed as athleisure, you can wear these all day. The trend has caught on and Indian celebrities, too, have launched their own lines – HRX by Hrithik Roshan and Skult by Shahid Kapoor. Today, you can dress up in comfortable redefined bomber jackets, joggers, cropped hoodies and mesh tops and still be fashionable at the same time.

HAUTE KAFTAN

Pria Kataaria Puri Kaftaan
Kaftaan by Pria Kataaria Puri
Flowy kaftans defined the ’70s, but its popularity dimmed during the ’80s, only to reinvent itself as a classic resort-piece in the 1990s. The ’90s print palette was about florals, bohemian and animal prints, with vivid colours that made kaftans an attractive affair. With resort-wear as a category growing by leaps and bounds, coloured kaftans are a staple style statement on and off the runways.
Designer Pria Kataaria Puri, known for her luxurious resort and evening wear, celebrates the garment in all its glory. “My love story with kaftans started 15 years ago and I haven’t looked back since. I primarily didn’t understand what a kaftan is until I lived in the Middle East. I realized it is very comfortable and elegant, and an important silhouette in the resort-wear,” shares Puri. Most of her collections now feature glamorous avatars in silk. The designer adds that the trick to carrying off a kaftan lies in clever styling.

COVETED COMBAT BOOTS

Giuseppe Zanotti Boots
Combat Boots by Giuseppe Zanotti
The grunge movement in the ’90s had men and women sporting combat boots. The tough and gritty boots are back, with Gigi and Bella Hadid sporting updated platform versions. Sport the trend by teaming combat boots with a floral dress, layered with a denim jacket. Designers like Giuseppe Zanotti and Alexa Chung have introduced a classic take on the combat boots for the season.

THE NEON PALETTE

Malaika Arora in Mandira Wirk
Malaika Arora in a neon outfit by Mandira Wirk
Spearheading the runway trends this year, neons are now making their way to the street. The bright pops of colour are splashed across apparel, accessories and footwear. The reflective colour scheme has witnessed a more sophisticated revival. Deepika Padukone picked a lime green Giambattista Valli tulle gown for a red carpet appearance at Cannes 2019. Closer home, Malaika Arora recently modelled a custom-made neon green pantsuit by Mandira Wirk. An indication that neons are here to stay.

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