Borrowed from last year’s lockdown-led, stay at home trend, the key fashion statement this year is a confluence of comfort and chic. And now that the sweltering sun is right up on our heads, we suggest a closet refresh, full of light, dreamy and breezy outfits to help you sail through the summer of 2021.
Here is a round-up of what’s trending in prêt wear of the talented, made-in-India designer labels.
Varun Bahl Designer Varun Bahl’s collection, A Midsummer Dream, takes you through waves of pastel, summery hued outfits. His designs for the new season are perfect for festive events as well as regular lunch dates with friends.
Payal Singhal If the post-pandemic fashion scene could be manifested into clothes, it would likely be Payal Singhal’s latest collection ‘The New Normal’. “We did not look far and wide for inspiration, but at what’s unfolding right in front of our eyes,” says Singhal. The crepe, brocade and silk outfits feature striking kilim prints, textured surface embellishments and lots of tassels; Singhal’s signature design.
Cord A brand inspired by vintage fashion, Indian craftsmanship and long-lasting comfort, Cord presents its summer 2021 edit, Modern Archives. The dresses ooze elegance of clean silhouettes topped with watercolour prints on the fabric. The entire collection breathes earthy hues of copper, off-white, powder blue, sea green and brown.
House of Masaba Playful, modern and sporty, designer Masaba Gupta reimagines a perfect summer wardrobe. It includes her signature, exotic prints of animal and floral motifs that decorate her newly designed tracksuits, off-shoulder and wrap dress, maxis, kaftans and crop shirt and pant sets.
Ritu Kumar Boho and stunning, Ritu Kumar’s new collection for summer 2021 offers the wearer ample ways to mix and match. For the lovers of patchwork, geometric and floral prints and co-ord sets, her line-up of kaftans, layered dhoti pants, crop blouses, printed capes, scarves and fluid maxi dresses are some trendy, timeless options for the season.
Arpita Mehta A stunning red dress on a sizzling sunny day; Arpita Mehta wins the summer style game for her new collection, Reflections. It has the most colourful, carefree outfits that are topped with textured mirror work and seashell, floral and sand leaf prints.
Alamelu by House of Angadi Alamelu is a luxury, ready-to-wear sub-label of House of Angadi, headed by K.H. Radharaman. His new SS21 edit, Close to the Art, has been photographed with backdrops of his former hometown Chennai’s public art spaces. The outfits are a burst of silk sheers, linen blends and super airy silhouettes. The colours feature a sombre palette of icy blue, pale yellow, light pink and white.
Swatee Singh Known for marrying feminine silhouettes with edgy, artistic designs, Swatee Singh’s eponymous label focuses on being size-inclusive with her outfits. Her new ready-to-wear range, Zeita, translates to a goddess in Romanian and is inspired by her trip to Mexico.
Key pieces include co-ords, jumpsuits, pleated dresses and corset gowns. Bold shades of red, electric blue, metallics, black, green, orange, lilac and pale pink dominate her collection.
Uniqlo U by Christophe Lemaire A trendsetting collaboration with Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire, Uniqlo’s modern-minimal line-up for SS21 focuses on sophisticated essentials with versatile silhouettes for am to pm. The clothes feature soft, earthy colours of peach, pink, beige, green and navy blue, fused with easy stripes print, colour-blocking and monotonal styling.
Shilpsutra One of Bollywood’s sought-after brands for handcrafted juttis, Shilpsutra has now ventured into luxury ready-to-wear line as well. Its new collection, Revival, brings a splash of some refreshing, fun tones in the outfits. Primarily, the pieces are all created out of light, sustainable pure cotton and organza to marry comfort silhouettes for the summer.