Bohemian fashion is fusing with the most popular trends of 2013 to create exciting new styles. Kasmin Fernandes introduces you to eight of them
CALL it an effect of the shift in global consciousness or a gypsy revival, the fashion world is witnessing a bohemian bonanza this summer. The boho chic movement — defined by a marriage of colourful folk-inspired elements with simple modern pieces — is storming the ramps and the high street with fresh zeal and modern updates.
Says Delhi-based designer Rajdeep Ranawat, “With the ecological shift the world is going through, fabrics and shapes are getting sturdier and more organic in contrast to the volumes of viscose and polyester of the past.” The new-age bohemian trend is all about slimmer silhouettes, well co-ordinated prints and contemporary accessories that either pair well with current trends or create their own.
Contrary to past tendencies towards esoteric frills, the emphasis now is on accessibility and travel-friendliness. Although experimentation is the key, modern boho chic is about practicality; comfort gets more importance than adornment. Says boutique owner Rasika Wakalkar from Pune, “Whichever avatar you sport, it should look like it has just been thrown together with careful disregard.” We present eight new avatars.
Pia Pauro borrowed from the clothing and hairstyles of the ancient Greeks to infuse sexiness into her signature boho look. Pick a frilly white off-shoulder mini that has colourful embroidery at the hem. Cinch it at the waist with a narrow belt. Slip into golden gladiator heels, and bring out your inner goddess with a braided Grecian updo.
Eclectic designer Daniel Syiem from Shillong, Meghalaya, has taken daily wear outfits of the Khasi tribe and translated their fluidity into shift dresses. Support sustainable fashion in your own way by buying modern pieces made from indigenous fabrics and recycled materials on your next shopping spree.
This soft and structured look is inspired by the enchanting land of Egypt, its sand dunes and regal motifs. Think simple, flowy Indo-western wear such as dresses, gowns and saris, with delicate gathers and exaggerated collars. Keep the colour palette earthy — fresh cream, copper, mud and bronze. Pick tribal accessories made from natural materials.
Give a boho chic twist to the iconic mini-skirt-and-knottedtank ensemble seen on actress Dimple Kapadia in the 1973 film Bobby. Contrast a multicoloured knotted blouse with a block printed mini. “Keep the prints big and the colours bold,” says designer Simrita Dhillon from Mumbai. To be attempted only if you have a small waist and enviable legs.
Incorporate the effects of snake skins and tattoos of warrior tribes — specially the Mauri tribes of New Zealand — with natural fabrics like khadi, linen, silk and cotton for fusion workwear with an edge. Pair an elegant maroon striped asymmetric coat and tuxedo-style shirt in black organza with slim trousers and black pumps.
This is the most corporate among the new boho chic avatars. Pick sheath and draped dresses in soft pastels with earthy touches, made out of fabrics that will stand the rigours of an executive’s fastpaced lifestyle — cotton chambray, satin, twill, linen, lycra and silk. The silhouettes are crisp with hints of trims and subtle layering.
This variation is an offshoot of the traditional anarkali. Ask your darzi to stitch a flared, multi-layered, multi-coloured anarkali in a floral print. The hem should end at the knee. Pull on a neon dupatta but lose the pyjama. “Complete the look with bright wedges and chunky stacked bangles,” suggests Delhi-based designer Gautam Gupta.
Priyangsu Maji and Sweta Tantia’s collection at Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 merged Indian weaves with North African tribal concepts. To sport this cybercool-meets tribal look, shop for asymmetrical blouses and blazers embellished with hand-tucked embroidery, pearls, pleats or buttons, and pair with slouchy trousers.