Asian fashion has been focused on the modern woman
Saree, the quintessence of femininity and grace.
The shimmer of the blouse, the drape of the border trim, and the colours of many moods, all woven together for an exquisite fashionable shaping.
In recent years, saree fashion has spread wider across the world, whilst expanding itself to fusion with Western culture.
To compliment, even Asian jewellery, such as bangles, bindis and tikkas, have been sold in high-street stores, such as Topshop!
It is clear from collections and catwalks that saree collections for 2017 are taking on a Western influence. Designers are combining chic style with very traditional Asian fashion staples.
Once again, this year seems to be no different, bringing us the best of fashion.
So, what does DESIblitz see when looking into the saree fashion crystal ball for 2017?
Velvet takes the Victory
On the catwalk, models can be seen parading in velvet masterpieces. Designers have creatively used the material for blouses or as detailing on the skirt or pallu.
This trend is royalty.
In particular, for the winter months, there is nothing more sophisticated than wearing a velvet ensemble.
With attention to the velvet blouses and its intricate gold resham and zari embroidery, designers have given the saree an instant classy look. These blouses are a regal splendour!
Velvet is a favourite of actress and former Miss World, Priyanka Chopra. Sonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma are also amongst the stylish celebrities who have gracefully styled this look.
Invest in velvet as it is timeless and the thicker fabric can always assist in keeping you warm!
Clearly, 2017 is set to rise in velvet combined sarees, and we can certainly see why.
More Flesh? More Mesh!
Asian designers are embracing the modern woman and adding cheeky mesh details into the sarees to flaunt a little bit of skin!
Of course, using thin veils of mesh still keeps something to the imagination and keeps you looking chic.
Cut-outs and netting patterns were also seen on the runway and may make a bigger appearance during the year.
There is only one way to add a distinct sheen to your otherwise boring saree, go sheer on your blouse.
Sheer or net blouses can give a splash of glamour to the entire saree.
To exemplify, take a cue from Deepika Padukone and go sheer on the neck area!
Additionally, just see how beautiful net sleeved blouses look.
A much-loved look for 2017!
Embroidery is going to be big for 2017.
With floral tapestries, paisley patterns and even animal motifs. As such, these designs, embroidered onto sarees will keep you looking flirty and feminine.
Of course, decked out needlework is what makes the Asian fashion a prominent feature.
Designers are now using more modern patterns, like gingham, to bring traditional glam into the 21st century.
The stunning Shraddha Kapoor has been recently spotted in a saree, with a blouse coasted in zigzags.
Designer Abraham Thakore created a beautiful collection using geometric prints. Such patterns are perfect to make a statement at any event.
A key element to any saree is the border. Particularly because it is so close to the face appearance.
Designers seem to have embraced this and are giving borders some deserved attention.
Some are even thinking outside the traditional box. Tarun Tahiliani has created a tasselled beauty of a saree. Tassels and fringes are now adding extra dimensions to them.
However, thick embroidered borders with diamantes are still used for an elegant touch. Aarti Gupta adds them to her simple classic sarees for a wow factor.
Look out for detailed and attractive borders for 2017!
Contrasting colours are increasingly popular. A frequent feature of India’s leading clothing line, Natasha Couture sarees.
Not only do they help if you simply can’t decide what colour you want, they add a pop of fun into any saree.
For a chic look, try gold and black tones. Or if you’re going for something more fun, colours like peach and red will definitely aid you in standing out.
DESIblitz Tip: You don’t always have to go out and buy a new saree to stay on trend. Buy a new blouse for an existing saree, to contrast the colours for 2017!
Saree Drape Styles
Since recently, Asian fashion has been focused on the modern woman. It is likely that females will be more experimental with the way they drape their sarees in 2017.
Getting funkier with putting them on, women are deviating from the traditional cross body style and are creating new looks.
Instead, try bringing the pallu from the back, over your shoulders, to hang by your side. Or, drape the pallu over your petticoat, to create a saree-lehenga for an eye-catching look.
Goodbye Saree Blouses
In addition, saree blouses have been replaced by jackets and waistcoats, and are extended down, some even to floor length.
Soltee by Sulakshana Monga hit the catwalk by storm. This collection, like a few others, have brought waistcoats into saree trends as a modern touch.
Designers have also adopted the drop-hem trend and cropped saree blouses. They now have hems which fall and flow beautifully, whilst still accenting the skirt.
Other saree trends you can look forward to wearing in 2017 include wide necklines for blouses, pastel colours and trains on sari petticoats.
Manish Malhotra, one of the biggest names in Asian fashion, displayed his 2017 collection at Lakmé Fashion Week. He highlighted some of the trends mentioned above, including contrasting colours, draped materials, butterfly embroidery and heavy borders.
Styling the gorgeous Shilpa Shetty, he says:
“Looking phenomenal in a bespoke Manish Malhotra label, yellow floral saree and velvet red blouse.”
It is clear that 2017 will hold big things for Asian trends. And, sarees being at the forefront of it all as the most recognised Indian garment, will further have its popularity increased.
With different events every weekend within the Asian community, sarees are always a good piece to have in your wardrobe. And, these 2017 trends will only keep you wanting more!