2013 – A Fashion Flashback

It is that time of the year when lively melodies and Christmas carols fill the atmosphere, the glitter and the gleam adds to the delight of the fest. It just makes the end of the year vibrant, with celebrations just round the corner. The dip in the temperature calls for long strolls amidst the mist of a winter morning, while we cuddle up in our blankets and soak in its warmth. The year bids a cool adieu and leaves us with some pleasant memories that we would cherish for a long time. What we take back with us is the striking style, stupendous stories and flamboyant music, seen and heard all around us.

Bollywood contributes to a major chunk of these memories, be it through its dialogues, its films, its songs, its action or its fashion. This year, the industry might have started with some BO tankers moving on to extravagant projects like Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola with its over-the-top comedy, but it steadily gained pace with some off-beat, albeit commercial films like Inkaar which showed us a new face of the corporate world; ABCD-Any Body Can Dance, which taught us many supple dance moves; Kai Po Che, that was a reiteration of a lovely tale, to name a few. Then we had a blockbuster hit with graceful music and melodies, Aashiqui 2.

Much like the yesteryears, 2013 too gave us some memorable tips that are sure to add verve to our wardrobe. If autumn was about opulence with its bold colors, merry prints and grandeur fashion, there was something of sophistication and style too. The embroidered laces created ripples as did the transparent fabrics. The two were seen in almost all the chic outfits of the season. Emblazed with variety, from color-blocking to neons and pops to the more subtle black and white; we have abundant fashion to rave about!

Bollywood celebs promised us as much fashion as did the films. Bold aviators which we borrowed from Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara. Akki’s fans might have been elated to sport the cool gangster look with a slick hair-do, pencil-thin mustache and dark aviators, but the film certainly left behind the charm of these aviators which then became a must inclusion in our wardrobe. History has it that pilots would use sunglasses to save their eyes from the strong UV rays; it is from here that these glasses got the name which originally became a rage in the ’60s. For the same reason, Tom Cruise was seen sporting ’em in Top Gun. However, the aviator-look has finally made a foray into Bollywood’s style statement and is here to stay.

Next, we saw a fashion Goddess re-emerge in Bollywood-ian avatar. With hits after hits, what Deepika Padukone has left for us is geeky wayfarers from Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani, vibrant Ghaghra-cholis from Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela and colorful Dhavanis from Chennai Express. The geek-girl look Deepika sported with her wayfarers in Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani made these glasses a fashion-fad amongst the youth. A whole new look on the life of the geeks, through these geeky yet chic spectacles that add an oomph factor to one’s overall personality. Wayfarers for the win! Then came the Dhavanis in vibrant colors that the style-goddess gracefully carried off and blended them well with the contemporary Indian ethos. Furthermore, the sprightly character of Leela made the intricately-embroidered, double-layered Ghaghras an elegant affair.

Ghaghras also came to light with the film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. Before this, the concept of a Ghaghra-Choli was very traditional but Anushka’s westernized avatar only made it more chic and stylish. Every girl was seen sporting the chic-traditional bindass Bijlee look with rusty iron bangles and high-heel pumps that completed the look.

Then came the checkered shirts donned by the daring Deols of Bollywood in the second installment of their famous laugh-riot, Yamla Pagla Deewana. Akshay too added pomp to the whole checkered shirt look affair which made them a high-strung cool-street fashion which every gender was seen picking.

Perky polka dots too made news albeit for a very defiant portrayal. Nonetheless, Bollywood continued the polka dots legacy which melted into a transition to give a very retro feel to the craze. We saw Vidya Balan, sporting it for the cover page of a renowned magazine, as did the other leading ladies of Bollywood. Polka dots soon became creative with the leopard prints and soared high.

If Deepika paid heed to the Dhavanis, on the other hand, we had Sonakshi who wore elegant sarees in Lootera with much elan. From light to dark, the shades experimented on her with the intricate designing, made her a fashionista while the rest of the world (women, especially) drooled and dreamt of owning Sonakshi’s Lootera wardrobe.

With Inkaar, came the age of classy-yet-formal wear with the gleam added by satin. The formal wear became a perfect dress-code, be it for a casual meeting or an official meeting. From a coffee date to a candle-light dinner, the fabric in attractive colors glazed the streets.

Cheerful prints and mix and match sported by many celebs became the order of the day as did palazzos, jumpsuits, frills and ruffles. Aqua, pastel, orange and neon colors made a fashion statement. What 2013 offered us was an unapologetically bright fashion sense… vivacious and effervescent.

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