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Fashion forecast 2016: Layered clothing, androgynous styles will rule
New Delhi : Unisex and layered fashion in soothing colours, with prints, patterns and embroidery will be big on the style meter throughout the New Year, say Indian designers.
 
IANS spoke to designers like Varija Bajaj and Gautam Gupta, as well as Karan Ahuja, director of scarves, stoles and shawl brands Ahujasons, to gauge what will be a hit amongst fashionistas this year.
 
"Women of today no longer believe that glamour comes just by wearing fitted clothes or showing curves. They are, in fact, very comfortable in donning boxy silhouettes, over-sized dresses and lots of layers. Even the male counterpart is not confined to just black, blue and grey and even they are seen wearing drapes, kalidaar kurtas and embellished jackets," Gupta told IANS.
 
Here’s a sum-up of the trends that will shine:
 
* Androgynous fashion: The line is getting more blurred in fashion between genders. The season is all set to experiment with androgynous fashion, so there will be a lot of boxy silhouettes, boyfriend dressing and comfortable fashion taking place in 2016. Whether it’s the Bollywood red carpet events or the fashion weeks, androgynous clothing has already set the trend rolling and it will reach new heights this year.
 
* Layered clothing: Sheers in summer and layers in winter is what we can expect in 2016. Fashion will be more about being stylish with a voluminous feel. Sheer fabrics such as net, organza and tulle will be seen more and one sees blends such as cotton silk, georgette satin, chiffon satin to be used more.
 
* Soothing colours: Colours that are more soothing in nature and bring calmness to the mind, will be popular. Expect shades like blush, powder blue, soft pink, white, rose quartz and serenity blue to stand out in the racks.
 
* 3D embroidery: Get a 3D effect with fabrics, embossed look, and velvet and burnt out texture, crafted textures.
 
* Prints and patterns: Get yourself set to patchwork power and clashes of prints. One will see a lot of vintage arts being used in contemporary way. There will also be a lot of washes and treatments on fabrics such as stone wash and other chemical wash. Also, while floral prints dominated last year, psychadelic and geometric prints will be a welcome break complementing androgynous trends.
 
* Organic fashion: Every year the focus on organic fashion will be more and 2016 will surely be a year for it to be noticed. A lot of focus is already being made towards it.
 
* Trend in stoles: In 2016, from geometric patterns to bold florals and abstract ones -- there is a lot to draw inspiration from. Tropical florals are perfect for 2016 and one of the colour trends that we are bound to see is an aquatic one. Aqua and turquoise will be popular along with salmon, pistachio and yellow colours.
 
Even in men's fashion, there will be some remarkable trends as men have become more adventurous:
 
* Tuxedos is one classic menswear that will rule.
 
* Even donning drapes won’t be a surprise in 2016. A lot of men are already wearing cowl trousers, drop crotch trousers and this will be more in trend.
 
* A lot of influence of sportswear will be seen, especially with Olympics slated to be held this year. The crop-fitted jackets will surely make way in men’s wardrobe. 
 
* Colours such as mauve, greyish pink, powder blue, royal blue and teal are the colours to watch out apart from the regulars like white, black, grey and blue.
 
* Accessories like pocket squares, ties, bows, belts, socks and shoes will be more in focus than ever before.
 
* Washed out denims will continue to be a man’s best friend.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

1 year ago

Earlier feminine dresses were designed considering their natural comfort to the wearer.
By wearing androgynous dresses, females are discomforting themselves in that dress.
How difficult it is for female to sit in the toilet, bend their back forward in this type of dress, which is not suitable to their natural & inborn body. This type of uncomfortable equality in wearing androgynous dress gives the wearer a bodily discomfort.
Earlier comfortable salwar kamiz, frock, skirt & top dresses may disappear in the days to come, with the present trend of wearing the androgynous dresses by the female, all over the world.

Chinese stock markets suspended as shares tumble
Beijing : Trading on China's stock markets were suspended on Monday after shares tumbled seven percent, triggering the new "circuit breaker" mechanism on the first trading day of 2016.
 
The early end to trading on Shanghai and Shenzhen bourses, the first in the history of China's stock markets, coincided with the launch of the automatic circuit breaker, designed to contain wild swings in the markets, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
The mechanism follows the Hushen 300 Index, which reflects the performance of both Shanghai and Shenzhen traded stocks.
 
When the Hushen 300 rises or falls by 5 percent, the circuit breaker imposes a 15-minute suspension of trading. If fluctuations hit the 7-percent mark, trading is terminated for the day.
 
At 1.12 p.m., trading was suspended for 15 minutes and, immediately after reopening at 1.33 p.m., the index fell a further two percent where upon trading ceased. 
 
When trading closed, the Shanghai Composite Index was down 6.85 percent, the smaller Shenzhen index down 8.16 percent, and the ChiNext Index, China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, down 8.21 percent. The sub-index for financial heavyweights, which tracks 51 banks and insurers, dropped 8.3 percent, with 16 financial firms falling by the daily limit of 10 percent.
 
CITIC Securities, China's largest brokerage firm, lost 9.82 percent to 17.45 yuan per share. Bank of China fell 3.49 percent to 3.87 yuan. China Construction Bank lost 3.11 percent to 5.6 yuan. China Life, one of the world's biggest life insurers by market value, lost 7.21 percent.
 
The decline is generally being attributed to downbeat market sentiment stemming from weaker than expected manufacturing activity in December and a steep fall in the yuan exchange rate on the day.
 
The Caixin General China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI),released today, edged down to 48.2 in December from 48.6 in November.
 
The reading is the 10th month in a row below the 50-point level which demarcates contraction and expansion.
 
The market is also worried about the forthcoming annulment of a rule which restricts shareholders with holdings of more than five percent in a company in selling shares. 
 
The rule came into force in July to prevent free falls in the markets and expires on Friday, raising the possibility of a substantial sell-off.
 
In addition, about 9.27 billion lock-up shares in 34 companies, worth around 95 billion yuan, will become tradable this week.
 
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Pathankot attack: Himachal gives Rs.20 lakh each to two soldiers' kin
Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh government on Monday announced financial assistance of Rs.20 lakh each to the families of two soldiers from the state who were killed while fighting terrorists at the Pathankot Indian Air Force base.
 
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Governor Acharya Devvrat expressed grief over the death of Havildar Sanjeevan Singh Rana, 50, of Siyun village in Kangra district and Havildar Jagdish Chand, 58, of Gola village in Chamba district.
 
In a message, the chief minister said they sacrificed their lives to maintain the unity, integrity and security of the nation.
 
Praying for peace to the departed souls, the governor said the nation was indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice.
 
Both the martyrs were cremated with full military honours in their native villages, which was attended by a large number of people.
 
Chand, who was among the first security personnel to engage the terrorists, managed to neutralise one of the attackers before being shot dead, said officials.
 
Chand, who is survived by his wife and three children, had joined duty at the Pathankot base a month ago after his transfer from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
After retiring from the Indian Army, he joined the Defence Security Corps.
 
Rana is survived by his wife Pinki Devi, two daughters and a son.
 
Serving in the Indian Army is a tradition with Rana's family as his father Rattan Singh was also an army man.
 
"It's a tragedy not for me but for the nation. I am proud my son sacrificed his life for the nation," Rattan Singh said with moist eyes.
 
Rana had retired from the Dogra Regiment in 2007 and joined the Defence Security Corps.
 
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Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

1 year ago

By giving Rs.20 lakh each to the family of bereaved constables of Defence Security Crops, Himachal Pradesh Government is not favouring the family.
These Havaldar's wives are not much learned, and this money will go to some of their relatives, who will grossly misuse them.
Instead of giving lumpsum, a monthly income of what they will get on this Rs20 lakh from a nationalised bank, like, Rs.14,000 (rupees fourteen thousand only)per month will greatly benefit such people.
Apart from this, their children's education till they are graduate should be free of charge. If school or college is available to them in their native place, then their daily transport charges totheir educational institution should be free of charge. If daily commutation is not feasible, then such student's boarding and lodging charges of the hostel should be borne by the government, apart from school and college fees.

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