Fashion Dresses

Corporate style has come of age in India
as both men and women endeavour
to sport the look of success

Pinstripes and herring bone weaves, lilac ties and straight-cut pants, dour saris and unappealing salwar kameez ensembles - these are just a few of the styles you won't be wearing to the office in the New Year. Corporate wear in 2007 will go through a sea change from what one is conventionally used to and will become a bit more trendy and fashionable with some of India's top designers recommending a personalised look for the boardroom.

The trend for women will in fact slant towards the Indo-Western fusion look as corporate divas mix a bit of ethnic India with Western silhouettes.

Ritu Kumar, the Grande Dame of revivalism votes for the kameez, " It's an out and out winner!" Adds the designer, "The influence of the sack-like dress that is ruling the international fashion scene will be fused with the kurta look and can be worn with tights for a fusion look." Kumar fashions her fusion styles with a definite slant towards cotton with folksy - bling thread embroideries for a dash of stylishness - "This is ideal for a snazzy office wardrobe," she reveals .

Mumbai-based designer Priyadarshini Rao's clothes always have that dreamy, beautiful element that allow them to be worn effortlessly for any occasion. Her summer of 2007 collection which was previewed at the Lakme Fashion Week last November has the soft ethereal colours of nature like pale creme, sky, beige, jade, moss, mocha, deep coffee and charcoal. "These colours are just right for a formal working atmosphere," she says. Fashioned from delicate fabrics like voiles, mulles, organzas, linens and light silks, at times a clever mix of all the fabrics give a rich look to the ensembles.

But if it's a more formal look that you'd prefer to sport, wait till March 2007 when Allen Solly will launch its women's collection for Spring/Summer 2007 across more than 100 stores. This is a perfect collection for the working woman as well as the discerning fashionista who wants to dress in the latest western wear.

Designed by the in-house team of Allen Solly, the collection comprises of a pure white collection of knit blouses teamed with linen skirts, capris or leggings. The detailing on the tops range from lace edging, drawstrings and neck ruffles while the skirts are delicately tiered and edged with lace and subtle embroidery.

Little lace waistcoats and cropped jackets are paired with sharply cut pants and for those high powered board meetings, the brand has crisp striped linen business suits in corporate colours like beige, brown, blue and black, and comfortable striped blouses that can be worn with gilets or waistcoats.

Moving into some "After Eight" action for a corporate soiree, Allen Solly dresses women in skin-tight gabardine black pants with shirts in colours of deep maroon, black, and brown, worn with either satin gilets or the popular cummerbunds. Chiffon blouses, tailored jackets and formal trousers complete the feminine look. As for men, colours will play an important role but the Indo-Western look will certainly not be trendy.


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