Thursday, 1 August 2013

Eid / Late Summer 2013 Fashion Trends

This week I was invited to make my radio debut on the BBC Asian Network to talk about Eid fashion trends. You can hear the show via this link on Friday 2nd August, I'll be on some time between 3.30 - 4pm.

Here's some photo inspiration to go with my top asian fashion trends right now!

Power Prints

Patterns and prints are very on trend at the moment - just look at the printed outfits on the UK high street for inspiration!

Printed Chiffon suit from Ranis Bradford

They're also a great way to make a statement without your outfits having to be too heavy.

Printed kaftan-style top from Bombay Stores

When it comes to choosing your prints, I personally think the bolder the better, whether it's the print that's shouting out or the colour choice like in this sari below:
Tulip print sari by Masaba at Pernia's Pop-up Shop


Long, flowing and voluminous styles

Long flowing gowns, dresses and anarkali suits are a popular choice. Pick a full-sleeved dress for a more formal look, or go sleeveless for more "fun" feel.

Long gown by Your Darzi London

Some designers have made their gowns in light colours and sheer fabrics for anyone who's less conservative when it comes to showing their legs:

Long gowns by Rizwan Ahmed

To put a different spin on the long flowing look, you could try a jumpsuit style outfit - the key with these is that the trousers should have enough volume to almost look like it's a dress.

Zainab Chottani
Jumpsuit by Karma Pink

Super Separates

If you want an Eid outfit which is versatile and which you can wear in different ways, look for separate pieces, like kurta tops.

Kurta tops by Rubina Khan

The kurta tops above are quite long, but pick a shorter style and you could wear it with a long skirt, patiala shalwar or even with printed harem pants:

Outfit by Karma Pink

Rose Print Shift Dress by Sonia Jetleey, available from Exclusively.in

Light brights, pastel colours and metallics

Regardless of what style you choose - bright colours are the way to go! I'm personally loving lime green, orange, coral and hot pink colours right now.

Lengha by Manish Malhotra

Anarkali style suit by Aneesh Agarwaal, available from Exclusively.in

If you don't want to go really bright then look for pastel shades. I really like the colours in the photoshoot below for designer Saiqa Majeed.

Pastel colour inspiration from Saiqa Majeed

Also look out for light metallic colours like this gold outfit below:
Boho Gold Tunic from Fuzah.com

Statement Accessories

Hair jewellery is one way to give that something extra to your outfit, from full on matha pattis, necklaces worn as hair accessories, Great Gatsby style jewelled headbands or more tradition items like jhoomers and tikkas, there will be something to suit your outfit and hairstyle.

Jewelled hair piece from Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 Show
Malaika Arora Khan wearing a jhoomer at Marrakech International Film Festival

If you've "been there/done that" when it comes to hair accessories and you really want to stand out from the crowd then your accessory of choice has to be a nose ring! Sonam Kapoor wore one on the Cannes red carpet this year and I'm seeing big nose rings worn on the asian fashion catwalks a lot too - and not just on bridal looks.

Sonam Kapoor at Cannes film festival 2013

Model on the catwalk from Pakistan Fashion Week 4 in London

Model from Sabyasachi's 2013 Delhi Couture Week Show

What will you be wearing this Eid and for late summer weddings and parties?

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