Looking Back on the Trends of 2017

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Hi Guys and a happy end of the week. As we are closing the year, I thought I do a rundown of the fashion trends that took over the Pakistani social scene and parties in 2017. To read about fashion trends of 2016, click HERE. This was a great year! 2017 brought an influx of new trends and a revival of some old favorites. This year, I noticed designers experimenting with embroideries a lot in bridal wear-Mughlia motifs, interplay between two types of embroiderys like resham and zari, and even incorporating hand-painting to add a western appeal to traditional bridal wear. In pret and luxury pret wear, western trends were everywhere as Pakistanis incorporated some western aesthetics to their style palette. Overall, I was pleased with the fashion this year, so here are some of my favorites:

Statement Sleeves and Off-Shoulder:

The beginning of the year was focused on statement sleeves. Sleeves this year weren’t just long or short. They came in many different shapes and sizes—puff, bell, ruched, and full.  This must-have spring trend took  a modern spin on dramatic sleeves that makes it feel new and playful—with just the right amount of theatrics. Our go-to party outfit of kurtas and trousers just got a major upgrade by swapping the basic kameez/kurta for a head-turning, full volume top. The off-shoulder trend was everywhere on designer lawns as all the fashionistas and celebrities donned this sultry neckline with their latest designer bags and heels. Ladies, it was not all about embellishments this year as smart, creative and innovative silhouettes took the fashion scene instead.

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Velvet and Tissue:

This season of winter brought three things in Pakistan-weddings, velvet, and tissue. The trend started sometime in 2015-2016 and was still in full swing in the cold months of 2017. The already luxurious, regal, and, in my opinion, timeless fabrics were enhanced by oodles of zari embroidery and gold jewelry. Honestly speaking, velvet and tissue are two of the most versatile fabrics to work with because they look party-appropriate without many embellishments yet look beautiful when you DO use embellishments to make them more wedding-appropriate.

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Florals and Geometry:

This spring the runway and couture fashion was all about mix and matching prints. And ladies, Pakistan wasn’t left behind. Although Pakistani designers do not use much print on bridals and formals, there was plenty of print interplay on 2017 designer lawn. Elan, Sana Safinaz, and Shehla Chatoor all used florals and geometry inspired by architecture in their designs and people just lapped it up. One of the things I love about geometry (instead of the traditional lawn florals) is that it gives the print and silhouette some sort of structure, which is so important to flaunt your size 0 figures (just kidding, I am all about wellness before skinniness).  Not only that, the usual, loud floral lawn motifs are too dated in my opinion and need some CLEAN shapes and lines to support the beloved busy colors and motifs.

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Bell Bottoms:

While the rest of the fashion world was singing odes to the 90’s, designers like Zainab Chottani and Sania Maskatiya were singing their own tunes with 70’s-style bell bottoms. These overly-flared trousers were in many a designs with modern embroidery, fabrics, and embellishments.  Although more fit for tall-legged beauties, the bell bottoms demand attention to the bottom half of your silouette. Dupattas optional.

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Straight Kurtas:

While 2015 and 2016 were all about pretty peplums, 2017 was about straight kurtas-with or without statement sleeves.  The style was inspired by men’s shalwar kurtas and evolved to fit with trousers, cigarette pants, tights and even shalwars. The focus was little on bells and whistles this year (the statement sleeves or the jewelry being the attention-grabbers), when it came to straight kurtas-it was all about simple cuts. I did see some peplums in bridal wear and was in awe.

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So guys, here were my favorite five fashion trends of 2017. Thanks for a wonderful year and I hope to report and curate more fashion in 2018 for my readers, iA. Happy Shopping!