Wear and Tear

Manish Malhotra

The anarkali became longer, the sari was twisted into new shapes and you couldn't go wrong with red. On the other hand, you can safely give away your palazzos and jeggings, which lost their appeal. Talk lists some highlights of the year that was

Sweeping Anarkali

While the knee-length anarkali suit is now history, its many versions continue to be trendsetters. In 2012, Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi introduced us to the sweeping anarkali one that touches the ankle, accompanied by a churidar that may not be visible at all. From veteran actors such as Shabana Azmi and Madhuri Dixit to up-and-coming name Parineeti Chopra, many of the beautiful people opted for this version of the anarkali. Local darzis, too, lapped up the trend. The sweeping anarkali exudes a sense of royalty and opulence and has a global appeal.

Innovative Sari

The six metre drape was given a makeover this year. From denim saris for the beach to Mexican motifs on blouses to leather jackets instead of cholis the sari was as modern and traditional as the wearer (and designer) wanted. Nida Mahmood, Pankaj-Nidhi, Aneeth Arora and Pia Paurro added unconventional flavours to the traditional drape and gave it a global appeal. As their sales indicate, their loyalist clientele was more than happy with the change.


Peplum refuses to go out of fashion though it's been around for three years. It's the black of silhouettes and has an evergreen feel and look to it it's flirtatious, has a slim waist fit and accentuates the curves. This year, an increasing number of Indian designers experimented with this cut, including Rahul Mishra and Namrata Joshipura. Apart from being a party favourite, this silhouette worked well for the professionals in offices.

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