Forecast for 2009 is to go the Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum and Christina
Fashionistas, take note. Indian accessories truly are the next big thing worldwide. And there’s sound reason for this forecast. Indian fashion never had a field day like it did last year. International celebrities including the likes of Pussy Cat Dolls, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Paris Hilton, Goldie Hawn, and Naomi Campbell made their most fashionable public appearances wearing Indian accessories. And Indian jewellery designers swear that this trend is here to continue in 2009.
Jewellery designer Rina Shah, who’s beaded flat sandals are a favourite with supermodel Naomi Campbell, says, “Last year, Indian designs made a deep impact internationally. As the trend picked up and more Hollywood celebrities began sporting an Indian bling factor, it put immense responsibility on us to come up with better designs. In 2009, Indian accessories such as blingy sandals will be more silhouette-oriented. Moving away from heavy zardosi and aari work, modern embellishments such as depiction of castles, horses etc will be in. The runway will flaunt models wearing pumps with pearls and Swarovski crystals encrusted on it.”
Supermodel Heidi Klum took her wedding vows with singer husband Seal in Benaras last year, dazzling the Ganga banks in chunky maangteeka, bangles and chabi ka challa, providing a high for Indian accessories in the international circuit. Neena and Shibani Aggarwal give a thumbs up to the maangteeka and the armlet. Says Shibani, “Elizabeth Hurley too stole the show on her wedding day by sporting a maangteeka. Armlets are going to be in this year.” Varuna D Jani is of the opinion that international celebrities often get drawn to designs which not just look different but which also come with good finish. “Bracelets which will make an instant style statement will be in,” she forecasts.
“This will be the year of cuffs and necklaces,” predicts Alpana Gujral who’s bold jewels are an eye-catcher. Hersh Kotecha who is all for faux leather and skin fabrics says the patent look will be in. “The payal or strap-up look till knee-high with gladiator sandals will be hot.”