Fashion flashback

Fashion flashback

Remember the trio in popular TV series Charlie’s Angels flaunting bell-bottom perfectly? That was the time when the bell-bottom ruled the roost. Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz wore them in the film remake of this popular 1970’s series of the same name. Back home in Bollwyood, actress-turnedinterior designer Twinkle Khanna and newcomer Athiya Shetty were recently spotted in boot-cut jeans.

The West has always been in the forefront when it comes to embracing latest trends, so international design houses like Tommy Hilfiger, House of Holland, Tom Ford and Gucci offered generous sightings of bell-bottom or boot-cut jeans in their latest collection.

As Hollywood celebrities like Heidi Klum, Victoria Beckham, Miranda Kerr, Emma Stone and Jessica Alba have already the boot-cut with crop tops, coats and white shirts, it is time to ask the much awaited question: Has the bellbottom fever caught up in India?

“Of course, the bell-bottom has been a part of the Indian fashion world for a year now. I do think it is making a comeback and we already have an Indianised version of it. I have worked on embroidered bellbottom or sequined work pants teamed with peplum tops,” designer Jyoti Sachadeva Iyer, tells Metrolife.

Designer Masumi Mewawalla echoes similar sentiments and says, “We need pants and jeans all the time and trends evolve with time. The trend is already catching up in New York and it will surely catch up here. Since bell-bottoms are comfortable, they will surely strike a chord.”

The most common interpretation of these bell-bottoms we see in everyday life is in the form of flared trousers and the palazzos. However, their basis of origins is different but both offer great style and comfort level. So is the bell-bottom jeans, a symbol of the bohemian, being revolutionised to suit today’s tastes?

“Fashion keeps coming back and forms an entire circle. Yes, the bohemian style is in, but with few tweaks and variations,” points out Iyer.

One has to team bell-bottoms with right top and accessories to get the perfect look. “The right way to carry a bellbottom is to wear it with a shirt and a waistcoat and complement the look with a smart belt for formal wear. For informal occasions, one can wear tight-fitted tops and pair it with 2-3 inches high stilettos,” Mewawalla, who designs under label Pink Peacock Couture, says. As far as the length of the bellbottom is concerned there is no right length. “It can reach bellow the ankles or can be floor-length, but it should be shorter if worn with a tunic,” says Iyer.

However, Ahmadabad-based designer Purvi Doshi, offers a contrarian view. “We, in fact, are moving towards curvy looks that makes one appear slimmer. Boot-cut jeans might trend for a short span but plump women prefer fitted jeans and I haven’t seen anyone sporting bell-bottom. So skinny jeans works,” she says.

So the bell-bottom will take a while to appear on the Indian streets but winds of change are already blowing.

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