A cut apart

A cut apart

A cut apart

With the scorching summer here, everyone is pulling out their best stylish attires and going whacky with colours. Anything flowing and airy, yet striking is the call of the day. This is how asymmetrical hemlines in dresses, tunics and even blouses, are in the spotlight now.

A look adorned by people here as well as in the West, designers and youngsters alike say that the look is flattering and suits most body types. Michelle D’Cruz, a young professional, loves to wear striking outfits and says the asymmetrical dresses she owns are a vibrant addition to her wardrobe. “They are trendy and fall well, making the wearer looking slimmer. I love the floral-printed ones. A choker or a stud earring with subtle makeup completes the look for the summer,” she says.

These asymmetrical hemlines are popular in long gowns, ‘anarkalis’ and ‘lehengas’ as well, in light and solid colours, pastel shades and abstract and flowery patterns.

“Everybody likes to sport a unique look and this is exactly what happens with this style. Nobody wants to go for the square or round cuts now. This pattern is eye-catching. Celebrities across the West can also be seen sporting them and this has slowly influenced Indian wear too,” says Asha Motwani, designer and owner of ‘Moksh’. She adds that dresses in peach, lemon  and bright colours like
parrot green are selling like hotcakes now.

Asymmetrical dresses in snazzy prints which fall below the knee are in demand, says Ketki Arora, who heads the designing team in ‘Femella’. “This cut looks elegant and sensual. We have done these hemlines in the past 2 season. The length matters a lot,” she says. Ketki adds that the brand has experimented with high-lows to extreme asymmetrical hemlines.

 ‘Kurtis’ in asymmetrical patterns are also popular among youngsters. Jennet Nisha says that she loves the asymmetrical tunics or ‘kurtis’. “Though I don’t experiment much, I love the way the tunic falls. They are different from the usual cuts and give a stylish look. I usually prefer blacks but since it’s summer, I bought an orange one too,” she says. She teams these with leggings or a pair of jeans and feels that they can be worn as a day or an evening wear.

Asymmetrical hemlines are trending in Indian wear, as the ‘fusion look’ is in. Priyanka Priyadarshini, brand head of ‘Imara’, says that since hardcore ethnic looks are fading out, people are opting for this hemline. “From the sides being longer and the centre being shorter, to the front being shorter and the back being longer, we have designed tops to maxi dresses with this hemline,” she says.

“The colour for this season is burnt orange and white. The fabrics for the season are rayon, modal, georgette, which gives a drape to the garment. This compliments the hemline and the cut of the garment,” adds Priyanka.

Sukumar Radhakrishnan, a garments seller at Commercial Street, says that asymmetrical tunics and dresses are the rage of the season. “From solid colours to even animal prints, these dresses are in high demand now. They are available in denim, pure cotton, georgette and chiffon. A popular choice are knee-length dresses,” he says.

Sukumar adds that there are also a few tie-dye skirts that he has in this hemline, which would gel well with a light-coloured shirt or blouse. “Youngsters are
the biggest customers of these styles, as they are the ones who are open to experiment,” he says.

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