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Even as the pandemic continues with its doomed waltz, life limps back to the new normal of social distancing, masks, lockdowns and unlocks. Amidst all the gloom, the festive/wedding season beckons hope like never before. Fibre2Fashion spoke to some designers to know the trends.

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Diaphanous Swirls

This era of the Covid has made people conscious about the environment and buying patterns, and the search therefore is investment-based designs and classics rather than just fads. Longevity and biodegradability make handwoven textiles the most sustainable source of textiles in India. Weddings and festivals in this country call for sheen and vibrancy and so saris from banarasi to paithani to bandhani are classics for every occasion. Blouses too play a key role in upping the glamour. The other silhouettes that will trend this festive season include capes or jackets with lehengas; and embellished short kurtas with flared lowers as they are not only comfortable but also look stylish. Millennial fashion is a different segment and for them stylish cholis or tops along with drape saris or lehengas will be popular. Gowns are not a staple in Indian weddings, but they cannot be ruled out.

Materials such as silk, brocades, linen, cotton, chanderi -- all will be good but my favourite this year will be the organza. The softer blended organza has made it more drape-friendly and its diaphanous quality makes it a millennial-friendly fabric; it is expected to rule Indian weddings for the next two years at least, and may be more.

Since we are expecting smaller weddings, the focus will be on comfortable wears. The clutch and potli will be the perfect accessories but masks and gloves will make an entry.

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