If there’s a reason we love the fall season, it’s because of the styling opportunities it presents. From layering clothes to experimenting with prints, fall fashion is all about trying something new. In the prints department, there’s always something new – soft fall hues, intricate patterns reimagined, and a loose but structured sense of clothing. Our selections from the latest fall 2021 collections capture the very essence of prints.
The dichotomy of stripes is that it’s both the easiest and the hardest print to style. While both work in all shapes, sizes, and styles, it’s always a good idea to pick a piece that flatters you. Gaya’s AW 2021 collection is inspired by Kashmir wooden architecture with its intricate carvings and angular patterns. This horizontal striped Raya dress (Rs 12,500) breaks the monotony with its tiered silhouette, U-shaped neckline and fall colors.
The Indian iteration of the polka dot is tie-and-dye shibori spots as adopted by Pink City by Sarika. The Sanaz collection is a celebration of youth, and this is reflected in the exuberance of this indigo blue kurta with peacock embroidered farshi pants (Rs 25,200).
For fall 2021, Saundh reinterpreted less explored heritage arts and translated them into stories printed on modern silhouettes. Among them is the Sohrai Khovar, which was traditionally used to decorate the marriage chamber in Jharkhand. Heralds of new beginnings and abundance, the prints have bohemian and tribal touches with vivid patterns and palettes. The mustard print Sohrai Khovar kurta set (Rs 5,995) is digitally printed on muslin fabric with fine pearls.
Fashion gets a facelift with a printed pattern inspired by foliage. Ditch the old adage that nature-inspired prints are limited to spring when you go for darker hues and bolder patterns. Punit Balana’s cherry red print saree set (Rs 35,500) with padding and coins adds freshness to your ensemble.
Abstract or unrecognizable patterns are gradually becoming an important part of Indian designer clothes instead of more structured prints. This draped dress by Vedika M (Rs 13,500) is hand painted with a brush in one of fall’s favorite rusty hues and is fitted with a white belt.
The opulence of the Rococo era is unmatched and often results in gold prints with intricate designs and patterns. The Rococo collection from Prints by Radhika manages to capture this school of design beautifully on this handkerchief dress (Rs 18,000). Crafted from pure silk and embellished with stones and dana cut, this kaftan sleeve dress is a royal addition to a fall wardrobe.
Flowers for fall are certainly revolutionary and a trend that is both sexy and feminine. Dark floral prints are a great way to break up the monotony and definitely stand out when it comes to Indian clothing. Geisha Design by Paras and Shalini captures this ideology with the Vivienne dress (25,900 Rs). A ruffle dress with knotted details and a romantic floral pattern for evening occasions.
It’s time for the cashmere print to escape the clutches of the men’s accessories section and make its way into mainstream fashion conversations. As Shanaya Kapoor becomes the face of Label Ritu Kumar, we love this black halter dress (Rs 6,600) she wears from the latest fall 2021 collection.