A treasure trove of aquatic wonders rose from the ocean deep to be spotted on the runways of New York, Milan and Paris as designers’ collections teemed with marine life and seafaring motifs. From sheer dresses embellished with starfish, shells, and fiery pieces of coral to ethereal collections inspired by shipwrecks, fishnets and sea urchins, followed by brass anchor accents and porthole grommets, the designers’ homage to the marine world are countless.
Designer Amy Billimoria asserts that since we have witnessed a lot in the arena of animal-inspired fashion, a dive to plumb the depth of the ocean to find new fashion heights is refreshing.
“I love the sea — it’s very mysterious. Undersea creatures overwhelmed with ruffled waves and surfaces rough with barnacle effects or enriched with coral are simply mesmerising and help in creating interesting surface textures.”
She adds, “We rarely get to see or experience it first hand. So it is a little like outer space — especially, the phosphorescent neon species in the darker depths.”
From alien sea creatures in bright and dappled patterns, the gauzy cocktail dresses, the underwater kingdom-inspired forms, and fluid movements of aquatic creatures that shed their outer shell to reveal spectacular fluorescent bodies, the trend has a multi-sensory effect, she adds.
But if you are still a little puzzled about sea-inspired sequins and accents popping out of your garment, then you can always take the help of sea-inspired colours.
Designer Shruti Sancheti shares, “An ombré dyed ocean green azure blue dress, skirt, kaftan or palazzo will look equally beautiful. The ocean represents freedom from boundaries and liveliness. So go for free-flowing fabrics like georgette, chiffon, mulmul, satin and jersey. Shell embroideries around the neckline, relaxed sequins on the shoulders, digital prints and embroideries depicting sea-life are a few other patterns to look out for.”
Designer Paresh Lamba suggests, “Prints, frills, sheer accents and oceanic motifs are all resplendent of the marine trend. But marine life is not just about the blues and the azures.
You can also dive headfirst into the warm and fresh pinks and oranges, reminiscent of a coral reef. Whatever pigment you go for, let it highlight the cut and design.
Opt for separates and statement pieces to pull off this trend successfully. ‘Head to Toe’ fashion can be tricky and could make you end up ruining your whole look.
Instead, go for an elegant, simple cut dress with loud metallic blue patterns akin to a glimmering ocean. One key element is usually what you need to turn a ripple into a wave and hence go for separates.
However, if you are even now not keen on wearing an ensemble, then a simple accent of sea-inspired accessory will do the trick to up the ante of your style quotient.
Oceanic or aqua-splashed eye shadows, pearls, coral neckpieces and mermaid braids are perfect accessories as well.”
And if you want to take the traditional route Shruti suggests, “Why not go for aqua-inspired saris and lehengas? They look great especially if you are having or attending a beach-side destination wedding. Go easy on the styling and keep it simple. Wear just one striking piece of jewellery and a fuss-free hairdo with nude makeup for this look.”
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