Giving the cold shoulder

MUMBAI:One-shoulder party dress and gowns have eclipsed the red carpet. And this isn’t just a B-Town phenomenon, it’s a major trend internationally too.

Athiya Shetty, at an awards show, cleaned up rather well in an off-shoulder digital print floor-length gown. Style maven Sonam Kapoor has been the most potent catalyst in shaping up this style phenomenon – she’s seen opting for the off-shoulder silhouette and style in both Indian and Western sartorial picks.

Flash your collar bones
Stylist Aastha Sharma says, “It started a while ago and I think it’ll last till the end of the summer and for the winter months, it might be presented with a different cut. Also, I feel for the Indian body-type, it’s a flattering cut and enhances your collar bones and also works for the hot weather.”
If one analyses the runway, Proenza Schouler’s Spain inspired line showcased shirt dresses that exposed shoulders, Erdem too bared them in his Prairie offering. Jason Wu’s softer halter neck gowns were truly red carpet worthy. At Alexander McQueen, one saw ruffled halter dresses, with their ruffles cascading across the body and falling off shoulders.
Adds an interesting dimension
Stylist Sanjana Batra says, “It’s one of my favourite trends and adds an interesting dimension to any look without impacting the silhouette much. A cool off-shoulder crop top can be paired either with a gypsy skirt, culottes or a pair of jeans. The ’90s are back and this style is complimenting to most body types. Also, it adds an elegant and a classic touch to the red carpet.”
Back home, Prachi Desai, Sayani Gupta, Evelyn Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have shown a penchant for off-shoulder numbers. Sonakshi Sinha attended Masaba’s show at LFW an off-shoulder ruffled top with a black Masaba skirt. Jacqueline Fernandez was seen rocking an off shouldered Manish Malhotra while Kanika Chandok has often been seen in black gowns with sweetheart necklines.