Get satin-ised!

From Aishwarya Rai to Gauri Khan to Amrita Rao; from gowns and dresses to blouses and pants to sarees; from the biggest names in Bollywood to the most glamourous faces in Society, everyone is talking about (and gracefully flaunting) the evergreen fabric — satin.

This luxurious, rich and smooth material is akin to the LBD (Little Black Dress), say designers, it never goes out of fashion. But this season, it’s making waves all over again, as Mumbai’s swish set is getting satin-ised. And with good reason too! Here’s why…

“The beauty of satin or shamu satin is that it suits all kinds of garments. It’s a fall fabric and fits like a glove, be it in formal Western gowns and dresses or blouses and pants or even sarees. Light weight shamu satin is the ideal material for cocktail sarees. Satin gives an outfit a modern, contemporary and sheen-filled look, besides giving it a great fit,” states designer Raakesh Agarvwal.

Known worldwide (designers claim satin has been ruling the ramp at the Italy and Paris fashion weeks) as a Fall-Winter fabric, in Mumbai, satin has no particular season to shine. “Though a new type of satin called satin georgette is more suitable for our hot summer months,” states designer Deepika Gehani, who swears by this fabric that she terms the best for formal wear. “The silk, sheen and lustre of satin gives it a formal touch, the fall of the fabric is beautiful and it is amazingly versatile — because of the different types of weightage satin offers, it is very easily adaptable. Heavier satins are used for more structured outfits while lighter ones perfectly suit flowing gowns and sarees,” continues Deepika. Designer Anita Dongre agrees, adding that satin jodhpuris make for smart Indian formal wear as well. “Since the fabric is so rich, the outfit stands out on its own, needing no or minimal jewellery. Coloured stones and diamonds go best with satin,” says Anita.

Colour is another aspect where satin comes out shining, literally! As designer Tarana Masand puts it, “Because of its sheen, all colours stand out in satin. Light pastels go well for blouses, while deeper tones and jewel colours make gowns, dresses and sarees shimmer. Satin lends character to an outfit. It’s truly a feminine fabric.”

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