Salwar with short kurta have zoomed up the fashion calendar this summer, as fashion gets experimental with cuts and fabrics. FASHION has certainly come of age. Couturiers are increasingly looking at styling for men and women. From sherwanis, galabandhs, jodhpuris to lady kurtas with stoles and even dhotis, the repertoire has improved. Casual dressing too comes in for change. The latest fashion statement seems to be the short kurta/kurti. Bharatplaza have collection of indian kurti, kurta salwar short with embroidery for party wear, kurta, lady kurtas, salwar kurtis set for formal occasions, evening lady kurtis, kurtas in traditional colors and much more for shopping. The conventional full - sleeved, loose - fitting formal kurta has been snipped to a half-sleeved, tight, gut-hugging dangerously short shirt. The kurta has also undergone a similar metamorphosis. Result: the condensed adaptations are in vogue, perhaps even more than their cousins from the good old' days. SHORT & HOT - Whites are the colour of the season: "The short kurtas and printed Indian kurtis in particular, is the coolest and rogen wear among the youth this summer" asserts Con'traditions designer, Abhay Harkauli. Extremely fashionable yet practical with no fuss, ladies short kurtas have become a huge hit even internationally. In Hyderabad, with mercury scraping the roof, one can beat the heat in style with these ethno-chic kurtas, Abhay continues. Echoing similar views, designer Sashikant Naidu says, "This season, styling tends to be unisex with silhouettes like kurta shirts, in vogue. An underplay of minimal embroidery on the neckline completes the look of the kurta." The material used is mainly cotton, although fabrics like chiffons, crushed tissue, crepes, chikans, hakobas, nets and stretch fabrics, which were once the exclusive preserve of the female of the species, are also finding favour. "And the best part is that one can wear them on any occasion as short kurta s, traditional kurtis fit into most classifications - be it the club line, evening wear, easy day wear, active evening, informal or smart casuals," says Vivek Khurana proprietor of high fashion stores like Origins and Journey. SUMMER WEAR - Look cool and comfy in pant with short `kurtas' : "These short kurtas are selling like hot cakes at Journey. The fabrics used are linens, textured cottons, porous khadi, crinkled textured cottons and cheese cottons.
While new-age breezy fabrics in summery hues ( the colour palate is predominantly light and pastel shades ) coupled with trendy clean-cut comfortable silhouettes underline the `summer collection for men' on display at Con'traditions, Sashikant Naidu's line of short kurtas toe the international line, with irregular vertical stripes, diagonal stripes and tattoo prints for sheer fabrics. "I have experimented with some shades of pink and yellow and the combinations are spectacular," says Sashikant. Slim-fit kurta shirts with full and three-fourth sleeves rule the scene in most outlets and departmental stores. Necklines range from round necks, boat necks and vee necks to some avant - garde collar with deeper slits. STYLE SPEAK – Salwar Kameej is a symbol of high fashion: "Minimal detailing done with hand (blanket stitch, kantha stitch, bead work, sequins and raffia) placed unconventionally gives the kurta shirt a unique look. It can be carefully used to conceal or reveal the profile of the wearer," says the Con'traditions head designer stressing on the functionality of the kurta."