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Scarves for style

Sweet emotion Steven Tyler is livin’ on the edge with a little help from many multi-coloured scarves

Sweet emotion Steven Tyler is livin’ on the edge with a little help from many multi-coloured scarves   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: BHAGYA PRAKASH K.

The never-say-die scarf has returned with a vengeance thanks to Captain Jack Sparrow and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, writes Latika R. Chuganey

At the recent Aerosmith concert, apart from Joe Perry’s pyrotechnics on the guitar, we were mesmerised by Steven Tyler’s manic persona – from black ganji to the motor mouth, from elaborate tattoos to the trademark fluttering scarf. Then there was Johnny Depp as the wicked Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End.

Apart from the Rasta hair, the kohl-lined eyes and the many clinking beads, Sparrow also sported a scarf around his head like a bandana. And there you have it ladies and gents. It is official, the stole, dupatta, scarf or whatever you would like to call that little wisp of fabric is back to being a fashion essential.

Draping a scarf in various styles around your neck is drop dead stylish and vary with the moment.Retro is back with a bang, offering a wide range of prints, textures and colours guaranteed to make your style statement eccentric. While the fashion industry changes its mantra faster than you can blink, the scarf has surprisingly withstood all tests of time and tide.

It’s considered a vital accessory that is a good foil to Indian, western or Indo-western style of clothing. Bollywood’s dreamgirls Hema Malini, Madhuri Dixit, and Juhi Chawla have worn them in style, throwing it around their neck or converting them into hair accessories during the 80s to make style statements that drove college girls crazy. More recently we saw Vidya Balan flaunting a wide variety of scarves and its extended family of bandanas and stoles in vibrant colours in the movie Lage Raho Munna Bhai.

Adding a few layers

Well-known theatre persona Deepti Sudhindra is a self-confessed scarf freak with almost a fetish for the fabric. She believes it adds layers to the outfit. Giving us a peek into her collection, Deepti explains: “I have scarves in chiffon, cotton, muslin, wool, georgette and silk. Most of my scarves have a mix of light and dark palettes.Contemporary prints, African tribal motifs, or free market designs scarves are considered cool enough for a party or hot enough to be teamed with beachwear when tied around the hip.

Rutti Birdy, Managing Partner of a fashion store says: “Other than the regular square shape scarves, longer length scarves for evening wear are more in this season”. “Crepe is the best fabric to use as a scarf. Screen prints with floral themes, tinted with pastel colours and block prints in earthy colours are making it big this season,” she adds. The scarf can be well draped on shirts, tunics, tops and can also act like a protective hair accessory.

Alka Shankarnarayan, a store owner believes in making her own style statement. “For example wearing a white tee with blue jeans, and a colourful scarf is the coolest. Even styling the scarf as a bandana or a waist band is also a good idea. Contrasting colours with textured fabrics are most preferred,” offers Alka. Traditional prints and patterns on recycled textiles are her best bets.

Suraj Chawla, a designer says a scarf is a multi-purpose accessory. “Genuine silk designed with pastel colours are most preferable when teaming it with any outfit. With base colours like white, beige and black, and with a splash of multicoloured prints on it, they are making a big style statement.” Western formal wear goes well with brocade fabrics that come in a longer length than the regular scarf. The fabric can be draped around your neck or can be tied in a knot in front. The Indian formal collection comprises woollen scarves with embellishments.

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