A ruffle must be intelligent,” said Spanish fashion legend Cristobal Balenciaga. The flounce and flirtatiousness of the said ruffle is proving to be a smart choice on Indian fashion runways this season. The recently concluded Summer/Resort 2019 edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) in Mumbai saw designers Gaurav Gupta, Varun Bahl, Payal Singhal and Anushree Reddy continue their summer romance with frills and gathers, this time swathing the six-yard sari in whimsical ruffles.
One might say that India’s answer to Balenciaga — couturiers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla — have been adding ruffles and frills to everything that drapes, shapes and contours for years. Their ruffle sari had a Cannes outing with Sonam Kapoor in 2015. But it’s this season’s somewhat understated and more wearable version that is racing to the top of the trend charts. Flirty, fun and unapologetically feminine, the ruffled sari caught the nation’s fancy last year and has decided to stay put well into 2019.