Monday, November 28, 2016

Everything about IFFI Goa 2016 | Who wore what at the International Film Festival of India 2016

November sees a host of film enthusiasts and members of the film fraternity swarming to Goa to attend the International Film Festival (IFFI). The festival which goes on for over a week every year, unites like minded people, besides providing an opportunity to upcoming film makers to connect and build together. Young film makers swarm at the Film Bazaar hoping to find a producer or distributor, while film students and actors alike are seen hovering around trying to get their break.

Film buffs however are making the most of their time at the film festival by going on MOVIE watching marathons. With hundreds of movies screened at various screens spread across three venues, they sure are in for a treat. The focus country this year was Korea, and around 18 Korean films were screened for the crowd of thousands of people. The long queues outside the theatres was alibi to the fact that the movies are enjoyed by do

Besides movie screenings, several workshops were organised over a period of eight days. Alongside, the European Book Art Biennale 2016 made their debut in Asia at the ESG Art Gallery during IFFI 2016. The One Fest - an exhibition of student work ranging from photos to videos was held at a separate venue. The Serendipity Arts Festival was going on simultaneously as well.

The food street outside IFFI venue came alive with colourful stalls serving delicacies ranging from authentic Goan to scrumptious tandoori. The children's village and entertainment segment here drew a large audience too. IFFI Goa Fashion Weekend was a highlight as well, where four designers showcased their latest collections, while the clothes, accessories and makeup stalls came alive during the fashion bazaar.

In between all the chaos of the fest, I stopped by to check what everyone's wearing. Before going, I spoke to few designers to understand what's their forecast and what I could expect at the festival. Here's a trend report I've compiled keeping in mind what celebrities and delegates wore at IFFI 2016.

The filmy crowd was spotted at film screenings, red carpet and was seen mingling with fellow artistes at the bazaar. The film enthusiasts however were seen soaking in the vibe at the main venue, checking out the several stalls, attending movie screenings and workshops, and most of them – especially ladies – were seen dressed to impress.

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Indo-western outfits ruled the festival

Like every year, the film festival saw a bunch of well-dressed ladies who sported looks ranging from an elegant ethnic to an attractive Indo-western. Sarees in all forms were seen on women of different ages. While the older crowd stuck to their traditional sarees, some added a hint of edge by adding a statement neckpiece or earrings.

“Sarees draped in different forms are totally trending. The saree dress, which is a favourite among many now days looks elegant and adds an Indo-western touch to the outfit,” says designer Khushboo Borkar. True to her statement, younger women were seen sporting uniquely draped sarees in different materials and prints. To add to it, textured blouses with a collar or structured sleeves worn with minimalistic jewellery added a hint of awesomeness to the sarees as well.

“Dresses in pastel shades worn with comfortable shoes are apt for the day,” says designer Philu Martins. Girls were seen sporting pretty dresses with sneakers and skater shoes.

Flowy kurtas, tunics and shirt dresses

Flowy long kurtas and tunics, which are anyways a favourite among Indian ladies were frequently seen at the festival. Some stuck to the original kurta with leggings style, while some added a bit of chic by coordinating it with palazzos. High low and assymetric kurtas and tunics were occasionally spotted too.

Designer Ninoshka Alvares tells us, “shirt dresses and A-line silhouettes are trending this season. For a film festival in a place like Goa one needs to keep in mind the fact that Goa is a holiday destination and dress accordingly.” Shirt dresses were spotted on young ladies, but everyone styled them differently. While some went for the regular dress look with bellies or sandals, some added a pair of rugged denims or leggings with sneakers to add the oomph factor.

Pallazzos, dhoti pants and culottes
“Culottes are comfortable and suitable for a day look at the festival. One needs to be comfortable in what he or she wears,” says Ninoshka. Almost every other woman was seen wearing a palazzo or culotte, in a different fabric and styled differently! Seems like the wide leg pants trend is here to stay. While most stuck to a solid tee or kurta, some added a funky cropped tee or cropped top with a jacket or cape. Another frequently spotted trend was dhoti pants worn with t-shirts.
Cropped pants were also spotted occasionally by comfort seeking young ladies – especially students and the PR ladies who had a lot of running around to do. Paired with simple sandals or flip-flops, they looked neat. The ones who could carry it off were spotted completely slaying the look with a wide legged pant and cropped top!

Solid capes and printed kimonos

Many capes and kimonos were spotted during the day, probably due to the fact that Goa is so sunny even during the winters. Ripped denims and sneakers with a t-shirt and printed kimonos thrown over seemed like a favourite among the petite young ladies. “Japanese kimono silhouettes are trending and it’s really apt to be worn at the film festival considering Goa weather,” says Ninoshka.

“Simple shift dresses and a cape are the hot favourite this winter. Owing to the Goa weather, the light capes are a hit compared to bulky jackets. Maroon and burgundy are the colours of the season,” says Khusboo. Long capes in solid colours were seen paired with printed shift dresses. Some even wore it over a regular t-shirt and denim look.

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Smart casuals

“It’s the era of minimalism. Smart causals are apt for the day. Layering outfits with soft linen and rayon materials or wearing a chic dress with some jewellery should work fine. Denim and t-shirt, if styled right looks amazing for a festival. Add a pair of boots or sneakers, throw on a bomber jacket or tie a scarf round your neck and you’re good to go,” says Philu.

Even though we didn’t spot any jackets, the casual look was adorned by many. Probably because it’s a look one puts the least effort in to put together? Jeans and sneakers with a chic off-shoulder or captioned t-shirt seemed like another favourite outfit for those who were running around trying to shuffle between catching some movie screenings and attending workshops. A handbag and a cap or hat completed the outfits. “Add one element to the attire that tells your personality. It could be a bag, jacket or a hat,” concludes designer Ninoskha.

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Men’s style

Unlike women, we didn’t see a lot of men dressed up for the festival. Most wore a regular shirt or t-shirt and jeans, chinos or shorts. But we did spot a few wearing something impressive. Indo-western was again the style spotted in men’s wear alike. We were totally impressed by the ones wearing kurtas on jeans and waistcoats over casual shirts and jeans. The men clad in funky coloured lungis stole everyone’s attention though! Many men were seen wearing a hat, baseball cap or breton cap.

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Text by Flexcia D'souza
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