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Fashion rewind: Bizarre trends that defined 2023

2023 certainly ushered a riot of attention-grabbing bizarre trends, from the whimsical world of Barbiecore to the commanding allure of oversized suits. This sartorial phenomenon signaled a collective yearning to break free from the cocoon of loungewear that had enveloped us during two years of pandemic-induced hibernation. It appears the momentum has only intensified. So, as the curtain falls on 2023, let’s take a moment to journey back through the corridors of fashion, both on and off the runway, to find out the most bizarre trends that graced the fashion scene.

Here are some bizarre trends of 2023 that graced the fashion scene.

Bucket bags

We bid farewell to the era of dull, boxy handbags! From runways to global events, celebrities embraced this bold accessory. From Ananya Pandey’s golden ‘balti’ bag to Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2024 collection, these trendy bags took every look it was teamed with, to new heights. No matter the size, they proved to be both functional and stylish!

Denim-on-denim

Just when you believed double denim had reached its zenith back in the early 2000s, courtesy of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s iconic blue-on-blue rendezvous, the trend had a full-blown resurrection in 2023. Fashion houses like Versace, DSquared2, Stella McCartney, and more unveiled collections that redefined the boundaries of denim chic. Even our Bollywood divas, such as Sonam Kapoor — a fashion icon in her own right — lend a spin to the trend.

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See-through clothes

From the subtly sheer to the daringly translucent, see-through clothing has assumed its throne on both the runway and the red carpet. Celebrities like Dua Lipa, Rihanna, Priyanka Chopra, and the ever-stylish Alaya F have all jumped aboard the see-through express. The trend has also undergone a metamorphosis, manifesting itself in delicate organza and ethereal tulle, resulting in pieces that are not just fashion-forward but also surprisingly wearable.

Quirky phone covers

As it was the year of Orry, it was also the year of his quirky phone cases. Never had we fathomed that a simple accessory such as a phone cover could become so fashionable. From his ‘crab on a plate’ mobile case to his ‘3D peeled banana’ cover, Orry’s eclectic phone case collection inspired us to embrace the eccentric and let go of the normal — reminiscent of a year when GenZ dominated the fashion world.

Big shoes

Given that last year we finally switched to our stilettos after the unprecedented Covid-19 forced us into our flip-flops, 2023 surely had ‘big shoes’ to fill (pun intended), and so it did quite literally when the US label MSCHF launched its “big red boot” — cartoonishly clompy footwear that proved a hit among big celebrities. There was no stopping as the craze only grew bigger, with high-end brands like Prada, and Loewe, among others, jumping on the bandwagon and offering their take on the huge “clowncore” shoes.

Cut-outs

While cutout clothing first made its debut in the 1930s, it wasn’t until the 1990s that the trend gained traction, with designers like Thierry Mugler and Tom Ford contributing to its popularity. In its latest iteration, the cutout craze has hopefully reached its maximum potential with exposed abs and framed belly buttons being integrated seamlessly into the fabric of contemporary design. Bollywood divas like Kiara Advani, Janhvi Kapoor, Malaika Arora, and others, have also shown us how to draw a fine line between bold and bawdy while embracing the trend with unabashed confidence.

Cats, cats, and more cats!

Fashion’s biggest night — Met Gala — saw a flurry of cats grace the carpet. Of course, not actual cats but celebrities dressed as furry creatures to pay homage to the late Karl Lagerfeld’s cat — Choupette. From rapper-singer Doja Cat’s cat ears and feline facial prosthetics to Jared Leto in a fluffy catsuit, Met proved to be a spectacle for global audiences!

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