The undeniably elegant, yet edgy chokers of the 1980’s had made its abrupt return in 2017, and last year variations of the 1920’s berets found their way back into fashion. Now that 2018 has come to a joyful end, let’s see what these famous and hardworking fashion designers have in store for us about the nascent trends that may shake up the New Year!

Ramila Nemkul, Kasa (Patan, Lalitpur).

Handling two businesses (Kavya and Kasa) at once, Nemkul envisions her brands to compete with major brands internationally. Nemkul has been in the fashion industry for about fifteen years. Having studied in Finland, she achieved new highs for Nepali fashion. With the introduction of the more western-modern fashion store Kasa, Nemkul hopes to bring her creations to the Milan Fashion Show in Italy as it is recognized as one of the world's most important fashion capitals along with Paris, New York and London.

Kasa caters mostly to working class women, and as more women have taken the initiative to bring a change in society, it is vital to make them more confident in what they wear. According to Nemkul, fashion is a constant changing cycle, so much of the styles of clothes repeat themselves in intervals of a year or more. Since long coats were the hot trend of the year before, shorter coats may emerge as trendier this year. Although baggy pants may seem “too hipster” they are predicted to make a grand entrance again this year. Moreover, colors such as nude, mustard yellow, pink and magenta seem to be the most likely to return, for bright colors have been on a constant rise. For casuals, Nemkul says that short jackets such as bomber, pilot jackets and jacket coats will be popular.

In the fashion world, every ten years or so, the same designs appear but they are modified every time. Very few could predict the re-occurrence of chokers or even the entry of fanny packs during the mid 2018’s. Nemkul predicts, “Not all fashion hits will carry on: the beret, long coats, checkered tops may disappear with the arrival of miniskirts and short coats.” When Nemkul plans for designs, she does not fabricate clothes according to the current trends completely, for that same style may not suit everybody’s personality. Therefore, she modifies the style through a change of colors, body shape, size and structure. Since the Nepali body structure differs from that of western standards, clothes must be altered for a perfect fit. Even for Nepali celebrities, Nemkul modifies and improves some of their dresses. Moreover, since fashion consciousness is relatively new to Nepal, people are wary of change and usually follow what the majority of people are wearing. Thus, it is hard to make a fixed design for women as not everything made will be embraced by the society. Earlier in 2018, Nemkul had made Bell-bottom pants, an influence of the late 1960s. Although elegant and stylish, the pants did not find much favor in the Nepali society, for Nepali women are more on the shorter side compared to women in the west.

Manis Joshi, Mishri

A budding designer in the Nepali fashion industry, Joshi manages his collaborative venture Mishri to serve the best of pret-a-porter and couture. Currently, Joshi works at Danfe Productions and wants to augment reality through his imagination of designs. Joshi loves to break the normal stereotypes of fashion and leave people guessing about the significance of the difference. Asymmetry is one of Joshi’s special features as he is very keen on producing outfits which are a riddle, but at the same time retains its stylistic aspects.

Thus, he predicts that asymmetrical necklines and outfits will prosper this year. Another prediction he makes is towards the use of corduroy in jackets, dresses and clothes in general. Its velvety appearance and soft texture will surely grab the attention of customers. Joshi believes that moving into 2019, frills on sleeves and dresses like bishop sleeves and statement sleeves will be the norm, as much of the fashion scene has been colorful and flamboyant this year.

The Bohemian style better captures the themes going into this year, for the practice of an unconventional lifestyle is gradually expanding. Talking more about his brand Mishri, Joshi intends to release more rebellious/unconventional styles for his customers. Chains with locks, statement sleeves and more asymmetrical designs are what he is planning to showcase this year. He further states that although men are not that open to fashion, the industry in Nepal is moderately on the rise to provide the fashion world with more models, clothes and accomplishments.

With yearly favorites, Joshi also has his dislikes from the year before: Baggy jeans and Bell-bottom pants. Although agreeable that Bell-bottom pants would not suit the majority of Nepali women, baggy jeans do seem like the article of clothing most comfortable for a person to wear. However, baggy jeans do not appeal to the teens due to its large size.

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2018 has been a fashionable year for the world, and even for Nepal. Bright colors have taken over winter while summer nudes and blacks are occurring fervently. Nemkul loves the colors black and camel- brown, and absolutely adores beating the bitter winter with a trench coat and baggy pants, with no extra accessories.

For a New Year celebration or for a grand event, Nemkul recommends:

- Regal colors such as purple-gold and mustard yellow.

- A short dress, long coat and high boots.

- She adds "I don't design much for men, but they seem to adopt more of a British style, English looking demeanor with trench and overcoats as well as some checkered outfits. So indeed, they look smarter for an event." Joshi loves wearing grunged jeans and, although informal, provides more room to look voguish. Along with those grunged jeans, he also likes wearing warm, yet stylish sweaters to ramp up his outfit.

Joshi recommends:

- A body con dress, most probably with glitters, sequin and a high-slit.

- A sweater and rugged jeans for men.