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The colour story

india Updated: Aug 11, 2010 02:21 IST
Manish Malhotra
Manish Malhotra
Hindustan Times
Manish Malhotra

As I walk on the streets of Prague, the architecture attracts me… the old buildings with beautiful green, blue and gold carving and finishing… against the grey-beige buildings, there is a sudden burst of bright flowers.

I am here, working on Imtiaz Ali’s new film Rockstar with the young wonder boy Ranbir (Kapoor) and a new girl, all the way from my favourite city, New York. As I walk around looking for clothes for her, I notice how colour has become a part of the collections of international designers.

It’s not just blacks, greys and beiges any more. This Autumn Winter, we see not only blues/blacks, but also bright red, fluorescent fuschia pink and yellow, purple, green on the racks here. The global world is getting closer and has an influx of influences.

The comfort that people internationally have with their bodies, amazes me. Just the other day, I saw a guy wearing a shocking pink t-shirt and aqua green shorts —actually looking cool! This brings to my mind a question, what is style eventually? Do you have to have a perfect body to look stylish or is it the confidence that does it all? Skin colour, weight, height all eventually don’t matter. Either you carry yourself confidently or don’t.

How do you put your look together? Do you have the sensibility to make the same look work for day and night just by changing your shoes? For men too, it’s colours. Pink or purple tie to purple sweaters, bottle green jackets to carry sling bags, loafers to fun belts and all black and navy blue to variety in hues.

As the world gets conscious of fitness regimes and besides the fitted look, comes the voluminous look. For women, it is in to have fitted upper bodice and flared lower half and for men, a fitted jacket to easy lower pants or an easy shirt/t-shirt to slim pants. For me, fashion is all about colour.

Having painted during my school and not studied fashion, the right colour combinations appeal to me the most. Colour is almost therapeutic! So, this coming season play with colours. Do not shy away from bright colours but to mix them with an earthy or neutral colours works.