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Surgeon's greens and designer hues

Now that the fashion weeks are well under their way I realised that there are only a few designers who actually dare to play with colours, writes Vinod Nair.
Hindustan Times | By Vinod Nair, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2008 05:55 PM IST

Last week I was on the surgeon's table. Before the anaesthetist administered the serum that woke me g up back in my hospital room I much later and the doctors begin I to fade away I noticed one thing my surgeon's green coloured out. I fit. Looking at the colour, I realised that I will be fine, and really I soon. And before I got completely I knocked out, I also thought how reassuring colours can be.

Colourful creations
Now that the fashion weeks are well under their way I realised that there are only a few designers who actually dare to play with colours. For instance, I am yet to I see a designer throwing in the sur. I geon's green in a collection. I think I it is a fabulous colour to play around with if the fabric is right. I It's nice and fresh... I'd love this I colour on satin or chiffon.

Most designers tend to play around with I colours that are 'safe.' The regular grays, blues, browns, charcoals and blacks (and I love these g colours when it comes to my forI mals). Seldom one gets to see boldI er hues creeping into fashion presentations, I mean solid colours I and not some prints here and there. How about some bright yellows, oranges, greens and blues in solids?

There are exceptions, but very feve Designer Manish Arora has been spraymg colours on his collections from the same set of cans for many seasons now. But the man has made sure this way that people recall his name whenever they see colours, something like that paint com- pany's tagline 'When You See Coloulf Think of Us!' Anshu Arora Sen too has done this in the past seasons, though not on a regular basis.

Rajesh Pratap Singh did the same, though in sprinkles, with panache on the runway a couple of seasons back when he introduced bright, solid colours.

Of right cut and right fabric
Come to think of it... fashion weeks in India, regardless of seasons, often end up looking rather bland when it comes to colours. Most designers tend to go for the garment's surface with embroidery and embellishment than play around with the fabric itself. I sha11patiently wait for the time when a designer actually leaves embroidery and makes the right cut with the right fabric. It sure will be a visual delight.

Hu(e)mungous options
Agreed, bolder colours demand bolder people to go for it. But in a country like India where most of our fashion enthusiasts are always on an experimenta1trip (why else in the world would a badly-shaped aunty who should be chanting Gita at home think that she would look like Penelope Cruz in a Red Valentino?)

I feel designers should take a chance and come out with colourful collections on the runway One doesn't have to think of seasonal colour preferences here either as only the North of India faces winter Hence, muted, earth or dark for winter and somewhat brighter colours for summer At fashion weeks, more often than not, collections look dull each season with hardly any change in the colour palette.

For instance, how much of silver have we seen in the last few weeks when every designer worth his/her needle in the West has stacked his/her store with silver? I remember how wonderful the lady looked in the Gene Wilder comedy flick, Woman in Red, and how much I enjoyed listening to the song, Lady in Red. I only wish that such women were real, in real designer garments... of course made in India!

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