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The champagne brigade

Divas this season seem to be in love with a rather subdued and relaxed shade — the champagne colour.

fashion and trends Updated: May 29, 2011 02:31 IST
Debasmita Ghosh

Divas this season seem to be in love with a rather subdued and relaxed shade — the champagne colour. A pale version of yellowish-orange, champagne-coloured fabric that replicates the shade of sparkling wine, is seen being flaunted by celebs across the globe in various events, especially on the red carpet.

Donning champagne-hued shimmery Marchesa numbers at this year’s Oscars were young actor Hailee Steinfeld and Halle Berry. While the 14-year-old True Grit star wore a tea-length dress, the Bond girl wore a gown with intricate beading and tulle detailing. At the Met Gala held in April, American actor Ashley Greene was also spotted sporting a champagne-coloured Donna Karan strapless gown embroidered with platinum sequins in a fishbone pattern. So, what’s with this shade that’s got everyone hooked to it? “It’s one of those classic colours that suit everyone,” says designer Varun Bahl, who has been using this flattering colour a lot in his creations.

Back home, our desi divas too are flaunting this shade with elan. Actor Katrina Kaif was seen in an elegant champagne-hued Manish Malhotra lehnga at a film awards’ function earlier this year. And, most recently, actor Minissha Lamba wo a flowy, delicate champagne-toned number created by designer duo Gauri-Nainika at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

“Unlike the dark shades, the natural beauty is never over powered by this colour,” says designer Leena Singh of Ashima-Leena, who too has designed quite a few numbers in this shade, catering to the high demand, and believes that the trend is here to stay. “With this shade, you don’t need much to look good. A light make up, a nice hairdo, some simple accessories, and you are fit to go,” adds Singh.

GET THE RIGHT LOOK MAKEUP: Champagne colour accentuates the Asian skin tone, says beauty expert Suparna Trikha. “Bronze, golden, azure and copper tones go best with the champagne-coloured dress. Emphasise on the eyes and the lips,” she says.

HAIR: Simplicity is the key to look good with this shade. “Go for soft curls. Lift your hair to a short bun above the neck,” advises Trikha.

ACCESSORIES: Go low on accessories with this dress, say designers. Be it the shoes or a clutch, light gold suits best. For jewels, wear simple pearls or just diamonds as you can’t ever go wrong with them.

FABRICS: Champagne-colour looks great in soft and flowy fabrics. “Lace and satin are the best fabrics for this colour,” opines designer Leena Singh.