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Designers tell Sujata Reddy and Dhvani Merchant on what’s right and wrong this season.
By Sujata Reddy and Dhvani Merchant | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2008 08:09 PM IST

Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Most versatile fabric:
No man-made fabrics such as cotton, georgettes and chiffons. A polyblend like nylon would work because it dries fast and the shape does not disintegrate. Natural fabrics take longer to dry and are difficult to maintain.
Innovative footwear: Be practical. Footwear should be latex, PVC or rubber. Stilettos are great for this season too.
Perfect look: Clean and fresh. Pulled back hair, sensible and practical shoes, and clothing in dark monotones with nude make-up.
Colours: Nature colours, blues and greens are great. Warmer tones of coffee and chocolate.. deep oranges are good too. Frosted greys and blues can be avoided.
Quick fixes: Socks and an umbrella.
Bags: Big bags in nylon or rubberised material. No leather or fabric bags.
Make-up dos and don’ts: Waterproof make-up in warm colours, clear skin with mascara and a touch of gloss.
Avoid: Volatile colours such as fuschia and turquoise blues and greens. And of course, jazzy embroidery.


Nitin Bal Chauhan
Most versatile fabric: Cotton. It allows your skin to breathe and dries quickly.
Avoid: White pants and skirts. Cotton voile is a strict no-no.. it will cling to your skin when moist.
Footwear: Funky chappals go well with every ensemble. Italian shoes made of waterproof leather are right for formal occasions. Adidas and Puma have an entire collection, in a variety of colours. Floral flip-flops are happening. Colourful gumboots will never go out of style.
Colours: Chalky.. grey, black and blue conceal dusty stains.
Quick fixes: A hooded jumper or a biker jacket in graphic prints. An umbrella in a solid colour that is in contrast with your outfit.
Bags: Big one with just a zip or two.. so you don’t have to fumble too much. Complicated bags are not for this season.
Perfect look: A smile! Leave your leather clothes and bags at home. Liven up chalky coloured outfits with accents of red, orange and pink.

Rocky S
Most versatile fabric:
A fabric that dries quickly – blended cotton or cotton. These are breathable fabrics and
non-sticky.
Innovative footwear: Funky colours like yellows and dark pinks in shoes will add a dash of colour. High wedges are in vogue this season — internationally and in India. But it should be in waterproof or resistant fabrics such as PVC.
Pratical evening-out tips: Asymmetrical cuts.. the look for this season is very romantic.
Perfect look: A floral printed dress, some silver earrings, bangles and pulled back hair with a bandana or a hair band will look cool. Pick neutral colours. Avoid going overboard with the florals and bright colours.
Colours: Yellows, pinks paired with greys, beiges and blacks. Also cool for this season are tribal African prints — the trend is fast catching on.
Quick fixes: A pair of water resistant shoes, a windcheater in a bright colour or an umbrella. On the accessories front, a tribal beaded necklace or some silver jewellery would look great.
Bags: Big ones in bright colours. Avoid canvas, suede and leather in bags.
Make-up dos and don’ts: Avoid make-up, just gloss for lips. A touch of waterproof mascara would also be good.
Avoid: Polyester and sheer fabrics.


Shaina NC
Most versatile fabric: Cotton stretch.. it combats water absorption. Also, fabrics with a slight mix of polyester work well.
Avoid: Lycra and polyester.. they’ll make you stink.
Innovative footwear: Crocs are the best. You can run into muck without worrying about soiling your footwear. I love them in fuschia pink and lime green.
Colours: Green. It goes with the mood. Minty colours like lighter shades of green and ivory.
Quick fixes: Short denims with solid coloured tops. Throw a stunning dupatta over any simple salwar kameez.
Make-up dos and don’ts: Stay away from foundation.. it will drip. Compact is a better option. Go minimalist and just highlight the eyes.
Practical evening-out tips: An ankle-length dress.
Accessories: A belt and bag should suffice. Don’t complicate the ensemble.


Arshiya Faikh
Most versatile fabric:
Cottons and linens in water-resistant finishes. Or teflon coated fabrics.
Innovative footwear: Stick to flat shoes.
Colours: Pastel shades are so happy and pretty. Girls can sport bright hues like red, orange, green and pink. Boys can play with military shades.. khaki, red, green and beige.
Quick fixes: An overcoat comes in handy, especially if you are in a hurry and have no time to grab an umbrella. Knee-length jeans are timeless. PVC jackets and the little black dress never fail.
Bags: Big ones, no clutches please.You can just stuff your umbrella in a big bag and you’re ready to go.
Make-up dos and don’ts: Waterproof make-up. Use dry blush instead of a creamy one.. which could trickle down your face otherwise. The smoky eyes look is for another season.
Practical evening-out tips: If an occasion requires you to doll up then pick an ankle-length dress to avoid stains on the hemline. Draw attention to the sleeves instead. Bubble and petal sleeves are cute.
Accessories: Again, plastic rules. Accessories with a gel and plastic finish and a slight shimmer help beat the monsoon blues. Bright belts and bags complete the look.
Perfect look: A pair of wedges.. with transparent heels. A clear thick plastic handbag which matches with your accessories. A high ponytail on a rainy day is smart.

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