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Street Smart

The best way to take on the drab weather is with funky prints,bright colours and light-weight fabric,say the designers

The washed look,cool breeze and the romance of the season are the best part of monsoon. From the fashion perspective,however,it is the most difficult season to keep your glamour quotient intact. Though designers traditionally acknowledge only two seasons in a year — autumn-winter and spring-summer — some do cater to the needs of fashionistas during monsoon.

From flowy chiffons to linen-mul blends,these designers experiment with a range of comfortable and lightweight fabrics to keep the wearer at ease with the humidity in the air. Advocating “happy and bright colours” for the season,Pune-based designer Nivedita Saboo brings in easy-dry and crush-resistant fabrics for the rainy season.

“One must dress in young,happy and bright colours this season. While dressing trendy is important,one must also focus on the comfort factor of the garments as the weather can get pretty tedious. Easy-to-manage and ready-to-wear pieces are the highlights of the season,” says Saboo,whose monsoon line features ready-to-wear dresses. With comfortable and casual designs,the smock-like dresses make for perfect street wear. She has also designed a range of casual Indian wear for the rains,which comprises tunics paired with bright-coloured leggings.

Unwilling to compromise on the glamour quotient,Delhi-based designer Rajdeep Ranawat uses sparkly studs on his line of clothes. “I’ve used studs on shoulder pads,collars,wrist bands and bags,down to belts and shoes,” says Ranawat,who works with chiffon and cotton voile and patterns such as floral and abstract.

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Giving the lowdown on what’ popular this monsoon,Rasika Wakalkar,owner of Rudraksh,a multi-designer store in Aundh,says,“When the weather is drab and gloomy,one can only brighten up the mood with pop colours. There are a range of pop-coloured shirts by a brand called 431: 88. Besides,designers Manish Malhotra — who is known for blending grey with fuchsia in some of his pieces — and Tarun Tahilani are also the pick of the season. There is also a neon hangover from the last season.”

Designer Gautam Gupta believes that flared skirts and high-waisted bottoms make perfect street wear this season,but one must know the knack of carrying it off with finesse. “It totally depends on your body shape — a taller person can carry off flared skirts or high-waisted lowers while hot pants look nice on shorter people. The idea should be to maximise the strength of one’s physical attributes and minimise the flaws,” he suggests. Handing out a helpful tip,Wakalkar says people must watch their hemlines and make sure it does not kiss the floor,which,more often than not,will tend to get wet and mucky during the rain.