Holi Colour, Batman

While Batman preferred the cover of darkness and all things noir, this is not the time for it.

It’s Spring, my dears. Whether you measure it by groundhog predictions, or calendar dates or Supermoons, the ushering of a new season is upon us.

For me, there is only one start to this season of all things new – Holi, which is celebrated with vigor, vibrancy and a joie de vivre by the people of India, a place I lovingly call the Motherland.

I remember Holi celebrations of my childhood in (old New) Delhi – wearing old whites and then spraying family and neighbours with powdered colours and colour-filled water balloons. It truly was – and is –  a celebration of joy, of colour, of the welcoming of Spring and all its glory into your world.

So, do that today. Surround yourself with colour.

Christopher Kane SS11 stamped floral set
1. Sunburst: Christopher Kane's stamped florals for SS11.
Issey Miyake Floral Print Dress SS11
2. Issey Miyake's SS11 smock dress.
Atsu Summer Resort 2011 on exshoesme.com
3. Turn things around this Spring - Atsu Summer Resort 2011 dress.
Haider Ackermann Teal Detail SS11 on exshoesme.com
4. Haider Ackermann sTeals my heart each season.
Haider Ackermann Teal and Blue Gown SS11 on exshoesme.com
5. Poetic licence - Haider SS11 gown.
Ports 1961 Purple Gown SS11  on exshoesme.com
6. Peel me a grape. Ports 1961 SS11 gown.
Dries Van Noten SS11 Colour Fade Jacket on exshoesme.com
7. Fade in: this Dries jacket for SS11 lets you slowly ease into colour.
Dries Van Noten SS11 Floral Print Blouse and Pants on exshoesme.com
8. You'll get lots of compliments wearing these complementing florals by Dries.
Jil Sander SS11 White Floral Print Dress on exshoesme.com
9. Like something out of the MoMA - Raf Simons for Jil Sander SS11.
Little Shilpa Floral Headdress Summer Resort 2011 on exshoesme.com
10. Little Shilpa, an accessories designer from India, was all about blooms for Summer Resort 2011.
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen SS11 Gold Vine Gown on exshoesme.com
11. Any damsel in this dress would emerge golden. Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen SS11.
Vera Wang SS11 3-D Flowers on exshoesme.com
12. 3-D florals at Vera Wang SS11.
Marc Jacobs Colour for SS11. Photo by Scott Schuman on exshoesme.com
13. Sultry spring in the tropics, according to Marc Jacobs for SS11.
Mary Katrantzou Floral Armband SS11 on exshoesme.com
14. Floral armbands at Mary Katrantzou SS11.
Sabyasachi Floral Prints Summer Resort 2011 on exshoesme.com
15. The master of prints and pattern, Sabyasachi X 3 for Summer Resort 2011.
Stella McCartney SS11 Citrus Print on exshoesme.com
16. Stella was all about the juicy details for SS11.
Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton for SS11 on exshoesme.com
17. Butterfly Babe at Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton for SS11.
Dries Van Noten Irridescent Sequins on exshoesme.com
18. Subtle hues at Dries SS11.
Manish Arora SS11 Ring Bracelets on exshoesme.com
19. Bang on bangles at Manish Arora SS11 - a bolder take on an arm full of clinking, thin, glass bangles in India?
Manish Arora Printed Coat and Yellow Leggings SS11 on exshoesme.com
20: Manish Arora has never been shy with his use of pigments. SS11 printed coat and technicolor PVC leggings.
Erdem SS11 Print on exshoesme.com
21. The printed palette of Erdem, SS11.
Vivienne Westwood Red Label SS11 Shredded Dress on exshoeseme.com
22. A shred of decency at Vivienne Westwood Red Label SS11.
Vera Wang Soft Colour is Back SS11 on exshoesme.com
23. Don't turn your back on the possibilities. Vera Wang SS11.
Vera Want Redemption SS11 on exshoesme.com
24. There is hope and redemption in the coming months. Vera Wang SS11.
Burberry runway SS11 on exshoesme.com
25. A wild and bold runway at Burberry SS11. Your own runway awaits.
Rimi Nayak SR2011 on exshoesme.com
26. Soft, billowy stripes at Rimi Nayak Summer Resort 2011.
Akris SS11 Green Leather Jacket on exshoesme.com
27. Loden and behold - Akris SS11 buttery leather jacket.
Jil Sander Colour Block Dressing SS11 on exshoesme.com
28. Creative colour blocking at Jil Sander SS11.
Erdem Coral Lace SS11 on exshoesme.com
29. A petite floral lace frock at Erdem SS11.
ODLR SS11 Tie-Dyed Dress on exshoesme.com
30. This Oscar de la Renta number would be great for a stroll along distant shores.
Vera Wang Twist of Colour Skirt SS11 on exshoesme.com
31. I might also need this to celebrate Canada Day this year. Vera Wang SS11.
Shantanu and Nikhil SR2011 on exshoesme.com
32. Grecian goddess of the coral sea, according to Shantanu and Nikhil, Summer Resort 2011.
ODLR Laxmi in Coral Gown SS11 on exshoesme.com
33. Laxmi Menon in ODLR SS11.
ODLR Blue on Blue SS11 Skirt on exshoesme.com
34. Wearing colour - and life, really - is all about balancing the details. ODLR SS11.
Costume National SS11 Electric Blue Suit with Red Heels on exshoesme.com
35. You just have to be smart about both, and face each with absolute confidence. Costume National SS11.

With all of the darkness we have been enveloped by lately and the heaviness that hangs over us, take the time today to celebrate all that is good, all that is joyous in your own life.

That collective energy, those positive thoughts are immense in their strength.

They can move more than you think they can.

The sky is powerful right now and the planets are listening.

Shout it to the top!

Images 1, 7, 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 24, 29-31, 33, 34 – Vogue.com. Images 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 19, 20, 22, 27, 28, 35 – Elle.com. Images 3, 10, 15, 26, 32 courtesy of Lakme Fashion Week. Image 11 courtesy of Alexander McQueen. Image 13 by Scott Schuman. Image 17 by Peter Stigter. Image 25 courtesy of Burberry.

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2 Comments

  1. March 21, 2011
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    Great post for the start of Spring! My fave images are 12, 17, 26, 29 — great inspiration for thinking of designs for some Indian outfits (wedding season IS upon us)

    • Jyotika Malhotra
      March 22, 2011

      Thanks Naveen! I’ll have lots more from the Spring 11 collections in the coming weeks.

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