Holi Hai – Spicing it up for Spring

It’s Holi , the Indian festival of Spring and Indians the world over are putting on their whites. The white garb provides a blank canvas upon which their friends and neighbours will smear coloured powder, in every shade imaginable. Holi is all about the arrival of Spring and gorgeous colour!

After a season of wearing mostly uniform black, I wasn’t positioned for pastels…but I feel I must emerge from the darkness, albeit temporarily. But, I’ll do it slowly from within this Shantanu and Nikhil cocoon, shown at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week for Spring Summer 09.

Nikhil and Shantanu SS09 Cocoon Dress on Exshoesme.com

If you are not an ice-cream shade girl, don’t cry over your melting mocha-almond-fudge, the seasons fashions have plenty of jewel and spice tones to help you keep it real. Halston’s hot cayenne sari drape dress, Lanvin’s turmeric pouf or Bottega Veneta’s curry-sima are all options for your own spice route.Halston Sari Drape Scarlet Dress on Exshoesme.com

Lanvin Shoulder Pouf on Exshoesme.com
Lanvin’s turmeric pouf.
Bottega Veneta Curry Yellow Dress on Exshoesme.com
Curry-isma at Bottega Veneta.

Even Ann D showed colour.

Ann Demeulemeester Knotted Draped Dress on Exshoesme.com
Ann Demeulemeester’s saffron smock, safari knot-withstanding.
Alberta Ferretti Fringed Dress on Exshoesme.com
Feeling a little fringy at Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti showed a slightly harder, fringed, flapper frock in framboise. Harder is relative here, of course, still within the soft signature of the Signora.

If you’ve seen the gem collection of Michael Scott at the ROM, then you know this long, languid Lanvin look is the true colour of rubies. The skinnies simply rock, especially when paired with neutral pumps. Debbie Harry, are you taking notes for your next tour?

Lanvin Fuchsia Pants and Poufed Blouse on Exshoesme.com
Rock starrish ruby at Lanvin.
Halston Brilliant Blue Gown on Exshoesme.com
Blue gets hot at Halston.
Halston Sunburst Gown on Exshoesme.com
Sunbursting to get out.

The world is awash in colour this season…more Spring colour stories to come.

Until then, put on your primaries and scream out loud: HOLI HAI!!!

Pics courtesy of Style.com and WLIFW.

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