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The edgy designer weighs in on some of the biggest trends of the season.

Known for his flamboyant sensibilitiesa�� endorsed by stars like Deepika Padukone, Kriti Sanon, Shraddha Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinhaa��Nikhil Thampi is no stranger to success. Having just showcased the LakmA� Salon Show Stopping Illuminate collection, at the recently-concluded LakmA� Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016, he lets us in on the biggest trends for the season.

Thampi1Sunny side up
a�?I believe that there are a couple of things one must invest in this season. To start your day, having the perfect pair of reflective sunnies on to suit your outfit can really add that star element to even the most casual outfit,a�? says Thampi. We believe this golden yellow pair from Ray Ban is the perfect way to take on the heat. Rs 7,990. At Lenskart,A�Anna Nagar. Details: 42690912

Demure effectA�Thampi6
a�?My personal favourites are mono chromes in nude. White, blue and washed army green are perfect pair ups,a�? informs the designer. This stunning bustier from Archana Rao brings together a mix of nude shades that will work perfectly with a pair of fitted trousers. Rs 9,000 approx.
Details: thesecretlabel.com

Thampi5Sweetness and light
a�?Organic fabrics are always a favourite in every wardrobe and should be an essential in yours. Imported poly-blend fabrics are also doing the rounds as they suit most body types,a�? shares Thampi. This ecru and indigo-printed deconstructed shirt from Urvashi Kaur is made from organic cotton and will keep you cool. Rs 14,200 approx on perniaspopupshop.com

Shine bright
a�?To make heads turn, Ia��d go forA�some metallic separates like a gold jacket, lamA� shorts and foiled shirts,a�? shares the designer. Make a statement in this paillette-embellished jersey jacket from Lanvin, which is a perfect mix of gold and silver, for those who are on the fence.
Rs 2 lakh approx on netaporter.com

Keep it simpleA�Thampi7
a�?I am not a big fan of embellishments myself, hence you will always see simple clean lines with clean cuts from my label. Simplicity to me exudes luxury and that has always been one of the key elements of the NT label,a�? he tells us. This non-fussy outfit from his latest collection strikes the perfect balance between elegant and edgy. Rs 25,000. At Atosa Fashion Store, Mumbai.
Details: 022 26052509

Thampi4Cut it out

a�?Cold shoulder cut-outs are trending at the moment as it has the ability to elevate any basic shape. Ita��s almost like the blush pink of lipsticks this seasona��very young, fresh, chic and classy. Moreover, this trend suits all body types and, hence, can be paired with many silhouettesa��from a plain white shirt to a tailored jacket, from a little black dress to an embellished evening gown,a�? says Thampi. This crop top from Nishka Lulla sums up the trend perfectly. The hakoba top comes with a bandeau and denim skirt. Rs 32,000 approx.
At Mahim, Mumbai. Details: 24455096


Thampi2Fringed and friendly
a�?Some things that are my absolute favourites this summer are cut out jackets, fringed jackets and fringed bags ,a�? he reveals. Take the fringe trend head on with this striking bucket-style backpack from Zara (`2,990). At Phoenix MarketCity, Velachery. Details: 30083700

Text: Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo


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