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The kaleidoscope is back in focus, withA�summer prints that balance the bold and quirky

ITa��S the season for whimsy, not white. And kaleidoscopic prints,we feel, best capture the mood. While Tim Burtona��s Alice ThroughA�The Looking Glass (releasing next month) promises to give usA�plenty of psychedelic colours, off screen, celebrities like NicoleA�Kidman have been embracing the trend with dresses sporting theA�fractured images we remember so well from our childhood.Designers like Alexander McQueen and Duro Olowu are lightingA�up runways with the bold prints, and we pick someA�you might want to invest in this season.

Text: Surya Praphulla Kumar

Love triangle
Keep it short, bold and bright, in this silk romperA�from Shivan & Narresha��s new resortwear line.A�Sporting the Cabana Printa��a geometric abstractionA�of the foliage depicted in the works of FrenchA�painter, Henri Rousseaua��it is a must-carry on anyA�summer holiday you have planned. Available atA�Evoluzione for Rs 28,500. Details: 28333627

A�Etro 1A long story
If anything can inspire you to don aA�longer hemline this season, ita��s thisA�printed silk crepe de chine maxi dressA�from Etro. Of Italian make, we loveA�how the corals, lavenders andA�mustards lead your eye inA�mesmerising circles, even as the floralA�motif draws attention to the fittedA�waist. Stay away from accessoriesand let the dress dothetalking.`2,10,210.Details: shopstyle.com

Monochrome fitA�Quench
You dona��t need colour to go on aA�flight of fancy. Puja SinghA�Nadhani was inspired by theA�play of light in the subways toA�create her line, Grey Matter. AndA�we particularly like this blackand-A�white Back Cowl Dress withA�sequin detail on the shoulders.A�In cotton, with all-over ikat print,A�ita��s chic yet minimal, and greatA�for the day or night. Rs.8,500.Details: lovequench.com

Hemant & NanditaFollowing petals
Giving a nod to the psychedelicA�colours and prints of the a��60s isA�Hemant & Nanditaa��s new SummerA�of 69 collection. With brightA�oranges melding into yellows andA�blues, the over-sized florals on theA�satin dress will keep you in theA�spotlight. Great for a brunch date,A�you could slip on the crepe jacketA�for an added pop of colour. Rs.22,900 (dress) and Rs.30,900A�(jacket). Details: sales@hemantandnandita.in

Light statementA�Pallavi Mohan
Keeping it playful yet on-trend, with a sheerA�jacket, this silk organza dress ticks all theA�right boxes. With hand-appliquA�d laser cutA�patchwork, reminiscent of paper windmills,A�it is light, airy and chic. Part of the SummerA�Kaleidoscope line, from Delhi designerA�Pallavi Mohana��s Not So Serious brand, pickA�this up for Rs.24,800 (jacket costs Rs.10,200). OnA�order. Details: 9717544232

GivenchyEye ofA�the storm
It might look heavy, almostA�like armour, but RiccardoA�Tiscia��s Egyptian-inspired lineA�for Givenchy is light as silk.Featuring motifs like the EyeA�of Horus, along with electricA�colours and metallicA�accents, this graphic-printedA�dress in sandy hues is what
you should reach for, atA�your next cocktail dinner.A�Rs.2,32,191 approx.Details: net-a-porter.com

Fight&Feast Collection By Anupama Dayal _ Ao DressTribal salute
Grab eyeballs (sans the headgear,of course) in this Anupamaa Dayaloutfit. Inspired by the designera��stravels in Nagaland, the cotton Ao
Dress reflects the colours andA�motifs of the land. Anchor theA�vibrant hues with blackA�accessories. Rs.8,800 (shirt) and Rs.7,000 (pants). Available atA�Anupamaa Haveli (Munirka Village,A�New Delhi). Details: 011 26175394

Anya Hindmarch pColour block
Stand out from the crowd,A�even if you are just whilingA�away the hot afternoon hours,A�in this cotton jersey with itsA�reverse diamond appliquA�A�motif. With a structured boxyA�fit, the Anya HindmarchA�pullover not just brings toA�mind kaleidoscopic patterns,A�but a very 80s sportyA�aesthetic, too. Rs.77,140.Details: anyahindmarch.com

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