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

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

Text: Surya Praphulla Kumar

Love triangle
Keep it short, bold and bright, in this silk romper from Shivan & Narresh’s new resortwear line. Sporting the Cabana Print—a geometric abstraction of the foliage depicted in the works of French painter, Henri Rousseau—it is a must-carry on any summer holiday you have planned. Available at Evoluzione for Rs 28,500. Details: 28333627

 Etro 1A long story
If anything can inspire you to don a longer hemline this season, it’s this printed silk crepe de chine maxi dress from Etro. Of Italian make, we love how the corals, lavenders and mustards lead your eye in mesmerising circles, even as the floral motif draws attention to the fitted waist. Stay away from accessoriesand let the dress dothetalking.`2,10,210.Details: shopstyle.com

Monochrome fit Quench
You don’t need colour to go on a flight of fancy. Puja Singh Nadhani was inspired by the play of light in the subways to create her line, Grey Matter. And we particularly like this blackand- white Back Cowl Dress with sequin detail on the shoulders. In cotton, with all-over ikat print, it’s chic yet minimal, and great for the day or night. Rs.8,500.Details: lovequench.com

Hemant & NanditaFollowing petals
Giving a nod to the psychedelic colours and prints of the ’60s is Hemant & Nandita’s new Summer of 69 collection. With bright oranges melding into yellows and blues, the over-sized florals on the satin dress will keep you in the spotlight. Great for a brunch date, you could slip on the crepe jacket for an added pop of colour. Rs.22,900 (dress) and Rs.30,900 (jacket). Details: sales@hemantandnandita.in

Light statement Pallavi Mohan
Keeping it playful yet on-trend, with a sheer jacket, this silk organza dress ticks all the right boxes. With hand-appliquéd laser cut patchwork, reminiscent of paper windmills, it is light, airy and chic. Part of the Summer Kaleidoscope line, from Delhi designer Pallavi Mohan’s Not So Serious brand, pick this up for Rs.24,800 (jacket costs Rs.10,200). On order. Details: 9717544232

GivenchyEye of the storm
It might look heavy, almost like armour, but Riccardo Tisci’s Egyptian-inspired line for Givenchy is light as silk.Featuring motifs like the Eye of Horus, along with electric colours and metallic accents, this graphic-printed dress in sandy hues is what
you should reach for, at your next cocktail dinner. 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 designer’stravels in Nagaland, the cotton Ao
Dress reflects the colours and motifs of the land. Anchor the vibrant hues with black accessories. Rs.8,800 (shirt) and Rs.7,000 (pants). Available at Anupamaa Haveli (Munirka Village, New Delhi). Details: 011 26175394

Anya Hindmarch pColour block
Stand out from the crowd, even if you are just whiling away the hot afternoon hours, in this cotton jersey with its reverse diamond appliqué motif. With a structured boxy fit, the Anya Hindmarch pullover not just brings to mind kaleidoscopic patterns, but a very 80s sporty aesthetic, too. Rs.77,140.Details: anyahindmarch.com

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