Breaking the mould

It does not always take a Kareena Kapoor (Remember the two different red sandals in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham) and the celebrity tattooist Katy Von D ( with the red and black spiked shoes) to get experimental and bold and wear alternately coloured or designed attires!

Be it shoes, jewellery, or cosmetics, everybody seems to be experimenting with colours like never before. So much so, that seeing a regular girl walking out of a Metro wearing a pink and a red slip-on is no more alarming. One might even not care to give it another glance, so de rigueur the trend is!


Metrolife speaks to experts to bring together their perspective on the new fashion that seems to be shifting from ‘matching’ to ‘mixing’.

Asymmetry has long been in vogue. From putting together alternate earrings to two different coloured shoes in a pair and even a mix of lip colour on upper and lower lip, we try contrasting our entire lifestyle.

Elizabeth, Colorbar’s makeup expert says, “Early adopters pick up the trends sooner than others. In today’s age, trend definition and trend adoption has little to do with an age group, but has more to do with an individual’s attitude. As a cosmetics brand, we believe in educating the consumer. We do not sell products in a pair. But as makeup experts, our aim is always to share our knowledge to ensure every woman looks her best and gets the best out of products, be it basic everyday makeup or professional makeup.” She recommends, “You can contrast the colours to produce an
interesting effect in eye shadows and  lip colour.

For instance, we can contrast – green eye shadow with bright lip colour, peach eye shadow and coral lip colour and golden eye shadow and electric red lip colour.”
Fashion designer Ekta Dhingra from Rabha’s by Ekta, suggests styling clothes alternatively is also a way of experimenting with clothes. “Styling can be done any way, from traditional to western and informal to formal.

Traditionally, we put on sarees, but to make it look western, it can be worn on jeans depicting a half saree. A salwaar can be worn with a top or a tank-top to style, rather than with a kurta. A half kurta with a high neck or chinese collar can easily be tucked under the formal trousers in order to make it look formal from informal. These are the ‘Do It Yourself’ mix and matches which one can think innovatively and execute.”

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