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Compass Magazine, May 2003

The Summer of Contradictions

By Karishma Krishna

s      This season embraces fashion with a twist. Everything is not what it seems. The explosive use of color and print seems almost inspired by the flamboyant Rio Carnival. All of the splashes of acid brights, sprays of hot house florals, exploded hibiscus, bursting antiqued roses, Indian paisleys, and the geometrically dazzling "pucci style" makes the season fun and frivolous. An astronaut influence adds a metallic touch to it all.

      The contradictory mood of this season's fashion queen is all about maintaining a delicate balance. She looks proper, but never "prim". She is naughty, seductive, sensual and, yet, she is always sweet and nice. She definitely has them guessing.

      As I mentioned, this season embraces fashion with a twist. The look ranges from the functional military-inspired structural lines and details to the retro ?s punk-inspired designs. Even the innocence of the tasteful 1950s lady has something to say. Jackie O and Marilyn Monroe's highly-polished, sweet sophistication sweeps over us again with clutch bags, full skirts, cardigans and 3/4 sleeve jackets.

      Whatever the look, the key to being a "hot lady" this season is in the mixture of pretty innocence with a little daring. The feminine reigns, no matter how hard the lines, or how bold the design. Fabric choices
range from slippery satins and Chinese silks, to high-tech coated twills and denims. Everything this season is quirky and fun.

 
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