Confession: I don't like black. It's unfussy, forgiving and looks good on everyone, exactly the qualities that make it so damn boring. Entering a party and seeing an assembly line of black cocktail dresses depresses my inner aesthete, especially when the wearers have the kind of bronze, sun-kissed skin that could carry off any number of delicious hues in the colour spectrum.
Resorting to blending in with black when you can stop traffic in vermillion or start a conversation with chartreuse just feels like a cheap cop out, a sartorial surrender.
From electric blue and brick to olive and gunmetal, allow us to expand your fashion vocabulary — and your street (style) smarts.
Halfway between brown and red, this autumnal shade adds warmth to the skin.
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An Indian bride's trousseau isn't complete without this eye-popping shade, but it's just as captivating reimagined in a 50's silhouette.
There's nothing demure about Rimzim Dadu's metallic masterpiece in a colour so brilliant, you can spot it from a mile away.
A personal favourite, this shade is as polarising as wasabi nuts and Donald Trump. But look at Padma Lakshmi's caramel curves poured into chartreuse silk and tell us if you're still a hater.
To be matched with kohl-rimmed eyes and chunky accessories.
When your outfit needs to shine as bright as your personality...
For a star as influential as Kajol, only a shade as evocative as crimson would do.
Good for showing off Goa tans and sculpted collar bones.