Zodiac Couture


Ians June 01, 2010

NEW DEHLI: Multi-hued cottons for Leo, linen for Virgo and bling for Aries!

As the fashion industry booms and knowledge increases, couture-conscious buyers are becoming increasingly wary about the “metaphysical, spiritual and environmental quotient” of the clothes they are carrying.

The heightened awareness has led to an entirely new range of fashion that is arty, meaningful, spiritual and healthy.

“It is not a question of what you are wearing is looking good, but what we are wearing is emitting good vibrations. All zodiac signs are based on natural elements - fire, air, earth, water and sky.”

“These elements produce negative and positive energy, but we choose our clothes without considering our zodiac signs that clash with our inner vibrations,” said fortune designer and fashion astrology expert Kappil Kishor.

As a National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) alumnus, Kishor guides people through their choice of apparel to foster harmony and prosperity.

He has researched the impact of astrology on fashion for more than a decade.

“My predictions are based on colour, fabric or textures and balancing clothes with the five elements of nature,” said Kishor, who owns Rudraksh, a firm that promotes young fashion talent.

For example, “Real leather is not advised for those born under the zodiac sign of Leo because the animal hide nullifies the positive Leonine energy while gold does not match the aura of every zodiac sign,” according to Kishor.

The designer has devised an astro-fashion code for the 12 signs of the zodiac.

Aries, a fire sign ruled by planet Mars is endowed with a royal nature, people born under the sign can wear “both pure and synthetic fabrics.”

Kishor said, “Leather, silver and iron do not suit them while outfits with multiple cuts in vibrant red, blue and orange flatter them.”

The designer advises bright silks for Taureans in light shades of green, white and brown.

“The cuts can either be plain or multi-layered.”

Pure cotton and linen are best suited for the double-face Gemini twins.

“Green and white are their favourite colours while platinum, gold and silver are suited to their sun signs,” he said.

Ruled by the moon, Cancerians are “unstable and naughty” and Kishor believes, “Silk, cotton and linen should be their fabrics of choice in white and simple cuts.”

On the other hand, the sunny Leo should not deviate from simple symmetrical cotton clothes in hues of red, yellow and orange but they should avoid leather, feathers, silver and iron.

Virgo is earthy and cotton and linen fabrics are recommended for people born under the sign.

But they must avoid “elaborate cuts and sunny shades”.

Emerald jewellery in silver, platinum and gold matches their energy.

Libras, ruled by the planet Venus, should “dress in synthetic silk fabrics but they must avoid red, orange, silver and platinum”.

Watery Scorpions should wear fabrics laced with cotton in red, yellow and orange colours.

Kishor added, “Their attire can range from plain to multiple cuts - but they should avoid silver and platinum.”

Synthetic and bright silks are advisable for Sagittarius which is ruled by Jupiter and Kishor advised them to wear yellow, saffron or light orange outfits enhanced by gold jewellery.

The designer said that the rooted mountain goats, the Capricorn, are advised to wear “cotton, silk and linen in simple black, blue or brown colour and they should desist from wearing gold and copper.”

Aquarians, ruled by Saturn and Uranus, should wear “dark clothes to highlight the positive masculine aspects of their sign” and Pisceans ruled by Jupiter benefit from its planet’s natural palette of yellow, saffron and orange.

Published in the Express Tribune, June 2nd, 2010.

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