Designer hopes to add splash of colour to fashion scene

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 September, 2009, 12:00am


Fashion designer Radha Nanda Rathke hopes lime green will become the next black. Rathke, the granddaughter of former Indian prime minister Gulzarilal Nanda, settled down in Hong Kong with her banker husband and two young children five years ago and recently founded her own fashion label, Radhae.

The designer preferred to keep her family connection private when she was asked about her late grandfather but she was happier to talk about her latest festive fashion collection featuring designs inspired by Indian, Chinese and Japanese cultures, and she hoped her colourful outfits would brighten up the dull atmosphere in the local fashion scene. 'I play around with different colour combinations in this collection because I think it feels too grey in Hong Kong,' Rathke said at the fashion preview of her latest collection last Thursday night at the American Club.

'To me, people here always wear brown, black and grey clothes and I would love to see more colours around me. The main theme colours I used in this collection are red and orange. Hopefully, it will give the city a bit of a spark.'

But her personal favourite is neither red nor orange, but lime green. 'I love lime green, I think it is a very cheerful colour. To me lime green is the new black. Some people think the colour is difficult to mix and match with their daily outfits but I think the opposite, it goes very well with colours like white, baby pink, baby blue and even yellow. It looks good for Asian skin too. I would definitely recommend the colour to others.'