The Best Desi Looks From Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014

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Kareena Kapoor for Manish Malhotra, Lisa Haydon for Ridhi Mehra and Jacqueline Fernandez for Anju Modi

If you’ve been following our Instagram you know fashion week frenzy is in full swing. India Bridal Fashion Week just came to a close and the international shows and Wills India Fashion Week are just around the corner. While prepping for these, we made a quick stopover in Mumbai for Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014—just to soak in all the festive fashion being sent down the runways. We round up our favorite desi looks—ones we will be swearing by to get us through Diwali and of course, all the weddings that lie ahead!

Anju Modi

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Staying true to her earthy sensibilities, Anju Modi’s ‘Mahikarnika’ collection was inspired by the paintings and sculptures of Ajanta and Ellora. We loved the layered looks, jeweled tones and of course, Modi’s signature use of statement jewelry.

Krishna Mehta

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Krishna Mehta’s breezy and upbeat collection brought handlooms from Benaras, Maheshwar, Bhagalpur and Manipur to the fore. The collection was divided into four color stories—indigo, orange, white and shocking hot pink—which coupled with ingenious layering and a fuss free appeal made it an instant favorite.

Manish Malhotra

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Veteran designer Manish Malhotra can’t seem to catch a break and has been churning out one collection after the other. His LFW finale show, called ‘Gloss’ reunited him with his long time muse and friend, Kareena Kapoor. After playing with Kashmiri embroidery the last few seasons, Malhotra has shifted his focus to mirror work, tie-and-dye and a more mature colour palette.

Payal Singhal

Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 14

We always look forward to Payal Singhal’s easy chic collections and her latest line ‘Excavations didn’t disappoint. —especially the catchy Chintz print that was a permanent feature of the showing. She showcased her signature silhouettes like crop tops combined with pants and skirts as well as asymmetrical hemlines and offbeat blouses. Interesting pre-draped dupattas were another element to watch out for.

Ridhi Mehra

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Now you already know that we have our eyes on Ridhi Mehra. Her maiden LFW collection, ‘Mystical Nuit’ was as wearable as it was trendy. Signature cuts, silhouettes and embroidery were a mainstay but we also saw some new pairings and inclusions like the tunic paired with palazzos, belted saris and dresses.

Sonaakshi Raaj

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Sonaakshi Raaj has carved a niche for herself as someone who can marry traditional silhouettes with western sensibilities pretty effortlessly. And this collection was no different. We spotted quintessential Sonaakshi Raaj pastel colors and sari gowns. But what really caught our eye was the recurring dhoti drape—used not just as a singular bottom wear but also as a sari. Would you rock it?

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India Bridal Fashion Week 2014: A Recap

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

L to R: Shraddha Kapoor for JJ Valaya, Esha Gupta for Jyotsna Tiwari and Kangana Ranaut for Suneet Varma

If there’s one thing we’re willing to OD on, it’s fashion. Especially Indian fashion. Just when we were recovering from all the fabulous fashion that came out of India Couture Week 2014 and prepping for the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014, we were treated to a spot of bridal revelry with India Bridal Fashion Week, held at the uber luxurious DLF Emporio mall in Delhi this year. We round up the looks you absolutely ought to know about. Bridal chic, anyone?

ASHIMA LEENA

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

Ashima-Leena’s collection ‘Jashn’ was a fitting celebration of the complexities of hand embroidery, rangrez work (dyed clothing typically associated with Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Gujarat) and the beauty of love. The ramp revelled in a captivating riot of colors, beautifully enhanced with an abundance of gold. The shararas, lenghas paired with long blouses, and tunic style sari blouses were sillouhettes that stood out.

 

FALGUNI AND SHANE PEACOCK

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

You can trust husband-wife duo Falguni and Shane Peacock to always churn out staples for the utterly modern bride. This time, they turned things up a notch with biker jackets, statement prints, cascading capes, sheer bodysuits and very contemporary styling. Are you daring enough to sport this?

 

GAURI AND NAINIKA

India bridal fashion week 2014

Gauri and Nainika took to the ramp after a brief hiatus, and boy did they bring back old-school glamour! Restricted to a palette of black, white and red, the collection featured sharp cuts, strong silhouettes, clean looks and the duo’s signature use of statement ruffles.

 

JJ VALAYA

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

There was ample use of traditional bridal red in JJ Valaya’s elaborate collection but the unexpected pops of blue caught our eye. Black and white bridal wear (hitherto considered a taboo) made for a large part of the showing, and of that, we approve! And if Valaya’s line is anything to go by, bid adieu to those same ’ol blouses—statement cholis are in this year.

 

JYOTSNA TIWARI

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

Jyotsna Tiwari’s bridal collection was a full throttle feminine affair, no surprises there! There were silhouettes not just for the bride but also for other attendees of a big fat Indian wedding. Think draped saris, voluminous cocktail gowns and floor length anarkalis in dainty, ladylike colors and studded embellishments.

 

MEERA AND MUZAFFAR ALI

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

Husband-wife duo Meera and Muzaffar Ali’s collection stayed true to their sensibility of bringing Kotwara’s (in Uttar Pradesh) exquisite craftsmanship to the fore. Their signature silhouettes like ghararas, wide legged trousers and use of somber colors were seen throughout the collection. We were instantly transported to an era gone by, one where an elegant Begum sahiba was the most stylish lady in the room.

 

RAGHAVENDRA RATHORE

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

The collection was touted to be a spiritual journey, reincarnating relics and was as crisp and minimalistic as a Rathore showing ought to be. The signature bandhgala emerged as a must-have for the bride and her entourage, worn with pants or voluminous skirts, for an androgynous break from all the feminine bridal wear out there. We particularly loved the punches of fuchsia pink that punctuated the otherwise black, white and red collection.

SUNEET VARMA

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

Suneet Varma’s ‘Princess of Shekhawati’ collection was the designer’s take on traditional India but with a modern twist. Mirrorwork embellishment, thread embroidered borders, colored aari embroidery and burnt gold and copper thread embellishments were the collection’s mainstay. What really stole the show were the exaggerated and incredibly statement jewelry pieces.

 

TARUN TAHILIANI

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

Tarun Tahiliani’s ‘Modern Mughals’ collection was a luxurious one, no doubt. It had all the atypical characteristics that the label is associated with—draped silhouettes, cocktail saris, crystal work, digital prints and elaborate embroidery. But we couldn’t shake off the feeling of déjà vu, maybe because the maverick designer has been churning out back-to-back collections these past few months.

Which is your favourite IBFW show? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Shaadi Chic: Our Favourite Bollywood Wedding Fashion Moments

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It’s pretty much a fact—Indians love weddings and you can always trust Bollywood to make them larger than life. You also know we’re slightly obsessed with desi clothes, right? So we’re pretty much always smitten by the 70 mm wedding fashion portrayed on the silver screen. The captivating cocktail of colours, cascading dupattas and the beautiful women wearing them…it all comes together oh-so-beautifully! So to feed our fashion frenzy, we decided to indulge in a movie marathon of sorts—to recount Bollywood flicks with the best wedding style. Are you ready to walk (or should we watch) down this star-studded lane with us?

Alia Bhatt in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya (2014)

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Alia Bhatt’s quest for ‘Kareena Kapoor wala designer lehenga’ in this tribute to cult 1996 movie Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, saw her in some really catchy desi wear, styled by ex-Vogue India stylist Archana Walavalkar. We particularly love the sexy cholis she was seen in, courtesy Manish Malhotra. And then there were the side braids paired with jhumkas, finished with heavy kohl-rimmed eyes. Thumbs up!

Alia Bhatt in Two States (2014)

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The spunky South Indian woman is clearly having her moment in Bollywood. And Alia Bhatt definitely stole our hearts with her portrayal of Tam Bhram Ananya in this adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s namesake novel. Her kanjeevaram saris, traditional kurtas, jhumkas, temple jewellery and braids adorned with fresh flowers have our seal of approval.

Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

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No one does sophisticated glamour quite like Bollywood’s reigning sweetheart. Deepika Padukone’s trendy wardrobe designed by Manish Malhotra not only had us adding similar styles to our lust list, but also had us desperately wishing for her washboard abs. The royal blue ’70s style sari worn with a bikini blouse was a raging hit.

Sonam Kapoor in Aisha (2010)

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As a rich Delhi fashionista, Sonam Kapoor naturally had a wardrobe to match. And it wasn’t just her Diors and Chanels that left us green-eyed. Much before all-white Indian wear became an it-trend, Kapoor sported the ethereal look (an Anamika Khanna lehenga, if you must know) in this movie, perfectly offset with a brilliant polki set. In fact, all through the movie, she was partial to ivory Indian wear and uncut diamond jewellery. Très chic, indeed.

Anushka Sharma in Band Baaja Baarat (2010)

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Anushka Sharma’s loud, quintessential Punjabi ensembles in this wedding flick may not have been high fashion, but they definitely echoed with the girl next door. There’s no denying that it further fuelled our love affair with OTT color blocking, kitschy elements, patialas and mojaris!

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan in Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

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Period love story Jodhaa Akbar was a jewellery fanatic’s delight. The exquisite and extravagant jewellery worn by Aishwariya Rai Bachchan (all by Tanishq, perfectly complemented by elegant Neeta Lulla lehengas) in her portrayal of a Rajput princess and then a Mughal queen instantly had us wanting her entire treasure trunk. Apart from making jadau and polki jewellery incredibly popular, the movie also brought net Indian wear back in vogue.

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What To Wear For Your Best Friend’s Wedding?

sonamkapoor1It’s a big day, one that probably comes a close second only to your nuptials. Your bestie (BFF, soul sister, the love of your life or whatever else you’d like to call her!) is all set to tie the knot and you need to look just perfect. Trendy with a side of desi chic and sexy—is that right? The task of curating a trendy yet diverse wedding wardrobe may seem difficult, especially considering the plethora of functions an Indian wedding involves, but it’s not impossible. You know what makes it even easier? You’ve got Luxemi to break it down for you!

Mehndi

The mehndi demands something that’s fuss-free. Think sleeveless or cap sleeveless so that the henna doesn’t ruin your outfits. Secondly, opt for a silhouette that allows you to move around with ease, preferably a sharara. After all, there will be ample dancing involved. The same applies to your jewelry as well. Stay away from sombre colours, vibrant hues is the way to go! A fishtail braid adorned with fresh flowers will finish your look beautifully.

Indian bridesmaid dressing

 

Luxemi Pick: Raw Silk Choli with Sharara Pants by Nikasha and Gold Kashmiri Earrings with Faux Pearls 

Sangeet

A tad more formal than the mehndi, the sangeet needs you to slip into a heavier ensemble. A lehenga would be our top pick, especially if you’re dancing on stage. You can always change into a simple salwar for the after party. Considering gold is big this season, make sure your outfit incorporates this gilded hue. Top off the look with a maang tikka, necklace, earrings to match and soft curls.

Indian bridesmaid dressing

Luxemi Pick: Gold Leaf Lehenga with Velvet Blouse by Malika Mathur and Kundan Set with Pearl Embellishments

 

Cocktail

Skip the gown and take the Indian route instead. A stunning sequinned or Swarovski studded sari (read some quick tips to spice up a sari here) with a halter blouse and diamond chandelier earrings to match will do the trick. Turn to deep colours like bottle green, wine or ink blue. Black, as always, is a safe bet.

Indian bridesmaid dressing

Luxemi Pick: Black Net and Platinum Saree with Crystals and Sequins and Crystal Quartz with Black Onyx Earrings

 

Pheras

A return to tradition is the way to be for the pheras. We’d advice making a statement with simplicity and a handloom or woven sari is the perfect way to do that just that. Gold jewellery will complement this look. And don’t forget to pull your hair in a bun!

Indian bridesmaid dressing

Luxemi Pick: Neon Green Cotton and Silk Saree by Neeru Kumar, Dual Strand Gold Gungaro Necklace and Sterling Silver Engraved Hanging Earrings

Indian bridesmaid dressing

Check out our Co-Founder, Swathi Narra, rocking this Neeru Kumar sari at her best friend’s wedding (Don’t forget your statement sunnies for a day wedding)!

Reception

We understand that playing dress up for two-to-three days in a row can get exhausting. If we had our way we’d just wear jeans and a tee to the finale function! But since that can’t be, an anarkali is a good option—it helps that it is easy to slip in and out of. We’d skip the necklace and let statement earrings do the talking.

Indian bridesmaid dressing

 

Luxemi Pick: Brocade Coat with Velvet Border by Kisneel and Vintage Topaz Kundan Enamel Earrings

What are you top picks for bridesmaid dressing? Tell us in the comment box below!

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The Best Of India Couture Week 2014

 

India Couture Week 2014

L to R: Shraddha Kapoor in Gaurav Gupta, Alia Bhatt in Manish Malhotra and Lisa Haydon in Monisha Jaising

India Couture Week 2014 followed close on the heels of Haute Couture Week held in Paris, and reinforced India’s prowess when it comes to design and craftsmanship. Taking a cue from last year’s Couture Week, there was a continued focus on catering to a younger crowd as the designers experimented with newer, fresher silhouettes.

And while we definitely missed Anamika Khanna, there was still plenty to love this year too. After a thorough scanning of all the looks that set the runways ablaze, we bring you the collections that made us fall in love with Indian couture all over again!

Anju Modi

India Couture Week 2014

In yet another avant-garde tribute to womanhood, Anju Modi used her collection ‘Manikarnika’ to bring regional craft to the forefront, while staying true to her earthy design sensibility.The line centered around dhoti pants teamed with asymmetrical jackets and cropped jackets and half buttoned full length anarkalis. It was a pairing that felt fresh and fashion forward. The jewellery, as is always the case with Modi, was another highlight.

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Gaurav Gupta

India Couture Week 2014Gaurav Gupta’s collection was as dramatic and sensual as one would expect it to be. Think sheer panels, peek-a-boo cutouts and unforgiving fits. But there were also a few safe full-skirted lehengas with long brocade jackets and pants paired with structured jackets (to cater to the more conventional market, perhaps?). Gupta’s signature sari-gown made several appearances (how could it not?), this time spruced with stunning, embellished capes.

Manish Arora

India Couture Week 2014

Hands down the most recognized Indian designer abroad, you can always count on Manish Arora to bring a dash of irreverence, playfulness and eclecticism to a couture showing. At this years show, Arora’s set was full-on disco themed, and saw models walk down the runway in kalidar midi skirts, bell-bottom shararas, plunging (actually that might just be an understatement) necklines, mirror embellishments and statement baubles. Couture kitsch, anyone?

Manish Malhotra

India Couture Week 2014

Manish Malhotra’s ‘Portraits’ collection was all about unabashed glamour (what else), with a vintage spin. There was ample of mirror work, zardosi, sequins and resham embroidery. Silhouettes ranged from lehengas and saris paired with jacket-style blouses and unexpected sheer necklines to sleeker, more restrained floor length kurtas. And of course, Bollywood show stoppers—Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapoor.

Monisha Jaising

India Couture Week 2014

An extension of the sentiment of her previous couture showing, Monisha Jaising’s ‘World Bride’ collection continued to target the modern Indian bride who likes her bridal repertoire to be contemporary. Hence there were plenty of draped saris in flirty colours, printed and gleaming gowns and a lehengas galore. The icing on the cake, however, was the black leather lehenga worn with a white shirt and traditional jewellery, modelled by Lisa Haydon. Fierce!

Rohit Bal

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Rohit Bal chose a cocktail preview over a runway show to display his capsule collection, one that was replete with classic, free-flowing anarkalis, saris and lehengas in ivory, spruced with elegant jewellery. The pop of color came by way of the menswear on display.

Sabyasachi

India Couture Week 2014Sabyasachi’s show was drenched in the genius and sheer magnificence that only this Kolkatta-based designer can bring to the table. His collection ‘Ferozabad’ retained the maharani-chic, vintage vibe his creations are generally associated with (in fact, many felt that the entire collection had a sense of déjà vu), albeit with a relatively more modern touch. There was a special focus on menswear in bright chintz too. The set, which resembled a luxury train headed to Ferozabad in Uttar Pradesh, was the real hero though.

Varun Bahl

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A fresh collection, targeted at a younger clientele, Varun Bahl’s showing had a varied color palette—starting with noir and then moving on to ivory, teal, canary yellow and bridal pink and red. Sure the conventional bridal pieces made an appearance, but what really caught our eye were the asymmetrical kurtas paired with sheer leggings, embroidered gowns, OTT floral motifs and Bahl’s signature sheer blouses.

Until next season!

Check out our Couture Week reports from 2012 and 2011 here. 

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Your Guide To Sports Luxe Indian Wear

 

Sports Luxe Indian Wear

Deepika Padukone in Huemn varsity sari, Vogue June 2014

Sports luxe is fashion’s latest buzzword. Everyone from King Karl and Alexander Wang to Stella McCartney, Prada and Jeremy Scott are playing for this team so how could our homegrown labels be far behind? A volley of Indian designers like Nishka Lulla, Huemn, Masaba, Surendri and GaGa by Tanya Sharma among others have jumped on the sportswear bandwagon too.

It was the 2012 London Olympics that really put the ball in this trend’s court. Then came wimbeldon and FIFA fever and there was no looking back. There’s a lot to choose from when it comes to sportswear-inspired western wear — varsity jumpers, silk bombers, leather joggers, statement sweatshirts and the works. But the real challenge for the desi girl is to incorporate this style into her traditional wardrobe as well. So we decided to coach you on just how to bring your A-game to the field. Are you ready to play?

  • The most important rule is that comfort is your key player. Your ensemble should be laid-back and one that allows you to move around easily.
  • Sportswear inspired fashion moves much beyond jersey. Think reimagined luxe materials like neoprene, silk, leather, lycra, mesh and sheer panels with a smattering of embellishments.
  • The easiest way to try this trend is to give your sari blouse a sporty spin. You can swap it for a jersey-inspired crop top from your favourite high street label. Or get your neighbourhood tailor to make you one that is loose and comfortable. Sequinned renditions are not off limits either.
Sports Luxe Indian Wear

L to R: Huemn, Shivan & Narresh, QuirkBox, Nishka Lulla

  • Skip those tight churidars and opt for something that’s more relaxed. Desi joggers or loose drawstring pants are a good idea. Since your bottom will be free flowing, opt for a more structured top.
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L to R: Sougat Paul, Surendri, Annaikka

  • And then there are sneakers and Converse shoes. We’d suggest them with everything from saris and lehengas to suits. It’s not a simple look to pull off, so wear it with a generous helping of confidence!
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  • Say yes to lots of layering too. Cropped jackets over cholis or tunics and sheer skirts over pants will give your sporty look a sophisticated touch.
  • Give your lehenga a sporty spin by teaming it with a heavily embellished bomber jacket. Not only will you look wildly chic but turn a lot of heads too!
Sports Luxe Indian Wear

Hemant and Nandita

So what’s your take on this trend? Are you in it to win it?

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Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

Bollywood is witnessing a wave where 20-something beauties are taking over not just the box office but fashion charts too. The likes of Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Jacqueline Fernandez and Alia Bhatt stand testimony to the fact. The newest addition to this stylebook is 22-year-old Shraddha Kapoor, daughter of veteran actor Shakti Kapoor.

Now Ms. Kapoor didn’t really have the most glorious Bollywood debut. Many would go “Shraddha Kapoor, who?” when her name was brought up. But things turned around for this pretty young thing post her blockbusters Aashiqui 2 and Ek Tha Villain. She has not just proved her acting prowess but has earned some style cred in the process too. She balances girl-next-door and glam gal quite effortlessly with her personal style. Her looks are never intimidating and they’re ones you can easily emulate. We’ll show you how below!

Desi With A Twist

When it comes to traditional wear, Shraddha is not one to go for the same-old cuts and silhouettes. She experiments with everything from dhoti pants and asymmetrical hemlines to sharara pants. Chic and age-appropriate, we say!

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

Luxemi Pick: Our Racer Back Salwar with Sharara Pants by Kisneel will help you stand out in a crowd of me-too dressers. 

 

Pink Attack

It seems that this girly girl has a penchant for all things pink — be it fuchsia, blush pink or neon renditions. Take a page from her book and pair this statement color with neutral accessories and nude make up.

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

Luxemi Pick: Our Coral Angrakha Salwar with Velvet and Gota Embellishment will help you nail the ‘pretty in pink’ look.

 

White Washed

There is no doubt that this Kapoor lady loves her fair share of bright hues but she’s not afraid to pull a 180 with serene neutrals and shades of white either. What stands out is the nonchalant pop of color she often adds to these composed looks — mostly by way of her choice of arm candy.

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

Luxemi Pick: Our White and Silver Gota Angrakha Salwar is as angelic as they come. Top it off with our Red and Gold Beaded Clutch by 5 Elements.

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

 

Casual Chic

It’s unreasonable to think that actresses should always look like they’ve just stepped off the cover of a magazine. Sometimes, they want to dress down and keep things simple too! Shraddha is often seen giving into that temptation by turning to skinny jeans paired with easy chic tops.

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

Luxemi Pick: Channel her casual style by teaming your favorite pair of jeans with a simple kurti like our Lime Green Cotton Halter Kurta by Cottons Jaipur.

 

Signature Style

The piece of clothing that seems to be the Kapoor gal’s absolute favorite is the pencil skirt. She’s been painting B-town chic in a smattering of them — from solid black to embellished and neon versions paired with smart tops. What’s not to love about these looks, right?

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

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Kalki’s Top 5 Indian Looks

 

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Actress Kalki Koechlin is not your regular mainstream Bollywood actress. It’s safe to say that she has broken the mould of typical starlets who are often reduced to mere pretty props in big budget films — the hero’s sidekick on his adventures. How so? Well, here’s a young actress who can play a  prostitute in her debut indie movie Dev D. with as much ease as she can portray a high maintenance girlfriend in a mainstream flick like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Add to that how she is always using her stardom to support pressing women’s issues in society, and you have an actress who is more than just her designer wardrobe and item songs. You can always trust Ms. Koechlin to keep things interesting. And that’s exactly what makes her tick.

The same can be said about her style as well. Hipster cool just about sums up her repertoire and she is always known to add an individual twist to everything she dons. While we know all about her love for upcoming Indian designers, especially Nimish Shah of Shift, and her penchant for experimental western silhouettes, we decided to spotlight her traditional wear choices instead. One thing is certain — her style isn’t boring!

White Wonder

Kalki looks ethereal in this white Manish Malhotra floor length number, but it’s clear to see she consciously stayed away from the heavily embellished anarkalis the veteran designer is generally associated with. Minimalistic chic is the way to go.

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Luxemi Pick: Channel Kalki’s white washed look with our Cream Georgette Sequin Saree and minimal accessories.

 

Black Beauty

When it comes to Indian designers, this actress of French descent has a strong affinity for all things Sabyasachi. Not many can pull off this overwhelming lehenga with its floor length top but Kalki manages to sail through effortlessly. Learn from her and when mixing several elements be sure to keep your jewelry and make-up minimal.

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Luxemi Pick: Our Black and Gold Benares Print Lehenga by Mallika Mathur mirrors the same aesthetic of this Sabyasachi stunner.

 

Indian Punk

This Nikhil Thampi saree gives the six-yard stunner a punk update and Kalki does ample justice to it. We love this look right down to the last details — the cinched belt, offbeat brooches and kathakali print. (Read more on sprucing up a sari here).

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Luxemi Pick: Wear this Gold Sequined Saree with our Black Brocade Blouse by Wild Orchid and a black petticoat.

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Color Burst

This Laila Motwane lehenga, which Kalki wore for her wedding festivities, is as girly as it gets for her. We love the mix mash of colors — so fresh and vibrant!

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Luxemi Pick: This Scarlet and Purple Lehenga with Gota Work by Laila Motwane is as close as it gets to Kalki’s bridal ensemble of choice.

 

Red Alert

Kalki’s all-red asymmetrical kurta and churidar makes a fuss-free statement. It’s a causal look she wears pretty effortlessly. It’s perfect for a mehndi function or festive dinner affair. Team it with a color blocked clutch for added impact.

kalki's best indian looks

Luxemi Pick: Our Orange Salwar with Asymmetrical Hem by Nikasha allows you to dress down without looking dowdy.

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Deepika PadukoneJacqueline FernandezKangana Ranaut and Alia Bhatt.

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5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

L to R: Ridhi Mehra, Sougat Paul, Papa Don’t Preach, Frou Frou and Ikai

We aren’t going to lie, we love ourselves some beautiful creations by veterans like Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani or Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla — but we also believe in keeping our eyes on the newbies who foray into the industry. One of them could very well be the next Sabyasachi, right? As the industry opens its doors to embrace upcoming designers, it’s exciting to see the burst of talent out there. These new entrants aren’t afraid of pushing the envelope, have interesting stories to tell and are quickly creating a signature identity to reckon with. This week, we turn the spotlight on 5 particularly noteworthy ones who have caught our eye.

Frou Frou by Archana Rao

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Archana Rao won the 2012-13 Vogue India Fashion Fund award, so naturally, there’s no ignoring her. Launched in 2011, the label thrives on minimalistic, understated and contemporary designs, reminiscent of an era gone by. Be it her western ensembles or Indian renditions, Rao’s efficient creations are tailor-made for the woman who prefers making a statement with subtly in a sea of OTT sartorial choices.

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and Samantha Ruth Prabhu

 

Ikai by Ragini Ahuja

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

 

Launched by former graphic designer Ragini Ahuja in 2012, Ikai is all about mixing the new with the unconventional. The idea is to adorn boxy canvas-like silhouettes with edgy illustrations and animated details, a match made in sartorial heaven for the fearless Indian woman. We are crushing on the ease with which she mixes cheeky one-liners and traditional nuances with fuss-free silhouettes. Turn to her for a fun mehndi outfit!

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Jacqueline Fernandez

 

Papa Don’t Preach

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Did someone say fierce, edgy and bold Indian wear? Papa Don’t Preach, brainchild of Shubhika Davda, is not for the faint hearted. But if you’re someone who dares to bare and isn’t afraid to turn things up a notch, then this label is for you! We’re talking unexpected cut outs, barely there blouses, slit saris, a kaleidoscope of colors and unabashed use of gold and embellishments.

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Kiara Advani

 

Soup by Sougat Paul

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Soup is a label launched by Sougat Paul who earned his design stripes at NIFT Kolkatta. The Mumbai-based brand, which made its Lakme Fashion Week debut in 2010 has carved a niche for itself with its fresh take on conventional Indian wear. Classy with a dash of coy is what they’re all about.

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Kareena Kapoor

Ridhi Mehra 

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Delhi-based designer, Ridhi Mehra, has created quite the splash ever since her debut in 2012. Her creations are a juxtaposition of essentially Indian embroidery and detailing with western cuts.  Her line is composed of anarkalis with midriff cotouts, Indian jumpsuits, jackets paired with dhoti pants and kurtas as well as versatile crop tops.

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi 

Which designer strikes a chord with your style sensibilities? Tell us in the comment box! 

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5 Ways To Spice Up A Sari

 

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Sari: Neeru Kumar, Jewelry: Luxemi

Elegant, versatile and always event-appropriate, saris are all that and more. As much as we love our six yard desi wear staple, we can’t help but feel that wearing them the same ’ol way can get monotonous at times. That’s why we dug around to bring you five exciting ways to amp up your sari looks. From simple spruces to plain edgy, pick the style that best suits your personality. Rest assured, boring will be wiped out from your sartorial vocabulary once you adopt one of these ingenious styling suggestions.

Cinch it with a belt

Sprucing up a conventional saree

For those who would rather not go overboard with the experimentation, adding a belt is the easiest way to spruce a sari. Take your pick between a traditional kamarbandh and an edgy western-looking belt, depending on the sari in question. What’s more, apart from being wildly chic, this style also creates the illusion of a narrower waist.

Try a different drape

Sprucing up a conventional saree

The regular pallu drape can sometimes be yawn inducing, don’t you agree? So why take that route when there are so many more interesting drapes you can have fun with. Wrap your pallu around your neck instead of throwing it over your shoulder or bring it to the front and pin it on the other shoulder. The sky is the limit when it comes to draping!

Add a jacket or cape

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Sonam Kapoor and Anamika Khanna have collectively made this the most preferred way to add a contemporary twist to a traditional sari. The buzz created by Ms Kapoor’s cape sari worn on the Cannes red carpet this year indeed bears testimony to the fact. So if you’re wearing a heavily embellished sari, throw a sheer cape over it. An embroidered jacket over a simple chiffon sari is also a good way to go.

Skip the old school blouse

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Play around with your blouse to give an old sari an instant update. From a long corset blouse, Bengali style full-sleeved version, cropped jacket blouse, asymmetrical hemline blouse or one with interesting back detailing, there are so many options to choose from.

Wear the pants

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Take this inspired styling idea from runway to reality at your next desi soiree. Who needs a petticoat when you can wear pants instead! Take a cue from some of our favourite gen-next designers and team your sari with churidaars, wide legged trousers or even skinny jeans!  While you’re at it, slip into sneakers for a fitting sporty luxe avatar. Are you game?

How would you spruce your sari? Tell us in the comment box below!

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