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5 Indian Accessory Designers To Watch Out For

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An Indian’s love affair with bling is a well-known fact. We do, after all, take our jewelry very seriously. But lets face it, that bridal polki set or heavy solitaire necklace isn’t going to cut it at all the time. Nor is high street junk. Hence a burgeoning army of accessory designers have cropped up to cater to those in-between requirements. Considering the bauble heads that we are, we’re always scouting for ace accessory designers to add to our ever-growing collection. So after rounding up five fashion designers to watch out for, we bring you the five accessory labels we are totally crushing on right this minute.

 Outhouse

Indian accessory desingers

Launched by sisters Kaabia and Sasha Grewal in October 2011, Outhouse has quickly become an accessory label du jour, a tour de force to reckon with. A fusion of contemporary styles and rich craftsmanship, their pieces are known for their bold and avant garde lendings. If you’re looking to make a head turning statement, then your search for the most fitting baubles ends here. Thanks to the fierce loyalists they have gained along the way, the brand is opening their flagship store in Delhi soon.

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Celebrity Patrons: Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Neha Dhupia, Shraddha Kapoor and Deepika Padukone

 Mrinalini Chandra

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Mumbai-based designer Mrinalini Chandra’s pieces are an ode to the rich culture and poetic verses of India, though she always gives her traditional inspiration a quirky, contemporary relevance. Cases in point are her collections featuring funky chair and fish motifs, but preserved with a desi spin. Chandra believes that her creations are an eclectic range of whimsical, slightly modern yet slightly ancient, stuck in-time-designs!

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Celebrity Patrons: Sonam Kapoor, Esha Gupta, Kalki Koechlin, Karisma Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez

Eina Ahluwalia

Indian accessory desingers

Touted as India’s first conceptual jewelry artist, Eina Ahluwalia’s label called ‘Breathing Space’ boasts of pieces inspired by life and aim to take the wearer on journeys within themselves and through time. The designer resorts to handmade fretwork, which makes her creations intricate and detailed. She doesn’t refrain from making bold statements either—hence you will find references to religion, scriptures, messages of kindness, respect and love and shout-outs against social issues.

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Celebrity Patrons: Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Jacqueline Fernandez, Deepika Padukone, Chitrangada Singh, Sonam Kapoor and Sona Mohapatra

Suhani Pittie

Indian accessory desingers

To say that Hyderabad-based Suhani Pittie’s hand crafted baubles are extremely sought after would be an understatement. Her collections bring forth her fascination with ancient lore and traditional arts but she treats this inspiration with a bohemian sensibility. Sonam Kapoor can easily be touted as the poster girl for Suhani Pittie jewelry. Her partiality for the designer’s edgy and offbeat creations is easy to spot with one look at her repertoire. Also, here’s a fun fact: Pittie is couture maestro Anamika Khanna’s sister. Creativity, it seems, runs in the family!

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Celebrity Patrons: Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Esha Gupta, Vidya Balan, Parineeti Chorpa and Masaba Gupta

Valliyan by Nitya Arora

Indian accessory desingers

A jewelry brand strictly catering to hedonists, designer Nitya Arora believes that her creations are esoteric and niche. Think pop-hued handcrafted accessories with a vintage vibe but topped off with a New York edge. They are all about making an unabashed, bold and unadulterated statement. Case in point: the warning sign on the brand’s site that reads, “WARNING! While using our products you may find people, known to you or otherwise staring at your ears neck or wrist.”

Indian accessory desingers

Celebrity Patrons: Shraddha Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Nimrat Kaur, Kajol, Sonakshi Sinha, Deepika Padukone and Aditi Rao Hydari

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Luxemi Talks To Designer Ridhi Mehra

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Delhi-based designer Ridhi Mehra’s creations stand out in a sea of edgy and offbeat Indian wear owing to their demure chic vibe. The young designer, who has quickly catapulted into a name to reckon with makes sure that her ensembles are a happy marriage between European influences and Indian aesthetics…a throwback to an era gone by, if you will.

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Her elegant signature silhouettes have many fans especially Bollywood fashionistas (read everyone from Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Parineeti Chopra to Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Huma Qureshi and Sonakshi Sinha) and India’s fashion blogger royalty.

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L to R: Ridhi Mehra with showstopper Lisa Haydon at Lakme Fashion Week WF ’14

Fresh from the success of her Lakme Fashion Week debut, the petite designer talks to us about her foray into designing, her signature styles, favorite Luxemi pieces and more!

Luxemi: Tell us about the launch of your label. Did you always want to be a fashion designer?

Ridhi Mehra: Designing is something that comes to naturally to me now but back in the day, I never really thought I’d pursue this career! Destiny has played a big role here. I started out as a business student and completed my education in management studies from The University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. My mother and aunt were already established in the garments and retail industry in Delhi and I came back and joint their venture in the management department. That’s when I was drawn to designing. So I pursued a fashion design course at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in 2010 and launched my label in 2012.

Who is the quintessential Ridhi Mehra woman?

The Ridhi Mehra woman is one who believes in making a statement with simplicity. She is one who prefers her traditional wear to have a modern update, and that is my focus while designing too!

How would you describe your aesthetic and signature styles?

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Ridhi Mehra’s signature placements

My label is associated with strong European influences, intricate and meticulous handcrafted detailing and an emphasis on fine tailoring and cuts. Our draped dupattas as well as shoulder and waist patches are our atypical touches. My new collection continues to feature our side placements and retains the stitched dupattas but also boasts of newer placements. We are also experimenting with traditional and sharara jumpsuits, embroidered shorts, capes and dresses. In the end, it’s all about dark romance with a clear partiality for all things vintage.

What are Indian wear must-haves for this festive season?

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Short anarkali with salwar

An Indian embroidered jacket is a must as it can be paired with everything from anarkalis and shararas to lehengas and pants. A short anarkali with salwars is a trendy break from its voluminous counterpart but a classic full-length anarkali is a must! A stitched concept saree, though a tricky option, looks incredibly chic. Our embroidered crop tops are extremely versatile and easy to mix and match too.

Ridhi Mehra crop tops

Ridhi Mehra crop tops

Who are your favorite celebrity stylistas?

Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are my all time favorites; they carry everything with élan!

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A style advice that never fails?

 Never overdress! Ever.

Which are your favorite pieces from Luxemi’s latest collection? 

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The Mango Salwar with Gota Embroidery by Nikasha, Gold Plated Silver Elephant Bangle by Amrapali, Navy Blue and Magenta Embroidered Flower Clutch by 5 Elements and the Orange Salwar with Asymmetrical Hem by Nikasha are my top picks from Luxemi.

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What do you think of Ridhi Mehra’s creations? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Style File: Esha Gupta

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Esha Gupta may not be your typical Rs. 100-crore blockbuster Bollywood actress (yet), but her impeccable personal style does put her in the league of A-list fashionistas. This ex-beauty pageant winner’s flawless good looks coupled with her penchant to pull off anything from the simplest to the most experimental looks with effortless ease makes her a true sartorial winner in our books.

The 4-film-old actress, who made her silver screen debut with Jannat 2, first caught our eye when she was spotted in a striped off-shoulder Surendri dress accentuated with a metallic belt. Not many could have worn the bare-back look as well as she did. Since then, her performance on the style graph has only moved upwards. We break down why we’re so smitten with her style.

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Desi Twist

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When it comes to desi wear, Ms Gupta is not one to make do with the same ’ol ubiquitous Indian ensembles. She’s always spotted in fresh styles like palazzos and crop tops with a draped duapatta, dhoti pants teamed with a sherwani, sari-gowns or color blocked floor length tunics with high side-slits. There’s also no escaping the fact that she has a very soft spot for Manish Malhotra creations—but really, can you blame her?

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Get her look: The Racer Back Salwar with Sharara Pants by Kisneel is in tune with Gupta’s aesthetic.

Ear Ear!

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Gupta seems to abide by the ‘accessories can make or break a look’ maxim very seriously. No wonder her jewelry choices have caught our eye on more than one occasion. Amping her looks with one-of-a-kind earrings really seems to be her signature. From OTT chand baalis and diamond stunners to quirky ear cuffs and jhumkas, she sure knows how to up the ante with some drool worthy ear candies.

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Get her look: These Blue Enamel Chandelier Hangings with Pearls by Silver Centre are bound to make a memorable statement.

Designer Files

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L to R: In Atsu, Pankaj & Nidhi, Ikai by Ragini Ahuja and Nihil Thampi

While most actresses are often scrambling to secure fresh-off-the-runway looks from top international brands for their western looks, Gupta is all about championing upcoming Indian designers for the same. From Nikhil Thampi, Nishka Lulla and Hemant & Nandita to Ragini Ahuja, Pankaj & Nidhi and Atsu, she has been spotted in them all. Extra props for that!

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Get her look: Gupta sure would approve of this Coral Wrap by designer Nikasha. Lose the dupatta and churidaar and you can also wear it as a casual dress!

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Shraddha KapoorDeepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kangana Ranaut

What do you think of Esha Gupta’s style? Tell us in the comment box below!

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How To Rock The Dhoti Pant

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Previously considered a traditional menswear staple, the humble dhoti is no longer so. As scores of women look beyond the done to death churidaar to spice up their desi attires, the dhoti has emerged as a clear (and chic) winner. And it’s not just a claim we’re making, the runways dictate the same as well. Everyone from Tarun Tahiliani, Anju Modi and Anita Dongre to Pankaj & Nidhi and Payal Singhal have been dabbling with this bottom quite generously, giving fashion aficionados plenty to choose from.

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L to R: Anita Dongre, Joy Mitra, Shilpa Reddy and Anju Modi

Safe to say that the charms of this old school must-have haven’t been lost on us. Its versatility is what really tips the scales in favor of the dhoti. So we decode the umpteen ways in which you can sport this au courant favorite to score some serious fashion cred. 

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  • Team your dhoti with an embellished cropped jacket for a structured look. You could mix two complementing colors or simply opt for a monotone look for an elongated effect.
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Anju Modi

  • Another way to go is to wear your dhoti with a knee-length or high-low hemline kurta. Other kurta silhouettes that you can play with are sherwani styles or collared versions.
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Payal Singhal

  • And if you’re looking for some celebrity validation, just turn to our homegirl Sonam Kapoor! She sure knows how to make the most of the dhoti and its adaptable ways. Take a cue (or many) from her and team yours with a high-low cape, a kurta with sheer panels or wear it in the form of a sari!

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  • You can even take the dhoti from your desi wardrobe to your western one. Simply pair it with a cool crop top or tucked-in blouse and you’ll be good to dash from a sangeet to a bar in no time at all!
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Priyanka Chopra in Pankaj & Nidhi dhoti pants

  • Color is no bar either. Black and gold are universal favorites and can be easily mixed and matched with a host of tops. But don’t shy away from hues like oxblood, moss green, ink blue or printed brocade ones either.
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Tarun Tahiliani

  • With a few tweaks, the dhoti pant can work for every body type. Skinny women can go all out with flared versions while those on the heavier side should opt for slimmer dhotis. They ought to avoid too many frills, else they risk an overwhelming look.
Slim fit dhoti pants by Arpita Mehta

Slim fit dhoti pants by Arpita Mehta

  • Since the bottom is voluminous enough, keep your top structured, snug and well-fitted. Too loose and you may drown under the bagginess of the look.

So will you don the dhoti this festive season? Tell us in the comment box below. 

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STYLE FILE: KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN

 

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Newbies may come and go, but for us, Kareena Kapoor Khan remains the ruling queen of Bollywood (and now that she’s a Begum, she’s quite literally royalty). In fact, we’ve been die-hard fans ever since she famously claimed ‘Mein apni favorite hoon’ in Jab We Met. She made her way into not just ours, but umpteen hearts, and stayed there without trying too hard.

That goes for her sartorial choices too—while other actresses are scrambling to score fresh off the runway looks and step out in headline making outfits, Kareena Kapoor Khan struts her stuff in the most basic ensembles—knowing she’s got the swagger to make a sack look like a couture creation. Which is what we love most about her style anyway—it is unpretentious, fuss-free and effortless—just like the actress herself. So as she set out to promote her recently released movie, we lapped up her all looks, styled by Tanya Ghavri. After all, it’s not everyday that Mrs. Khan graces us with her presence!

Ebony And Ivory

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There’s no going wrong in a classic black and white combination, and no one knows that better than Khan—bright colors will have to wait for another day. From simple tops and dresses in the colours to even kurtas, she has given her seal of approval to this pairing on more than one occasion.

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Luxemi Pick: Black and White Hand Painted Saree by Satya Paul

Print Overdose

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Why opt for a mix-mash of clashing prints when one statement print will suffice? Or so the actress seems to believe. In a severe contrast to her black and white looks, she experimented with several prints as well—be it polka dots, geometric or abstract. But what stood out out was how she always balanced it with neutral elements—solid coloured tops, simple accessories and fuss free hair and make up. We love!

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Luxemi Pick: Orange Print Kurta with Patiala Pants and Dupatta by Cottons Jaipur

Easy Chic

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While everyone is busy trying on avant-garde silhouettes, Kareena proves that there is still ample virtue left in jeans paired with a simple top or tee. Certain combinations are deemed classics for a reason—because no matter how much time passes, you can just never go wrong with them.

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Luxemi Pick: Tonal Chikan Work Saree by Nikasha (because when it comes to Indian wear, nothing ages as gracefully as a sari!)

Desi Chic

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Mrs. Khan doesn’t shy away from Indian wear either. When it comes to salwars, voluminous floor-length anarkalis in a myriad of colors are her preferred choice.

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As far as saris are concerned, she likes to keep them simple—solid colors, fuss-free color blocked or printed variations worn with sexy blouses. In a sea of gota-patti drapes and embellished versions, this makes for quite a refreshing change!

Luxemi Pick: Shimmer Georgette Salwar by Nikasha and Pink Peony Printed Saree.

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Shraddha KapoorDeepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez and Kangana Ranaut

What do you think of Kareena Kapoor Khan’s style? 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.

Got a favorite? Tell us in the comment box below!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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Get The Look: Alia Bhatt

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Bollywood’s newest entrant, 21-year-old Alia Bhatt, hasn’t just wowed critics with her acting credentials but has also quickly climbed fashion charts to become a celebrity style favorite in a short time. Considering she was groomed by Karan Johar and that her first magazine cover was Vogue’s September 2012 issue, did you really think it would be any other way?! We love this spunky young gun’s no-holds-barred attitude and fuss-free approach to fashion — she knows she’s a looker but doesn’t try too hard to hog the limelight — and that is exactly what makes her a winner in our books. Here’s how you can snag her style in three simple ways!

Color Crush

Alia Bhatt in bright colors

When in doubt, wear a statement color! At least that’s what Bhatt swears by. She doesn’t seem to be one to go overboard with prints; instead keeps it simple in bright solid colors for utterly fuss-free looks. Throw on statement accessories to complete your outfit when opting for something similar.

Luxemi Pick: Dusty Pink Mukesh Saree with Bronze Feather Border

 

Crop It Like It’s Hot  

Alia Bhatt in crop tops

This newbie shed oodles of weight for her Bollywood foray so it’s no surprise that Ms. Bhatt has taken to flaunting her freshly toned midriff in a smattering of crop tops. Whenever she turns to them, she makes sure to maintain a delicious balance between neon pops and netural hues.

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Luxemi Pick: Gold Stretch Satin Blouse with Embellished Neckline by Kavita Bhartia

 

Layering Love

Alia Bhatt in layered indian wear

Bhatt’s petite frame demands that she add more dimension to her looks, which is why she is often spotted in layered Indian wear — and that, more often than not, translates into dhoti pants with a kurta and vest.

Luxemi Pick: Coral Red Tie Front Jacket Salwar with Floral Embroidery

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez and Kangana Ranaut

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Hits And Misses At IIFA 2014

We’re suckers for red carpets, but you probably know that by. After all, there’s nothing a fashion lover looks forward to more than a chic red carpet sighting — a proclaimed ‘style icon’ actually living up to the title she has been bestowed with. So we decided to turn the spotlight on the hits and misses from India’s annual destination award ceremony, IIFA Awards, held at Tampa Bay this year.

IIFA red carpet

Bollywood’s top three leading ladies were easily our favourite red carpet hits too. Deepika Padukone, it seems, can do no wrong. She looked refreshingly beautiful in her red Zuhair Murad gown offset by berry lips. Moving on to one of our favorite desi girls, Priyanka Chopra. The US could well be called her second home (what with her booming music career here, and all that), so there was added pressure on Piggy Chops to nail the perfect look. And disappoint, she did not. She was a vision in that Monique Lhuillier stunner — elegant and simple but definitely not boring. Kareena Kapoor stepped out of her comfort zone with her daring Armani number, and for that, we give her extra props. And it helps that she always has her dashing prince for arm candy.

IIFA red carpet

Dia Mirza was another favourite. After all, how can we fault a winning Sabyasachi creation? To her credit, the actress wears the floor length anarkali well too. Aditi Rao Hydari, another rising style icon, did ample justice to her vintage look in Gauri & Nainika.

IIFA red carpetAnd then there were those who left us a tad disappointed. Richa Chadda’s Falguni & Shane Peacock sheer gown just just didn’t work. Don’t get us wrong — we’re all for flashing a little skin and some experimentation but something was seriously amiss with her look. Parineeti Chopra’s Nikhil Thampi outfit may have been perfect on paper (you should know that we are still lusting over Thampi’s LFW collection), but it did not translate as well as Chopra and her stylist would have hoped. And then there was Kalki. There are many looks that this hipster actress can work, but her Gaurav Gupta ensemble was not one of them. We have to say that its overwhelming silhouette left us pretty underwhelmed!

So, while we spotted our fair share of ‘yays’ and ‘nays’, we couldn’t help but notice that the styling, in general, was safe and sometimes bordering on uninspiring this time. Award season fatigue, perhaps?

Nonetheless, tell us about your favourite IIFA looks in the comment box below!

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