Category Archives: Designer Radar

Luxemi Crush: Our Favorite Indian Fashion Bloggers

Indian fashion bloggers

Image: Style Drive

Make way for the new celebrities of the fashion industry—we’re talking about the uber chic and social media savvy clique of fashion bloggers. Often spotted at the front row at fashion week, these digital darlings always have their sartorial game face on. While names like the Man Repeller and The Blonde Salad have been making waves internationally, there’s immense talent brewing closer to home (India, that is!) too. Here’s a line-up our favorite Indian bloggers, who are taking Indian fashion to incredible new heights.

Love and Other Bugs



Founded in 2013, Love And Other Bugs showcases Shereen Sikka Bharwani, Kayaan Contractor and Trishala Sikka’s distinct personal styles and the way they experiment with various looks. What’s refreshing is the way they add a fun twist to outfits while keeping them practical and wearable. They’re also big on highlighting new talent and bringing start-ups to the forefront. Always out and about, their dramatic images represent the quintessential urbane girl-on-the-go!

IMBB – Indian Makeup and Beauty Blog

Indian fashion bloggers

Started in 2009 by Rati Tehri Singh as a mere makeup blog, IMBB has grown into an international beauty and fashion community with 3 successful blogs running in India, Dubai and Philippines. From beauty product reviews to wedding makeup and hairstyle dos and don’ts, the blog covers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about beauty and skincare.


Indian fashion bloggers

Rhea Gupte, the petite Goa-based belle shoots against bright blue skies and sandy beaches. Her images, however, carry the quality of dark edginess and a haunting retro charm. With collaborations ranging from Nike and Papa Don’t Preach to Ridhi Mehra and Quirk Box, this girl means business.

Style Fiesta Diaries

Indian fashion bloggers

When Masoom Minawala isn’t busy running her high street fashion and accessories label, she shows us her urban take on the latest trends. While the focus is often international styles, she even delves into the world of Indian wear from time to time too. The Wedding Series she covered last year showcases her sporting designers like Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi. P.S. Masoom used to be a writer for Luxemi!

Style Drive

Indian fashion bloggers

Aayushi Bangur’s brainchild, Style Drive, is immersed in highlighting the urban, casual culture with a wide variety of flowy dresses, patterned tops and offbeat bottoms. Bangur’s girly girl perspective features a whole world of undiscovered Indian wear (love her in Anita Dongre) and feminine accessories from upcoming as well as known brands. We love how she juxtaposes gold temple jewelry with utterly western cuts and silhouettes too.



An Indian version of The Sartorialist, Wearabout is photographer Manou’s eclectic compilation of pictures from his travels and captures interesting street style from across the country. We absolutely love how each photograph carries a unique editorial quality – Manou sees the most mundane situations and turns them into something extraordinary, telling a story through people’s choice of clothing. No wonder his works are featured so often in the most renowned fashion magazines!

Hybrid Hues




Reva Bhatt is a 20-something fashionista struck by wanderlust. Hybrid Hues is her attempt at starting broader conversations about important issues through fashion, both critically and creatively. Not only does she take pretty pictures, but she also goes into the cultural, social, and artistic aspects of each ensemble, while giving her readers a better understanding of her personal style.

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

1 Comment

Filed under Beauty Secrets, Behind the Scenes, Designer Radar, Designer Style, Hello From Luxemi, Hello From S&S, Indian Fashion 101, Indian-Inspired, Luxe Ladies

Priyanka Chopra’s Desi Style File

Priyanka Chopra style file

Miss World 2000, performer par excellence, sensational songstress, and a total diva—Priyanka Chopra’s long list of merits just keeps on growing. The versatile actress ain’t too shabby in the fashion department either. Flaunting creations by international designers like Zac Posen, Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang or sporting desi favorites, Pee Cee sure knows how to make a sweeping statement.

While we like seeing her in those stunning bodycon dresses, we absolutely worship the way this original ‘desi girl’ rocks her Indian wear. From picking the perfect silhouettes and tones that complement her coveted figure to accessorizing like a pro, Priyanka has got her desi style on point. Being such fans, we just had to round up PC’s most iconic Indian looks. Here goes…

Queen of Bling

Priyanka Chopra style file

Hollywood’s new sweetheart has a soft corner for all things bright and shiny. Spotted in bling-tastic sarees and lehengas by Anita Dongre, Sabyasachi and Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla among others, Ms. Chopra loves to stand out in bold shades with gold details.

Priyanka Chopra style file

Luxemi Pick: You too can get your bling on with our Gold Sequined Saree.

Flashy Florals

Priyanka Chopra style file

This desi girl has been spotted showing off her predilection for floral details at various events. Seen in outfits by the likes of designers such as Ritu Kumar and Jade, Priyanka’s flower power is a sight to behold.



Luxemi Pick: Get into the bloom with our Floral Saree with black and silver sequins work.


Priyanka Chopra style file

Although she enjoys wearing her fair share of bright, radiant colors, Priyanka isn’t one to shy away from classic neutrals either. The actress-cum-singer has donned looks in shades of ivory, with traces of darker hues, by Payal Jain, Abu-Sandeep and Anita Dongre, to name a few. It helps that this is the colour of the season too!



Luxemi Pick: If you too share Priyanka’s love for white, try out our Brocade salwar with brocade border.

Manish Malhotra’s Muse

Priyanka Chopra style file

Bollywood’s favorite designer has his very own list of favorites. Without a doubt, PC is one of the names that tops this list. Whether it’s a sheer lilac saree, a vibrant colourful lehenga, or a subtle embroidered churidar suit—our hearts skip a beat every time Priyanka steps out in one of Manish Malhotra’s fabulous designs.

Wob On Point

Priyanka Chopra style file

The wob, i.e. the wavy bob, is the hottest hairstyle of the season and the actress has been rocking this hairdo with incredible panache. The look is modern, youthful and oh-so-fresh—the ideal accessory for PC’s sexy seductress avatar as well as her independent personality.

So what do you think of Priyanka Chopra’s desi style? Tell us in the comment box below! 

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Aishwariya Rai BachchanDeepika PadukoneJacqueline FernandezKangana Ranaut, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kalki, Katrina Kaif, Neha Dhupia, Malaika Arora Khan,Shraddha Kapoor and Alia Bhatt

Leave a comment

Filed under A Bollywood Life, Celebrity Style, Designer Radar, Get the look, Indian Fashion 101, Luxe Ladies, Luxemi Style, Style Icons, Style Secrets, Trend Alert, Trend Update, Weddings

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Desi Style Statement

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan style file

Whether it’s her alluring persona or a killer blue eyes, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s elegance has made her the queen of hearts all over the world. Soon after she was crowned Miss World in 1994, the actress quickly rose to fame and became a name synonymous with beauty and grace. Cited as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’, it’s no surprise that her sartorial platter is full of interesting treats.

While she is usually spotted in black, the dazzling diva isn’t afraid to take risks on the red carpet either. What we truly love, though, is her desi style. From flowing anarkalis to regal embroidered suits, Mrs. Bachchan’s iconic Indian style never disappoints. We’ve got the lowdown on her killer desi style.

Red Haute Diva

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan style file

From Manish Arora’s kitschy prints and Jade’s alluring anarkalis to Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla’s fabulous creations, the dainty damsel keeps turning up the heat. In fact, she steals the spotlight even in a simple, understated churidar kurta combination. Not to forget, her penchant for bold, red lips — somebody call 911 already!


Luxemi Pick: You too can go the red haute route with our Crimson ‘Sitara’ Salwar.

Pastel Party

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan style file

Although Ash isn’t afraid to go bright and bold, she does have a soft corner for pretty pastels as well. After all, who can resist the charm of peachy pinks and minty greens? The summery hues of the Manish Malhotra’s blingy sarees and Abu-Sandeep’s simple suits that she sports are completely refreshing!


Luxemi Pick: Dive into the breezy world of pastels with our Georgette Saree With Beads.

Bejewelled Goddess

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan style file

They don’t call Aishwarya Rai Bachchan the epitome of elegance for no reason. The actress knows that the secret to amping up any look is accessories. Whether it’s polki and kundan jewellery, decadent gold and silver baubles, or traditional jhumkas and chand balis, she always has her jewellery game on point.


Luxemi Pick: Aishwarya loves her gold earrings. Why not try our Gold Hoops with Pearls to channel your own inner goddess?

Sabyasachi’s Doe Eyed Muse

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan style file

If you’re a keen observer of her style, you’ll notice that Ash absolutely swears by Sabyasachi. Known for the aesthetic appeal of his work as well as his eye for detail, Sabyasachi doesn’t design clothes; he creates masterpieces. Of course, no one makes a better muse than the Miss-World-turned-actress, flaunting his intricately embroidered creations with élan.

Abu-Sandeep’s Poster Girl

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan style file

Bollywood’s sweetheart has another favourite designer, or rather, designer duo – the dream team of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. They always make her shine in their flowy silhouettes, with striking embellishments, turning her into eye-candy for the paparazzi (and all of us) every single time.

What do you think of Aishwarya Rai’s desi looks? Tell us in the comment box below! 

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Deepika PadukoneJacqueline FernandezKangana Ranaut, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kalki, Katrina Kaif, Neha Dhupia, Malaika Arora Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Alia Bhatt

Leave a comment

Filed under A Bollywood Life, Behind the Scenes, Celebrity Style, Designer Radar, Designer Style, Luxe Ladies, Style Icons, Style Secrets, Trend Alert

Luxemi Talks to Designer Anushree Reddy


Think vintage charm, flower power, feminine frills and pretty perfection and designer Anushree Reddy instantly comes to mind. The newest ‘IT’ designer, known for her use of vivid colors, attention to detailing, and princess-like Indian wear, has quickly soared through the popularity charts and is definitely on top.

Anushree Reddy interview

From an avid shopper to a sought-after designer, Anushree has come a long way indeed. Fashion designing, it turns out, wasn’t this Hyderabad native’s Plan A. Armed with a degree from the London School of Economics, she was happy just filling her closet with beautiful designer wear, until her stint as a fashion editor with a Hyderabad-based lifestyle magazine made her rethink her career path. Hence the self-taught designer’s label took shape in 2010, she made her Lakme Fashion Week debut in 2013, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Your SS ’15 collection is all about candy colours and feminine frills. Tell us about your inspiration for the same. 

Anushree Reddy interview

For ‘The Royal Courtyard’, I took inspiration from the home of Nizams, where ethereal begums redefined grandeur. Each design from this collection is soaked in nostalgia and each piece holds a piece of history within it. Prints, of course, featured prominently and I brought zardozi embellishments to the fore, as it is part and parcel of being a Hyderabadi! Traditional yet contemporary and royal, this collection has an overall Nizami influence and has been created by the most skilled karigars from the city.

Who is the quintessential Anushree Reddy woman?

Anushree Reddy interview

She is someone who is independent, fun and willing to break away from monotony and try something fun like printed lehengas with quirky embellished blouses! She is someone who favours minimal styling — a great pair of earrings is all she needs! Envision someone who swears by vintage updos and fishtail braids. All in all, she is a girl someone who is always heading out to make a statement!

Tell us a bit about your personal style.

My look is subtle and understated with a nod to comfort. My favourite designer is Anamika Khanna, I recently picked up a dhoti saree from her for a wedding and am absolutely in love with it! And of course, there is nothing like a Chanel bag, it’s such a trans-seasonal classic piece.

What are the top Indian wear must-haves this summer?

A crop top and high-waisted skirt is all you need for an Indian summer wedding!

Anushree Reddy interview

What would you suggest one wear to a:

Mehendi: Dhoti pants and a kurta in shades of yellow and green.

Sangeet: A gold or champagne colored outfit, be it a lehenga or sari. The fabric itself should be self shimmer. This makes for a fun yet elegant look.

Reception: Go all red-carpet ready in a glamorous gown or a chic sari.

Cocktail party: A pastel sequinned gown should do the trick.

Who are your favourite celebrity stylistas and why? 

Deepika in Anushree Reddy

Deepika Padukone has always been my favorite. I have really started to warm up to Kangana Ranaut’s style and I would love to see Aishwarya Rai Bachan in my label.

A piece of style advise that never fails?

Always dress according to your body type!

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

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi 

Leave a comment

Filed under Designer Radar, Designer Style, Indian Fashion 101, Indian-Inspired, Luxemi Style, Runway Shows, Trend Alert, Trend Update, Uncategorized

Our Favorite Indian Looks from Amazon India Fashion Week AW ’15


AIFW finale

The bells of change — ushering out the dated and welcoming the fresh — were at the core of the recently held Autumn/Winter 15 Fashion Week in Delhi. Amazon was roped in as the title sponsor in what was seen as a huge nod to the ever growing online fashion community in India. But AIFW wasn’t ready to simply rest on the brilliant collections that most designers showed. FDCI also pulled off a coup of sorts with the finale show — 25 superstars of Indian fashion came together to contribute two looks each to a 50-piece finale collection dedicated to the crafts of India. Safe to say, we couldn’t get enough of it!

So if you have umpteen winter weddings to attend, we are here to make your life (well, at least your wardrobe!) easier with a quick roundup of the season’s best desi looks!

Best Salwars 


L to R: Anamika Khanna and Rohit Bal

Anamika Khanna had our heart with a masterfully draped look — dhoti pants teamed with a choli (blouse) and signature jacket — but this time in a vibrant burst of colors. Rohit Bal’s crushed floor length anarkali paired with a koti and statement dupatta in a deep shade of brick red had effortless drama written all over it.


Ashima Leena

Designer duo Ashima-Leena chose eye-popping shades to highlight the bonhomie of a free-spirited gypset, while veteran JJ Valaya stuck to neutrals for a spot of some understated glam with his nomadic Russian themed showcase .


JJ Valaya

We absolutely loved pretty much every look from Prama by Pratima Pandey — a collection inspired by Sleeping Beauty with a particular emphasis on breathable fabrics, floral embroidery, artful signature layering and lust worthy salwars.


Parma by Pratima Pandey

Best sarees

nikasha and virtue

L to R: Nikasha and Virtue by Viral, Ashish & Vikrant

It’s no secret that we nurse a soft spot for Nikasha and her vibrant design sensibilities. Her AW ’15 collection ‘Ruby’ was no exception. The bold saris are sure to bring some much needed colour to dull winter days with its vivid hues, offbeat blouses and oriental feel. This clashing print sari by Virtue by Viral, Ashish & Vikrant made us sit up and take notice of its careful tailoring and winning interplay of textures. The slim belt was just the finishing flourish it needed.

amalraj sengupta

Amalraj Sengupta

Another sari that stood out was a hand spun number Amalraj Sengupta. It caught the eye without trying too hard and the jacket blouse sealed the deal.

Best Blouses


L to R: Nikasha and Mynah Designs

Nikasha pulled out all aces with this collection and her blouses had a lot to do with it! The delicate zardosi work and camisole peplum silhouette of this particular blouse is sure to elevate a same ‘ol sari. Mynah Designs, on the other hand, played with a black crop top style blouse with strategic sheer panels for some peek-a-boo fun.


L to R: Payal Singhal Tanvi Kedia

Tanvi Kedia’s colourful high-necked blouse was a crafty creation whereas delicate Parisian romance reigned supreme at Payal Singhal.


Samant Chauhan

Samant Chauhan’s collection largely stayed within the gold and cream territory, making things interesting with avant garde cuts and shapes. How can this fringed cape blouse not be on one’s lust list?!

Best Lehengas


L to R: Ritu Kumar and Anupama Dayal

Ritu Kumar proved again that she can’t go wrong with classic Indian wear and this lehenga from the finale show is sure to brighten up any festivity. Equal parts bohemian and chic, this unique Anupama Dayal lehenga is inspired by her muse Nur Jahan and boasts of an inimitable eclectic vibe.


L to R: Payal Singhal and Sabyasachi

Payal Singhal’s heavily appliquéd tulle and organza creation has trousseau-ready written all over it while there’s no going wrong with Sabysachi’s tribute to India’s rich heritage with an embellished lehenga and jacket blouse. Brownie points for weaving marsala, Pantone’s color of 2015, into his looks.


L to R: Varun Bahl and Anju Modi

Anju Modi turned her attention to the new-age princess with an upbeat collection that married the layering she is so famous for with a whimsical spin, happy colours and a younger overall vibe. Varun Bahl turned to the trusty combination of ivory, red and lots of shimmer — we bet many brides will be scrambling to sport these looks at their upcoming nuptials!

Which trends are you planning to try this season? Tell us in the comment box below! 

Leave a comment

Filed under Designer Radar, Designer Style, Indian Fashion 101, Indian-Inspired, Luxemi Style, Runway Shows, Uncategorized

Luxemi’s Favorite Spring-Summer ’15 Shows

Spring-Summer '15

L to R: Bhibu Mohapatra, Naeem Khan, Rahul Mishra, Manish Arora, Prabal Gurung

The Spring-Summer ’15 international fashion weeks presented a profusion of trends we can’t wait to try out. Mid-riff baring evening looks and fringe strutted down the runways of New York, London, Paris and Milan, signalling the arrival of playful dressing. Denim, gingham and suede stood out as the most popular fabrics (much to our delight!). Though we loved looking through collections of celebrated designers from around the world, we can’t deny that we’ve always nursed a soft spot for our homegrown designers on the international front. So we decided to decode the season’s most prominent trends as dictated by the incredibly talented desi names who are making their mark globally.

Bibhu Mohapatra

Spring-Summer '15

The collection was inspired by the life of writer, activist and shipping heiress, Nancy Cunard. Bibhu Mohapatra reestablished his predilection for prints as geometric shapes were splashed across crop tops with organza panels hanging down the sides. Digital prints were also prominent on evening dresses and formal gowns. We fell hard for his collarless skirt suit made from leather and silk strips – a subtle ode to Cunard’s signature leather jacket. True to his design aesthetic, the collection was feminine yet eclectic…something Cunard would definitely have appreciated!!

Naeem Khan

Spring-Summer '15

The lure of sporty silhouettes was too hard to resist even for the name most associated with Hollywood glitz and glamour. Silk sweats and sheer panel sweatshirts covered in an explosion of crystals made quite the entry, closely followed by multi-coloured floral prints at our beloved Naeem Khan’s show. Evening-wear came out to play too – whether it was taffeta kaftans for the bohemian spirit, embroidered minis for the rising starlet, or the caviar-encrusted emerald jumpsuit for the bold fashionista — the designer dazzled us with his forte yet again.

Manish Arora

Spring-Summer '15

The king of kitsch cut back on embellishments but his maximalist style continued to shine through. Roses in full bloom, ornamental baseball caps and metallic footwear pervaded the runway. Manish Arora experimented with sheer panelling too, this time in the form of striped negative spaces. But what caught our attention most were the sweater dresses emblazoned with prints of neon eyes and Goddess Kali! Overall, the collection screamed quirky street-style meets kaleidoscopic sportswear.

Prabal Gurung

Spring-Summer '15

Prabal Gurung’s collection took us back to the Himalayas, just where his Fall ’14 collection left off. Except this time, the wool and layers were replaced by silk jackets, iridescent fabrics and peek-a-boo flashes of skin. The flirty print dresses and skirts were a visual treat, while the covetable strapless gowns topped off with racer-back tanks displayed effortless drama. It was the perfect union of his two principal interests: sportswear and high fashion.

Rahul Mishra

Spring-Summer '15

His first showing in Paris after his much-lauded Woolmark Prize win, Rahul Mishra‘s show was kind of a big deal—to us at least! He sent out his signature simple silhouettes with complex embroidery, boasting of sporty yet romantic sophistication. His modern designs came with a twist – well-tailored suit jackets were paired with sheer embroidered white skirts, petal patterns curved over the shoulders of zip-up jackets and embroidered white flowers covered black sheer jackets. The dynamic contrast between the softness and strength of the collection charmed us off our feet!

Which show do you give your vote to? Tell us in the comment box below! 

Leave a comment

Filed under Designer Radar, Designer Style, Luxemi Style, Runway Shows, Trend Alert, Uncategorized

Sonakshi Sinha’s Desi Style File

Sonakshi Sinha style file

Here’s a fun fact about Sonakshi Sinha: The actress actually intended to be a fashion designer and even graduated with a design degree from SNDT college in Mumbai. She created costumes for films like Mera Dil Leke Dekho and walked the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week. That is, until Salman Khan ‘spotted’ her and lured her into cinematic spotlight.

But if you think her designing chops immediately earned this young movie star a fashionista tag, think again. She battled unflattering conversation about her weight for a long time until she finally silenced her detractors with Version 2.0 late last year. Enter a visibly trimmer Sonakshi in a stylish new wardrobe and chic bob that gave her a serious edge.

We spotted this sartorially resurrected actress in a host of Indian looks as she promoted her new movie. Her new look is really working in her favour and we break down why:

Breezy silhouettes

Sonakshi Sinha style file

Indian looks generally translate into bulky anarkalis and same ’ol saris for most. But not Sonakshi. She seems to be consciously staying away those tired silhouettes and instead opts for a host of fun, breezy cuts—think kurtis with flared palazzos, dhoti pants, cut-out kurtas and more.



Our Racer Back Salwar with Sharara Pants by Kisneel will help you nail a similar look.

Young Guns

Sonakshi Sinha style file

L to R: Sonakshi Sinha in Ikai, Sonali Gupta dhotis, Huemn and Nisha Sainani

As Indian fashion witnesses a revolution of sorts, an army of new designers have taken center stage. A lot of young Bollywood fashionistas, Sonakshi included, are making sure to give these talented newbies their moment in the sun. No wonder then that her repertoire boasts of a roster of upcoming Indian designers like Huemn, Ikai by Ragini Ahuja, Ridhi Mehra, Masaba Gupta, Nisha Sainani, and Sonali Gupta among others.

Playing Favorites

Sonakshi Sinha style file

Sonakshi Sinha in Payal Singhal

And while Ms. Sinha seems happy to don fresh new designers, she clearly does have her favorites as well—namely Anita Dongre and Payal Singhal. In fact, she could very well be Singhal’s new poster girl and has been seen in several offbeat looks from her latest collection. Sonakshi seems to have given her nod to veteran designer Dongre’s use of bold hues as well.

Sonakshi Sinha style file

Sonakshi Sinha in Anita Dongre

Red Alert

Sonakshi Sinha style file

“When in doubt, wear red.” The adage clearly seems to have caught Sonakshi’s fancy and has been seen painting the town red on more than one occasion. Indians aren’t shy when it comes to wearing red and Sonaskhi is no different. You can’t go wrong in a color that’s strong, statement making, sexy and sophisticated all at the same time.

red-luxemi copy

From our Modern Saree with Red Sequins and Red Brocade With Sequins and Gota Work to the Coral Red Tie Front Jacket Salwar with Floral Embroidery, Luxemi has a lot of red haute numbers for you to choose from.



For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Katrina KaifJacqueline FernandezKangana RanautKalki, Anushka Sharma and Alia Bhatt.

What do you think of Sonakshi Sinha’s Indian style? Tell us in the comment box below! 

Leave a comment

Filed under Celebrity Style, Designer Radar, Designer Style, Indian Fashion 101, Indian-Inspired, Luxemi Style, Uncategorized

Katrina Kaif’s Top 5 Desi Looks

Katrina Kaif Style File

It’s hard to look beyond a face as pretty and angelic as Katrina Kaif’s. Let’s be honest, she could wear a sack and make it work! No wonder this British beauty keeps her sartorial choices simple and fuss-free, letting that fresh face of hers do all the talking.

While sheath dresses, solid colours (with a major partiality towards black and white), comfortable sweaters and simple tops are her trusty staples, she does indulge us desi girls with quintessential Indian looks every now and then too.

It’s easy to spot a pattern though. She heavily favors clean, simple hues with a hint of pop and lots of Manish Malhotra. No draped drama for this lady—she is a purveyor of old-school cuts and silhouettes. Think floor-length anarkalis, traditional saris and lehenagas. Considering how much we love new-age, avant-garde Indian wear, we’ve got zero complaints here. We round up some of her top desi looks. We approve, and we’re sure you will too!

Go For Glam

Katrina Kaif Style File


Hello gorgeous! How beautiful is this unabashedly glamorous dull gold Manish Malhotra lehenga with a hint of pink and red? We especially love the hangings on the blouse. It helps that head-to-toe gold is a trend du jour too.

Luxemi pick: Steal her look with our Gold Cutwork and Crystal Mukesh Saree.

Coral Wonder

Katrina Kaif Style File

What makes this otherwise simple salwar work is the positioning of the slit. This look goes to show that a simple tweak to a same ’ol outfit can make all the impact. We love that she went easy on the jewelry and let her ensemble do all the talking.

Luxemi pick: Skip the gold churidaar and team this Orange Salwar with Asymmetrical Hem by Nikasha with cigarette pants in the same color.

Shine On

Katrina Kaif Style File

Katrina Kaif in this Manish Malhotra shows that one should never underestimate the power of a sequined sari. From your BFF’s wedding to a cocktail party, it will come to your rescue on many occasions. The addition of a contrasting color blouse really elevates her look.

Luxemi pick: Our Red Screen Print with Gold Sequins by Satya Paul fits the bill.

Black Beauty

Katrina Kaif Style File

This Anamika Khanna look is a classic case of elegance in simplicity. The addition of the cutwork jacket takes the floor-length kurta a few notches higher, giving it a slightly Indo-western feel. Add statement earrings to take it next level.

Luxemi pick: Give the dupatta a miss and wear our Georgette Salwar with Gold Foil Print with a gold bolero or vest that you already own. It could even be a high street buy!

Code Blue

Katrina Kaif Style File

This floor length jacket teamed with a lehenga in all about understated, royal grace in our books. It is an impactful look without screaming for attention and can easily be emulated for a winter wedding.

Luxemi pick: How about wearing our Chiffon Jacket with Gold Embellishment by Kisneel with a voluminous skirt in the same color or gold, perhaps?

What do you think of Katrina Kaif’s fuss-free style? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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


Leave a comment

Filed under A Bollywood Life, Celebrity Style, Designer Radar, Designer Style, Get the look, Indian Fashion 101, Indian-Inspired, Luxe Ladies, Luxemi Inspiration, Luxemi Style, Style Icons, Style Secrets, Weddings

Luxemi Talks To Designer Ragini Ahuja of Ikai


There is no stopping Ragini Ahuja. The Delhi-based designer who debuted her label Ikai at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 Gen-Next show has gone from being a newbie to fashion frat darling in no time at all. The testimonies to this are many, but consider this: she was the first runner up at the recently concluded Vogue Fashion Fund 2014, a prestigious win for the young designer indeed.


Not your basic designer, Ahuja’s creations feature a touch of edge, an inherent uniqueness that sets them apart. Think unexpected mixing of textures, leather detailing, hand woven fabrics and prints that strike a balance between look-at-me and subtle. Her latest collection ‘Metal’ focuses on sheep nappa and brass strips ingeniously appliquéd in flora and fauna shapes while using feminine fabrics, sheer chanderi and cotton marbled in corrosive colours with a hint of oxblood and gold.

Luxemi: Tell us about your foray into fashion designing. Is this something you always wanted to do? 

Ragini Ahuja: I was more inclined towards illustrating and graphic art than fashion initially. But I ended up pursing my Bachelors in Fashion Design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, which is how I got here. Though I do make boxy silhouettes that work as a canvas for my edgy illustrations and animated graphic details.

Who is the quintessential Ikai woman? Tell us more about the label.

The Ikai woman is real, curvaceous, fearless and confident. The label aims at creating highly wearable clothing by reinterpreting the traditional Indian aesthetic in a non-traditional way. So think boxy anti-fits are adorned with edgy artwork and animated details. The label has carved a niche with its unconventional use of leather and use of age-old techniques in the offbeat ways.

Shibori Leather Applique' yoke shirt SS14

Your creations always feature an offbeat element, with a lot of texture play. Is this a conscious move? What are some of the label’s signature styles?

Our design process starts with artworks, textures and mixing new with the old, traditional with the modern. The surfaces are then translated onto fabrics. The shibori box maxi (seen on actress Esha Gupta) with beautiful shibori stripes, appliqué leather belt details and leather roll up detailing at the hem is one of our hot sellers. It is big boxy, easy-to-wear and cinched beautifully at the waist.

Shibori Box MaxiOur big, boxy anti-fit shirts are also a signature style.

Antler Reverse Applique' Box Shirt FW14

What are the coolest/chicest ways to wear a sari according to you?

I love to pair traditionally hand-woven chanderi saris with leather bustiers, crop shirts and belted appliqué jackets.

What are the key traditional wear trends this year? What should be avoided at all costs?

Neon and anything that doesn’t flatter your body type should be completely avoided. As for Indians, wear classic saris, anarkalis and lehengas, as they never go out of style. For those who don’t mind experimenting, give our edgy leather floral applique and chanderi double layer reverse appliqué tunics and kurtas a go.

Who are some of your favourite designers and why?

I love Alexander Wang and Abraham & Thakore.

A style advice that never fails?

Find what looks good on you and stop following trends blindly!

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

The Rustic Gold Triangle Necklace with Black Ribbon and Gold Pinky Ring by Amrapali are my top picks!

Untitled-1 What’s your take on the designer’s work? Tell us in the comment box below! 

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

Leave a comment

Filed under Designer Radar, Designer Style, Indian-Inspired, Luxemi Style, Runway Shows, Trend Update

5 Indian Accessory Designers To Watch Out For

Indian accessory desingers

Image: Outhouse

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.


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.

Indian accessory desingers

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

 Mrinalini Chandra

Indian accessory desingers

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!

Indian accessory desingers

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.

Indian accessory desingers

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!

Indian accessory desingers

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

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

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

Leave a comment

Filed under Celebrity Style, Designer Radar, Designer Style, Indian-Inspired, Killer Accessories, Luxemi Style, Trend Alert, Trend Update