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If you love Bollywood movies and the glittery embellished sarees, lenghas, salwars that are in them, chances are you’re a Manish Malhotra fan. Known as the Bollywood designer to the stars like Kareena Kapoor Aishwarya Rai & Katrina Kaif, Manish knows that when it comes to glamour more is never enough.
Manish debuted his Fall/Winter 2013 collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in Delhi this past week. The collection, aptly titled, “Threads of Emotion” was full of traditional phulkari embroidery, a technique originating in Punjab. In a color palette of burnt oranges, deep burgundies, royal blues, and pea greens this collection marked a return to understated elegance that infused the best of Indian craftsmanship with modern details and contemporary silhouettes.
Love phulkari and wondering how you can incorporate the look? Don’t worry, we got you! Here’s a sneak peek of Luxemi’s own phulkari scarves that you can get right here starting tomorrow. Throw it on with your favorite leggings and cardigan for a look that screams ‘global chic’ or pair it with your go-to salwar to give it an instant update. As evidenced by the man himself, it’s an investment worth making because tradition never goes out of style.
Update: Phulkari Scarves are available to purchase now.
All runway photos c/o Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week
If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent the last few months awing over the fabulous fashion at Paris, Milan, New York, London and Lakme fashion weeks. But of all the designer collections we saw coming down the runway, nothing made a bolder statement than Manish Arora’s use of eclectic Amrapali accessories in his Spring 2013 collection. This collaboration is definitely a match made in fashion heaven!
Manish Arora was paying major homage to India with his Spring 2013 collection. Between the Gota-inspired borders on his dresses, the vibrant hand embroidery, and the opulent brocade, these looks brought a unique Eastern flair to Paris Fashion Week. Our favorite look was this regal black dress, with its unique neckline and intricate embroidery work. It’s a new take on the salwar that would command attention at any formal event.
But what really made Manish Arora’s designs shine were the accessories. Inspired by Indian royalty, Amrapali handcrafted each vibrant piece to bring a funky, modern vibe to Manish’s garments. Colorful pompoms, quirky animal motifs, floral designs, and chromatic beads made these reimagined tikkas, hand chains and jhumka earrings the perfect ethnic additions to Manish Arora’s India-inspired line.
We’re loving the delicate enamel work on this lotus hand chain, which lent a major dose of the wow factor to Manish’s yellow dress. And we can’t forget how festive one model looked wearing oversized jhumka earrings and an eccentric pink tikka.
Statement jewelry can make all the difference in your style. For an instant hint of Indian opulence, try pairing your outfit with Luxemi’s Victorian Crystal and Black Stone Tikka or our Gold and Pearl Hand Jewelry. We also love the versatility and vibrancy of Luxemi’s Faux Pearl Belt with Emerald and Ruby Quartz, which will add the illusion of embellishment to a simple saree.
To emulate the earring looks in the Manish Arora collection, try these Sterling Silver and Pearl Jhumka Earrings and intriguing Kashmiri Kundan Wrap Around Earrings, which are definitely more subtle than the Amrapali pieces but still bring an eclectic ethnic vibe.
If the Manish Arora collection is making you crave all things Amrapali, be sure to check out the design powerhouse’s exclusive interview with Luxemi! And while you’re at it, explore Luxemi’s accessory collection, which features statement pieces to elevate any outfit.
With all the fashion shows and jewelry weeks going on, August was a busy month for Indian fashionistas. Did you miss Delhi Couture Week 2012 somewhere between Lakme Fashion Week and India International Jewellery Week? Here are three couture collections that should definitely be on your radar this season.
We’re definitely digging the unique point of view Sabyasachi Mukherjee brought to couture week. The designer went retro by styling these looks with big glasses, sleek bun hairstyles and minimal makeup. The 1920s-inspired bows and collars on these dresses give them a hint of flapper glam, while the draping and silhouettes make the designer’s Indian heritage shine. We’re loving this textured knee-length jacket and red velvet pants, and the red gown with an oversized bow and saree-inspired draping. And we can’t forget the Sabyasachi saree Sri Devi rocked to open the show!
Between the fiery red looks and his night-ready, sophisticated purple and blue ones, Varun Bahl’s Delhi Couture Week collection could have easily looked like two separate lines. But then you notice the sheer detailing in every piece, and it all comes together. Whether it’s the sheer bodice on his red and gold lehenga or the sheer shoulders on his sequined boat neck blouse, the beauty in Varun Bahl’s couture looks is the mix of sensuality and sophistication. Classic Indian jewelry, bold red lipstick and sleek up-dos add the perfect touch of glamour to these runway looks.
Brocade has been a major trend in Western style this season, but JJ Valaya’s Delhi Couture Week 2012 collection definitely reminded us why this technique was made for Indian fashion! JJ’s meticulous metallic embroidery radiates from every angle, making these updated sarees and lehengas the ultimate lesson in contemporary luxury. We love his floor-length coats for Fall 2012 — especially paired with a long, sheer skirt and fire red pants. And don’t get us started on how sleek and modern his coppery zigzag brocade jacket looks with that black sequin dress.
Whether it’s Sabyasachi’s retro vibe or Varun Bahl’s undeniable sophistication, these Delhi Couture Week 2012 collections are full of fashion imagination. Did we leave out any of your favorite designers? We love hearing about the fashion that inspires you; drop us a line anytime!
During every fashion week, there’s always that moment: The second when you realize you’re witnessing a collection from a designer who’s going to hit it really big really soon. Between Gen Next and the relative newcomers showing on the main stage, there were plenty of up-and-coming designers worth buzzing about at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. Here are three emerging designers who sent looks that caught our attention down the Lakme runway.
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a lehenga-inspired look as chic as Sidharta Aryan’s fitted floor-length print lehenga skirt and the sleek gold metallic jacket he paired with it. Add in tweed-inspired fabrics and 1960s-esque ethnic prints, and you’ve got a collection that makes major impact. Luxe fans, did Sidharta take a fashion forward step forward or make a fashion misstep by using mixed prints in his Lakme collection?
Luxemi loves putting a modern twist on old school Indian fashion, so Vaishali Shadangule definitely gets kudos for deconstructing traditional fabrics to create the airy one-piece sarees in her Lakme collection. She also used vibrant headpieces to tie together each look — a trend we saw a lot of Lakme designers embracing (and loved)! Vaishali’s designs definitely make a strong statement; which look can you see yourself actually wearing?
With muted colors and billowy silhouettes, this ultra-cohesive collection relies on color pairings and volume, rather than embellishments, to create drama. That approach leaves a lot of room for accessorizing. Luxe fans, do you think these looks are perfectly simple or borderline boring? We’d also love to hear what Indian jewelry you’d pair with these Payal Khandwala dresses.
Whether it’s an up-and-comer or a familiar face like Manish Malhotra, each designer at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 brings a unique blend of fashion inspiration to the runway. Want to see more collections the fashion world is talking about? Check out Luxemi’s full Lakme coverage!