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Indian Designers and Handloom Revival

 

Brocade and silk on Luxemi

Traditional fabrics on Luxemi

While fashion is all about looking towards the future and having a global approach, it’s equally important to stay in touch with one’s roots. And there’s no better place to start the search than our own backyard! So it is no surprise that ‘handloom and textile revival’ is the latest buzzword in Indian fashion. So much so that the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week dedicated an entire day to it every season. From Wendell Rodricks and Tarun Tahiliani to Sabysachi and Abu-Sandeep, scores of designers have lent their stylish touch to this cause. Luxemi has always supported this return to tradition. So, this week, we’ve rounded some of the top designers who are consistently churning out the most noteworthy designs to support this ever-so-chic cause!

Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra Woolmark Prize collection

Rahul Mishra Woolmark Prize collection

When Rahul Mishra became the first Indian designer to win the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year, it wasn’t just a victory for Indian fashion but also for our textiles and weaves. The designer who is best known for his simple garments with complex craftsmanship has made a career (and a rather successful one at that) of promoting cotton handloom, traditional textiles and handmade artisanship.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi Save the Saree

Vidya Balan in Sabysachi handloom sarees

When this designer du jour lends his magic touch to a garment, it’s sure to fly off the racks. And trust Sabyasachi to bring handlooms back in vogue. His ‘Save the Saree’ project tries to revive this dying industry of Bengal and Andhra Pradesh and provide longevity to traditional weaving practices.

Shruti Sancheti

Shruti Sanchet LFW SR14

Shruti Sanchet LFW SR14

Shruti Sancheti is another name oft associated with handloom revival and she always makes sure to give her creations a trendy twist. Kudos to her for focusing on wearability and interpreting these silhouettes in a modern context.

Gaurang Shah

Gaurang Shah at LFW SR14

Kirron Kher at Gaurang Shah LFW SR14

Hyderabad-based Gaurang Shah has carved a niche for himself with his consistent innovation of Jamdani weaves. “It is good to practice modernity but not at the cost of our heritage and tradition that has so much grace and authenticity,” he was quoted saying.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre LFW SR14

Anita Dongre LFW SR14

Acclaimed designer Anita Dongre (who’s had her own fashionable input at Luxemi) has a dedicated ‘Grassroots’ initiative that is all about environmental glam and creating wardrobe staples out of sustainable fabrics. One look at how chic Dia Mirza looks in one of these designs and we’re totally sold on it!

Krishna Mehta

Krishna Mehta at LFW SR14

Krishna Mehta at LFW SR14

 

Veteran designer Krishna Mehta’s fuss-free yet supremely elegant Indian wear has always rested on the charm of handlooms to work their magic. From Bhagalpur to Pochampalli and from Manipur to Varanasi; Mehta uses the textiles of these regions in an easy chic context. Her latest collection saw her revive Maheshwari weaves for a summer-friendly look.

Ekaya

Ekaya sarees

Ekaya

Ekaya, founded by father-daughter duo Bharat and Palak Shah, is all about bringing the best of Benaras to Delhi. They employ over 10,000 weavers and craftsmen to create their exciting clothing range using Tussar silks, crepes, khadi, chikankari, vibrant pop-colored tanchois and rich Banarasi brocade.

Raw Mango

Raw Mango sarees

Raw Mango sarees

Here is yet another contemporary brand that is all about making Indian handwoven textiles and traditional techniques trendy. We heart their timeless designs and vibrant use of colors.

Which of these designers would you rather wear? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 Lust List

Kareena Kapoor Khan for Rajesh Pratap Singh

Kareena Kapoor Khan for Rajesh Pratap Singh at the Lakme Grand Finale

The international fraternity may take a break from fashion week come March but it’s just the beginning for the Indian fash frat. After all it’s time for a fashion extravaganza more fondly known as  Lakmé Fashion Week! And just like every season, we lived on a steady dose of fashion for the five days of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 (read: 12th-16th March), with eyes for nothing else.

So once we kicked off our heels after Sunday’s finale show, we decided to dedicate space to some of our favorite traditional looks from the week that was! Here goes…

There were some strong trends that emerged this season. White and muted colors stole the limelight, providing us a much-needed reprieve for the neon overdose. Pretty pastels  also came out as a SS ’14 go-to. Fashion’s love affair with reinvented traditional silhouettes continued as designers sent fresh reinterpretations down the ramp. The churidaar seems to be a thing of the past — as comfort took centre stage, so did bottoms like palazzo pants, dhotis, skirts and loose trousers among others.

Design maestros at-LFW2014

L to R: Tarun Tahiliani, Neeta Lulla, Gaurav Gupta and Manish Malhotra

Several heavyweight names were part of the roster this season. Tarun Tahiliani presented a collection dominated by black and white and his SS ’14 signature draped saris were a clear top choice for us. Manish Malhotra’s ‘Summer Affair’ drew us in and we gave our vote to his soft hues, toned down floor length kurtas and intricate thread work. Neeta Lulla’s breezy collection was another favorite — especially because it was unlike anything the designer has presented before. This Indo-western line with a younger vibe gets props for wearability. Gaurav Gupta’s collection was high on drama, edgy cuts and signature use of metallic hues.

Anju Modi

Anju Modi

All eyes were on industry veteran designer Anju Modi  after her much talked-about styling of Deepika Padukone in Ram Leela. Her line was high on layering, voluminous flares, fluidity and tailored cuts typically associated with her designs. The pop of print was a welcome addition too.

Shantanu and Nikhil SS14

Shantanu and Nikhil

Shantanu & Nikhil’s Victorian-inspired collection was hauntingly beautiful and elegant. We loved the pairing of peplum blouses with the skirts and lehengas. If only they had refrained from that unnecessary runway selfie…

Sonaakshi Raaj and Ritika Mirchandani SS14

L to R: Sonaakshi Raaj and Ritika Mirchandani

Sari gowns were a ubiquitous pick for most designers and we are particularly digging these looks by Sonaakshi Raaj and Ritika Mirchandani.

Nupur Kanoi SS14

Nupur Kanoi

Nupur Kanoi was another top pick owing to her ingenious garment construction, muted color palette and fresh spin on Indian silhouettes. We call dibs on that desi jumpsuit!

Prama by Pratima Pandey SS14

Prama by Pratima Pandey

Prama by Pratima Pandey was one of the best Textile Day shows in our opinion. Her feminine line of loose pants, crinkled cotton midis and white sheer tunics with tonal and multi-colored embroidery in silk Chanderi and pure cotton had summer written all over it!

Mrinalini Chandra at LFW2014

Mrinalini Chandra

Accessory designer Mrinalini Chandra invited everyone to take a seat, quite literally, with her collection of statement pieces in recycled glass stones and semi-precious gems, all inspired by the humble chair. We, for one, can’t wait to flaunt this one!

Nikhil Thampi's Untamed at LFW 2014

Nikhil Thampi

And then there was Nikhil Thampi. Yes, we know we said we’re picking out our favorite Indian looks, but we just couldn’t resist. Such was the impact of his power-packed collection called ‘Untamed’. A round of sexy for all the ladies, please!

For more runway reports and trend alerts check out our top AW ’14 looks, 2014 Trend Guide and our favorite looks from India Bridal Fashion Week. You can also head to our Facebook page for the best runway looks!

Which shows did you enjoy most this season? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi Picks the Best AW ’14 Looks

Top AW14 looks

It’s been a busy start to the year for every self-proclaimed stylista out there. As Fall ’14 shows kicked off in New York, followed by London, Milan and finally Paris; fashion lovers across the globe (us included), firmly secured a seat on the front row (so what if it was virtual?) to take it all in. So as a month of fashion frenzy comes to a close, we bring you our favorite looks for Autumn-Winter ’14.

New York Fashion Week

Top looks from New York Fashion Week

L to R: Naeem Khan, Rachel Roy, Kate Spade, Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung went the sporty luxe route whereas Kate Spade’s colorful mod collection with graphic elements found an instant fan in us. Naeem Khan’s collection displayed his enduring love for glamour and we, as always, fell hard for it. Another Luxemi favorite, Rachel Roy’s collection was all about fuss-free feminine cool with a generous smatter of lace. Naturally, we lapped it up!

Top looks from New York Fashion Week

L to R: Delpozo, Alexander Wang, 10 Crosby Derek Lam

One thing became clear at 10 Crosby Derek Lam — pastels and relaxed silhouettes are going to be big this Fall and we aren’t complaining. Alexander Wang grabbed headlines for dragging the fash frat to Brooklyn (Gasp! Quelle horreur), but all was well as his strong collection of statement boots and powerful outerwear won a thumbs up (from us). But the show we were most excited about was Delpozo, the style circuit’s latest boy wonder. His meticulously structured yet comfortably fluid line has us dreaming of winter already.

London Fashion Week

Top looks from London Fashion Week

L to R: House of Holland, Topshop Unique, Mary Katrantzou

Next stop — London. For starters, we loved House of Holland’s show in all its psychedelic glory. And the label’s first ever LBD, (with those shoes too, please!) better be making its way into our wardrobe come Fall! While critics claimed that Topshop Unique’s collection wasn’t a particularly breakthrough one, we give it our vote for the easy separates that are surely going to catapult into AW must-haves. Print queen Mary Katrantzou made a declaration with her show — that there is more to her than those eye-popping digital prints. The sophisticated and evolved collection that followed was nothing short of applaud-worthy.

Top looks from London Fashion Week

L to R: Tom Ford, Burberry

Moving on to the London show we loved most, that of Texan designer Tom Ford. The moment these sequined football jersey dresses hit the runway (Jay-Z will definitely approve), our hearts skipped a bit. Oh, how we love Mr. Ford! Wait a minute, did we say that already? Ah well…

LFW discussions can never be complete without a mention of Burberry, right? And if the Brit label’s brush stroke prints and personalized ponchos are not lust worthy enough, then we don’t know what is!

Milan Fashion Week

Top looks from Milan Fashion Week

L to R: Moschino, Gucci, Fendi, Tod’s, Etro

Gucci took us on a trip to the Swinging Sixties with their upbeat line peppered with leather accents. Wondering what went on our lust list from it? Well, everything! As for Jeremy Scott, he may not speak Italian, but he showed us he definitely speaks Moschino! His show for the label, a crossover between Ronald McDonald and Coco Chanel, was delicious indeed. Now this is a diet we want to get on ASAP. Speaking of ASAP, here’s what else we can’t wait to get our hands on — Fendi’s Little Monsters Bag Boy, a fur incarnation of Karl Lagerfeld himself! Etro stood out for its boho-luxe lendings while Tod’s collection was a master class in diversity using leather.

Paris Fashion Week

Top looks from Paris Fashion Week

L to R: Manish Arora, Lanvin, Dior

Paris gave us several talking points too. India’s very own maximalist Manish Arora’s collection was an unabashed sugar rush while the Lanvin show was gripped by moody, edgy drama. Raf Simons churned out yet another stellar collection for Dior. Think quilted detailing, color splashes, structured tailoring and sporty tech heels.

Top looks from Paris Fashion Week

L to R: Louis Vuitton, Elie Saab, Chanel

All eyes were on Nicolas Ghesquiere as he presented his debut collection for Louis Vuitton. We are digging the retro vibe of this season’s LV girl as well as those miniature trunk handbags. Over at Elie Saab, there was the expected shower of bling, but what captivated our imagination was the Lebanese designer’s take on oxblood. And then there was Chanel… oh Chanel! Are you over the show yet? ‘Cause we are still recovering from that trip to the supermarket. Lagerfeld clearly seems to have his sights set on a younger, sportier  fashionista this season. Tweed overalls, anyone?

So we know what we’ll be lining up to grab as soon as Fall collections hit stores. What about you? For more on the season’s top looks, read our 2014 trend guide and roundup of must-have Indian wear.

Tell us about your favorite shows in the comment box below!

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Indian Wear You Need To Invest In!

 New age Indian silhouettes according to FLW designers

Gone are the days when one’s desi repertoire was limited to a sari, lehenga or salwar. We’ve witnessed nothing short of a revolution on the traditional wear front (one thats brought a multitude of options) and we’ve lapped it all up! No surprises there, right? So we roped in some of the top designers from Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort ’14‘s roster — Sonam and Paras Modi, Monica & Karishma, Sonaakshi Raaj and Arpita Mehta — to tell us the Indian silhouettes the Luxemi girl just can’t do without! We hope you’re paying close attention.

Sonam and Paras Modi

New age Indian silhouettes according to Sva

Left to Right: Sva floor length waist dress, Preeti Desai in Sva jacket style dress

Sonam and Paras Modi behind the label SVA say, “Indian women today are very fashion conscious and want to look their best at every occasion. She wants to carry on traditional rituals but with a difference. The jacket style dress and a floor length low waist dress are a must for her. The statement jacket style dress with subtle embellishments promises a timeless and classic look. There’s no going wrong with it. The low waist floor length dress, on the other hand, enhances one’s curves and is very flattering. It is a modified version of the kalidar kurta and is very trendy and youthful. The sheer back makes for an appealing look, hence its popularity with brides.

Monica and Karishma

New age Indian silhouettes according to Jade

Left to right: Asymmetrical lehenga, sheer net lehenga and three-tiered anarkali all by Jade

Monica and Karishma of Mumbai-based label Jade say, “The modern Indian woman is all about being experimental — traditional with a twist. Reinvention is the key so she should opt for a three-tiered anarkali. Layering lends a regal, timeless vibe to the look while the new-age silhouette turns heads owing its dramatic nature. The second must-have is the asymmetrical lehenga! Paired with a chic corset, the asymmetrical lehenga is all about cutting-edge styling and having a blast. A sheer net lehenga with an embroidered border is princess-like in its appeal. Pair it with tights for casual decadence!”

Sonaakshi Raaj

New age Indian silhouettes according to Sonaakshi Raaj

Left to right: Deepika Padukone in Sonaakshi Raaj sari-gown and Anamika Khanna dhoti sari

Sonaakshi Raaj gives her vote to sari-gowns and dhoti saris. “These silhouettes are the epitome of east meets west and are ideal for a cocktail party or wedding reception. They promise a look that’s elegant, chic and sexy without getting into the hassle of draping.”

Arpita Mehta

New age Indian silhouettes according to Arpita Mehta

Left to right: Soha Ali Khan in Arpita Mehta jacket and Neha Dhupia in Payal Singhal high waist skirt and crop choli

Aprita Mehta is all about the high waist skirt paired with a crop choli due to its flattering nature. “It’s apt for the Indian body — hiding the flaws and accentuating the thinnest part of the waist all the same time. The end result is extremely sexy and glamorous. The second promising trend is the traditional vest/jacket in different lengths paired with either a skirt, sharara or dhoti pants. It’s stylish and can be spruced in multiple ways making each look different.”

Which one would you rather get? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Luxemi Interviews Fashion and Celebrity Stylist Kushal Parmanand

Sonakshi Sinha in Hi! Living

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand for Hi! Living

Fashion and celebrity stylist Kushal Parmanand jokingly refers to himself as an “Indian fashion industry fossil!” And considering he’s got over 10 years of experience under his belt, we get why (well, kind of!). His foray into the industry was one most can only dream of — he kick started his career with revered couturiers Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla after which he moved on to working with Nandita Mahtani. Styling came knocking his way in the form of a Fashion Directorship at Seventeen India, followed by stints at L’Officiel India, L’Officiel Homme, Hi!Blitz and most recently Noblesse India. His stellar repertoire also boasts of styling Bollywood beauties like Bipasha Basu, Sonakshi Sinha and Sonali Bendre among others. We engage the stylist du jour in an exclusive tete-a-tete!

Kushal Parmanand

Celebrity and fashion stylist Kushal Parmanand

Luxemi: How did you foray into fashion? Is it something you always wanted? 

Kushal Parmanand: My foray into fashion was actually by default. I come from a family of two generations of engineers and they obviously wished for me to continue their legacy. After trying to pursue an education in computer science and management studies for two years, I finally landed at Fanshawe fashion school in June 2000 to pursue my true calling. I remember wanting to be in fashion, a designer in particular, since I was in 8th grade. Rohit Bal was my idol then.

Luxemi: You have worked with some of the country’s top stylistas — right from Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor to Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. Who are your personal favorites?

Kushal Parmanand: I think I have the biggest crush on Bebo (Kareena Kapoor)! She is undoubtedly my favorite. She is extremely easy going and a breeze to work with. Most celebrities today know what works for them and are quite fashion focused. Having worked with many of them editorially over the years I feel that working collectively and keeping common interests in mind helps get the best out of a shoot!

Luxemi: Who are some of your favorite Indian and international designers?

Kushal Parmanand: Wow that is a very tough and long list! I love the work Riccardo Tisci does for Givenchy couture. This seasons in particular; I am loving key pieces from Balenciaga, Monique Lhuillier and Vionnet while Elie Saab, Dior, Valentino and Lanvin remain eternal favorites. On the Indian front I love different designers for their varied focuses. Anamika Khanna, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Gaurav Gupta are my favorite veterans. From the younger lot I am partial to Kallol Datta, Sailex and Nachiket Barve.

Actually I feel fashion is a bit fickle in that sense — every season you are bound to love that someone a little more purely because their showing tugged at your heart strings more than the others.

Luxemi: Autumn-Winter ’13 Indian wear trends that ought to be tried this season? Also tell us about the top colors one must have in their wardrobe? 

Kushal Parmanand: Monochrome continues to be a huge trend this season. Punk and vintage inspired fashion is also big. Think of smaller ways to include them in your traditional wardrobe. Red is THE color to be swearing by — not only is it one of our most traditional colors, it also looks lovely on Indian skin. Make sure to experiment with interesting updos and accessories for a refined look.

Luxemi: Style icons who carry Indian wear beautifully? 

Kushal Parmanand: I think Deepika (Padukone) looks great in Indian wear. She has an inherent grace about her, almost like royalty. Apart from her I think Kareena (Kapoor) looks her best when she is in a sari.

Kareena Kapoor in a saree

Luxemi: Your favorite picks from Luxemi.com

Kushal Parmanand: Laila Motwane’s lehangas, the coral wrap kurta from Nikashasaris by Neeru Kumar and jhumkis  from Amrapali are my top picks. The wine salwar with shell embroideryFoil Printed “Club” Pallu Saree by Satya Paul and Flowing Net Anarkali with Embroidery by Kisneel are also great options.

Luxemi Indian wear

Parmanand’s top picks from Luxemi

Luxemi Indian wear

Parmanand’s top picks from Luxemi

Amrapali earrings on Luxemi

Amrapali earrings on Luxemi

Luxemi: If one has only 10 minutes to put together an Indian look, what should be their go-to?

Kushal Parmanand: The chotu sari (one with a shorter hemline) is a great option.

Nandita Thirani sare

Chotu sari by Nandita Thirani

Pre-pleated saris and sari gowns are easier to drape, making them ideal go-tos as well. If neither works for you, there is always the humble salwar kurta which has many interesting variations this season. I personally always steer towards a minimalistic look. Finish it off with a dash of a strong lip and a messy braid or updo — absolutely perfect when you’re on the run!

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand for Hi!Blitz

So take it from the man who knows best and make these quick tweaks to your desi closet. Trust us when we say that these simple additions will go a long way!

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Luxemi’s Guide to Festive Dressing

Diwali dressing

Image credit: An Indian Summer blog

The festive season can be taxing for the fashionably conscious. With an umpteen number of Diwali soirees and weddings to attend, even the most stylish often find themselves in a fix over what to wear. After all, each outfit needs to be statement making, different from the previous appearance yet right on trend — all at the same time!

But you can rest easy as Luxemi’s got your back! We scour the runways to put together the top trends that will come to your rescue this season. Bookmark this guide and sail through the festive season in your chicest avatar.

Trend: Go for gold

Dressy and oh-so-festive, your Diwali wardrobe will be incomplete without the inclusion of gold. Opt for head-to-toe or gold or break it by mixing another color, this one is a winner either way!

Luxemi's gold indian wear

Trend: Gold

Luxemi picks: Our Black and Gold Benares Print Lehenga by Mallika Mathur, Brocade Salwar with Cutout Applique and Gold Sequined Saree ought to be your go-tos.

Trend: Stylish in Shararas

While anarkalis, lehengas and saris are all good, we believe in taking a breather from them every once in a while. And shararas are the perfect alternative! So stand out in them this season.

Luxemi's shararas

Trend: Shararas

Luxemi picks: Our Raw Silk Choli with Sharara Pants by Nikasha and Racer Back Salwar with Sharara Pants by Kisneel are worthy picks!

Trend: Think Pink

Autum-Winter ’13 runways dictate a return to all things unabashedly feminine. Hence we are digging out all our girly pinks, you’d be wise to do the same too.

luxemi's pink ensembles

Trend: Pink

Luxemi picks: Look pretty in pink with our Powder Pink Sequined Saree, Coral Angrakha Salwar with Velvet and Gota Embellishment or Pink Anarkali with Gota Work by Nikasha.

Trend: Put a ring on it

Accessories can make or break a look. Trust us when we say that statement rings are the easiest way to spruce up the simplest of outfits.

Luxemi's statement rings

Trend: Statement rings

Luxemi picks: We’ve got plenty for you to choose from — the Blue Crystal Lattice Cocktail RingNavajo Cocktail Ring With Ruby and Emerald QuartzGold Plated Pearl Ring by Amrapali and the White Kundan Ring to name a few.

Trend: We’ve got the blues

Blue is undoubtedly the season’s hottest hue — it’s regal, refreshing and head turning. Be is a brunch party or a festive dinner, it does the trick every single time.

Luxemi's blue indian wear

Trend: Blue

Luxemi picks: Look no further than our Printed Saree with Applique Border, Blue and Purple Davry Saree with Crystal Buttas and Navy Georgette Saree with White Accents.

Trend: Pearl-essence

Sworn classics, pearl accessories and jewelry can never lose their charm. They are exactly what you need to sprinkle your traditional wear with a dash of elegance, poise and effortless elan!

Pearl jewelry on Luxemi

Trend: Pearl jewelry

Luxemi picks: From our Faux Pearl Belt with Emerald and Ruby Quartz and Multi-Strand Pearl Hanging Earrings to our Multi-Strand Pearl and Quartz Bracelet and Gold Hoops with Pearls, you will be spoilt for choice.

So that should take care of every festive wardrobe quandary you could possibly have.

Here’s wishing you a happy, chic and safe Diwali!

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Luxemi’s top picks from WIFW Spring/Summer 2014

A few super packed months of fashion frenzy finally came to a close with the 5-day extravaganza that was Wills India Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2014. Fashion folks are finally breathing easy for a while now… until the next round of runway parties kick-start again, that is!

WIFW SS '14 finale

Finale at WIFW SS ’14

So, while we may still be revelling in the chicest AW ’13 styles, we couldn’t help but drool over the lust worthy SS ’14 ensembles that stole the spotlight at WIFW held in India’s capital city. And here’s what clearly shone brightest on the runways this time — a decided break from bling and all thing OTT. The pack of new designers who took to the forefront proved that understated looks are the new statement makers!

Here’s a round up of the must-haves that you should be making closet space for this summer.

Intricate embroideries at Pankaj & Nidhi

pankaj and nidhi at WIFW SS14

‘Grammar Ornament’ by Pankaj & Nidhi

Pankaj & Nidhi sure know a thing (or many) about luxe pret wear. Their ‘Grammar of Ornament’ collection was a tale of painstaking embroidered finesse and three-dimensional applique techniques.

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW SS14

‘Grammar Ornament’ by Pankaj & Nidhi

Oh, and that brilliant canary yellow hue had us dreaming of summer instantly!

Traditional weaves at Rahul Mishra

rahul mishra at WIFW SS14

‘Kiss’ by Rahul mishra

Rahul Mishra has always championed traditional weaves and this time was no different. His contemporary and utterly wearable use of khadi and jamdani gets a decided thumbs up from us!

Modern-day glamour at Annaikka

Kanika Saluja at wifw ss'14

Annaikka by Kanika Saluja

Kanika Saluja’s label Annaikka stands as the voice of the powerful woman of today. Her SS ’14 line continued this legacy. Infused with the neon pops and contemporary cuts, it made a strong and power packed style statement.

Sporty chic at Masaba

masaba's WIFW SS14 collection

Masaba opens WIFW SS ’14 with her line

The classic Fitzgerald girl unleashed her sporty side in Masaba’s latest collection. We loved the interplay of bright doses of pink and blue juxtaposed with a monochrome palate. The sari worn over pants works brilliantly for a laid back daytime Indian affair.

Print party at Dev r Nil 

dev r nil at wifw ss14

Dev r Nil’s breezy silhouettes

Dev r Nil’s collection was a master class in teaming sombre-colored clashing prints together. The artful layering of the flowy silhouettes gets our vote!

Structural drapes at Dolly J

dolly j at WIFW SS14

Dolly J’s structured silhouettes

The Gauri & Nainika vibe aside, we love how Dolly J gave her silhouettes a structured twist. The monotone colors and clean embellishments lent the ensembles a fierce look, one we are definitely digging!

Dolly J at WIFW SS '14

Dolly J at WIFW SS ’14

Sequinned drizzle at Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

CUE AT WIFW 13

Glamour unleashed at Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna stuck to what they know best — dollops of unabashed glamour. We are particularly crushing on the pants teamed with asymmetrical tops in pastel hues…we’d wear to a mehndi soiree for a welcome break from the conventional traditional looks.

Boho glam at Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal

anupama dayal at WIFW SS14

Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal

The archetypical Anupama Dayal girl is all set to unleash the gypset within this summer. Vivid color, whimsical prints and nonchalant layering…what’s not to love?

Here’s to a super stylish Spring-Summer ’14! Until next season…

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Luxemi’s ‘Something For Everyone’ Guide

Sonam Kapoor pulls off all looks

Over the years, style icon Sonam Kapoor has tried on different fashion avatars with ease.

Rachel Zoe said, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak,”  and she couldn’t be more right.  For the ideal Luxemi girl, getting dressed every morning is not a chore — it’s her way to use what’s on her back to make a statement about what’s on her mind! So go on, let the world know who you are, by choosing an outfit that tells your story and says something about your sartorial sensibilities in the process.

With that in mind, we put together a fun guide for Indian wear based on your signature style (or your fashion mood!)— feel free to pick your side!

WhoGlamour Goddess

What: Blue Chiffon Saree with Aqua Sequins.

Luxemi blue chiffon saree with aqua sequins

This incredibly glitzy piece is a no-brainer. Wear it to when you want to turn heads as the most fashionable lady in the room.

Wear it with: Luxemi’s Silver Brocade Blouse by Wild Orchid for a complementing contrast.

 Brocade blouse by Wild Orchids

Who: Bollywood Belle

What: Raw Silk Choli with Sharara Pants by Nikasha

Sharara pants and choli by Nikasha

Bollywood fashion is synonymous with catchy colors and dramatic overtones. And what better than this fetching Nikasha outfit to nail the look!

Wear it with: Statement earrings and hair worn loose. We suggest you skip the necklace this time around.

Kundan earrings with pearl accents

Who: Urban Sophisticate

What: Black and White Sequined Saree by Satya Paul

Monochrome sequined Satya Paul saree

This monochrome Satya Paul pick is the epitome of effortless modern-day city girl style and promises a refined look.

Wear it with: This Navy Blue and Magenta Embroidered Flower Clutch by 5 Elements for a colorful reprieve.

Embroidered clutch bu 5 Elements Radhika Gupta

Who: Mademoiselle Minimalism

What: Cream Georgette Sequin Saree

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Look no further for an ensemble that provides a simple and pared down look with a luxe touch.

Wear it with: A simple chained headpiece is all you need. The trick is to grab attention without trying too hard. 

Gold headpiece with a touch of pearl

Gold and pearl headpiece by Luxemi

Who: Girly Girl

What: Coral Red Tie Front Jacket Salwar with Floral Embroidery

Gota work salwar in coral color

With its utterly feminine hue, flattering silhouette and dash of playfulness; playing the desi Barbie just got easier.

Wear it with: A traditional bracelet and dewy make-up. Ensure that the focus remains on the outfit.

Traditional gold elephant bangle

Luxemi’s traditional gold and green elephant bangle

Who: Gypsy Queen

What: Red and Blue Deconstructed Bandhani Saree by Neeru Kumar

Colorful saree by Neeru Kumar

Flaunt your love for the bohemian way of life with this vibrant saree and its irreverent charm.

Wear it with: Layered necklaces,  a statement-making headband and soft braids. Peace out!

Layered gungaroo necklace from Luxemi

Luxemi’s layered gungaroo necklace

So go on, be whoever you want to be today. As long as you keep it stylish, it’s all good.

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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Luxemi’s Ultimate Exotic Wedding Destination Guide

Anita Dongre's Timeless collection

Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

This is unarguably our favorite time of the year. Wonder why? Thanks to the weddings galore lined up, but of course! Who doesn’t love a good Indian wedding, and luckily for us, our mailbox is filled with invites and calendar already choc-a-block.

As much as we love the nonstop singing and dancing, delectable spread of food and OTT outfits of this desi extravaganza, there is another Big Fat Indian Wedding trend that gets our seal of approval — destination weddings! In a bid to achieve ‘picture-perfect’, no destination is off the cards and no exotic locale is being left unexplored. Trust us when we say that destination weddings are indeed the way to go. So, we round up some of our favorite exotic locations along with style notes on what to pack for each of these cities. Hope couples all set to tie the knot (and their wedding planners) are listening!

DESTINATION: Istanbul, Turkey

Perfect for: A culture-soaked affair

Istanbul has fast catapulted into a hot spot for Indian weddings and with good reason at that. Turkey’s largest city is perfect for a themed OTT celebration reminiscent of a grand Turkish bazaar.

Hotel extraordinaire: It doesn’t get any better than the Ciragan Palace Kempinski. A flamboyant time beckons.

Wedding at Ciragan Palace

Wedding set up at Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul

What to wear: Go for a hint of Middle Eastern glamour. Our coffee colored sari with beaded applique work fits the bill. Team it with a beaded gold headpiece and winged eyeliner to turn heads.

Luxemi copper net sari for Istanbul wedding

Nothing better than this beaded copper Luxemi sari for the occasion.

DESTINATION: Florence, Italy

Perfect for: A fashionable wedding

This charming Tuscan city provides the ideal backdrop for a champagne clinking, air kissing sort of wedding extravaganza. Look no further for a destination wedding that epitomizes classy and chic.

Hotel extraordinaire: Located along the Arno River, the St. Regis Florence makes for a discerning choice.

St. Regis Florence wedding

A chic wedding at St. Regis Florence

What to wear: Sophisticated chic is the look we’d go for. This black crinkle georgette sari with knit work border paired with a gold and silver blouse by Wild Orchid will help you nail the look. Finish it with polki earrings and red haute lips.

Luxemi's Crinkle Georgette Saree

Black is always a good idea!

Saree blouse by Wild Orchid

This blouse by Wild Orchid will complement your saree

DESTINATION: Bali, Indonesia

Perfect for: A beach wedding

For those who wish to exchange their rings amidst the setting sun and lashing waves, it doesn’t get better than Bali. Skip the traditional route and party it up as you take the plunge.

Hotel extraordinaire: The glitzy W Retreat & Spa Bali -  Seminyak promises a glorious wedding along the Petitenget Beach.

Wedding at W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak

Wedding at W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak. Image courtesy: Apel Photography

What to wear: Our white and silver gota angarakha will allow you to keep it casual and classic without compromising on style. The gold and red mirror clutch by 5 Elements will give the ensemble the colorful reprieve it so needs.

Luxemi's white and silver gota angrakha salwar

This angarakha will transform you into a vision in white

5 Elements by Radhika Gupta clutch

Mirrorwork 5 Elements by Radhika Gupta clutch

 

DESTINATION: Udaipur, India

Perfect for: A royal rendezvous

As clichéd as Rajasthan may sound, it never fails to amaze with its imperial and grand ways. If a  fairy tale princess-like wedding is what you’ve always wanted, all roads do lead to Udaipur.

Hotel extraordinaire: If it’s Udaipur, it has got to be Umaid Bhawan Palace. Regal doesn’t even begin to do it justice.

Umaid Bhawan Palace Udaipur

The Umaid Bhawan Palace Udaipur promises a royal setting

What to wear: Go unabashedly traditional in this gold leaf lehenga with velvet blouse by Malika Mathur complemented by a colorful kundan set and tikka.

Lehenga by Malika Mathur

This gold and green lehenga is the perfect traditional pick

You can also read more on the perfect Fall wedding looks as curated by Nishka Lulla here.

So, let the wedding season begin! We’d love for you to share your favorite vignettes and looks with us.

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

 

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Luxemi’s top picks from Lakmé Fashion Week Winter-Festive ’13

Autumn-Winter has arrived and here’s the thing: This Fall you can be utterly glamorous or unapologetically understated. You can be flirtatiously feminine or take the androgynous route, if you please. As long as you stay true to your personal sensibilities and have a little fun while you’re at it, you’re good to go. And this was a fact that was whole-heartedly showcased on Lakmé Fashion Week Winter-Festive ’13 runways.

The shows aside, what also became conspicuously clear is that Indian street style has really come of age. The venue was thronged by some of the most fashionably dressed people from the industry (and not just necessarily the Bollywood celebrities in attendance) – think stylists, designers, buyers and magazine editors in the coolest designs of the season.

Here’s a look at some hot-of-the-ramp festive looks we are absolutely digging this season!

Nikhil Thampi: Go for gold

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‘Indian Punk’ by Nikhil Thampi

This cropped jacket and draped skirt by fashion’s latest blue-eyed boy, advocates making some space for a gold rush. Yes, it’s a tad daring – but where’s the fun in safe, right?

Sabyasachi: Fit for a queen

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Grande finale by Sayasachi

Clearly, Sabyasachi’s interpretation of the jazz-age maharani is effing cool! This unexpected but delightfully charming pairing of satin and sheer half-saris teamed with a Breton striped blouses aptly epitomized his vision, making it an easy favorite.

Anita Dongre: The new-age bride

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The Jaipur Bride by Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre’s ‘Jaipur bride’ is calm, confident and independent, a far cry from her demure doe-eyed counterpart. She sips on red wine, sports a tattoo and even drives her own jeep! This look (need to get those dhoti pants now!) in a trending color for the season packs in just the right punch of nonchalant edge, making for a powerful statement.

Nupur Kanoi: Effortless cool

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‘Eccentricity Tour’ by Nupur Kanoi

We loved the relaxed and laid back vibe of Nupur Kanoi’s collection, the industry’s latest sworn favorite. Interesting layering of smart separates and zipper detailing particularly resonated with us.

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‘Eccentricity Tour’ by Nupur Kanoi

Easy to mix and match, you can amp up many a simple traditional ensemble with these standout pieces. Easy chic, if you please!

Rahul Mishra: Traditional with a twist

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‘Sunheri’ by Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra’s handloom couture collection, ‘Sunheri’ was a master class in marrying traditional textiles with contemporary silhouettes. These pepulm blouses paired with lehengas and saris have made it to our ‘worth breaking the bank for’ list. They personify an utterly fabulous symbiosis of age-old craft with a modern flair.

Payal Khandwala: A balancing act

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‘A Fine Balance’ by Payal Khandwala

Payal Khandwala‘s bid to provide the unusual has definitely found takers in us. These looks boasting of crisp skirts and jackets with exaggerated collars can be worn head-to-toe for an unconventional twist. But its real triumph lies in the fact that they are bound to shine equally bright as separates too.

Payal Singhal: Architecture meets fashion 

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(Left to right) Payal Singhal’s ‘Char Bagh’. Ziyaa lehenga, Mashal lehenga saree and Rumana lehenga

Payal Singhal‘s line was inspired by Persian-style garden layouts and juxtaposed ancient architecture and nature with contemporary cuts and modern silhouettes. We love the combination of blush pink with earthy undercurrents, laud the wearability of these ensembles and heart those statement earrings!

Manish Malhotra: Perfectly pretty

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The set up at Manish Malhotra

What made a fan out of us at Bollywood couturier Manish Malhotra’s show was his set. Aptly titles ‘Reflections’, the ramp was divided into two halves by a threaded veil as the models walked down simultaneously as mirror images of each other. Further dotted with a shower of lights, it was quite the sight to behold!

Until next season…

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