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The Stylists Behind Bollywood’s Most Fashionable

 

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Have you ever wondered who dresses Bollywood’s most fashionable ladies? The sartorial stars behind the stars, if you will. We’ve rounded up the country’s top super stylists for you fashion fanatics. Remember these names, they’re the ones who’ve changed the game and made Bollywood just as stylish as Hollywood.

Sonam Kapoor: Rhea Kapoor

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Sonam Kapoor is Bollywood’s original fashionista, the one who introduced high fashion and off duty style to the industry and sent other actresses scampering for stylists of their own. While Kapoor herself is very fashion forward, an avid vintage shopper and a self-confessed clotheshorse; it’s her younger sister Rhea who has a lot to do with the outfits we see her in. Together, the two can be touted as India’s very own Olsen twins. Always one step ahead of the crowd, Anamika Khanna and Elie Saab are mainstays on the sisters’ favorites list but they also champion emerging designers like Sanjay Garg, Neha Taneja and Dhruv Kapoor among others.

Deepika Padukone: Anaita Shroff Adajania

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Bollywood’s reigning queen Deepika Padukone is styled by the high priestess of Indian fashion herself. Thanks to Anaita Shroff Adajania, Vogue India’s fashion director, the gorgeous actress never makes a fashion misstep. Adajania completely transformed Padukone’s look post Cocktail, both on screen and off. Now the duo always surprises eager fashion hawks with one winning looking after the other. Nothing is off the charts for this fashion power couple.

Kareena Kapoor Khan: Tanya Ghavri

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Bollywood’s favorite Begum, Kareena Kapoor Khan, has got more than enough swagger to teach the new kids on the block a thing or many. Her personal style is a master class in how simple is always sophisticated and fuss-free equals effortless. Her personal stylist, Tanya Ghavri (who also styles a host of other stars like Frieda Pinto, Jacqueline Fernandez, Karisma Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt and Shraddha Kapoor) never steers far from Khan’s comfort zone when dressing her—ensuring that the looks are the right balance between trendy and timeless.

Esha Gupta: Sanjana Batra

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With a face as stunning as that, does it really matter what Esha Gupta puts on her back? She could wear a sack and still top best dressed lists. Her stylist Sanjana Batra confesses how Gupta is herself very fashion conscious and always has a pulse on the newest trends and designers to know. More than a glorified designer mannequin, she frequently concepts her own looks. The thing about Gupta, who looks good in just about anything, is that she’s always sporting gen-next Indian designers, and that gets a major thumbs up from us.

Malaika Arora Khan: Tanya Ghavri and Maneka Harisinghani

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Owing to her sex appeal, oomph and abundance of poise, Malaika Arora Khan owns (and how!) every look she wears. From plunging necklines and daring hemlines to more conservative outfits, there’s nothing she doesn’t absolutely rock. The stunner, whose repertoire is almost always topped off by cascading waves and a perfect pout, used to be styled by insider favorite Tanya Ghavri. She has recently moved on to Maneka Harisinghani who is giving her style file an uplift with slightly more demure looks.

Who is your favourite celeb-stylist duo? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Sonakshi Sinha’s Desi Style File

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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

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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.

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

Young Guns

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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.

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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.

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Sonakshi Sinha in Anita Dongre

Red Alert

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“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.

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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! 

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Luxemi Talks To Conceptual Jewelry Designer Eina Ahluwalia

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How many people do you know who think, “I don’t want to wake up at 65, be super successful, but have lived a meaningless life. I want to do something I love and live the quality of life I’ve always wanted,” and actually go through with it? Conceptual jewelry designer Eina Ahluwalia did. The designer whose pieces are best known for having meaning and messages, gave up her high flying corporate job after four years to pursue her passion for silver and jewelry, even though she had no previous experience designing jewelry before! “I just knew I wanted to work on designs that would not let me sleep at night!” Kolkata-based Ahluwalia tells us.

The designer du jour takes us on a tour of her beginnings, her key inspirations, the baubles she loves to wear and more!

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Tell us about your foray into jewelry design and the launch of your brand.

I set up my label in January 2003 focusing on contemporary silver jewelry made by world famous master craftsmen in Bengal. From 2006 for about two and a half years, I worked as a consultant for a jewelry export company, looking after their design and international marketing. I learned the production process, and traveled to jewelry fairs across the world while with them.

After two and a half years I began questioning the motive of my jewelry and fulfilling just the need for ornamentation was beginning to seem a bit hollow and shallow to me. My search led me to discover conceptual art jewelry and it felt like coming home. Conceptual jewelry is where the concept or the idea is most important, and the jewelry is just a way to tell the story. This kind of jewelry is worn for self-expression rather than ornamentation. It is worn to communicate the wearer’s thoughts, ideologies and even sense of humour.

In 2010 I was selected for a workshop with pioneering conceptual jewelry artist Ruudt Peters in Holland, and I spent a week with him and 14 other jewelers from across the world. The experience was magical. In 2011 I went to Alchimia: Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence for a two-month long intensive training in experimental techniques and material.

So now my work is an amalgamation of my explorations of life as an inspiration and experiments on the workbench, combined with the amazing craftsmanship we have here in India.

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What are your key inspirations?

My inspiration is most often life and my interaction with it. Is the life around us real or the one we live in our head? Perspectives—from my eyes and yours, and the space in between. The Self—am I the body or the soul? The breath that defines one magical moment that I have in which to create my world. Travel, books, music, art and architecture inspire me. Ordinary people who show extraordinary empathy, kindness, strength and courage inspire me. My jewelry is pure personal expression. The more I grow as a person, the more I have to share through my jewelry. On the other hand, the more you grow as a person, the less you need to say. So my jewelry continues to evolve at this intersection of art, thought and self-expression.

What are the must-have jewelry pieces this season?

The single earring, mismatched proportions, brave big pendants, small vintage earrings, pearls and flowers are top international trends. However, I don’t personally like following trends. I just feel one should wear whatever makes one feel good.

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What is your personal jewelry style? Which are your go-to pieces?

My go-to pieces are jewelry that I personally connect with, either symbolically or sentimentally. My jewelry style changes with me. Over the years I’ve gone from from big earrings to big necklaces, to a permanent stack of interesting bangles to my current staples—EA logo earrings, a ring on each hand, and medium to small necklaces.

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A piece of accessorising advice you’d like to share?

Jewelry can be like personal totems or charms, so keep your sentimental pieces handy, and wear them when you feel you need an extra boost of magic. The only thing I’d advise not to do is to follow any rules. Although wearing too much jewelry is usually an overkill, some people can carry it off just fine. Conversely, there is no need to wear statement necklaces if they don’t fit your personal style just because the trend reports say so.

Which are your favourite pieces from Luxemi’s collection?

I really like the Kundan Glass Lotus Necklace by Amrapali, it is beautifully old-fashioned, delicate and traditional.

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What do you think of Eina Ahluwalia’s jewelry? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Katrina Kaif’s Top 5 Desi Looks

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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Luxemi Talks To Designer Ragini Ahuja of Ikai


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.”

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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!

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Luxemi’s Top 5 Desi Picks From Wills India Fashion Week Spring-Summer ’15

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There’s nothing like fashion week to make us drop everything else, sit up and take notice. Considering Wills India Fashion Week is home to the freshest and brightest talent in the country we couldn’t help but give it our undivided attention. So after a through screening of all the runway shenanigans, we’ve rounded up our favorite desi looks that should be making their way into your closet come Spring-Summer ’15.

Rohit Bal

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Rohit Bal’s clothes are achingly beautiful and that’s an indisputable fact. But it was his finale show’s setting that made it sheer poetry. Set against the backdrop of Delhi’s Qutub Minar with Shubha Mudgal’s beautiful voice creating the perfect ambience, Bal’s ‘Gulbagh’ collection, replete with his signature use of whites, blacks and reds, was inspired by India’s rich heritage.

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Payal Singhal

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Payal Singhal’s signature silhouettes got a spring-summer makeover in a restrained black and gold palette. Titled ‘Firdaus’, the collection was an ode to Kashmir’s enchanting Gulmarg valley and featured embroidered blouses, fuss-free cuts, asymmetrical hemlines and short kurta sets among others. We particularly loved the exaggerated yoke, the collection’s most standout highlight.

Masaba Gupta

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Masaba Gupta can’t seem to catch a break! We can only wonder how this 26-year-old designer has been churning out back-to-back winning collections! Her latest was a tale of upbeat youthfulness. Interesting drapes ruled the roost—we spotted everything from dhoti pants, culottes with sheer panels, capes and cowl tunics. We think the firecracker and paintbrush prints are all you need to make a head turning statement come spring.

Kavita Bhartia

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Kavita Bhartia’s dreamy collection had us hankering for a summer wedding. The unapologetically feminine collection was high on pastels (blush pink in particular), gold embellishments, zardozi work, breezy silhouettes, sheer overlays and ample layering. Ladylike glam, did you say?

Tarun Tahiliani  

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If Tarun Tahiliani’s collection in collaboration with The Singh Twins (London-born artists known for the revival of the Indian miniature tradition within their modern art practices) is anything to go by, then SS ’15 is going to be an incredibly kitschy one. Tahiliani’s latest line was all about unabashed use of a kaleidoscope of colors, bold digital prints and OTT accessories. Hipster chic, indeed.

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Which designer’s showing gets your vote? Tell us in the comment box!

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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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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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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.

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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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Luxemi Talks to Designer Shubhika Davda of Papa Don’t Preach

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Are you bold and adventurous with an insatiable zest for life? Is your wardrobe replete with edgy choices that make passerbys do a double take? If you fit this bill to a T, then we bet a gota-patti sari will never cut it for you in a traditional set-up. Which is where Papa Don’t Preach, a Mumbai-based label launched by Shubhika Davda in 2010, comes in. The Indian high street brand stands out in a clutter of me-too desi wear brands, owing to the rebellious spin they give their pieces—making them edgy yet effortlessly easy-to-wear. We talked to the brand’s Chief Fashion Officer and founder, Shubhika Davda in a candid tete-a-tete.

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Luxemi: Tell us more about your label. Who is the quintessential Papa Don’t Preach woman?

Shubhika Davda: After completing my fashion design studies from London College of Fashion, I came back to India in 2010 and launched Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika (PDP) as a high street brand catering to 16-35 year-old fashion enthusiasts. With strong influences from the London high street culture, I was always clear that PDP would mature into a brand that would design street wear clothing along with shoes, bags and accessories—in order to give patrons a complete look. Due to a strong demand from a fiercely loyal clientele, we forayed into bridal couture and Indian wear in 2012.

The quintessential Papa Don’t Preach woman is a free spirited risk taker. She is someone who displays a fiercely urban sense of style and is constantly experimenting and redefining her fashion boundaries. Think someone who is adventurous and relies on her own style sensibilities to stand out. She is not trend conscious, hence is always on the lookout for something unique. Which is why I do a lot of separates—to give them freedom to mix and match!

Your creations always feature a distinct touch of edge. What would you say are some of your signature styles?

Unabashed use of color as well as adventurous hand embroidery and patchwork detailing is our forte. I always try to use them in newer contexts though. For instance, our recent collection boasts of military-inspired tabs on saris and anarkalis. We retain the Indianness of the garment but make it younger. So no sari gowns coming out of our atelier! We play with silhouettes like skirts with draped dupattas and paneled crop tops—something only we are doing right now. Or then there’s the dhoti skirt-cum-sari along with a gathered pallu featuring latkans.

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L to R: Dhoti sari with waist belt, shoulder accessory and gloves. Signature paneled blouse and hip embroidered sari

We focus a lot on accessories like body harnesses, waist belts, metallic busts, embellished shoulder rests and clutches too.

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Fall ’14 accessories

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

It’s all about creating something interesting with what you already have. A lot of women these days have several net saris in their wardrobe. Just give it an unexpected spin by pairing it with an interesting panelled or printed petticoat.

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You can also ditch the same old blouse and experiment with high street crop tops (try one with a logo or statement!) or a knotted or tucked-in shirt. But if you still wish to keep the look relatively traditional, then simply add a belt or funky body harness and play around with the drape.

What are the key traditional wear trends this season?

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Long blouses with back detailing

I think the sexiest part about us Indian women is our tiny waist. So make the most of it with traditional wear featuring nipped in waists. Longer blouses, but with strategic skin show are also very big this season. Think sheer blouses with delicate embroidery or a big cut outs on the back. With winter setting in, it’s a great time to play with jackets as well. Buy an essentially Indian jacket featuring mirror work perhaps, and style it in different ways—with a salwar, sari or even jeans.

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Style a jacket in many ways

A style advice that never fails?

I am all for comfort, but if you want to be really stylish, then it’s ok to compromise on that front. Sometimes, a little sartorial discomfort can take your entire look a few notches higher. It’s the way to go if you’re one who likes to be the centre of attention at all times!

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

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The Georgette Mirror Work Sari by Satya Paul as we at PDP are very big on mirror work and The Tonal Chikan Work Sari by Nikasha because it’s young and traditional at the same time.

What do you think of Papa Don’t Preach’s signature, edgy style? Tell us in the comment box!

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

 

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The Dawn Of The Gen-Next Sari

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The past few seasons have been all about the sari. Designers have realized the importance of tapping the traditional wear market and the younger generation has embraced desi fashion more willingly too. The sari, as a result, has emerged as a clear winner but not without undergoing a quick revamp though. Its traditional drape, it seems, is no longer enough. India’s signature six-yard drape was given a more contemporary relevance and a new-age makeover—one that patrons have been quick to lap up.

We track the most popular styles around town. Which one would you rather wear?

The Quirky Sari

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From rickshaws, Pac man and cameras to color wheels and oversized lipsticks, no print is off limits. In fact, the brighter and quirkier, the better, or so an army designers, ones who have heralded this wave, seem to believe. Think quirky print saris and designers like Masaba Gupta, Surendri by Yogesh Chaudhary, Quirk Box and Nida Mahmood instantly come to mind.

The Cocktail Sari-Gown

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Why turn to international couture when you can find some fabulous hybrid haute couture creations in your very own backyard? Cocktail sari gowns are the new must-have of a wedding wardrobe—ideal for a reception or cocktail party. These gown-like drapes, with an attached bodice, metallic colors, minimal embroidery but maximum impact can be as elegant or sexy as you want them to be. Designers like Gaurav Gupta, Amit Aggarwal, Shantanu and Nikhil, Tarun Tahiliani and Sonaakshi Raaj should be your go-tos for them.

The Draped Sari

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Gowns are not the only drape being incorporated into the sari. Dhoti saris, tulip hems and other offbeat silhouettes are just as popular. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that every designer makes sure to incorporate atleast one offbeat sari into his or her collection—either by way of a play of textures, experimental styling or edgy shapes. Once you’ve seen a bikini sari, you’ve seen it all (or maybe not). From subtle to outright bold, there is something for everyone here. Our favorite, hands down, is Anamika Khanna and her innovative experiments with this humble drape.

The Offbeat Blouse

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If these out-of-the-box saris are not for you, don’t worry. Just the addition of an interesting blouse will suffice. And there is so much to choose from too. Corsets, cropped jackets, vests, floor length jackets, high street crop tops, capes, sexy backs, high-low hemlines, loose camisoles and sheer patches—it’s time you threw the notion of the conventional blouse out of the window!

Got a favorite gen-next sari style? Which one would you rather wear?

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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