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Designer Spotlight: Raw Mango

 

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2014 may have been Rahul Mishra’s year, but 2015 surely looks like it belongs to Sanjay Garg. Born and raised in a small village called Mubarikpur in Rajasthan, Garg comes from a well-to-do business background. After quitting the Indian Institute of Craft & Design, he soon left to join NIFT in New Delhi, which helped him build the sensibilities required for textile design.

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The designer then went on to work for store, Shades Of India, and also started taking on other small projects like the Chanderi Cluster Development Programme, where he came across weavers in the Ashoknagar district of Madhya Pradesh. That’s when he had his aha! moment and made it his mission to make simplicity a brand statement.

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Garg launched label Raw Mango in 2008 with the intention to revitalize traditional techniques to create contemporary Indian hand-woven textiles. By introducing design interventions at the weaving stage, the idea was to make textiles softer and easier to drape. The main purpose of this was to get the younger generation to develop an interest in handloom saris. He then took conventional Indian motifs like house sparrows, parrots, trees, lotuses, marigolds, cows, coins and created Indian wear in divine shades!

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Today, with more than 450 craftspeople working at the helm, the brand is focused on making saris, dupattas, stoles and fabrics with minimalism as the predominant theme. Garg doesn’t believe in using “gimmickry or glamour” in his collections, instead each piece is aimed at delivering high quality pieces backed by great design. Not one to make a big show about his winning collections, he lets his work speak for himself and hardly uses any advertising. While most designers love seeing their creations splashed across fashion magazines, Sanjay Garg couldn’t be bothered. He believes curiosity is the greatest marketing tool and that is what brings his clients to him.

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The designer isn’t so keen about fashion shows either. Despite being in the industry for so many years, he debuted his first ever runway collection at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014. The showcase included lush fabrics, which took the form of empire waist dresses, kurta-pyjama suits, and heritage saris.

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The fashion fraternity simply can’t get enough of his designs. His stunning creations have been featured in Vogue, Elle, Verve, and Harper’s Bazaar Bride.

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In fact, Bollywood is going gaga over his creations too! From Kajol and Sonam Kapoor to Dia Mirza, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kangana Ranaut, the stunning ladies are clearly fans of his saris! Soha Ali Khan, who tied the knot recently, also sported his a fuschia pink lehenga by him for her reception.

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Garg’s sights are set on seeing Indian textiles on the global map. With a visionary approach, he only chooses to work with young craftsmen and weavers open to new ideas. His strong belief of beauty lying in imperfections is the driving force behind the brand. Without a doubt, our eyes are eagerly awaiting what Raw Mango comes up with next!

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What do you think of the brand? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Fashion Hacks Every Desi Girl Ought To Know!

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Whoever said shortcuts will get you nowhere was obviously mistaken. The right short cuts can change your life. Dramatic? Maybe. But we found a few hacks that will instantly take your Indian clothing game to the next level. Not only are these Luxemi-approved, they also have the power to transform your wardrobe (which is synonymous with changing your life, of course).

  • Dressed to the nines but just noticed the creased collar of your kurta? Don’t fret! Just pull out your hair straightener and iron away!
  • In case you’re running late for an event and still haven’t done your hair, skip the neat bun or braids. Simply spritz on some sea-salt spray and get ready to break a few hearts with your desirable waves!
  • Dropped some of your favorite red on your brand new cream sari? No need to worry! Just dab it gently with a cloth soaked in white wine to do away with the blot. And then pour yourself another glass, maybe?
  • Yellow sweat patches can often be a menace on light colored clothes. Spray some lemon juice on the stains before you put them to wash.
  • Never wear freshly ironed clothes right away. Let the fabric cool for 5 minutes to avoid creating new wrinkles.
  • Can’t find your earring clasp? Use a small piece of eraser as the substitute!
  • Having trouble wearing your new embellished jootis? Place a bag of water in each one to stretch them out and leave them overnight in a freezer. If you don’t have time to do that, just put on a pair of socks underneath them and blow dry!
  • Liquid dishwasher detergent and an old toothbrush are the only things you need to keep your diamonds set sparkling forever!
  • Hang your heavy anarkalis and lehengas overnight to get rid of creases on them.
  • Your maang tikka giving you trouble yet again? After securing it in your hair with pins, use double-sided tape to secure it to your forehead.
  • Need to try on a churidar but don’t have the time to try it at the store? Check if the waist of the pants wraps around your neck once, without any overlaps. If it does, then it will fit you just fine!
  • If the zippers on your salwar keep getting stuck, rub them with a lead pencil and watch them slide smoothly!
  • Pin a safety pin to the inside of your salwar or blouse in case of an emergency. If a button pops or the zipper breaks, you’ll be prepared!
  • Place muslin cloth or a plastic sheet between every fold of real zari saris. This will not only keep the colour intact, but will also make sure none of the embellishments scratch into each other.

Share your go-to Indian fashion hacks with us in the comment box below!

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Best of the Best at Amazon India Couture Week 2015

 

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Just recently, the crème de la crème of the fashion fraternity descended in Delhi for Amazon India Couture Week 2015 (read: 29th July – 2nd August). Some of the country’s best couturiers showcased their bridal wear—from cocktail gowns to fusion ethnic wear—proving, once again, that beautiful excess is here to stay. Whether it was Persian folklore, boho-luxe or floral motifs; each and every show was a pure visual feast! We round up the designers who set the stage on fire.

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When the king of bridal wear, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, pairs up with the king of red soles, Christian Louboutin, everyone hopes to catch a glimpse of the action! Sabya’s signature voluminous lehengas came with a twist—they were trimmed down to slimming, figure-skimming silhouettes. Saris made an appearance with long jackets, capes and corsets. When it came to the embroidery, the designer went all out with dense work in muted gold.

 Manish Malhotra

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Deep red, forest green and glamorous gold—the ultimate shades for Indian brides—dominated the runway at Manish Malhotra’s show. The designer focused mostly on western couture, like enormous skirts and velvet jackets that would work for cocktail and reception parties. He added a refreshing spin to florals, presenting large motifs that were bright, colourful and funky. The show also marked the return of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to the ramp, sizzling in a breath-taking marsala gown with splashes of gold!

 Rimple and Harpreet Narula

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Rimple and Harpreet Narula’s collection was an ode to the splendor and extravaganza with which Indian Maharajas led their lives. The line paid homage to regal insignia as well as fine craftsmanship in shades of ivory, beige, burnt gold, and ruby red. Consisting of gold karigari, handcrafted embroidery, and crystals embedded on capes, robes, billowy jackets, majestic cloaks and lehengas; each piece narrated the interactions of Indian royals with western influences. Showstopper Shilpa Shetty shined in a shimmery gold lehenga choli, truly making it a royal affair to remember!

 Anju Modi

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Persian folklore came alive on the runway with Anju Modi’s show. Inspired by miniature paintings, Rumi’s verses, Islamic influences, and fairytales, the designer’s models were dressed in traditionally ornate wedding attire. The collection’s highlights were her voluminous lehengas worn with intricately embroidered cholis and multiple dupattas. Modi didn’t ignore the new-age woman either—the unconventional combination of contrasting hues, such as turquoise with black, mustard with blood red, or even mint green with rani pink, will be a hit among modern brides.

 Varun Bahl

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Varun Bahl’s classic lehengas, saree gowns and anarkalis were an aesthetic treat with their fascinating floral designs. Seen in delicate fabrics like tulle, georgette, silk, and crochet, the outfits came in hues of sensual creams, pale pinks, glossy golds, reds, and blacks. The ensembles featuring gold-tinted 3D roses and pearls stole the show, while a pair of trousers with floral embroidery was the obvious showstopper!

 Rohit Bal

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Flora and fauna were the predominant theme at the ever-theatrical Rohit Bal’s sprawling showcase. Clusters of red, black and white roses worn around the models’ heads and necks added to the drama. Flowing lehenga skirts and structured sherwani jackets were detailed with Persian embroidery. The motifs consisted of florae, various long-tailed birds, and even elephants and camels. The best part was the flutes of champagne held by models; enhancing the celebratory mood every wedding party and Rohit Bal show carries!

Who was your favourite designer at Amazon India Couture Week 2015? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Designer Spotlight: Urvashi Kaur

 

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Fusion clothing is all the rage at the moment—every designer is busy converting saris into gowns and turning peplum tops into blouses in a bid to add their own unique twist to traditional wear. In the midst of so many who struggle to achieve the perfect balance, there is one name that stands out as an effortless infuser. Urvashi Kaur’s contemporary and unique interpretation of Indian textiles provides a much-needed breath of fresh air in a sea of sameness. Her wearable, sustainable and affordable collections are just what the modern Indian woman wants.

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A graduate in fashion from ESMOD International, Paris, Urvashi began her career by working under fashion moguls like Marcel Marongiu, Lolita Lempika and Issey Miyake. In her earlier years, she was involved in theater and never really saw herself as a fashion designer until she was asked to create costumes for the first Broadway show in India, ‘Starlight Express’ by Aamir Raza Hussain. That’s when it hit her that fashion was where she belonged. Her label began as an attempt to revive India’s vibrant textiles through designs that are global in construction. Since her debut at Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Summer ’08, she began to showcase at various fashion weeks across the country, quickly carving a niche for herself.

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Struck by wanderlust, Urvashi admits that her travels are the treasure trove she draws inspiration from. Exploring and discovering new worlds, she loves learning what makes a particular place and its people tick. For instance, her Spring/Summer ’15 collection is based on her experience visiting Xining, a remote city in China, located high up on the Tibetan plateau. The free-spirited nature of the people there forms the cornerstone of this collection and can be seen and felt in every piece.

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Although innumerable fashion designers choose to go bold with graphic and art-inspired prints, Kaur focuses more on keeping her silhouettes androgynous while experimenting with fabrics and colours. The one thing that truly shines about her design aesthetic is the fact that there is immense scope to mix and match. A blue form-fitting sheath dress can instantly be converted to an anarkali by throwing on a churidar and dupatta, while you can pair her signature dhoti salwars with a more western top.

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Based on her glocal philosophy, Kaur’s designs promote Indian textiles while being noticeably international in their appeal. Her use of Indian weaves, such as kota, mulmul and chanderi, along with age-old Indian techniques, like block printing and ikat prints is absolutely incredible. Heralding a new age of sustainable luxury, the designer’s creations are much loved by Bollywood’s sweethearts too. From Shradhha Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra to Neha Dhupia and Tisca Chopra, no one can resist the charms of Urvashi’s chic, laid back and eco-friendly fashion.

What do you think of Urvashi Kaur’s designs? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Luxemi Crush: Our Favorite Indian Fashion Bloggers

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

Wearabout

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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

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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! 

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Desi Style Statement

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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

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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!

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

Pastel Party

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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!

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

Bejewelled Goddess

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Luxemi’s Destination Wedding Dress Up Guide

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Mega watt Indian destination weddings are the best kind. And while any reason to pack our bags and get away is a good one, one that involves our closest friends, Bollywood moves, fabulous traditional wear and copious amount of champagne is a sure winner! After bringing you the ultimate destination wedding packing guide, we just had to give you a destination wedding dressing 101 too. After all, what you’ll wear to a beach wedding will be infinitely different from what a palace wedding demands. Our guide is here to lay all your burning questions to rest!

Destination: Udaipur, Rajasthan

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Nothing but a royal look will do for a wedding in India’s palace capital. Always wanted your very own princess moment? Here’s the perfect opportunity! And if you’ve been complaining about all your beloved lehengas gathering dust, then what are you waiting for? Pack them all without further ado! We suggest a nod to traditional prints and fabrics like gota patti and brocade, topped off with polki jewelry.

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Luxemi Pick: Scarlet and Purple Lehenga with Gota Work by Laila Motwane

Destination: Miami, Florida

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If only attending the pheras in Aztec bikinis and flip-flops was allowed! But since you can’t, bring out your breeziest Indian wear instead. We’re placing our bets on white and ivory picks — serene hues to complement sunset nuptials on the beach! Steer clear of saris and OTT anarkalis. Lightweight salwars in breathable fabrics or traditional maxis are your best bet. Throw in some floral jewelry to the mix for a dash of easy chic fun!

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Luxemi Pick: White and Silver Gota Angrakha Salwar

Destination: Chantilly, France

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A beautiful ceremony in South of France promises an abundance of grace and elegance with a touch of old-world glamour. Time to bring your poised best to the sartorial field. And nothing like a restrained lace or lightly sequined sari in a blush tone and diamond jewels to do the trick.

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Luxemi Pick: Net Saree with Buttas and Sequins

Destination: Dubai, UAE

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When in Duabi, think an OTT, colourful and culture-soaked affair. We suggest going the extra mile and giving a nod to Middle-Eastern glamour with your wardrobe. An intricate sari or salwar with ornate gold baubles and smokey eye make-up is the order of the day indeed!

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Luxemi Pick: Gold Sequinned Saree

 What are your go-to destination wedding outfits? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Style File: Aditi Rao Hydari

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Unadulterated grace and dollops of élan pretty much defines Bollywood’s pretty young thing, Aditi Rao Hydari, and we are talking much more than just her personal style. Often seen in pastels and flowing silhouettes, Ms. Hyadri does girly to a T, without ever going over the top. Pretty, perfect and oh-so-poised, it’s no surprise that she’s also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer! And did we mention that this natural head turner comes from a long line of royal lineage? Some girls really do have it all! We decided to decode her style quotient…pay close attention!

Blue Blooded indeed

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While she does work the whole girl-next-door charm, no one can deny that fairytale princess cuts and soft feminine drapes complement her like no other. Whether it’s a Jade by Monica & Karishma gown or blush pink maxi from Rabani & Rakha, she pulls off everything sweet and sheer with effortless ease. Hello modern day princess!

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Luxemi Pick: Bask in your own princess moment with our Georgette Saree with Beaded Waves sari.

Color Story

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Diwali parties or wedding receptions, Aditi’s Indian looks also get our vote of approval. Not one to go overboard with shimmer and shine, she prefers bold colors, simple silhouettes and stunning jewelry to make a point. Her appearance in an emerald green raw silk lehenga by Gaurang Shah had us swooning!

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Luxemi Pick: Let the color do all the talking at the next wedding do you attend with this Emerald Chiffon Saree with Mukesh Detailing.

Loyal Muse

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Aditi has her favorites in place when it comes to her designer picks. Seen wearing Bollywood’s blue-eyed haute couturier Manish Malhotra on many occasions, she leans towards his no-fuss options rather than blingy signatures. Anita Dongre’s ethnic and Indo-western wear is also a constant in her wardrobe.

Luxemi Pick: Read Anita Dongre’s exclusive trousseau shopping guide for Luxemi here.

B for bold

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Like we said, Aditi does like to change it up ever so often. The pretty performer switches from dainty belle to sexy siren without batting an eyelid! She’s a fan of Gaurav Gupta and his avant-garde cuts and she doesn’t shy away from a bare back or décolletage on display either. Take a cue from her and keep the accessories minimal and make-up flawless when sporting a bold number.

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Luxemi Pick: Summer weddings are the perfect time to experiment with bold blouses and our Dark Silver Stretch Satin Halter Blouse By Kavita Bhartia is just what you need!

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

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

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Malaika Arora Khan’s Top 5 Desi Looks

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The Chaiyan Chaiyan girl, Malaika Arora Khan, has been stealing hearts since the 90’s, and after several years in the industry she wears many (stylish) hats apart from just model, muse and former VJ — she’s also a successful fashion entrepreneur, fitness inspiration, and if it isn’t obvious, Bollywood’s hottest mom!!

While sexy numbers that flaunt her svelte and enviable frame are her perennial favorites, she does give desi ensembles a go every now and then too! And her new stylist, Maneka Harisinghani is pulling all the stops to allow this siren to show us her sophisticated and subtle side. So make no mistake — while Mrs. Khan can rock the hell out of that bodycon dress, she sure knows how to look like a million bucks in the classic six-yards as well. We round up her top traditional looks for some wedding-season inspiration.

Go for Gold

This all lace Vikram Phadnis sari paired with a sleeveless blouse is a sure winner in our books. It’s feminine and flirty while oozing unabashed glamour. It helps that head-to-toe gold is a trend du jour as well. A winning look for your bestie’s destination wedding, isn’t it?

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Luxemi Pick: Get your dose of old-world charm with Luxemi’s gold sequinned sari. Don’t forget to opt for burgundy or wine lips to take this look a notch higher.

Fresh as a Daisy

The diva is known to be partial to deeper tones, which is why we were pleasantly surprised to see her in this cheery summer-ready lehenga by Seema Khan for her sis-in-law Arpita Khan’s wedding. Not only does the bright color take some years off, it’s perfect for a mehendi too!

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Luxemi Pick: You too can make everyone green with envy in our Lime Green Gota Work sari. Jhumkis are all this look needs!

More Wine Please!

Now, we all know that marsala is the color of the year, what with Pantone’s endorsement and celebrity approvals! Malaika, too, was quick to jump onto the bandwagon with this regal Manish Malhotra creation. The floor length anarkali accentuates her hourglass figure beautifully and adds height as well.

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Luxemi Pick: Luxemi’s wine salwar with embroidery promises a similar look. Wear it a la Malaika i.e. by simply adding statement earrings!

Black Beauty

Black is always fashionable and Mrs. Khan sports the timeless color in all its classic glory in this Shantanu and Nikhil draped sari. From a cocktail party to a reception, this versatile number will always be on point!

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Luxemi Pick: Take a leaf out of the style diva’s book and wear this charming crinkled georgette sari in an offbeat drape, spruced with kundan jewelry.

Pastel Perfection

Bollywood’s sworn hottie channeled her inner mermaid while looking pretty as a picture in this Sonaakshi Raaj sari gown with just the right pop of pink via her lips. The blouse with its mesh detailing and unforgiving color is not an easy one to sport, giving us yet another reason to love her impeccable style!

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Luxemi Pick: Feel the aqua rush in this sari with mirror work by Satya Paul available on Luxemi. Wear it with statement earrings and a maang tikka for the next summer wedding you attend!

What do you think of Malaika Arora Khan’s style? Tell us in the comment box below!  

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

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The New-Age Lehenga

The new lehenga

There’s a new lehenga in town and it’s one you are going to love! Gone are the days when we gals had to lug around heavy crystal encrusted lehengas that weighed a ton. As Indian fashion becomes increasingly concerned with comfort, an easy flowing maxi skirt coupled with a trendy crop top has quickly emerged as the lehenga’s present-day counterpart. For those of you who love to mix and match, get ready to celebrate because this cool new go-to is all about versatility and fun. With Sabyasachi on board as evidenced by this Lakme Fashion Week Spring-Summer ’15 collection, it’s safe to say that this combination is here to stay. We snooped and rounded up the best of the trend. Twirling was never simpler, just leave those dupattas behind…or maybe not!

Anushree Reddy: Aqua Splash

The new lehenga

Known for her fresh color palette and penchant for all things girly, Anushree Reddy’s LFW showcase had blockbuster songstress Kanika Kapoor looking pretty as a picture in her mint skirt and floral crop top with cut outs! The knot detailing on the skirt really uplifts this look.

Payal Singhal: Shimmer and Shine

The new lehenga

Payal Singhal’s AIFW AW ’15 showcase married vintage French romance with easy silhouettes. This cream net skirt paired with a Chantilly lace crop top can easily transition from day to night with the right accessories. Extra props for the bare shoulders and pastel hue!

Arpita Mehta: Bohemian Belle

The new lehenga

The wild child within will rejoice at the sight of this colourful gypset chic look. Fun and flirty, the punch of color complements the dull gold beautifully. We suggest wearing this skirt and boxy crop top for an upcoming mehendi function.

Sabyasachi: Vintage Swag

The new lehenga

Sabyasachi’s ’70s-inspired stripped crops with full floral skirts are the season’s talking point. Effortless sexy and oh-so-stylish, this pairing (the tiger belt included!) went on our wishlist the minute we laid eyes on it. The designer, it seems, can do no wrong.

Kavita Bhartia: Pretty as a Picture

The new lehenga

Preppy with a feminine desi twist just about sums up this Kavita Bhartia number. Soft fabrics and signature appliqué hand embroidery makes this outfit decidedly pretty. The mixing of textures seals its fate as a winning head turner.

Babita Malkani: Out of the Box

The new lehenga

Dare to bare? Then this showstopper outfit from Babita Malkani’s LFW collection makes for an interesting choice. That crop top really does have our heart. Toned arms and oodles of confidence are a must for this one!

Anju Modi: Princess Diaries

The new lehenga

Anju Modi had a more youthful approach this time with a fantasy-inspired collection that exuded decadence and luxury. This blazer paired with a sheer shirt and panel skirt is fit for a modern-day princess. It helps that neo jackets are the season’s au courant must-have.

Shruti Sancheti: Quirk It Up

The new lehenga

Mainstream is so boring and this boho-chic offering is the perfect antidote. This well-constructed cap sleeved bohemian crop with its ombre silk skirt has gypset fashionista written all over it. We recommend a fishtail braid and minimal accessories with this one.

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