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India Bridal Fashion Week 2014: A Recap

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

L to R: Shraddha Kapoor for JJ Valaya, Esha Gupta for Jyotsna Tiwari and Kangana Ranaut for Suneet Varma

If there’s one thing we’re willing to OD on, it’s fashion. Especially Indian fashion. Just when we were recovering from all the fabulous fashion that came out of India Couture Week 2014 and prepping for the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014, we were treated to a spot of bridal revelry with India Bridal Fashion Week, held at the uber luxurious DLF Emporio mall in Delhi this year. We round up the looks you absolutely ought to know about. Bridal chic, anyone?

ASHIMA LEENA

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

Ashima-Leena’s collection ‘Jashn’ was a fitting celebration of the complexities of hand embroidery, rangrez work (dyed clothing typically associated with Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Gujarat) and the beauty of love. The ramp revelled in a captivating riot of colors, beautifully enhanced with an abundance of gold. The shararas, lenghas paired with long blouses, and tunic style sari blouses were sillouhettes that stood out.

 

FALGUNI AND SHANE PEACOCK

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

You can trust husband-wife duo Falguni and Shane Peacock to always churn out staples for the utterly modern bride. This time, they turned things up a notch with biker jackets, statement prints, cascading capes, sheer bodysuits and very contemporary styling. Are you daring enough to sport this?

 

GAURI AND NAINIKA

India bridal fashion week 2014

Gauri and Nainika took to the ramp after a brief hiatus, and boy did they bring back old-school glamour! Restricted to a palette of black, white and red, the collection featured sharp cuts, strong silhouettes, clean looks and the duo’s signature use of statement ruffles.

 

JJ VALAYA

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

There was ample use of traditional bridal red in JJ Valaya’s elaborate collection but the unexpected pops of blue caught our eye. Black and white bridal wear (hitherto considered a taboo) made for a large part of the showing, and of that, we approve! And if Valaya’s line is anything to go by, bid adieu to those same ’ol blouses—statement cholis are in this year.

 

JYOTSNA TIWARI

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

Jyotsna Tiwari’s bridal collection was a full throttle feminine affair, no surprises there! There were silhouettes not just for the bride but also for other attendees of a big fat Indian wedding. Think draped saris, voluminous cocktail gowns and floor length anarkalis in dainty, ladylike colors and studded embellishments.

 

MEERA AND MUZAFFAR ALI

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

Husband-wife duo Meera and Muzaffar Ali’s collection stayed true to their sensibility of bringing Kotwara’s (in Uttar Pradesh) exquisite craftsmanship to the fore. Their signature silhouettes like ghararas, wide legged trousers and use of somber colors were seen throughout the collection. We were instantly transported to an era gone by, one where an elegant Begum sahiba was the most stylish lady in the room.

 

RAGHAVENDRA RATHORE

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

The collection was touted to be a spiritual journey, reincarnating relics and was as crisp and minimalistic as a Rathore showing ought to be. The signature bandhgala emerged as a must-have for the bride and her entourage, worn with pants or voluminous skirts, for an androgynous break from all the feminine bridal wear out there. We particularly loved the punches of fuchsia pink that punctuated the otherwise black, white and red collection.

SUNEET VARMA

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

Suneet Varma’s ‘Princess of Shekhawati’ collection was the designer’s take on traditional India but with a modern twist. Mirrorwork embellishment, thread embroidered borders, colored aari embroidery and burnt gold and copper thread embellishments were the collection’s mainstay. What really stole the show were the exaggerated and incredibly statement jewelry pieces.

 

TARUN TAHILIANI

India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

Tarun Tahiliani’s ‘Modern Mughals’ collection was a luxurious one, no doubt. It had all the atypical characteristics that the label is associated with—draped silhouettes, cocktail saris, crystal work, digital prints and elaborate embroidery. But we couldn’t shake off the feeling of déjà vu, maybe because the maverick designer has been churning out back-to-back collections these past few months.

Which is your favourite IBFW show? Tell us in the comment box below!

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The Best Of India Couture Week 2014

 

India Couture Week 2014

L to R: Shraddha Kapoor in Gaurav Gupta, Alia Bhatt in Manish Malhotra and Lisa Haydon in Monisha Jaising

India Couture Week 2014 followed close on the heels of Haute Couture Week held in Paris, and reinforced India’s prowess when it comes to design and craftsmanship. Taking a cue from last year’s Couture Week, there was a continued focus on catering to a younger crowd as the designers experimented with newer, fresher silhouettes.

And while we definitely missed Anamika Khanna, there was still plenty to love this year too. After a thorough scanning of all the looks that set the runways ablaze, we bring you the collections that made us fall in love with Indian couture all over again!

Anju Modi

India Couture Week 2014

In yet another avant-garde tribute to womanhood, Anju Modi used her collection ‘Manikarnika’ to bring regional craft to the forefront, while staying true to her earthy design sensibility.The line centered around dhoti pants teamed with asymmetrical jackets and cropped jackets and half buttoned full length anarkalis. It was a pairing that felt fresh and fashion forward. The jewellery, as is always the case with Modi, was another highlight.

 India Couture Week 2014

Gaurav Gupta

India Couture Week 2014Gaurav Gupta’s collection was as dramatic and sensual as one would expect it to be. Think sheer panels, peek-a-boo cutouts and unforgiving fits. But there were also a few safe full-skirted lehengas with long brocade jackets and pants paired with structured jackets (to cater to the more conventional market, perhaps?). Gupta’s signature sari-gown made several appearances (how could it not?), this time spruced with stunning, embellished capes.

Manish Arora

India Couture Week 2014

Hands down the most recognized Indian designer abroad, you can always count on Manish Arora to bring a dash of irreverence, playfulness and eclecticism to a couture showing. At this years show, Arora’s set was full-on disco themed, and saw models walk down the runway in kalidar midi skirts, bell-bottom shararas, plunging (actually that might just be an understatement) necklines, mirror embellishments and statement baubles. Couture kitsch, anyone?

Manish Malhotra

India Couture Week 2014

Manish Malhotra’s ‘Portraits’ collection was all about unabashed glamour (what else), with a vintage spin. There was ample of mirror work, zardosi, sequins and resham embroidery. Silhouettes ranged from lehengas and saris paired with jacket-style blouses and unexpected sheer necklines to sleeker, more restrained floor length kurtas. And of course, Bollywood show stoppers—Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapoor.

Monisha Jaising

India Couture Week 2014

An extension of the sentiment of her previous couture showing, Monisha Jaising’s ‘World Bride’ collection continued to target the modern Indian bride who likes her bridal repertoire to be contemporary. Hence there were plenty of draped saris in flirty colours, printed and gleaming gowns and a lehengas galore. The icing on the cake, however, was the black leather lehenga worn with a white shirt and traditional jewellery, modelled by Lisa Haydon. Fierce!

Rohit Bal

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Rohit Bal chose a cocktail preview over a runway show to display his capsule collection, one that was replete with classic, free-flowing anarkalis, saris and lehengas in ivory, spruced with elegant jewellery. The pop of color came by way of the menswear on display.

Sabyasachi

India Couture Week 2014Sabyasachi’s show was drenched in the genius and sheer magnificence that only this Kolkatta-based designer can bring to the table. His collection ‘Ferozabad’ retained the maharani-chic, vintage vibe his creations are generally associated with (in fact, many felt that the entire collection had a sense of déjà vu), albeit with a relatively more modern touch. There was a special focus on menswear in bright chintz too. The set, which resembled a luxury train headed to Ferozabad in Uttar Pradesh, was the real hero though.

Varun Bahl

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A fresh collection, targeted at a younger clientele, Varun Bahl’s showing had a varied color palette—starting with noir and then moving on to ivory, teal, canary yellow and bridal pink and red. Sure the conventional bridal pieces made an appearance, but what really caught our eye were the asymmetrical kurtas paired with sheer leggings, embroidered gowns, OTT floral motifs and Bahl’s signature sheer blouses.

Until next season!

Check out our Couture Week reports from 2012 and 2011 here. 

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Kalki’s Top 5 Indian Looks

 

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Actress Kalki Koechlin is not your regular mainstream Bollywood actress. It’s safe to say that she has broken the mould of typical starlets who are often reduced to mere pretty props in big budget films — the hero’s sidekick on his adventures. How so? Well, here’s a young actress who can play a  prostitute in her debut indie movie Dev D. with as much ease as she can portray a high maintenance girlfriend in a mainstream flick like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Add to that how she is always using her stardom to support pressing women’s issues in society, and you have an actress who is more than just her designer wardrobe and item songs. You can always trust Ms. Koechlin to keep things interesting. And that’s exactly what makes her tick.

The same can be said about her style as well. Hipster cool just about sums up her repertoire and she is always known to add an individual twist to everything she dons. While we know all about her love for upcoming Indian designers, especially Nimish Shah of Shift, and her penchant for experimental western silhouettes, we decided to spotlight her traditional wear choices instead. One thing is certain — her style isn’t boring!

White Wonder

Kalki looks ethereal in this white Manish Malhotra floor length number, but it’s clear to see she consciously stayed away from the heavily embellished anarkalis the veteran designer is generally associated with. Minimalistic chic is the way to go.

kalki's best indian looks

Luxemi Pick: Channel Kalki’s white washed look with our Cream Georgette Sequin Saree and minimal accessories.

 

Black Beauty

When it comes to Indian designers, this actress of French descent has a strong affinity for all things Sabyasachi. Not many can pull off this overwhelming lehenga with its floor length top but Kalki manages to sail through effortlessly. Learn from her and when mixing several elements be sure to keep your jewelry and make-up minimal.

kalki's best indian looks

Luxemi Pick: Our Black and Gold Benares Print Lehenga by Mallika Mathur mirrors the same aesthetic of this Sabyasachi stunner.

 

Indian Punk

This Nikhil Thampi saree gives the six-yard stunner a punk update and Kalki does ample justice to it. We love this look right down to the last details — the cinched belt, offbeat brooches and kathakali print. (Read more on sprucing up a sari here).

kalki's best indian looks

Luxemi Pick: Wear this Gold Sequined Saree with our Black Brocade Blouse by Wild Orchid and a black petticoat.

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Color Burst

This Laila Motwane lehenga, which Kalki wore for her wedding festivities, is as girly as it gets for her. We love the mix mash of colors — so fresh and vibrant!

kalki's best indian looks

Luxemi Pick: This Scarlet and Purple Lehenga with Gota Work by Laila Motwane is as close as it gets to Kalki’s bridal ensemble of choice.

 

Red Alert

Kalki’s all-red asymmetrical kurta and churidar makes a fuss-free statement. It’s a causal look she wears pretty effortlessly. It’s perfect for a mehndi function or festive dinner affair. Team it with a color blocked clutch for added impact.

kalki's best indian looks

Luxemi Pick: Our Orange Salwar with Asymmetrical Hem by Nikasha allows you to dress down without looking dowdy.

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

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5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

L to R: Ridhi Mehra, Sougat Paul, Papa Don’t Preach, Frou Frou and Ikai

We aren’t going to lie, we love ourselves some beautiful creations by veterans like Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani or Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla — but we also believe in keeping our eyes on the newbies who foray into the industry. One of them could very well be the next Sabyasachi, right? As the industry opens its doors to embrace upcoming designers, it’s exciting to see the burst of talent out there. These new entrants aren’t afraid of pushing the envelope, have interesting stories to tell and are quickly creating a signature identity to reckon with. This week, we turn the spotlight on 5 particularly noteworthy ones who have caught our eye.

Frou Frou by Archana Rao

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Archana Rao won the 2012-13 Vogue India Fashion Fund award, so naturally, there’s no ignoring her. Launched in 2011, the label thrives on minimalistic, understated and contemporary designs, reminiscent of an era gone by. Be it her western ensembles or Indian renditions, Rao’s efficient creations are tailor-made for the woman who prefers making a statement with subtly in a sea of OTT sartorial choices.

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and Samantha Ruth Prabhu

 

Ikai by Ragini Ahuja

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

 

Launched by former graphic designer Ragini Ahuja in 2012, Ikai is all about mixing the new with the unconventional. The idea is to adorn boxy canvas-like silhouettes with edgy illustrations and animated details, a match made in sartorial heaven for the fearless Indian woman. We are crushing on the ease with which she mixes cheeky one-liners and traditional nuances with fuss-free silhouettes. Turn to her for a fun mehndi outfit!

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Jacqueline Fernandez

 

Papa Don’t Preach

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Did someone say fierce, edgy and bold Indian wear? Papa Don’t Preach, brainchild of Shubhika Davda, is not for the faint hearted. But if you’re someone who dares to bare and isn’t afraid to turn things up a notch, then this label is for you! We’re talking unexpected cut outs, barely there blouses, slit saris, a kaleidoscope of colors and unabashed use of gold and embellishments.

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Kiara Advani

 

Soup by Sougat Paul

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Soup is a label launched by Sougat Paul who earned his design stripes at NIFT Kolkatta. The Mumbai-based brand, which made its Lakme Fashion Week debut in 2010 has carved a niche for itself with its fresh take on conventional Indian wear. Classy with a dash of coy is what they’re all about.

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Kareena Kapoor

Ridhi Mehra 

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Delhi-based designer, Ridhi Mehra, has created quite the splash ever since her debut in 2012. Her creations are a juxtaposition of essentially Indian embroidery and detailing with western cuts.  Her line is composed of anarkalis with midriff cotouts, Indian jumpsuits, jackets paired with dhoti pants and kurtas as well as versatile crop tops.

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi 

Which designer strikes a chord with your style sensibilities? Tell us in the comment box! 

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Hits And Misses At IIFA 2014

We’re suckers for red carpets, but you probably know that by. After all, there’s nothing a fashion lover looks forward to more than a chic red carpet sighting — a proclaimed ‘style icon’ actually living up to the title she has been bestowed with. So we decided to turn the spotlight on the hits and misses from India’s annual destination award ceremony, IIFA Awards, held at Tampa Bay this year.

IIFA red carpet

Bollywood’s top three leading ladies were easily our favourite red carpet hits too. Deepika Padukone, it seems, can do no wrong. She looked refreshingly beautiful in her red Zuhair Murad gown offset by berry lips. Moving on to one of our favorite desi girls, Priyanka Chopra. The US could well be called her second home (what with her booming music career here, and all that), so there was added pressure on Piggy Chops to nail the perfect look. And disappoint, she did not. She was a vision in that Monique Lhuillier stunner — elegant and simple but definitely not boring. Kareena Kapoor stepped out of her comfort zone with her daring Armani number, and for that, we give her extra props. And it helps that she always has her dashing prince for arm candy.

IIFA red carpet

Dia Mirza was another favourite. After all, how can we fault a winning Sabyasachi creation? To her credit, the actress wears the floor length anarkali well too. Aditi Rao Hydari, another rising style icon, did ample justice to her vintage look in Gauri & Nainika.

IIFA red carpetAnd then there were those who left us a tad disappointed. Richa Chadda’s Falguni & Shane Peacock sheer gown just just didn’t work. Don’t get us wrong — we’re all for flashing a little skin and some experimentation but something was seriously amiss with her look. Parineeti Chopra’s Nikhil Thampi outfit may have been perfect on paper (you should know that we are still lusting over Thampi’s LFW collection), but it did not translate as well as Chopra and her stylist would have hoped. And then there was Kalki. There are many looks that this hipster actress can work, but her Gaurav Gupta ensemble was not one of them. We have to say that its overwhelming silhouette left us pretty underwhelmed!

So, while we spotted our fair share of ‘yays’ and ‘nays’, we couldn’t help but notice that the styling, in general, was safe and sometimes bordering on uninspiring this time. Award season fatigue, perhaps?

Nonetheless, tell us about your favourite IIFA looks in the comment box below!

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Celebrity Wedding Planner Candice Pereira On Styling Your Wedding

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As brides begin to get increasingly involved in their own wedding preps, stylized weddings — one with a coherent theme, motif or color running through all the functions is fast gaining momentum. So, we roped in Mumbai-based Candice Pereira of Marry Me — The Wedding Planners, to help you style your weddings with inimitable charm. We say, read on first and thank us later! Wink wink.

More and more brides are opting for a coherent style running through the entire wedding — from outfits and invites to decor. What’s your take on this?

When designing and planning for your wedding, it’s great to pick one element to run through your events. This binds the whole celebration together! The first glimpse would likely be on your save the dates and invites which set the tone for the wedding and what’s to come. Then of course, you move on to the decor, stationery, entertainment, cake design, food, cocktails, gifts, clothes, lighting, ceremony details, mehendi design and so on.

Peacock theme

Peacock theme inspiration

Peacock theme

Peacock theme inspiration

How would you suggest brides go about styling their wedding? How should she narrow down on one style?

First think about the kind of wedding you envision or what your dream wedding would be like. Think about things you, as a couple, love as well as your favorite colors. Then with all this in mind, you can move on to picking your venues. Your venue should lend itself to the look of the wedding, so that it all fits together seamlessly.

What are some of the most common styles that seem to be popular at the moment?

Every bride wants to do something different. We have had brides who have picked a certain motif which was used everywhere from her sari, to her cake, lighting and gift boxes with personalized ribbon. Anything vintage-inspired is a favorite with me! Other than that, one can also opt for a colorful ‘mela’ style set up, Great Gatsby, old school English charm. You could also pick a print — Aztec, chevron, ikat — and tie that in with every aspect of your wedding. Innovative use of pearls promises an elegant celebration as well. 

Love bird inspiration

Love bird inspiration

Love bird inspiration

Love bird inspiration

Tell us about some of the most interesting wedding styles you’ve worked on recently?

We recently personalized table numbers for a guest’s sit-down dinner. Every number was related to a fact you didn’t know about the couple. These was very interesting for guests to read and it ended up being great conversation points. We also recently had another bride, whose beautiful wedding sari border (a very unique weave) was incorporated everywhere — right from her stationery to her wedding cake.

How much is too much?

Its never too much if it’s done in a subtle and tasteful manner. The little details are what guests notice and will remember.

 What will be your wedding theme? Tell us in the comment box below!

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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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