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Destination Wedding Packing Hacks – What Not to Pack!



Planning a destination wedding is no piece of cake. It takes months and months of organizing, inviting and coordinating! Oh and let’s not forget, the pain of packing for those invited! It’s completely unlike packing for any other vacation—given how fragile and expensive your wedding items can be, you’re definitely going to be under immense pressure and stress. The trouble of customs and excess luggage can instantly send you in a tizzy. But don’t you worry, because we’ve got you covered with a list of what NOT to carry to the next dream destination wedding you’re attending. Read on to find out!

Your entire collection of real jewelry

Let’s face it, when you’re travelling to another city or country, there is always the possibility of luggage going missing. Or what if something gets misplaced at the hotel? That’s why it’s better to stick to semi-precious baubles instead of the real deal.


Luxemi Pick: Floral Diamonique and Pearl Set

Never-ending layers

There’s no debating that you want to look your best. You’ve probably even purchased a fair share of heavy lehengas and anarakalis, but how are you going to pack them? Clothing with layers of can-can are best avoided. Choose lighter options like sleek kurtas and fuss-free saris that are easy to pack.


Luxemi Pick: Pink peony printed sari

 Fragile items

You do not want to see your precious Indian wear getting ruined. Heavily embroidered saris or particularly delicate ones, stiff corset blouses, and lehengas with plenty of work should not be stuffed into your suitcase. They deserve extra TLC so save them for a wedding in your hometown.


Uncomfortable heels

Doesn’t matter if you’re the bride or the guest; weddings mean hours of standing and socializing and, of course, dancing! Don’t pack heels that will leave your feet sore the next day, making it difficult for you to enjoy the rest of the festivities. Opt for wedges and platforms over stilettoes for maximum comfort. There’s nothing like flats, of course!

Too many hair appliances

Don’t carry your entire arsenal of heavy hair appliances. Most hotels have hair dryers and, if you’re looking to get ironing or curling done, there is bound to be a salon nearby. Or, coordinate with your friends so you aren’t lugging your entire bathroom cabinet with you!

Tell us what you would avoid carrying to a destination wedding in the comment bow below! 

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Fashion Hacks Every Desi Girl Ought To Know!


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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Layering Necklaces 101



Want to update your look with some stop-and-stare intrigue? Layering necklaces—the “it” accessory trend of the year—is the fail safe way to go and it’s what style set and fashion frat is swearing by too! That’s pretty much all the convincing we need to jump on this utterly chic bandwagon.

Throwing on a range of necklaces in varying lengths and textures adds diversity and movement to a look. It also gives us fashionistas a free playground to mix and match like a boss. What’s more, you can flaunt a bunch of your eye-catching buys in one go. And while there aren’t any pre-prescribed rules to layer, a few ace pointers will ensure that you’ll never go wrong with this accessorizing style!


  • Start small. Start with the smallest necklace and then add bolder pieces to the mix. Starting with a choker or dainty pendant works well.
  • The next piece works wonders if it’s in a different style, say a bar necklace added to a choker, for instance. Finish with a flourish—the longest chain necklace would be our pick. And voilà, you’re good to go!
  • Make sure the outfit you pick is relatively fuss-free. Clashing metals over embellished blouses will just make the look too distracting—you need your layered wonders to be the highlight of the look, after all. Pastels and clean cuts with minimum print usually work best with this kind of accessorising.
  • Multiple chains instantly elevate a salwar or kurta. So skip the dupatta—let your baubles take center stage. An overcrowded look is just going to play spoilsport.
  • Don’t constantly fidget with your army of chains in a bid to set them. Let them fall where they may. Micro managing these strands will only complicate things—let physics take its natural course and focus on wearing your beauties with the confidence they deserve.
  • Diversity is the king, Adorn chains in a plethora of varying lengths and styles. Aim for contrasting aesthetics. For instance, we can’t think of anything more head turning combination than a gold temple jewelry choker with a soft pearl strand for a well curated effect.


Don’t know where to start shopping for layered necklaces? Our Dual Strand Gold Gungaro Necklace and Gold Ball Necklaces and Earrings-Turquoise are great starting points!

So what’s your take on the trend? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s Destination Wedding Dress Up Guide

Destination wedding dress up

Image: The Wedding Guide

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

Destination wedding dress up

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.

Destination wedding dress up

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

Destination: Miami, Florida

Destination wedding dress up

Image: Maharani Weddings

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!


Luxemi Pick: White and Silver Gota Angrakha Salwar

Destination: Chantilly, France

Destination wedding dress up

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.

Destination wedding dress up

Luxemi Pick: Net Saree with Buttas and Sequins

Destination: Dubai, UAE

Destination wedding dress up

Image: Christophe Photos

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!


Luxemi Pick: Gold Sequinned Saree

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

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Luxemi’s Destination Wedding Diaries

Luxemi destination wedding guide

The invites have been received, tickets have been booked and dance practices are underway. But the most arduous task still remains — what you should and shouldn’t pack for this much-awaited destination wedding! Sure, destination weddings guarantee an exciting time, Instagram-worthy pictures and dramatic anecdotes but we fashion girls have to work our wardrobe around stingy baggage allowances and that’s no fun. But don’t worry, we got your back! Here are some tips and tricks to guarantee you look fly on the fly.

Rotate it

Carry pieces you can mix and match.We believe that gold blouses are a god send. Whether it’s a sheer lehenga for the sangeet or embroidered palazzos for the mehendi, they can elevate any wedding look in a jiffy. All you need to do is mix up the jewellery and switch the dupatta. So be sure to pack one and plan certain looks around it.

If you plan to wear lehegnas for all the functions, we suggest you get them made without the can-can (frilly petticoat underneath). Instead get the designer to create a separate can-can skirt, which you can, then wear with all your lehengas and flowy skirts!

Luxemi destination wedding guide

P.S. Doesn’t our Gold Blouse by Wild Orchid fit the bill?

Sharing is Caring

Being the make-up mavens that we are, it’s a shame that we can’t pack our entire make-up drawer when we’re headed out of town. Luckily,that’s where girlfriends come to the rescue! You can always fall back on fail safe looks like smokey eyes, glittery lids and bold pouts. So divide and conquer, make a Whatsapp group, and designate who needs to carry what.

Luxemi destination wedding guide

P.S. You can read our Indian wedding makeup tutorial with Deepica Mutyala here.

Jeweled Tales

Jewelry is expensive and risky to carry when travelling, so pack that one statement piece that can be the highlight of most of your looks. Don’t shy away from costume or semi-precious jewelry either. Also look into carrying pieces that are versatile. For instance, you can easily wear a rustic polki haar as a neckpiece on one occasion and double it as a headgear for another function. The fun doesn’t stop here; it can easily be used as a delicate hath phool too. Even if people do call your bluff, at least you won’t be that girl who lost her grandma’s heirloom bangle on the beach!

Shoe Story

Luxemi destination wedding guide

Image credit: Salwa Photography/Maharani Weddings

We know that in an ideal world you would have packed a separate suitcase just for your footwear. But since you can’t, simply pack 2-3 basics in gold, silver and bronze, ones that will match all your looks. We also suggest limiting the number of heels as they take up more space. Not only are flats easier to carry, they are also more comfortable, which will ensure that you are the last one standing on the dance floor!

The Golden Rules

Some quick tips and tricks to save the day!

  • Pre dry clean and launder everything. Last minute laundering at the hotel can and often does go wrong.
  • Double pack liquids. You don’t want your raw silk sari to be damaged with shampoo stains.
  • Extra lingerie, fewer accessories.
  • It’s always advisable to carry an extra outfit, because you never know!

Did our guide help? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Style File: Aditi Rao Hydari

Aditi Rao Hydari style file

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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

Aditi Rao Hydari style file

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!

Aditi Rao Hydari style file

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

Color Story

Aditi Rao Hydari style file

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!

Aditi Rao Hydari style file

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

Aditi Rao Hydari style file

L to R: Manish Malhotra and Anita Dongre

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

Aditi Rao Hydari style file

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.

Aditi Rao Hydari style file

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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Behind the Scenes: Deepica Mutyala’s Indian Wedding Makeup Tutorial


On Set With Deepica Mutyala and Stefanie Syat

On Set With Deepica Mutyala and Stefanie Syat

Deepica Mutyala isn’t new around these parts. You may recognize her from that insane red lipstick video that went viral earlier this year or from the beauty advice she regularly doles out on social media. We love how she makes beauty approachable with a slew of tips and tricks to make our lives just a bit easier, and of course, way prettier. With our favorite (wedding) season in full swing, we’re already looking for fresh inspiration because how many black smokey eyes can a gal do, right? So how pumped were we when we found out our favorite beauty guru was filming an Indian Wedding Makeup Tutorial? Answer: Very. We got the full low down PLUS a few extra tips that didn’t make it in the video below.

Who: Deepica Mutyala and Stefanie Syet filmed by Jami Saunders & Andre Costantini. Hair by Jeff Chastain and Apparel/Accessories by Luxemi.

What: Indian Wedding Makeup Tutorial

Where: Jami Saunders studio in FIDI

View from the studio

View from the studio

Extra Makeup Tips from Deepica:

1) Contouring: If you don’t have dedicated contour products at home, try using your bronzer or a foundation that’s a shade or two darker than your skin tone which gives you the same effect.

2) Concealer: Go heavier than you normally would for a wedding. By picking a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your foundation, you get a natural illumination on your skin, but it’s super important not to go TOO light either. That’s when you see chalkiness!

3) Hair: I did a twist on a traditional braid for my look. My favorite thing to do for weddings is take traditional looks and give it a modern twist. That applies for hair too!

4) Highlighter: Glowing skin is a must for desi weddings! If you don’t have a dedicated highlighter at home, use a shimmer pale eyeshadow and apply it to the parts of your face you want to pop. For me, that’s the bow of my lip, under the brows, corners of the eyes, bridge of the nose, and the bone under your eye.

The Tools for the Indian Wedding Makeup Look

The Tools for the Indian Wedding Makeup Look

Deepica and Stefanie Before the shoot

Deepica and Stefanie Before the shoot

Get the look: Deepica is wearing our Hot Pink Silk Coat and Crescent Kundan Hanging Earrings

Here’s the final look! So gorgeous, right? Check out the full video for the complete tutorial. Thanks, Deeps! We can’t wait to get our glam on.

Deepica in her glam Indian wedding makeup look

Deepica in her glam Indian wedding makeup look

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Malaika Arora Khan’s Top 5 Desi Looks


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?


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!


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.


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!


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!


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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Shaadi Chic: Bollywood’s Most Fashionable Brides

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Long gone are the days when our prime source of bridal inspiration were wedding flicks and onscreen Bollywood brides. With edgy couture and tasteful, traditional ensembles, these tinseltown brides have substantially upped their off-screen game and we sure aren’t complaining. From Swarovski detailing and minimal make-up to singular statement pieces, these Bollywood brides know exactly what they’re doing. We round up our favourite real-life Bollywood brides who aced the wedding chic look effortlessly. Take note, brides-to-be!

Princess Diairies: Soha Ali Khan

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L to R: Mehendi, wedding and reception

As one can expect from royalty, Soha Ali Khan’s wedding to long-time partner Kunal Khemu was all about subtle sophistication. Choosing simple yet striking over over-the-top and ostentatious, Soha’s ensembles hit the sartorial bull’s eye. From the pink and gold Ritu Kumar kurta that she paired with a churidaar and a crushed skirt and standout chaand baalis for her mehendi to the gorgeous fuchsia Sanjay Garg lehenga she sported to the reception, the royal certainly dazzled. But it was the gold-dusted Sabyasachi lehenga that she wore for her big day that made us swoon—extra props for skipping bridal red. Topped off with minimal make-up and accentuated by heavy, traditional jewelry, the actress looked every bit the nawabi princess that she is.



Steal her style: Pink Anarkali with Gota Work by Nikasha, Gold Sequined Saree and Red and Gold Brocade Lehenga with Fuchsia Dupatta by Mallika Mathur.

Beauty to behold: Dia Mirza

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L to R: Mehendi, sangeet, wedding and reception

Dia Mirza’s wedding to beau Sahil Sangha was nothing short of a fairy tale. The wedding saw the gorgeous actress dazzle in elegant and feminine silhouettes that complemented her petite frame. She donned a rich marigold and purple Ritu Kumar chanderi anarkali for her mehendi and a whimsical gotta pati Anita Dongre lehenga for her sangeet– both the outfits were paired with soft, romantic hairdos. Being a true-blue Hyderabadi, we weren’t surprised that her wedding outfit, a Ritu Kumar sharara, paid homage to her hometown. Gold and green, spruced with rich traditional craftsmanship, the Awadhi style ensemble was reminiscent of stately old-world glamour. Giving her traditional repertorire a modern break was a peach and cream Shantanu and Nikhil lehenga that she wore for her reception with a contrasting diamond and emerald set.

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Steal her style: Mango Chiffon Saree with Mukesh Work and Raw Silk Contrast Border

Glam Goddess: Shilpa Shetty

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L to R: Wedding and reception

Unless you were buried under a rock, you know that one of the biggest things to happen in 2009 was Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra’s big fat Indian wedding! More is more was the motto as Shilpa wore a glittering, luscious red Mangalorean-style Tarun Tahiliani saree accentuated by a bevy of Swarovski crystals and reportedly priced at Rs. 50 lakh ($83,000!). Completing the bling fest was her majestic (and ample, might we add) kundan jewelry. For her reception, the actress chose to flaunt her curves in a signature gold sari gown by Tahiliani and Anmol Jewellers baubles.

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Steal her style: Gold Cutwork and Crystal Mukesh Saree and Lehenga Saree with Thread Work

Desi Diva: Esha Deol

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L to R: Mehendi, sangeet, wedding and reception

Esha Deol’s vibrant, bright and pretty functions were exactly what monsoon weddings in Mumbai ought to look like. Delicious summer shades set the tone for her repertoire as the bride wore Rocky S for her main functions—an orange, Swarovski-studded lehenga for the sangeet and a shimmering pale pink one for the reception. Neeta Lulla was entrusted with the wardrobe for the other two functions—she put together an ornate tangerine and green lehenga for the mehendi and a show-stealing red and gold bridal lehenga made by fusing three heavy Kanjeevaram sarees for the pheras. The former actress topped off her traditional garb with South Indian temple jewelry.



Steal her style: Red and Gold Bridal Saree and Peach and Pink Ombré Bollywood Saree with Sequins.

Simple Sophistication: Kalki Koechlin

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L to R: Wedding and party

Kalki was the epitome of ‘elegance in simplicity’ at her wedding with director Anurag Kashyap (the two have separated since then). The dainty actress wore a traditional South Indian white and red Kanjeevaram saree for the wedding ceremony and turned to Laila Motwane for her post-wedding party outfit—an eye-catching mango and fuchsia lehenga that was equal parts fun, feminine and fuss-free!

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Steal her style: Pearl Embellished Statement Saree and Scarlet and Purple Lehenga with Gota Work by Laila Motwane

Which actresses bridal style do you dig most? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi Talks To Jewelry Designer Mrinalini Chandra

Lisa Haydon wearing a Mrinalini Chandra necklace for Vogue India

Lisa Haydon wearing a Mrinalini Chandra necklace for Vogue India

Jewelry designer Mrinalini Chandra — one of the most coveted names in the industry today — clearly has an affinity for all things whimsical. She has, after all, turned chairs into bejewelled adornments and fishes into ornamental shawls. With ‘endless love, laughter and happily ever after’ as her mantra, Chandra has taken it upon herself to give fashion jewelry a couture update with dollops of handcrafted finesse. Her pieces are a perfect marriage of complementary contradictions — old-school yet modern, vintage yet eclectic, trendy yet timeless. What’s more, her army of patrons include the who’s who of fashion favourites like Sonam Kapoor, Esha Gupta, Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kalki Koechlin, Karisma Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and more.

Mrinalini Chandra

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

Like many young girls, accessories always held a special place in my wardrobe but it was only much later that I realized that it was my professional calling. The more time I spent learning about the delicate nature of jewelry during college (editor’s note: she received her masters from the Creative Academy, Milan and Fashion and Lifestyle Accessory Design degree from NIFT, New Delhi), its profound relationship with the wearer drew me to explore this particular art form further. I honed my skills at Tanishq and Mont Blanc before officially launching my label at Lakme Summer Resort 2014.

Mrinalini Chandra at LFW SR 2014

Mrinalini Chandra at LFW SR 2014

Your brand is well known for giving the Indian aesthetic a modern twist. Tell us more about the thoughts and ideas behind your various collections. 

Creating aspirational wearable art has always my ultimate dream and Indian handicraft techniques and textiles have always inspired me. It was perhaps this love for delicate and intricate handcrafted artworks that made me pick a field that allows me to indulge in the same. I am very hands-on with my work. I think of myself as more of an artisan — I like to sit with the metal and create new things using my bare hands. Truth be told, there’s nothing quite as fulfilling.

Mrinalini Chandra

What are your key inspirations?

I draw inspiration from everything around me. Variety inspires me. It’s the love for experimenting with design that leads me to create dynamic forms while keeping the beauty of the pattern intact. There is scope for so many new things and that challenges me to experiment and take risks in terms of material, forms, craft, techniques etc. Since I love traveling, I often take several cues from art and architecture too. Nature, of course, has been a ubiquitous influence across my collections.

What are the top trends and must-have jewellery pieces this season?

Mrinalini Chandra

Palm cuffs, hath phools and hair accessories are reigning trends at the moment. For someone who likes to go that extra mile with their jewelry, our unique introductions like metal scarves composed of a fish motif, arm spring, elbow cuffs, fingertip rings, gajra hair pins and maathapattis should be go-tos.

Which pieces dominate your personal jewellery box? Tell us about your go-to pieces.

Mrinalini Chandra

Mrinalini Chandra wearing her own creations

My personal jewellery box is dominated by statement earrings and glass bangles. I also love tribal finds and a lot of my personal jewelry pieces have been acquired during my various travels around the globe. I believe in allowing one accessory to dominate my look and avoid unnecessary clutter.

Do you have an advice on the right way to accessorize?

It is quite interesting to see people accessorize in unexpected ways today. Experimentation is essential and the wearer must always style the accessory in a manner that stays true to their aesthetic. After all, it’s this individual touch that gives jewelry life. I sometimes see people falter when picking the right jewelry for an outfit — the key is that the two should complement each other but never clash and fight for the limelight. A lot of thought needs to be put into this, particularly if you wish to go OTT. Balance is everything.

Which are your favorite pieces from Luxemi’s collection?

I absolutely love the glass kundan earrings available on Luxemi — they promise to give any Indian outfit such an interesting facelift!

Mrinalini Chandra


Mrinalini Chandra

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