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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 cur 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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Your Guide To Sports Luxe Indian Wear

 

Sports Luxe Indian Wear

Deepika Padukone in Huemn varsity sari, Vogue June 2014

Sports luxe is fashion’s latest buzzword. Everyone from King Karl and Alexander Wang to Stella McCartney, Prada and Jeremy Scott are playing for this team so how could our homegrown labels be far behind? A volley of Indian designers like Nishka Lulla, Huemn, Masaba, Surendri and GaGa by Tanya Sharma among others have jumped on the sportswear bandwagon too.

It was the 2012 London Olympics that really put the ball in this trend’s court. Then came wimbeldon and FIFA fever and there was no looking back. There’s a lot to choose from when it comes to sportswear-inspired western wear — varsity jumpers, silk bombers, leather joggers, statement sweatshirts and the works. But the real challenge for the desi girl is to incorporate this style into her traditional wardrobe as well. So we decided to coach you on just how to bring your A-game to the field. Are you ready to play?

  • The most important rule is that comfort is your key player. Your ensemble should be laid-back and one that allows you to move around easily.
  • Sportswear inspired fashion moves much beyond jersey. Think reimagined luxe materials like neoprene, silk, leather, lycra, mesh and sheer panels with a smattering of embellishments.
  • The easiest way to try this trend is to give your sari blouse a sporty spin. You can swap it for a jersey-inspired crop top from your favourite high street label. Or get your neighbourhood tailor to make you one that is loose and comfortable. Sequinned renditions are not off limits either.
Sports Luxe Indian Wear

L to R: Huemn, Shivan & Narresh, QuirkBox, Nishka Lulla

  • Skip those tight churidars and opt for something that’s more relaxed. Desi joggers or loose drawstring pants are a good idea. Since your bottom will be free flowing, opt for a more structured top.
Sports Luxe Indian Wear

L to R: Sougat Paul, Surendri, Annaikka

  • And then there are sneakers and Converse shoes. We’d suggest them with everything from saris and lehengas to suits. It’s not a simple look to pull off, so wear it with a generous helping of confidence!
Sports Luxe Indian Wear

Masaba Gupta

  • Say yes to lots of layering too. Cropped jackets over cholis or tunics and sheer skirts over pants will give your sporty look a sophisticated touch.
  • Give your lehenga a sporty spin by teaming it with a heavily embellished bomber jacket. Not only will you look wildly chic but turn a lot of heads too!
Sports Luxe Indian Wear

Hemant and Nandita

So what’s your take on this trend? Are you in it to win it?

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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.

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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!

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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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5 Ways To Spice Up A Sari

 

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Sari: Neeru Kumar, Jewelry: Luxemi

Elegant, versatile and always event-appropriate, saris are all that and more. As much as we love our six yard desi wear staple, we can’t help but feel that wearing them the same ’ol way can get monotonous at times. That’s why we dug around to bring you five exciting ways to amp up your sari looks. From simple spruces to plain edgy, pick the style that best suits your personality. Rest assured, boring will be wiped out from your sartorial vocabulary once you adopt one of these ingenious styling suggestions.

Cinch it with a belt

Sprucing up a conventional saree

For those who would rather not go overboard with the experimentation, adding a belt is the easiest way to spruce a sari. Take your pick between a traditional kamarbandh and an edgy western-looking belt, depending on the sari in question. What’s more, apart from being wildly chic, this style also creates the illusion of a narrower waist.

Try a different drape

Sprucing up a conventional saree

The regular pallu drape can sometimes be yawn inducing, don’t you agree? So why take that route when there are so many more interesting drapes you can have fun with. Wrap your pallu around your neck instead of throwing it over your shoulder or bring it to the front and pin it on the other shoulder. The sky is the limit when it comes to draping!

Add a jacket or cape

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Sonam Kapoor and Anamika Khanna have collectively made this the most preferred way to add a contemporary twist to a traditional sari. The buzz created by Ms Kapoor’s cape sari worn on the Cannes red carpet this year indeed bears testimony to the fact. So if you’re wearing a heavily embellished sari, throw a sheer cape over it. An embroidered jacket over a simple chiffon sari is also a good way to go.

Skip the old school blouse

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Play around with your blouse to give an old sari an instant update. From a long corset blouse, Bengali style full-sleeved version, cropped jacket blouse, asymmetrical hemline blouse or one with interesting back detailing, there are so many options to choose from.

Wear the pants

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Take this inspired styling idea from runway to reality at your next desi soiree. Who needs a petticoat when you can wear pants instead! Take a cue from some of our favourite gen-next designers and team your sari with churidaars, wide legged trousers or even skinny jeans!  While you’re at it, slip into sneakers for a fitting sporty luxe avatar. Are you game?

How would you spruce your sari? Tell us in the comment box below!

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What To Pack For An Indian Wedding

Packing for an Indian wedding

The Great Indian Wedding stands for fun, frolic, festivity and fashion. And as picture-perfect every frame looks once the celebrations have come to a close, only we women know how much planning and prepping goes into looking the way we do. Packing for an Indian wedding is no mean feat and we bet you’d second that. So as we gear up to dive right into the wedding season, we present a handy checklist of all that your suitcase(s) needs to hold!

Occasion appropriate outfits

It’s not as simple as packing two dresses and heels to match. Celebrations are generally spread across 2-3 days and involve a host of events. It’s best to keep your looks for each as varied as possible — after all, no one should accuse you of being sartorially boring! For instance, a flirty sharara is perfect for a mehendi while a lehenga fits the bill for a sangeet. Opt for a traditional suit for the pheras and change into a smart sari for the reception. It’s best to plan well in advance and make sure you discuss your sartorial choices with friends and family who are attending too.

Packing for an Indian wedding 

A back up outfit

You never know what will go down once you reach the wedding venue. A tear in your lehenga or a forgotten blouse that renders your new sari useless are common mishaps. Hence it’s always best to carry a spare outfit to avoid such damsel-in-distress moments.

Bling Bling

An Indian wedding without a blinding display of jewelry? That doesn’t sound right! Be sure to pack some stunning baubles to match your ensembles. Jhumkis, maang tikkas and hand harnesses are au courant favorites.

Packing for an Indian wedding

Mix, match and play around for functions like the sangeet, mehindi and cocktail. However it’s best to slip on a diamond or kundan set for the reception and pheras. And don’t forget to carry a selection of clutches to complement your attire.

Packing for an Indian wedding

Comfortable footwear

We all know how easy (or not!) it is to walk around in a sari. And 6-inch stilettos, especially if you’re not used to them, isn’t going to make the task easier. Embellished wedges or flats are a more sensible way to go.

A Fix-It Kit

It takes a lot to hold that sari, chic bun or lehenga dupatta together. So make sure you pack ample safety pins, bobby pins, a pair of scissors and a needle and thread. Double-sided tape is a savior to keep that plunging blouse or maang tikka in place while band-aid is a must if you’re breaking in new shoes! If you borrow from us, we’ll send over a Luxe Pack, which contains bindis, safety pins and a beautiful saree bag for you to keep.

Hair styling products and make up

Overslept (blame it on those shots) and now you’re running late for the morning function? A simple blowout with soft curls or a messy yet chic top knot is a fail-safe hair do. Also, make it a point to coordinate with your friends before you pack hair styling appliances like a hair iron, hair dryer or curling tongs and designate who should carry what. As for your make up, turn to smoky eyes and bright lips for a night event and keep it fresh and dewy for a day function.

Pack right

Now that you’ve gathered all the things you need, make sure you pack them in an organized fashion. Preparing a list with details of each look will keep any last minute confusion at bay. Pack function wise. That way you’re less likely to forget something. Designate separate cloth bags to each outfit to avoid them getting entangled, taking on the color of another piece or just getting ruined in general.

Also read: Luxemi’s Ultimate Exotic Wedding Destination Guide

Share your packing tips and tricks with us in the comment box below.

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10 Things That Happen Before Going To Your 10th Indian Wedding Of The Year

10. You’ve been ‘introduced’ to or made awkward small talk with every single guy in your community.

10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year

9. Desi Girl and Punjabi MC have played one too many times and you’re like…
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
8. You timed your eyebrow threading perfectly so you can go to three Indian weddings for the price of one torture session.
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
7. You’ve scrubbed your palms like an OCD gorilla because your last mehndi hasn’t faded yet.
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6. Hiding under a beach umbrella all summer to avoid hearing your mom make inappropriate skin color comments.
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5. Calculating the number of Instagrams people have posted of you in each saree you own.
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4. Hiking your saree up when you’re trying to dance to hip hop and realizing there’s no way to do it without looking like a tramp.
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
3. Accidentally losing your mom’s real gold earrings and realizing you’ll have to hear how irresponsible you are for at least the next 30 years. 
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
2. Draping your saree four times to get it perfect only to have an aunty re-drape it as soon as you walk in because it apparently looks like crap.
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
1. Stressing that you have nothing to wear but then realizing Luxemi.com exists and all is right again in the world.
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
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Best Instagram Accounts To Follow For Indian Outfit Inspiration

fashion accounts on Instagram

With our insatiable appetite for social media and digital consumption, who even waits for fashion glossies anymore? And honestly, why wait when we now have access to hourly fashion cues from your favorite mags and celebs thanks to the coolest click-happy app, Instagram!

So go ahead, call us Instagram-addicts if you please, but just know this — it’s not those selfies that has us checking our feed every few minutes. It’s the access we get to fashion editorials and street style inputs that has fashion lovers like us sold on this handy app. So with the wedding season upon us, we decided to provide you with a little fashion inspiration — up your style game with help from the best Instagram accounts for desi outfit ideas. We, for one, swear by this roster!

Tanya Ghavri @tanghavri

Tanya Ghavri on Instagram

This stylist’s client list reads like the guest list of an A-list Bollywood party. So if you want to know which lehenga Kareena Kapoor wore for a recent appearance or where Alia Bhatt’s chand baalis are from (long before the deets hit fashion websites), start following Tanya Ghavri pronto!

Sonam Kapoor @sonamkapoor

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Now you already know we are confessed Sonam-oholics (and who isn’t, really?!). So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we are glued to every image she posts on Instagram. We love how she’s always giving us peeks at the outfits she wears to family weddings — such a diva (one with a wardrobe full of beautiful Anamika Khannas), this one!

Harper’s Bazaar Bride India @bazaarbridein

Harpers Bazaar Bride India on Instagram

If you aren’t following the coolest Indian wedding magazine on Instagram yet, you’re seriously missing out. Their feed is bursting with latest runway, editorial and jewellery images. We’re already hitting refresh to see what they’ll post next. Are you?

Indian Weddings Mag @indianweddingsmag

Indian Weddings Mag on Instagram

You can always count on Indian Weddings Mag to help out a bride-in-distress. And their Insta-feed is no different. Their wedding fashion advice has always been spot-on, and there’s no disagreeing with that. The same goes for all those decor inspiration and real bride pictures they send our way too!

 HeadTilt @headtilt

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The girls behind Indian fashion, design and culture blog, HeadTilt are purveyors of all things cool. Follow them for hot-off-the-runway images, Insta-reviews of latest designer collections and their styling of some super cool desi ensembles. Don’t believe us? Head to their account to catch the lovely girls in some summer-ready Ridhi Mehra outfits.

Luxemi @luxemi

Luxemi on Instagram

And then, you always have us, to deliver the latest Indian fashion to you, no passport required! Follow us on Instagram to know all about our latest offers, collections, blog posts and the designers we’re crushing on at the moment!

Which are your favorite Instagram accounts? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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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!

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

(All images courtesy the Marry Me blog)

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