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Snag Jacqueline Fernandez’s Easy Chic Style

Jacqueline Fernandez in Femina

Jacqueline Fernandez, Femina

Of all the foreign beauties that have recently made Bollywood their home, Jacqueline Fernandez is easily one of our favorites. And no, we aren’t saying so because of the PYT’s movie choices. The only thing we have eyes for are her sartorial choices and it seems like this doe-eyed beauty can do no wrong. Her repertoire clearly proves that she’s not afraid of taking fashion risks and can make just about any look her own. That coupled with her disarming smile and prominent pout ensures that she ticks all the right boxes with her style file every single time. We decode this stylista’s looks and show you how to snag her style.

Red Alert

acqueline Fernandez wears red

One look at her Indian wear choices and it’s clear that the Sri Lankan expat has a soft spot for shades of red — be it siren red lehengas or maroon saris and salwars. And why shouldn’t she? The color indeed is very becoming on her and her flawless complexion. Get a similar look with our Scarlett Saree with Rich Gold Border cinched with a belt.

Pop of Prints

acqueline Fernandez wears prints

Fernandez is not one to shy away from a generous smattering of prints either. From Surendri’s pac-man and fish motifs and Moschino’s playful prints to more demure florals, she sports them all with effortless ease. Luxemi’s Painted Saree with Zari Border by Satya Paul will allow you to channel her inimitable je nai se quoi as well.

Desi with a difference

Jacqueline Fernandez wears different cuts

What stands out is Fernandez’s affinity towards offbeat Indian silhouettes. The been-there-done-that same ‘ol styles are definitely not for her. You’ll always find a statement element on her; be it a tulip hemline, sharara pants or asymmetrical cuts. Luckily for you, this Orange Salwar with Asymmetrical Hem by Nikasha is quite similar to what the starlet prefers!

Top of the Crop

acqueline Fernandez wears crop tops

Crop tops, anyone? Our bet is that this Bollywood belle will be game for one (or many). She has been seen wearing midriff bearing tops on more than one occasion after all. And with fab abs like hers, can you blame her? You too can flaunt your toned abs courtesy our Bronze V Neck Stretch Satin Blouse by Kavita Bhartia.

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut.

We’d love to know what you think of Jacqueline Fernandez’s style. Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s Top Picks from Wills India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter ’14

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW AW'14

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW AW’14

March is a heavy-duty fashion month for the Indian folks. It is jam packed with two of the biggest fashion events in the country. Case in point: the fash frat was just beginning to recover from Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort ’14 in Mumbai, when they had to pack their bags and head to Delhi for Wills India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter ’14.

We followed all the WIFW action and while we loved most of what we saw we can’t help but play favorites! So here goes.

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani at WIFW AW'14

Tarun Tahiliani had just showed at LFW earlier this month, so we were dripping with anticipation to see what he had in store for round two. His showing, ‘Satlada’was a vibrant one indeed — one where jeweled tones, signature drapes, gold jewellery and Mughal references took centre stage.

Abraham & Thakore

Abraham & Thakore at WIFW AW'14

Mavens of minimalism, Abraham & Thakore, demonstrated the power of simplicity with their fuss free yet impactful collection that was produced by Varanasi weavers. The animal print was a welcome surprise and we are particular digging the belted saris and the addition of trench coats to it.

Nikasha

Nikasha at WIFW AW'14

The immensely festive vibe of Nikasha’s creations has made her a Luxemi favorite. And her AW ’14 collection, ‘Bibi’, gave us another reason to love her. The frosty pink, subtle champagne, pale peach and fiery red ensembles with hand embroidery, diamante and pearl motifs are perfect to sport at the end-of-the-year weddings.

Frou Frou by Archana Rao

Frou Frou by Archana Rao

As Vogue India’s Fashion Fund winner, Archana Rao of Frou Frou had a lot riding on this collection. And disappoint, she did not. The strong singular prints, fresh palette and essentially feminine looks caught our eye.

Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra at WIFW AW'14

After winning the International Woolmark Prize at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year, all eyes were on Rahul Mishra at WIFW. His award winning collection, inspired by the eight petal white lotus, used a variety of bullion knots, aari embroidery and thread work on sheer, silks, cotton and woollen jersey in addition to the ubiquitous use of bandhani on marino wool. The standing ovation was well deserved indeed.

Dev R Nil

Dev R Nil at WIFW AW'14

Dev R Nil continued to play on their strength —power prints. They gave us plenty to lust after with their collection that used indigenous printing techniques like batik and handloom weaves. Extra props for the effortless manner in which they paired clashing prints.

Sahil Kochhar

Sahil Kochhar at WIFW AW'14

Sahil Kochhar made a particularly strong debut and has the industry waxing eloquent about his statement silhouettes and intricate handiwork. Here’s one to watch out for!

Pankaj & Nidhi

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW AW'14

Pankaj & Nidhi’s collection, ‘House of Cards’ borrowed heavily from Spanish culture wherein they took their signature silhouettes — high low hemlines, structured jackets, hand-made appliqué work and intricate detailing — and gave it an androgynous spin.

Vineet Bahl

Vineet Bahl at WIFW AW'14

Vineet Bahl’s collection of florals, Banarasi handlooms and vibrant colors found an instant fan in us. Who’s up for cropped churidaars and ankle length palazzos this autumn? We sure are!

Kiran Uttam Gosh

kiran-uttam-gosh-wifw-14

Kiran Uttam Gosh’s fierce twist to traditional wear was one of the strongest shows this season. The label’s signature drapes made an appearance on the ramp, but this time in muted and gilded hues. What really did the trick was the inspired layering of easy separates to create utterly interesting looks.

Kallol Datta

Kallol Datta at WIFW AW'14

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The King of anti-fit stayed true to his tongue-in-cheek style of designing. Kallol Datta’s selfie sari — splashed with own pictures, was a sure shot talking point this season.

Which shows did you enjoy most this season? 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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Get The Look: Kangana Ranaut’s style

Kangana Ranaut Vogue January 2014

Kangana Ranaut Vogue January 2014

For us, Himachal-girl Kangana Ranaut is Bollywood’s true resident fashionista. We agree that she gets lost in a sea of Sonams and Deepikas sometimes, but there’s no arguing that this 26-year-old knows style. And if you’re still not convinced, consider this; she is one of the few actresses who dresses herself for her appearances, as opposed to slipping into what a stylist hands her. Refreshing and impressive, isn’t it?

What we love most about her style is how she is constantly experimenting with her looks; refusing to be put in a straitjacket. One day you’ll see her sitting front row at Burberry while another time she will be channeling a fierce Lady Gaga-esque look with the same effortless élan. She can sport a crop top and midi skirt with as much ease as a Sabyasachi stunner and therein lies her true sartorial victory. She is a style chameleon and that’s no act. So here’s your guide to making this it-girl’s style your own!

Kangana Ranaut in indian wear

The one complaint we have with this curly -haired beauty is that we don’t often get to see her in Indian clothing. That’s changing, though, as she sets out to promote her new movie, Queen. Her spate of appearances in salwars and anarkalis, most often with a dash of pink, have us pacified (for now atleast)! Turn to our Ivory Salwar with Chikan Work for a similar feminine look.

Kangana Ranaut in skater dresses

Short skater numbers teamed with Dior bags are another favorite with this actress. It wouldn’t be a far stretch to say that this is Ranaut’s go-to outfit. And we don’t blame her — skater silhouettes do accentuate the waistline to create a flattering illusion. Our Light Olive Baby Doll Salwar by Kavita Bhartia is an easy way to incorporate this look into your traditional repertoire.

Kangana Ranaut in vintage clothing

A look that’s become her trademark is the old Hollywood vintage ensembles she often puts together — complete with the red lips, soft curls (or an updo) and pearls. Some may argue that the look’s repetitiveness has become yawn-inducing, but we feel she does justice to it every single time! For an outfit that is reminiscent of this old-world charm, turn to our White Satin and Net Suit with Pearl Embroidery.

Kangana Ranaut in pastels

How can a string of Spring appearances be complete without a smattering of pastels, right? While Ranaut is no slave to fashion trends, she definitely knows which ones are worthy of trying on. If you too, are looking for a dose of blush tones, look no further than Luxemi’s Shimmer Georgette “Angel” Lehenga Saree.

We’d love to know what you think of Kangana Ranaut’s style. Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi Interviews Fashion and Celebrity Stylist Kushal Parmanand

Sonakshi Sinha in Hi! Living

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand for Hi! Living

Fashion and celebrity stylist Kushal Parmanand jokingly refers to himself as an “Indian fashion industry fossil!” And considering he’s got over 10 years of experience under his belt, we get why (well, kind of!). His foray into the industry was one most can only dream of — he kick started his career with revered couturiers Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla after which he moved on to working with Nandita Mahtani. Styling came knocking his way in the form of a Fashion Directorship at Seventeen India, followed by stints at L’Officiel India, L’Officiel Homme, Hi!Blitz and most recently Noblesse India. His stellar repertoire also boasts of styling Bollywood beauties like Bipasha Basu, Sonakshi Sinha and Sonali Bendre among others. We engage the stylist du jour in an exclusive tete-a-tete!

Kushal Parmanand

Celebrity and fashion stylist Kushal Parmanand

Luxemi: How did you foray into fashion? Is it something you always wanted? 

Kushal Parmanand: My foray into fashion was actually by default. I come from a family of two generations of engineers and they obviously wished for me to continue their legacy. After trying to pursue an education in computer science and management studies for two years, I finally landed at Fanshawe fashion school in June 2000 to pursue my true calling. I remember wanting to be in fashion, a designer in particular, since I was in 8th grade. Rohit Bal was my idol then.

Luxemi: You have worked with some of the country’s top stylistas — right from Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor to Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. Who are your personal favorites?

Kushal Parmanand: I think I have the biggest crush on Bebo (Kareena Kapoor)! She is undoubtedly my favorite. She is extremely easy going and a breeze to work with. Most celebrities today know what works for them and are quite fashion focused. Having worked with many of them editorially over the years I feel that working collectively and keeping common interests in mind helps get the best out of a shoot!

Luxemi: Who are some of your favorite Indian and international designers?

Kushal Parmanand: Wow that is a very tough and long list! I love the work Riccardo Tisci does for Givenchy couture. This seasons in particular; I am loving key pieces from Balenciaga, Monique Lhuillier and Vionnet while Elie Saab, Dior, Valentino and Lanvin remain eternal favorites. On the Indian front I love different designers for their varied focuses. Anamika Khanna, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Gaurav Gupta are my favorite veterans. From the younger lot I am partial to Kallol Datta, Sailex and Nachiket Barve.

Actually I feel fashion is a bit fickle in that sense — every season you are bound to love that someone a little more purely because their showing tugged at your heart strings more than the others.

Luxemi: Autumn-Winter ’13 Indian wear trends that ought to be tried this season? Also tell us about the top colors one must have in their wardrobe? 

Kushal Parmanand: Monochrome continues to be a huge trend this season. Punk and vintage inspired fashion is also big. Think of smaller ways to include them in your traditional wardrobe. Red is THE color to be swearing by — not only is it one of our most traditional colors, it also looks lovely on Indian skin. Make sure to experiment with interesting updos and accessories for a refined look.

Luxemi: Style icons who carry Indian wear beautifully? 

Kushal Parmanand: I think Deepika (Padukone) looks great in Indian wear. She has an inherent grace about her, almost like royalty. Apart from her I think Kareena (Kapoor) looks her best when she is in a sari.

Kareena Kapoor in a saree

Luxemi: Your favorite picks from Luxemi.com

Kushal Parmanand: Laila Motwane’s lehangas, the coral wrap kurta from Nikashasaris by Neeru Kumar and jhumkis  from Amrapali are my top picks. The wine salwar with shell embroideryFoil Printed “Club” Pallu Saree by Satya Paul and Flowing Net Anarkali with Embroidery by Kisneel are also great options.

Luxemi Indian wear

Parmanand’s top picks from Luxemi

Luxemi Indian wear

Parmanand’s top picks from Luxemi

Amrapali earrings on Luxemi

Amrapali earrings on Luxemi

Luxemi: If one has only 10 minutes to put together an Indian look, what should be their go-to?

Kushal Parmanand: The chotu sari (one with a shorter hemline) is a great option.

Nandita Thirani sare

Chotu sari by Nandita Thirani

Pre-pleated saris and sari gowns are easier to drape, making them ideal go-tos as well. If neither works for you, there is always the humble salwar kurta which has many interesting variations this season. I personally always steer towards a minimalistic look. Finish it off with a dash of a strong lip and a messy braid or updo — absolutely perfect when you’re on the run!

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand for Hi!Blitz

So take it from the man who knows best and make these quick tweaks to your desi closet. Trust us when we say that these simple additions will go a long way!

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Luxemi + Anita Dongre’s Trousseau Shopping Guide

Anita Dongre's Jaipur Bride

Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre surely does know a thing (or two) about style. No, scratch that…the veteran designer could very well be the last word when it comes to all things fashion. Hence when we decided to rope in an expert for this trousseau-shopping guide, we couldn’t think of a more fitting name than her. So listen up brides-to-be — pay close attention and bookmark Dongre’s ace advise…it is bound to prevent all your retail anxiety as well as several bridezilla fits! We are already swearing by this bridal shopping bible, you’d be wise to say ‘I Do’ to it too.

Anita Dongre at Lakme Fashion Week

Anita Dongre with Aditi Rao Hydari at Lakme Fashion Week

Luxemi: How soon should one start putting together their trousseau? How much time must one dedicate to it?

Anita Dongre: I would say that you should start deciding the colours, styles, designers, and the overall look that you want to wear for each occasion well in advance. Start putting everything together over the 6 months leading up to your wedding — that, I feel, is the ideal time frame.

Luxemi: Brides tend to go overboard with their trousseau shopping. How much is too much?

Anita Dongre: It’s never enough and the sky is the limit when it comes to wedding shopping. However, it is advisable to work on a budget for the trousseau. List down the key pieces you require for your trousseau and stick to the list.

Luxemi: 5 must-have trousseau essentials?

Anita Dongre: That’s easy. My 5 must-haves are —

  1. An elegant anarkali
  2. An embroidered jacket or bandi (also known as the Nehru jacket/traditional vest) that can be paired with pants, pallazos or lehenga.
  3. A heavily embroidered dupatta that can dress up any Indian outfit in your closet
  4. A cocktail gown
  5. A set of sarees for both formal occasions as well as casual outings.

Luxemi: What are the top trends this season? Which colors are must-haves?

Anita Dongre: It’s the time to move away from traditional reds and maroons and experiment with a varied color palette ranging from neons, fluorescent, limes and peacock blues to fuschia, corals and dusty pinks. There’s a plethora of choices when it comes to lehengas — the mermaid style, A-line, straight cut and flared versions — with such a wide variety of cuts and styles, there is something to suit to every style sensibility and body type.

Net, chiffon, georgette and silk are the preferred fabrics for Indian bridal wear this season. Experimenting with unconventional saree drapes is also a trend that is fast catching on. So pair a raw silk bandi with a saree or a lehenga.  One could even opt for the lehenga saree as it’s easier to drape and very convenient to carry off.

Luxemi: Which Luxemi ensembles ought to make their way into one’s trousseau trunk?

Anita Dongre: Luxemi’s Scarlett Saree with Rich Gold Border, Gold Embellished Chantilly Lace Saree, Pink Anarkali with Gota Work by Nikasha, Gold Sequined Saree, Lehenga Saree with Thread Work and Brocade Coat with Velvet Border by Kisneel are must-haves!

Luxemi picks by Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre’s Luxemi picks

Luxemi picks by Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre’s Luxemi picks

Luxemi: Trendy pieces vs classics — what’s your take?

Anita Dongre: Your trousseau should always have a mix of both. The trendy pieces can be used for your cocktail party and sangeet while the classics can be saved for your main wedding day and reception. Trendy and classic pieces can also be paired together for an edgy yet elegant look. For instance, you could pair a traditional bandi (vest/Nehru jacket) with a gown/skirt or wear an embroidered jacket/bolero with a saree and so on.

Luxemi: Let’s talk jewelry shopping — do’s and don’ts?

Anita Dongre: Always go to a trusted family jeweler. Here too, list down the main ceremonies and outfits and match your jewelry accordingly. Invest in versatile pieces that can be dressed up or toned down and be worn with both Indian as well as western outfits.

Luxemi: Which are some of the best cities for Indian trousseau wear according to you?

Anita Dongre: Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkatta are go-tos in India. There’s my Anita Dongre Bridal store as well as Phoenix Mills and Palladium in Mumbai, multi-designer mall The Gallery on MG in Delhi and Forum Courtyard in Kolkatta.

Luxemi: Who are some of the celebrity brides one can take inspiration from?

Anita Dongre: Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Esha Deol hands down! The one thing they all have in common, and is worth taking inspiration from, is that while each dressed in tune with their respective traditions, the final look was not overbearing — right from the choice of the bridal ensembles to the make up; it all spelled elegance!

Luxemi: So what’s your parting trousseau shopping advice?

Anita Dongre: While everyone’s shopping habits and needs will vary, there are certain pointers that will help you sail through your trousseau shopping effortlessly. First up, make sure you have a list of designers or multi designer stores you wish to visit. Dedicate a week to visit all these stores, shortlist what you like from each of them, and then start buying. Always have a shopping budget and try sticking to it as far as possible!

Anita Dongre's Jaipur Bride

Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

So there you go…let the splurge fest begin. And yes, you can thank us later! ;-)

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Luxemi’s Guide to Festive Dressing

Diwali dressing

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The festive season can be taxing for the fashionably conscious. With an umpteen number of Diwali soirees and weddings to attend, even the most stylish often find themselves in a fix over what to wear. After all, each outfit needs to be statement making, different from the previous appearance yet right on trend — all at the same time!

But you can rest easy as Luxemi’s got your back! We scour the runways to put together the top trends that will come to your rescue this season. Bookmark this guide and sail through the festive season in your chicest avatar.

Trend: Go for gold

Dressy and oh-so-festive, your Diwali wardrobe will be incomplete without the inclusion of gold. Opt for head-to-toe or gold or break it by mixing another color, this one is a winner either way!

Luxemi's gold indian wear

Trend: Gold

Luxemi picks: Our Black and Gold Benares Print Lehenga by Mallika Mathur, Brocade Salwar with Cutout Applique and Gold Sequined Saree ought to be your go-tos.

Trend: Stylish in Shararas

While anarkalis, lehengas and saris are all good, we believe in taking a breather from them every once in a while. And shararas are the perfect alternative! So stand out in them this season.

Luxemi's shararas

Trend: Shararas

Luxemi picks: Our Raw Silk Choli with Sharara Pants by Nikasha and Racer Back Salwar with Sharara Pants by Kisneel are worthy picks!

Trend: Think Pink

Autum-Winter ’13 runways dictate a return to all things unabashedly feminine. Hence we are digging out all our girly pinks, you’d be wise to do the same too.

luxemi's pink ensembles

Trend: Pink

Luxemi picks: Look pretty in pink with our Powder Pink Sequined Saree, Coral Angrakha Salwar with Velvet and Gota Embellishment or Pink Anarkali with Gota Work by Nikasha.

Trend: Put a ring on it

Accessories can make or break a look. Trust us when we say that statement rings are the easiest way to spruce up the simplest of outfits.

Luxemi's statement rings

Trend: Statement rings

Luxemi picks: We’ve got plenty for you to choose from — the Blue Crystal Lattice Cocktail RingNavajo Cocktail Ring With Ruby and Emerald QuartzGold Plated Pearl Ring by Amrapali and the White Kundan Ring to name a few.

Trend: We’ve got the blues

Blue is undoubtedly the season’s hottest hue — it’s regal, refreshing and head turning. Be is a brunch party or a festive dinner, it does the trick every single time.

Luxemi's blue indian wear

Trend: Blue

Luxemi picks: Look no further than our Printed Saree with Applique Border, Blue and Purple Davry Saree with Crystal Buttas and Navy Georgette Saree with White Accents.

Trend: Pearl-essence

Sworn classics, pearl accessories and jewelry can never lose their charm. They are exactly what you need to sprinkle your traditional wear with a dash of elegance, poise and effortless elan!

Pearl jewelry on Luxemi

Trend: Pearl jewelry

Luxemi picks: From our Faux Pearl Belt with Emerald and Ruby Quartz and Multi-Strand Pearl Hanging Earrings to our Multi-Strand Pearl and Quartz Bracelet and Gold Hoops with Pearls, you will be spoilt for choice.

So that should take care of every festive wardrobe quandary you could possibly have.

Here’s wishing you a happy, chic and safe Diwali!

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Luxemi’s top picks from WIFW Spring/Summer 2014

A few super packed months of fashion frenzy finally came to a close with the 5-day extravaganza that was Wills India Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2014. Fashion folks are finally breathing easy for a while now… until the next round of runway parties kick-start again, that is!

WIFW SS '14 finale

Finale at WIFW SS ’14

So, while we may still be revelling in the chicest AW ’13 styles, we couldn’t help but drool over the lust worthy SS ’14 ensembles that stole the spotlight at WIFW held in India’s capital city. And here’s what clearly shone brightest on the runways this time — a decided break from bling and all thing OTT. The pack of new designers who took to the forefront proved that understated looks are the new statement makers!

Here’s a round up of the must-haves that you should be making closet space for this summer.

Intricate embroideries at Pankaj & Nidhi

pankaj and nidhi at WIFW SS14

‘Grammar Ornament’ by Pankaj & Nidhi

Pankaj & Nidhi sure know a thing (or many) about luxe pret wear. Their ‘Grammar of Ornament’ collection was a tale of painstaking embroidered finesse and three-dimensional applique techniques.

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW SS14

‘Grammar Ornament’ by Pankaj & Nidhi

Oh, and that brilliant canary yellow hue had us dreaming of summer instantly!

Traditional weaves at Rahul Mishra

rahul mishra at WIFW SS14

‘Kiss’ by Rahul mishra

Rahul Mishra has always championed traditional weaves and this time was no different. His contemporary and utterly wearable use of khadi and jamdani gets a decided thumbs up from us!

Modern-day glamour at Annaikka

Kanika Saluja at wifw ss'14

Annaikka by Kanika Saluja

Kanika Saluja’s label Annaikka stands as the voice of the powerful woman of today. Her SS ’14 line continued this legacy. Infused with the neon pops and contemporary cuts, it made a strong and power packed style statement.

Sporty chic at Masaba

masaba's WIFW SS14 collection

Masaba opens WIFW SS ’14 with her line

The classic Fitzgerald girl unleashed her sporty side in Masaba’s latest collection. We loved the interplay of bright doses of pink and blue juxtaposed with a monochrome palate. The sari worn over pants works brilliantly for a laid back daytime Indian affair.

Print party at Dev r Nil 

dev r nil at wifw ss14

Dev r Nil’s breezy silhouettes

Dev r Nil’s collection was a master class in teaming sombre-colored clashing prints together. The artful layering of the flowy silhouettes gets our vote!

Structural drapes at Dolly J

dolly j at WIFW SS14

Dolly J’s structured silhouettes

The Gauri & Nainika vibe aside, we love how Dolly J gave her silhouettes a structured twist. The monotone colors and clean embellishments lent the ensembles a fierce look, one we are definitely digging!

Dolly J at WIFW SS '14

Dolly J at WIFW SS ’14

Sequinned drizzle at Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

CUE AT WIFW 13

Glamour unleashed at Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna stuck to what they know best — dollops of unabashed glamour. We are particularly crushing on the pants teamed with asymmetrical tops in pastel hues…we’d wear to a mehndi soiree for a welcome break from the conventional traditional looks.

Boho glam at Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal

anupama dayal at WIFW SS14

Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal

The archetypical Anupama Dayal girl is all set to unleash the gypset within this summer. Vivid color, whimsical prints and nonchalant layering…what’s not to love?

Here’s to a super stylish Spring-Summer ’14! Until next season…

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