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Indian Wear You Need To Invest In!

 New age Indian silhouettes according to FLW designers

Gone are the days when one’s desi repertoire was limited to a sari, lehenga or salwar. We’ve witnessed nothing short of a revolution on the traditional wear front (one thats brought a multitude of options) and we’ve lapped it all up! No surprises there, right? So we roped in some of the top designers from Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort ’14‘s roster — Sonam and Paras Modi, Monica & Karishma, Sonaakshi Raaj and Arpita Mehta — to tell us the Indian silhouettes the Luxemi girl just can’t do without! We hope you’re paying close attention.

Sonam and Paras Modi

New age Indian silhouettes according to Sva

Left to Right: Sva floor length waist dress, Preeti Desai in Sva jacket style dress

Sonam and Paras Modi behind the label SVA say, “Indian women today are very fashion conscious and want to look their best at every occasion. She wants to carry on traditional rituals but with a difference. The jacket style dress and a floor length low waist dress are a must for her. The statement jacket style dress with subtle embellishments promises a timeless and classic look. There’s no going wrong with it. The low waist floor length dress, on the other hand, enhances one’s curves and is very flattering. It is a modified version of the kalidar kurta and is very trendy and youthful. The sheer back makes for an appealing look, hence its popularity with brides.

Monica and Karishma

New age Indian silhouettes according to Jade

Left to right: Asymmetrical lehenga, sheer net lehenga and three-tiered anarkali all by Jade

Monica and Karishma of Mumbai-based label Jade say, “The modern Indian woman is all about being experimental — traditional with a twist. Reinvention is the key so she should opt for a three-tiered anarkali. Layering lends a regal, timeless vibe to the look while the new-age silhouette turns heads owing its dramatic nature. The second must-have is the asymmetrical lehenga! Paired with a chic corset, the asymmetrical lehenga is all about cutting-edge styling and having a blast. A sheer net lehenga with an embroidered border is princess-like in its appeal. Pair it with tights for casual decadence!”

Sonaakshi Raaj

New age Indian silhouettes according to Sonaakshi Raaj

Left to right: Deepika Padukone in Sonaakshi Raaj sari-gown and Anamika Khanna dhoti sari

Sonaakshi Raaj gives her vote to sari-gowns and dhoti saris. “These silhouettes are the epitome of east meets west and are ideal for a cocktail party or wedding reception. They promise a look that’s elegant, chic and sexy without getting into the hassle of draping.”

Arpita Mehta

New age Indian silhouettes according to Arpita Mehta

Left to right: Soha Ali Khan in Arpita Mehta jacket and Neha Dhupia in Payal Singhal high waist skirt and crop choli

Aprita Mehta is all about the high waist skirt paired with a crop choli due to its flattering nature. “It’s apt for the Indian body — hiding the flaws and accentuating the thinnest part of the waist all the same time. The end result is extremely sexy and glamorous. The second promising trend is the traditional vest/jacket in different lengths paired with either a skirt, sharara or dhoti pants. It’s stylish and can be spruced in multiple ways making each look different.”

Which one would you rather get? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Luxemi’s 2014 Red Carpet Round Up

Sonam Kapoor in Vogue

Sonam Kapoor in Vogue

It’s that time of the year when red carpet alerts flood our news feed and Twitter timeline on a daily basis (well, almost!). So from international biggies like the Golden Globes, Grammys and Screen Actors Guild Awards to Indian favorites such as Filmfare Awards, Screen Awards and Star Guild Awards, we’ve scanned ‘em all. Like every year, 2014’s red carpets saw it all too — the good, the bad, the ugly and the disappointing. So after decoding 2014 runway trends and color trends, we are now  laying focus on the top red carpet trends to take a cue from. Agreed that not everyone can be a celebrity, but we all can definitely dress like one!

TREND: Sparkle and Shine

Sequined red carpet outfits

No red carpet is fully complete without a smattering of sequins. And considering the luxe lovers that we are, we lapped it all up! Our only grip — that more celebrities should have opted for colored sequins.

Luxemi's sequined sarees

Luxemi pick: Aqua Saree with Silver Threading and Sequins and Cream Georgette Sequin Saree.

TREND: Seeing Red

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Siren red is always a striking way to go — it’s a guaranteed head turner. We love the bold approach Emma Watson and Elisabeth Moss took by pairing their red outfits with bright red lips.

Luxemi's red sequin saree

Luxemi pick: Modern Saree With Red Sequins 

TREND: Risqué Risks

Risque red carpet outfits

For every safe, been-there-done-that look, there are always those who push the envelope. And it was no surprise that Queen B and Deepika Padukone topped that list this year. Kudos to Gaurav Gupta for dressing Victoria Hervey for the Golden Globes (wish they had gone easy on the sheer panels though).

TREND: Code Blue

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blue-red-carpet

We’re all for sightings in different shades of blue — the hue is electric, sophisticated and majestic. Clearly we aren’t the only ones echoing these sentiments as the color was a universal red carpet favorite this year.

Blue sarees on Luxemi

Luxemi pick: Blue Chiffon Saree with Aqua Sequins and Tonal Saree with Foil Printing by Satya Paul

TREND: Black and Gold

Black and gold indian outfits

Over on Indian shores, ebony spruced with gilded embellishments was a hot pick, and rightly so. We can safely say that there’s no going wrong with this color mash up.                                                                                                                                   P.S. We just can’t stop gushing over Dia Mirza’s draped Shantanu & Nikhil number. Score!

Mallika Mathur lehenga

Luxemi pick: Black and Gold Benares Print Lehenga by Mallika Mathur

Mommys to be on the red carpet

And we can’t sign off without mentioning the couture-clad (and super chic) baby bumps that thronged the red carpet this year, can we now? Here’s to the soon-to-be mommies and their stylish progenies!

Which were your favorite looks this awards season? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s top picks from India Bridal Fashion Week ’13

tarun tahiliani at bridal fashion week

Tarun Tahiliani ensemble

Reasons beyond the typical runway shenanigans brought this years second bridal week, India Bridal Fashion Week ’13, to the spotlight. Several fashion editors unabashedly tweeted how hard it’s become to keep track of the unending fashion weeks taking place these days. While we agree it may be overkill and that gimmicks and celebrity show stoppers take away from the real focus, the fashion — we still can’t help but pay attention when bridal wear is involved (no surprises there).  And this round up of our favorite looks from ‘the week that was’ will make curating your trousseau and nuptial looks simpler!

Structured drama at Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta bridal collection

Gaurav Gupta

The coming-of-age of the gen-next Indian bride can be credited to Gaurav Gupta to a large extent. His love affair with structured silhouettes and western cuts continued with this collection too — perfect for a cocktail party or intimate reception.

Draped saris at Tarun Tahiliani

tarun tahiliani at bridal fashion week

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani’s signature pre-draped saris stole the show this bridal week. We absolutely love their effortless drama. Just throw on statement earrings, pull back  your hair and you are sangeet-ready.

White meets gold at Rohit Bal

Rohit Bal bridal collection

Rohit Bal

Goodbye sindoor red bridal wear and hello white + gold! The past year has been all about white traditional wear (previously considered an inauspicious color for brides) and Bal dedicated ample runway time to this color combination. We heart!

Layered salwars at Falguni & Shane Peacock

Falguni & Shane Peacock bridal collection

Falguni & Shane Peacock

There is a certain degree of flamboyance and opulence associated with Falguni & Shane Peacock designs and their bridal line was no different. We are lusting over the layered salwars with sheer overlays —  a welcome break from the ubiquitous zari-gota anarkalis. We’re also digging the Senorita vibe of the updo!

Androgynous silhouettes at Raghavendra Rathore

Raghavendra Rathore bridal collection

Raghavendra Rathore

Raghavendra Rathore is India’s final authority on jodhpuris and bandhgalas. He extended his revered mastery to androgynous women’s traditional wear with sherwanis, bandhgalas and gowns this time. We can’t wait to slip into these styles for an engagement party!

So there you have it —  update your desi wardrobe with our handy guide.  It’s all about mixing tradition with a sprinkle of irreverence this season!

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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

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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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Luxemi’s ‘Something For Everyone’ Guide

Sonam Kapoor pulls off all looks

Over the years, style icon Sonam Kapoor has tried on different fashion avatars with ease.

Rachel Zoe said, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak,”  and she couldn’t be more right.  For the ideal Luxemi girl, getting dressed every morning is not a chore — it’s her way to use what’s on her back to make a statement about what’s on her mind! So go on, let the world know who you are, by choosing an outfit that tells your story and says something about your sartorial sensibilities in the process.

With that in mind, we put together a fun guide for Indian wear based on your signature style (or your fashion mood!)— feel free to pick your side!

WhoGlamour Goddess

What: Blue Chiffon Saree with Aqua Sequins.

Luxemi blue chiffon saree with aqua sequins

This incredibly glitzy piece is a no-brainer. Wear it to when you want to turn heads as the most fashionable lady in the room.

Wear it with: Luxemi’s Silver Brocade Blouse by Wild Orchid for a complementing contrast.

 Brocade blouse by Wild Orchids

Who: Bollywood Belle

What: Raw Silk Choli with Sharara Pants by Nikasha

Sharara pants and choli by Nikasha

Bollywood fashion is synonymous with catchy colors and dramatic overtones. And what better than this fetching Nikasha outfit to nail the look!

Wear it with: Statement earrings and hair worn loose. We suggest you skip the necklace this time around.

Kundan earrings with pearl accents

Who: Urban Sophisticate

What: Black and White Sequined Saree by Satya Paul

Monochrome sequined Satya Paul saree

This monochrome Satya Paul pick is the epitome of effortless modern-day city girl style and promises a refined look.

Wear it with: This Navy Blue and Magenta Embroidered Flower Clutch by 5 Elements for a colorful reprieve.

Embroidered clutch bu 5 Elements Radhika Gupta

Who: Mademoiselle Minimalism

What: Cream Georgette Sequin Saree

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Look no further for an ensemble that provides a simple and pared down look with a luxe touch.

Wear it with: A simple chained headpiece is all you need. The trick is to grab attention without trying too hard. 

Gold headpiece with a touch of pearl

Gold and pearl headpiece by Luxemi

Who: Girly Girl

What: Coral Red Tie Front Jacket Salwar with Floral Embroidery

Gota work salwar in coral color

With its utterly feminine hue, flattering silhouette and dash of playfulness; playing the desi Barbie just got easier.

Wear it with: A traditional bracelet and dewy make-up. Ensure that the focus remains on the outfit.

Traditional gold elephant bangle

Luxemi’s traditional gold and green elephant bangle

Who: Gypsy Queen

What: Red and Blue Deconstructed Bandhani Saree by Neeru Kumar

Colorful saree by Neeru Kumar

Flaunt your love for the bohemian way of life with this vibrant saree and its irreverent charm.

Wear it with: Layered necklaces,  a statement-making headband and soft braids. Peace out!

Layered gungaroo necklace from Luxemi

Luxemi’s layered gungaroo necklace

So go on, be whoever you want to be today. As long as you keep it stylish, it’s all good.

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Luxemi’s Ultimate Exotic Wedding Destination Guide

Anita Dongre's Timeless collection

Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

This is unarguably our favorite time of the year. Wonder why? Thanks to the weddings galore lined up, but of course! Who doesn’t love a good Indian wedding, and luckily for us, our mailbox is filled with invites and calendar already choc-a-block.

As much as we love the nonstop singing and dancing, delectable spread of food and OTT outfits of this desi extravaganza, there is another Big Fat Indian Wedding trend that gets our seal of approval — destination weddings! In a bid to achieve ‘picture-perfect’, no destination is off the cards and no exotic locale is being left unexplored. Trust us when we say that destination weddings are indeed the way to go. So, we round up some of our favorite exotic locations along with style notes on what to pack for each of these cities. Hope couples all set to tie the knot (and their wedding planners) are listening!

DESTINATION: Istanbul, Turkey

Perfect for: A culture-soaked affair

Istanbul has fast catapulted into a hot spot for Indian weddings and with good reason at that. Turkey’s largest city is perfect for a themed OTT celebration reminiscent of a grand Turkish bazaar.

Hotel extraordinaire: It doesn’t get any better than the Ciragan Palace Kempinski. A flamboyant time beckons.

Wedding at Ciragan Palace

Wedding set up at Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul

What to wear: Go for a hint of Middle Eastern glamour. Our coffee colored sari with beaded applique work fits the bill. Team it with a beaded gold headpiece and winged eyeliner to turn heads.

Luxemi copper net sari for Istanbul wedding

Nothing better than this beaded copper Luxemi sari for the occasion.

DESTINATION: Florence, Italy

Perfect for: A fashionable wedding

This charming Tuscan city provides the ideal backdrop for a champagne clinking, air kissing sort of wedding extravaganza. Look no further for a destination wedding that epitomizes classy and chic.

Hotel extraordinaire: Located along the Arno River, the St. Regis Florence makes for a discerning choice.

St. Regis Florence wedding

A chic wedding at St. Regis Florence

What to wear: Sophisticated chic is the look we’d go for. This black crinkle georgette sari with knit work border paired with a gold and silver blouse by Wild Orchid will help you nail the look. Finish it with polki earrings and red haute lips.

Luxemi's Crinkle Georgette Saree

Black is always a good idea!

Saree blouse by Wild Orchid

This blouse by Wild Orchid will complement your saree

DESTINATION: Bali, Indonesia

Perfect for: A beach wedding

For those who wish to exchange their rings amidst the setting sun and lashing waves, it doesn’t get better than Bali. Skip the traditional route and party it up as you take the plunge.

Hotel extraordinaire: The glitzy W Retreat & Spa Bali -  Seminyak promises a glorious wedding along the Petitenget Beach.

Wedding at W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak

Wedding at W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak. Image courtesy: Apel Photography

What to wear: Our white and silver gota angarakha will allow you to keep it casual and classic without compromising on style. The gold and red mirror clutch by 5 Elements will give the ensemble the colorful reprieve it so needs.

Luxemi's white and silver gota angrakha salwar

This angarakha will transform you into a vision in white

5 Elements by Radhika Gupta clutch

Mirrorwork 5 Elements by Radhika Gupta clutch

 

DESTINATION: Udaipur, India

Perfect for: A royal rendezvous

As clichéd as Rajasthan may sound, it never fails to amaze with its imperial and grand ways. If a  fairy tale princess-like wedding is what you’ve always wanted, all roads do lead to Udaipur.

Hotel extraordinaire: If it’s Udaipur, it has got to be Umaid Bhawan Palace. Regal doesn’t even begin to do it justice.

Umaid Bhawan Palace Udaipur

The Umaid Bhawan Palace Udaipur promises a royal setting

What to wear: Go unabashedly traditional in this gold leaf lehenga with velvet blouse by Malika Mathur complemented by a colorful kundan set and tikka.

Lehenga by Malika Mathur

This gold and green lehenga is the perfect traditional pick

You can also read more on the perfect Fall wedding looks as curated by Nishka Lulla here.

So, let the wedding season begin! We’d love for you to share your favorite vignettes and looks with us.

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Best Ethnic Designer Collections of 2012 – Indian Runway Fashion

It’s that time of the year again, Luxe fans: time to reflect on the best Indian fashion moments of 2012. Here are our picks for the best runway collections of 2012 by Indian designers.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee – Fall/Winter 2012 – Delhi Couture Week

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best indian fashion collections of the year 2013 bow details hipster

Months after Delhi Couture Week, we’re still awing over Sabyasachi’s retro take on Indian fashion. With 1920s-inspired bows and collars, big glasses, and flapper headbands, the looks in his Fall/Winter 2012 collection make Indian draping and silhouettes shine in a whole new light.

Shantanu and Nikhil – Fall/Winter 2012 – Delhi Couture Week

best indian designer fashion collections 2012 2013

best couture fashion of 2012 2013

For a study in the avant-garde, look no further than Shantanu and Nikhil’s high-drama Delhi Couture Week collection. By weaving together Western silhouettes and an opulent Indian color palate, this collection takes fusion fashion to a new, high-impact place.

Manish Malhotra – Fall/Winter 2012 – Lakme Fashion Week

best indian design of 2013 2012

What we love best about Manish Malhotra’s Fall/Winter collection is the sheer romance of it: with transparent panels and high necklines, this Indian design superstar has made yet another line of dresses we’re dying to wear.

Wendell Rodricks – Winter Festive 2012 – Lakme Fashion Week

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Wendell Rodricks’ gorgeous, summer Lakme Fashion Week collection makes a bright, bold statement without embellishments. These mod-inspired floor-length dresses and wraps prove that sometimes, less is more.

JJ Valaya – Fall/Winter 2012 – Delhi Couture Week

best indian fashion collections 2012 2013

JJ Valaya’s Delhi Couture Week 2012 collection definitely reminds us why brocade was made for Indian fashion! JJ’s meticulous metallic embroidery makes this collection of sarees and lehengas the ultimate lesson in contemporary luxury.

As we gear up to celebrate New Year’s 2013, check back with the Luxe Report – your go to Indian Fashion Blog – for our top 2012 fashion trends and tips on making a fashion resolution you can actually keep!

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Zodiac Inspired Indian Fashion – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius (Fire Signs)

Everyone knows a fiery personality when they meet one, and a fire sign’s closet tends to reflect the same bold passion. Just for fun, we’ve paired each of the fire signs with an outfit or accessory from our collection that matches its outgoing personality and vibe. Here’s Luxemi’s Indian fashion horoscope for Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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Leos are social butterflies who have plenty of confidence and ambition to go around. They exude warmth and generally bring a loving attitude to their daily lives. Given their glow and positive aura, it’s not surprising that Leo is associated with gold or orange tones. Want to bring out your inner confidence and warmth? This Pumpkin Saree with Kundan Stone Work is the perfect way to let Leo’s confidence and charm shine. It’s a bold look worthy of celebrity Leos like Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Charlize Theron and Madonna.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

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A philosopher and explorer by nature, the fiercely independent Sagittarius craves freedom. People with this sign are usually positive, kindhearted and enthusiastic toward life, and are often depicted as wearing purple. If you’re a Sagittarius, you’re in good company: Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Katie Holmes and Tyra Banks are born under the Sagittarius sign. Want your wardrobe to reflect your sense of adventure? This Striped Saree with Contrast Blouse by Satya Paul has chic orange and white stripes that travel perfectly throughout free-flowing georgette.

Aries (March 21- April 19)

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One of the most courageous of all the signs, Aries is known to be independent, enthusiastic and generous. Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker and Reese Witherspoon all fall under this strong sign. To match Aries’ go-getter attitude, there’s nothing like a powerful red look. From its red and blue contrast to its heavily embellished border, this Navy Pink Georgette Gota Border Saree packs a strong punch. And to finish off this powerful warrior look, Luxemi loves these Gladiator-inspired Sterling Silver Engraved Hanging Earrings.

Whether you’re a lovable Leo or a strong Sagittarius, Luxemi has the perfect saree or salwar to let your personality shine. Want more fashion inspiration? Check out Luxemi’s full collection of sarees, salwars and accessories. We’re sure you’ll find one to leave you starry-eyed.

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Zodiac Inspired Indian Fashion – Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo (Earth Signs)

Just for fun (and because horoscopes are our favorite guilty pleasure!),Luxemi is kicking off a new blog series pairing each of the 12 Zodiac signs with an outfit or accessory from our collection to match its personality traits. We’re starting off the series with the earth signs – those down to Earth, dependable and patient people you can always count on for support. Here’s Luxemi’s Indian fashion horoscope for the three earth signs: Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Indian designer fashion inspired by spring 2012 zodiac signs

Dependable, persistent and loyal, Taurus is the most generous of the 12 Zodiac signs. It’s also one of the most stable, and is often depicted in pink. If you’re a Taurus, you share a sign with celebrities like Penelope Cruz, Renee Zellweger, Cate Blanchett and Jessica Alba. What’s our pick for the dependable yet fashion-forward Taurus? This Red and Blue Deconstructed Bandhani Saree by Neeru Kumar, which has a pretty pink hue that makes it wearable no matter the season  — something any practical Taurus would look for in a wardrobe staple!

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

runway and zodiac inspired salwars spring 2012 fashion

Virgo’s modesty, meticulous nature and analytical side give this sign an unmistakably sophisticated quality. This sign’s signature color, navy, reflects its fair, judicial nature and classic, understated style. Cameron Diaz, Beyonce Knowles, Nicole Richie and Salma Hayek are some of fashion’s most iconic Virgos. To discover your own Virgo-inspired style, Luxemi suggests this timeless Bell Sleeve Zari Salwar that has just the right touch of embellishment to pull Virgo out of its modest comfort zone. For another tasteful sign of sophistication, try pairing that salwar with this simple Victorian Polki Tikka.

spring 2012 trends headpieces tikka indian inspired accessories

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

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Capricorns are fiercely independent, ambitious, reserved and patient, making them the most stable of all the Zodiac signs. Capricorns are careful and disciplined, so it makes sense that they often gravitate to the color black. Kate Middleton, Mary J. Blige, January Jones and Michelle Obama are all Capricorns, further proof that women with this sign are driven, focused and ready to take on a challenge. For a reflection of Capricorn’s reserved yet confident nature, Luxemi loves the classic shape and modern shine of this LBD Saree with Embellished Shoulder.

Whether you’re a confident Capricorn or a tenacious Taurus, Luxemi has the perfect saree or salwar for you. Are you an air, water or fire sign? Stay tuned this week and next for a wardrobe recommendation straight from Luxemi, with love.

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Kavita Bhartia – Designer Radar

Is it just us, or does up-and-coming Indian designer Kavita Bhartia get more fabulous with each collection she sends down the runway? Luxemi has always been enamored with Kavita’s style, but the visionary designer took her East-meets-West aesthetic to a whole new level in her Autumn Winter 2012/2013 collection at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.

What stands out about Kavita’s India Unseen collection? Her effortless way of adding glamour to traditional Indian techniques like zardosi and gota. Although her rich color palate upped the drama (charcoal grey, black, olive, sunset orange and gold don’t sound like they should mix, but she pulled it off perfectly!), the line’s biggest fashion-forward feat is its use of texture. With delicate beadwork and precise metallic threading in her fashion arsenal, Kavita Bhartia crafted some of the most beautiful georgette and chiffon garments we’ve seen this season.

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Our favorite India Unseen look is this tribal-pattern pantsuit with chic sheer detailing and an airy silhouette that’s all about movement. And for an updated twist on the saree, our pick is this bold, warrior-inspired look that pairs a long-sleeved copper blouse with a classic red and gold color palate. What’s the best thing about both outfits? Their eclectic fusion of prints and textures — something only a designer with Kavita’s artful eye could make look so effortless.

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Want to make Kavita Bhartia’s signature fusion style an everyday part of your wardrobe? This Light Olive Baby Doll Salwar by Kavita Bhartia has a fun, flirty shape that’s perfect for daytime. Another Kavita Bhartia look in Luxemi’s collection, the Orange Cotton Silk Gota Suit, features a funky gota border and a vibrant orange color that’s popping up everywhere this spring. Like Kavita’s runway looks, this suit has subtle detailing that takes a classic silhouette to the next level.

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And if you’re looking for a way to glam up your favorite saree, Kavita’s blouses are the perfect fix. For an earthy, all-over glow, try Luxemi’s Gold Stretch Satin Blouse with Embellished Neckline by Kavita Bhartia. Another Kavita Bhartia blouse in our collection, the Black Sequined Stretch Blouse, is as vibrant as the gold blouse is subtle. It’s guaranteed to make your go-to saree night-ready in a flash.

Kavita recently said, “My idea is to design clothes that have a global appeal yet exude India’s rich textile heritage. I believe in dressing the world but retaining a sense of Indian-ness in my garments.” We’re betting Kavita won’t be leaving the world’s fashion radar anytime soon!

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