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Birchbox’s Deepica Mutyala on Beauty Tricks for Indian Women

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At the ripe age of 16, Texas native and now beauty maven Deepica Mutyala had set a goal—that she would move to New York City and ignite her dream of working in the beauty industry. And that’s exactly what this University of Texas, Austin graduate achieved. After stints with companies like L’Oréal USA and L Brands on Victoria’s Secret PINK, Deepica now works as a Senior Manager in Brand Development at Birchbox in NYC. Getting makeovers by Beyonce’s make-up artist (!) and being exposed to the biggest brands in the beauty biz is all part of typical work day for this gal (sounds terrible, right?).

We caught up with this makeup maverick for a quick tete-a-tete on the best beauty trends for Indian women, common mistakes, must-have products and more! Pssst…she even threw in some cool insider trade secrets!

Luxemi: What are the most common beauty mistakes Indian women make when dressing in traditional wear?

Deepica Mutyala: I don’t think there should be any rules with makeup. It should be about your mood and how you feel whether you’re in Indian or western clothes.  Indian girls tend to stick to red lipsticks as their go-to with Indian ensembles but mix it up and have fun, I say! You can completely change the way your outfit looks by just changing your hair and makeup, thus allowing you to repeat that sari at the third wedding of the season (that is, of course, if you haven’t already discovered the beauty of Luxemi!).

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What are the latest beauty trends that will lend themselves beautifully to Indian wear?

  • Plum lips and bold brows! I especially love plum lips with white Indian outfits and I am definitely not a believer in the ‘no white after Labor Day’ rule.

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  • Braids: I don’t think Indian girls play with braids enough because they fear that it’ll look too traditional. But there are so many ways to experiment with them. My current favorite is a voluminous messy fishtail. It’s a great way to stand out in a room full of straightened or curled hair.

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  • Contouring: Contouring is still having its moment and lends itself perfectly to Indian wear. Who doesn’t want defined cheekbones and glowing skin, right?

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 5 must-have beauty products a desi girl’s kit ought to have?

  • A brow pencil: You know how threading your eyebrows completely changes the look of your face? Filling your brows lends the same effect! It’s a product most Indian women don’t realize they need (because they already have dark, thick brows) but can’t live without once they see the difference it makes.
  • A bold lipstick: I am loving plum lipstick right now. A classic, high pigment plum that I love is M.A.C Cosmetics’ Rebel, but if you’re looking for a light berry shade, I recommend the Cynthia Rowley Beauty creamy lip stain in Dahlia. It’s layerable, so you can add coats for intensity and personal preference.

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  • Concealer: I think if you surveyed all Indian women and asked them what their number one beauty concern is, we would say dark under eye circles. Since I battle this problem too, I like using a heavier concealer that also has brightening properties. My current favorite is the Vasanti Instant Pick Me Up Color Correcting Illuminator in shade CC 4. It has the glowing effects that everyone loves from YSL’s Touche Eclat with the coverage power of M.A.C Cosmetics’ concealers—the best of both worlds!

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  • Highlighter/Illuminator: If you want radiant skin, I have two tips: drink tons of water and find a killer highlighter. I especially love the way highlighter looks when I’m in Indian clothes. You can instantly tell the difference in pictures when you do and don’t wear it. I use a cream highlighter because I have dry skin. My current favorite is the Bio Brightening Stick from W3LL PEOPLE. The stick format makes it really easy to apply.

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  • Beautyblender: I’ve never met a makeup artist who didn’t have a beautyblender in their kit. The difference in how your makeup applies is unreal with/without it. It’s especially helpful when you’re contouring to blend with zero streakage. I can’t go back to using any brush again now. Make sure to wet the brush to where it doubles in size before using.

Indian celebrities who nail desi-dressing makeup according to you?

I love the versatility of Deepika Padukone’s beauty looks. She always mixes it up, from dramatic smoky eyes/bold lips to more subtle natural glows. She also gives me major brow envy.

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It’s also really exciting to see Mindy Kaling’s makeup looks evolve. I love that she’s not afraid to experiment with different looks across both fashion and beauty and you can tell she’s having fun with it.

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Insider beauty tricks you’d like to share with us?

If you have extreme dark circles, use a bright red or orange lipstick as a base under your eyes before applying concealer. The bright pigmentation of the lipstick evens out your skin tone. We work with celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin at Birchbox and he mentioned that this is one of his favorite beauty tricks to use on Mindy Kaling. Major game changer!

Most people apply mascara outward going towards their ears to create a sort of cat eye look. But for a more wide-awake makeup look, apply your mascara inward. By re-directing the lashes this way, your eyes will pop and look more refreshed. I learned this trick from Mally Roncal who has been the go-to makeup artist for celebrities like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez and now has her own beauty line called Mally Beauty. The products are all extremely brown-girl friendly (high pigments)!

Want more fun tips from Deepica? Follow her on Instagram @deepicam

What do you think of Deepica’s tips and tricks? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Get The Look: Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt in Vogue

Vogue India, September 2012

Bollywood’s newest entrant, 21-year-old Alia Bhatt, hasn’t just wowed critics with her acting credentials but has also quickly climbed fashion charts to become a celebrity style favorite in a short time. Considering she was groomed by Karan Johar and that her first magazine cover was Vogue’s September 2012 issue, did you really think it would be any other way?! We love this spunky young gun’s no-holds-barred attitude and fuss-free approach to fashion — she knows she’s a looker but doesn’t try too hard to hog the limelight — and that is exactly what makes her a winner in our books. Here’s how you can snag her style in three simple ways!

Color Crush

Alia Bhatt in bright colors

When in doubt, wear a statement color! At least that’s what Bhatt swears by. She doesn’t seem to be one to go overboard with prints; instead keeps it simple in bright solid colors for utterly fuss-free looks. Throw on statement accessories to complete your outfit when opting for something similar.

Luxemi Pick: Dusty Pink Mukesh Saree with Bronze Feather Border

 

Crop It Like It’s Hot  

Alia Bhatt in crop tops

This newbie shed oodles of weight for her Bollywood foray so it’s no surprise that Ms. Bhatt has taken to flaunting her freshly toned midriff in a smattering of crop tops. Whenever she turns to them, she makes sure to maintain a delicious balance between neon pops and netural hues.

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Luxemi Pick: Gold Stretch Satin Blouse with Embellished Neckline by Kavita Bhartia

 

Layering Love

Alia Bhatt in layered indian wear

Bhatt’s petite frame demands that she add more dimension to her looks, which is why she is often spotted in layered Indian wear — and that, more often than not, translates into dhoti pants with a kurta and vest.

Luxemi Pick: Coral Red Tie Front Jacket Salwar with Floral Embroidery

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

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Dress like Deepika Padukone — Bollywood’s Favorite Fashionista

Deepika Padukone in Vogue September 2013 issue

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Deepika Padukone is our latest Bollywood girl crush. This doe-eyed beauty has earned some serious style cred with her recent super chic sartorial picks, making one thing very clear —this stylista can do no wrong. Ever since her movie Cocktail, she seems to be on a style roll, putting only her most fashionable foot forward. When I interviewed her a couple of months back, she simply brushed off this ‘style icon’ tag saying that she blindly trusts her stylist when it comes to her appearances (modestly skipping that not everyone can pull off the looks she does). And the stylist in question, Vogue India’s Anaita Shroff Adajania, constantly seems to be pushing the envelope when it comes to Padukone’s wardrobe. Here’s a round up of the looks we love most on her!

Deepika Padukone in monochrome outfits

Monochrome is a hot favorite with this B-town’s fashionista and it’s a look she wears well. Take a cue from her and slip into our Black and White Hand Painted Saree by Satya Paul. Accentuate the look, as Padukone often does, with a pop of color by way of footwear, accessories or red lips.

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While most people shy away from muted colors for the fear of looking dull, Padukone (seen here in Sabyasachi and Ridhi Mehra) seems to have the trick to wear it down pat i.e. create talking points by sprucing it with statement earrings, an interesting updo and a radiant smile. Add this hue to your repertoire with Luxemi’s Peach Anarkali with Zari and Gota Work and Peach Burnout Saree by Satya Paul.

Deepika Padukone wearing Rachel Roy jumpsuit

But that’s not to say that she skips out on color all together. The fashion fraternity’s it-girl can pull off the most daring colors with effortless élan. We love this Rachel Roy jumpsuit she was spotted in recently. For those of you scouting for a similar desi ensemble, look no further than this Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel.

Deepika Padukone in lace outfits

Another trend Padukone has been quick to embrace is lace — be it in the form of dresses, tops or traditional wear. Our Gold Embellished Chantilly Lace Saree promises a touch of elegant sophistication, reminiscent of her looks.

Deepika Padukone in kundan set

And now for the look we are totally swooning over — a winning juxtaposition of old-world charm with a contemporary vibe — is the pairing of traditional/kundan jewelry with western silhouettes. Snag this look easily with our Geometric Gold Kundan Set and Gold Kundan Collar and Earrings worn over a cocktail gown or LBD at your next formal soiree.

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

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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.

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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

Image credit: An Indian Summer blog

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!

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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.

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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 ‘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!

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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 ‘One Outfit Two Ways’ guide

While we never have trouble making the most of that sheath dress or styling a peplum blouse differently every time, squeezing versatility out of our Indian wear leaves us in a fix. So in a bid to play your sartorial saviors, Luxemi has put together a fun guide for you – one that allows you to wear the same traditional ensembles in utterly distinct ways every single time. Trust us when we say that these easy tips will instantly catapult your outfit into a brand new one and allow you to stand out in a crowd of run-of-the-mill ensembles. After all, we do believe in twice as nice!

Parallel lines/Sharara Pants

Sonam Kapoor in Shehla Khan sharara pants

Sonam Kapoor does ample justice to these Shehla Khan sharara pants

Sharara pants from Surendri by Yogesh Choudhary's Summer/Resort 2013 collection

Sharara pants from Surendri by Yogesh Choudhary’s Summer/Resort 13 collection showcased at LFW

Yes, we all love a pretty anarkali, but we believe in changing it up every once in a while. There’s no better way to do that than by jumping onto the latest bandwagon in fashiondom – sharara pants over churidars.

Tangerine anarkali worn with Kisneel sharara pants

Pair our tangerine anarkali with these sharara pants from Kisneel

While you can definitely wear our tangerine salwar with aqua embellishments in the conventional way, don’t be afraid of trying something different for a fresh new look. Swap the churidars for these blush blue sharara pants by Kisneel which will complement the vibrant anarkali beautifully. You can even skip the dupatta and go OTT with the accessories instead. Flaunt this accentuated style at a mehndi, dinner party or even a sangeet!

Jacket up

Manish Malhotra's lehenga with jacket outfit at WIFW AW'13

Jacqueline Fernandez in a Manish Malhotra lehenga paired with a jacket at WIFW AW ’13

The hottest trend to have sealed its fate on fashion’s wall of fame is pairing lehengas with jackets for a more structured look.

Laila Motwane neon lehenga worn with an angarakha

Pair Laila Motwane’s neon lehenga with an angarakha from Luxemi’s collection

Wear our neon gota work lehenga by Laila Motwane but with an unexpected twist. Pair it with this coral angrakha with velvet and gota embellishments for a look that will instantly give you the reputation of a sartorial risk taker. You can go sans the dupatta with this one, and elevate the attire with a charming head piece and statement earrings. The fresh colors make it perfect for a day time or afternoon function. Go a step further and have some fun with your hair-do as well, a fish tail braid might just do the trick!

Buck the blouse

Katrina Kaif in a Manish Malhotra anarklai with lehenga

How many times have you worn a lehenga the regular way? More than you can remember, right? Luxemi has a fresh new style you can try out. When you’re bored of the usual style, skip the cropped blouse and opt for a long anarkali-esque top instead with your lehenga.

Madhuri Dixit at IIFA green carpet in Manish Malhotra

Madhuri Dixit looks splendid in this Manish Malhotra creation

Try out this trend with our scarlet and purple gota work lehenga by Laila Motwane which can be teamed with our sequined gold anarkali for an unusual spin. Throw on a simple red dupatta for a casual event or dress up the look with the heavily embellished dupatta. A beautiful kundan set is the only finishing flourish the look needs. This look is ornate enough for even the bride to wear for one of her wedding functions.

So go on, embrace Luxemi’s ‘One Outfit Two Ways’ guide and be the belle of the next ball you attend!

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Luxemi guide: How to wear clashing prints

 

Sonam Kapoor wears clashing prints by Rohit Bal at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

Sonam Kapoor for Rohit Bal at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

While your closet may boast an overdose of statement prints, it’s no longer enough to grab eyeballs and move to the top of fashion charts. So what’s guaranteed to get you noticed? Pairing clashing prints together. We’ve been crushing on this fashion forward style for a few seasons now, which is a great way to inject some spunk to your Indian wear.

Jyotsna Tiwari lehenga at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

This Jyotsna Tiwari lehenga mixes two kinds of florals

We love teaming a sari or lehenga with a contrasting print blouse. Throwing on a clashing dupatta over that salwar or lehenga gets our vote too. Go a step further and opt for accessories, especially clutches in prints that will stand out.

Sari with clashing print blouse by Aarti Vijay Gupta LFW SR '13

Aarti Vijay Gupta shows you how to work a sari with a clashing print blouse at her Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort ’13 show

But the trend is not for the fashionably faint-hearted and can be tricky to say the least. So to help you get it right, we roped in Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013’sGen-Next designers to dish out the ultimate tips.

Aimen Agha & Armaan Randhawa:

  •   “Mix black and white Madhubani hand prints with colorful bandhej for a stunning look.
  •  Kalamkari intricate paisley prints mixed with geometric stripes, checks and Aztec prints of similar tones look gorgeous together.
  • Never use big polka dots or bold big motifs with intricate smaller prints.
  • Don’t mix different base fabrics like silks with cottons. Together they don’t give a smooth look.”               

 Rixi Bhatia & Jayesh Sachdeva:

  • “Mix prints, but always offset it with solid colored tones. The prints should work well together in terms of a story. Different kinds of floral prints go together and geometric works with abstract.
  • Keep the accessories subtle and minimal. Your prints are the key element and too many accessories will clash with it, leading to a messy look.
  • Don’t buy a garment just because you like the print. The silhouette is equally important.
  • Don’t match your clothes and accessories with the same print. Wear printed accessories with solid colour outfits and vice-versa.”

Aditi Holani:

  • “Don’t be afraid to combine an eccentric mix of prints from different families like floral, abstract and stripes.
  • If the print is elaborate, use subtle colors. Keep the prints simpler with loud neon colors.
  • Don’t combine two big prints, it looks very busy.”
Blake Lively wearing stripes and florals together in an episode for Gossip Girl

Aditi Holani advises mixing prints from different families. Blake Lively owns the look in a Gossip Girl episode.

 Nitin Chawla:

  • Mix prints of same color family (for e.g. grey and black, yellow and orange) and combine patterns of different densities and sizes. While one can become the focus point, the other can complement it.
  • Balance and scale is the key. Small prints are a better option for those who are petite. Whereas for larger body frames, both small and big prints work well.
  • Mixing too many prints at the same time is a no-no. Not more than two prints should be mixed at one time.”

Pronoy Kapoor:

  • “Pair geometric and abstract prints together. For this, one must choose neutral and earthy tones. Add a hint of glitter for a festive vibe.
  • Since neon colors are in, one could mix traditional prints available in these hues. Also try and throw in some solid block colors for the perfect look.”

So go on, embrace this trend and work it at your next traditional do. With Luxemi’s fail proof guide, this one is bound to be a breeze!

By Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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3 Ways to Wear a Crop Top

With warmer temperatures comes higher hemlines. And we’re not just talking about your pants and skirts.

Crop tops are making a comeback from their 90s heyday. This isn’t a look for the timid, but if you’re willing to experiment, the crop top promises some va-va-voom for your spring wardrobe. Poppin’ trendsetters like Miley Cyrus and Diane Kruger have stepped out in this trend, and you can too!

And here’s a novel idea: we’re thinking our sari blouses are so gorgeous, why limit them to your special events? Get some extra use out of ‘em and put an ethnic flair on this trend for something equal parts chic and head-turning. Luxemi has shared tips in the past for how to pull this look off, but here’s some fresh inspiration and advice.

TIP 1: BLAZE SOME TRAILS WITH A BLAZER.

Button up that blazer if you're feeling some chills, or let it hang carelessly open for some sass.

Button up that blazer if you’re feeling some chills, or let it hang carelessly open for some sass.

Yes, that workplace staple is a savior come sundown. Whether it’s happy hour or a date with that special someone, err on the side of sophistication with a simple blazer and jeans. Alternate ideas: a shawl or well-tied scarf can be a trendy, unique take on this look.

TIP 2: OPPOSITES ATTRACT.

Get some extra mileage with slouchy clothing partners.

Get some extra mileage with slouchy clothing partners.

You’ve got tons of choices when pairing tops with potential bottoms, but aim to not overexpose with a mini-skirt or your skimpiest shorts. A little coverage goes a long way in being sexy without looking like you’re going to a rave. This might be a good time to pull out those MC Hammer pants you can’t get rid of or those slouchy gauchos. P.S.: Fitted crop tops couple beautifully with baggier pieces. Just ask Miley.

TIP 3: WHICH WAY TO THE GUN SHOW?

Doutzen Kroes knows how to do it: enough skin to scintillate without getting scandalous.

Doutzen Kroes knows how to do it: enough skin to scintillate without getting scandalous.

As in: check out your arms. If you have a sleeve on that crop top, you can afford to go higher on your hemline. Shorter sleeves means a maxi can be your go-to. Think balance: you’re cutting hemlines on one piece, so consider lowering the other.

Here are a few pieces we’re keeping in mind for our next night out. Search “blouses” at luxemi.com for a complete selection of blouses for your next saree and/or soiree!

Images courtesy of Glamour Magazine and StyleBistro.

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Top 5 Summer Trends from Lakme Fashion Week 2013

It’s spring, and you know what that means, Luxe fans – it’s time for a fashion overhaul! Sunshine means bright colors, shorter hemlines and experimentation galore. Luckily, last week’s Lakme Fashion Week turned out some real trendsetters. Here’s Luxemi’s exclusive glimpse into what you should be wearing this spring – and how to get the look.


TURBANS/HEADGEAR

Maybe this is because of the unbearable heat of a sticky, humid Indian summer. Or maybe the head is the next frontier of fashion. Whatever the case, Lakme churned out some creative ways to dress up your noggin – from vibrant turbans that recall desert shepherds to stick-on halos to fishermen-inspired straw hats. Top your mop for an easy way to dress up a lazy day or take your outfit to a whole new level.




SARI BLOUSES – REINVENTED

Blouses have continued a cycle of reinvention this year. Designers have refocused attention from sleeves to include different lengths that go from tunic inspired to accessorizing with a bling-y belt. Or how about working just a single, sheer sleeve? From bikini tops favored by the latest Bollywood siren to proper collared shirts any office would be lucky to hire, the blouse is getting a mad makeover.




URBAN ELEGANCE

Indian street fashion has usually been relegated to two types: the sari or a jeans/kurti combo. Only recently has street fashion become more diversified – we’re talking fusion ensembles that pair parachute pants with Nehru-collared tops, floral embroidered shifts, and a prints-a-palooza. Whether your style veers retro or goth, there’s a little Indian sentiment that can be infused into your outfit.




BLACK AND WHITE

That most classic of pairings evokes films from another era, zebras, and high contrast. Make it a neutral this season for an adventure in fashion. Layer on color through statement jewelry, or try texturizing with lace, brocade, or velvet. Keeping it basic is anything but this season.




THE EYES HAVE IT

Eyewear isn’t just for nerds and those shielding their eyes from the sun anymore. We’re talking doodads that have rhinestones plastered on them or gold aviators that take the classic into chic territory. Feeling a little adventurous? The runways featured masks and eye patches, but we’re reaching for the nearest neon eyeliners for pupils that pop. Dress up those peepers and see the world differently.

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All photos courtesy of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013.

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