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Shaadi Chic: Bollywood’s Most Fashionable Brides

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

Princess Diairies: Soha Ali Khan

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L to R: Mehendi, wedding and reception

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

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

Beauty to behold: Dia Mirza

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L to R: Mehendi, sangeet, wedding and reception

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

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

Glam Goddess: Shilpa Shetty

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L to R: Wedding and reception

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

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

Desi Diva: Esha Deol

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L to R: Mehendi, sangeet, wedding and reception

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

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

Simple Sophistication: Kalki Koechlin

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L to R: Wedding and party

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

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

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

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Luxemi Talks To Jewelry Designer Mrinalini Chandra

Lisa Haydon wearing a Mrinalini Chandra necklace for Vogue India

Lisa Haydon wearing a Mrinalini Chandra necklace for Vogue India

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

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

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

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Mrinalini Chandra at LFW SR 2014

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

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

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What are your key inspirations?

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

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

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

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

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Mrinalini Chandra wearing her own creations

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

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

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

Which are your favorite pieces from Luxemi’s collection?

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

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What do you think of Mrinalini Chandra’s creations? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Sonam Kapoor’s ‘Dolly Ki Doli’ Looks Decoded

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Ever since Sonam Kapoor made her Bollywood debut she’s been tagged as the industry’s high priestess of fashion and rightly so. With her impossibly chic style, Sonam has single-handedly changed the face of costume designing in Indian films. She made Dior and Chanel household names with chick flick Aisha and her recently released film Dolly Ki Doli is all about shining the spotlight on homegrown designers. Kapoor’s latest is about a con artist bride who thrives on a Marry. Run. Repeat. mantra. And you know, where there’s weddings there’s awesome bridal fashion to be had. We decided to turn watching this movie into a fun ‘spot the designer’ game. Styled by Karuna Laungani, Elle India’s ex-Fashion Editor (also Sonam’s stylist for Khoobsurat), we weren’t surprised when we spotted the coolest names in the industry.!

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We love a badass bride and the first look is no exception. Sonam rocks the edgy bridal look with a traditional Anita Dongre gota patti lehenga but instead of a dupatta, it’s paired with a moto jacket and aviators.

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Manish Arora

The “bride gone wild” act continued with Sonam in this eclectic Manish Arora couture lehenga that she wore for a song during the movie’s closing credits. An OTT look-at-me lehenga worn with a cropped jacket and statement sunglasses is our kind of combination indeed.

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Jade by Monica and Karishma

Another label making it to the promotional posters was a turquoise and coral lehenga by bridal wear brand Jade by Monica and Karishma. The blue is a welcome reprieve from bridal red—do we spy a trend in the making?

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That’s not to say that bridal red was given a miss altogether in the movie. We spotted Sonam in a red Ritu Kumar sari worn with a gold blouse and an embellished Anupama Dayal tunic worn over patialas. Steal her look with Luxemi’s Red and Gold Bridal Saree.

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Anupama Dayal

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Ashima Leena

Considering how much we love offbeat lehengas, the green Ashima-Leena number with its jacket style blouse was an instant favorite with us. Love the look from head-to-toe, right down to the jewelry.

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Madsam Tinzin

Upcoming designers were part of the repertoire too.We loved the contemporary design of this blue suit by Delhi-based designer Madsam Tinzin.

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Mayyur Girotra

What’s stands out about this Mayyur Girotra look is how this otherwise modern lehenga was given a completely traditional Gujarati avatar with ingenious use of silver jewelry. Check out Luxemi’s versatile range of silver jewelry here, here and here.

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Luxemi’s silver jewelry

Which of the Dolly Ki Doli looks do you like best? Tell us in the comment box below!

Read more about Sonam Kapoor’s style here.

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Do You Know Your Indian Weaves?

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Made in India is seeing a revival—a revolutionary revival, actually. A host of designers are shining the spotlight on traditional handlooms and weaves from different parts of the country without succumbing to the ‘modern update’. So on the one hand you have Rahul Mishra putting chanderi on the international style map, while on the other Prime Minister Narendra Modi made khadi kurtas and nehru jackets stitched in Ahemdabad a major rage. Embracing and donning our Indian heritage is no longer considered old school or uncool. In fact, this return to our roots is a thing now. A stylish statement, really. If you’ve been following along you know Luxemi’s been championing this for awhile. So if you’re gearing up to make closet space for this traditional throwback, it begs the question—can you tell your patolas from your kalamkaris? And do you which region is famous for their upadas? Fret not; we have the ultimate guide for you!

Andhra Pradesh

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Kalamkari collection by Neeta Lulla

The looms of Pochampalli, Venkatagiri, Gadwal, Narayanpet, Dharmavaram, Uppadas are best known for their silk and cotton sarees. The state’s Mangalgiri cottons and Kalmkari prints are lauded as well.

Bihar 

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Tussar silk

That tussar silk (a non-mulberry type of silk) sari your grandmom is so fond of? It’s from this state! Bihar is also equally famous for their handwoven cotton mulmuls, particularly in the Madhubani print.

Gujarat

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Patola creation by Gaurang Shah

The patola print, which is a particular craze these days, is a specialty of Gujarat and is made using a tie and dye technique that requires intricate weaving. The region’s Kutch work is equally well known too.

Jammu and Kashmir

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Kashmiri Heritage collection by Manish Malhotra

Your shawl collection can never be deemed complete without atleast one pure pashmina or toosh from the region. Kashmiri kashida embroidery is equally beautiful and has to be seen to be believed! No wonder Manish Malhotra dedicated an entire collection to it in 2012!

Karnataka

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Vidya Balan in Mysore silk

The Southern state’s Mysore silk sarees with pure zari borders, silk sarees with kasuti embroidery and belgaum sarees are heirloom pieces every fashionista should own.

Madhya Pradesh

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Chanderi creation by Rahul Mishra

The chanderi fabric that Rahul Mishra has made so famous world over comes from this state. The state’s craftsmen are masters at churning our chanderi silk and maheshwari sarees too.

Maharashtra

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Kirron Kher in Paithani silk saree

Exquisite Paithani saris and Vidarbha Karvati sarees in kosa silk that are a staple in the state are coveted across the country and are often handed down for generations.

Orissa

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Sambalpuri ikat

The ikat print, which is splashed across collections of most high street giants today, is in fact the forte of this state and is known as sambalpuri ikat. Orissa is also famed for their bomkari handlooms, where designs are inspired by mythology spruced with animal and floral patterns.

Rajasthan

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Bandhani and gota outfit by Anita Dongre

Rajasthan’s handlooms are just as vibrant and colourful as the state’s culture. Their bandhani or bandhej (a type of tie and dye technique), leheriya, gotta patti, zari and zardosi work are extremely famous and have found patrons in several designers like Anita Dongre and Nidhi Tholia among others.

Uttar Pradesh

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Jame Judi Dench in a chikankari outfit by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

Lucknowi chikan embroidery, an erstwhile favourite of Nawabs and royalty as well as a technique on which Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla have built their empire, hails from UP. It has been adapted into western and fusion wear too.

West Bengal

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Kantha work

Baluchari work sarees that highlight the rustic culture of the state’s villages as well the subtle yet stately Kantha embroidery sarees are a must-buy for someone visiting West Bengal!

What do you think of our Indian weaves 101 session? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s Guide To Navaratna Jewelry

unnamed-2Let us introduce you to the au courant favorite at the Luxemi HQ: navaratna jewelry, a bijouterie classic that promises to stand the test of time. Literally translating into ‘nine gems’, this unique style is composed of 9 stones, each having its set of implications in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, among other religions. Jewelry that is beautiful AND has culture/historical significance? Sign us up!

navaratna-1024x1015_copyCulturally speaking, this form of jewelry is seen as a symbol of positivity and is touted to bring luck and prosperity to the wearer. The nine dazzling jewels that make up this gem of a beauty include rubies, diamonds, pearls, red coral, garnet, blue sapphire, cat’s eyes, yellow sapphire and emeralds.

Astrologically speaking, they are considered a protective shield against danger and disease. Each gemstone has a ruling planet which tackles specific problems. It is believed that navaratna jewelry combines the benefits of nine planetary gemstones in one, hence making it so powerful.

Sartorially speaking, this bejewelled beauty is all you need to spice up monochromatic as well as multi-hued ensembles. There’s no denying that it will pair just as beautifully with a white sari as it will with a printed lehenga. Whether you’re looking to make a statement that is restrained or regal—this is just the bauble style you need.

The cocktail of colors this jewelry style offers makes it a natural pick to spice up monotone looks as it offers one’s repertoire a punchy reprieve.

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We wouldn’t rule out pairing navaratna jewels with multi-hued or printed ensembles either. Think of it as a bejewelled spin on print-on-print. The trick here is to opt for just a navaratna pendant or earrings instead of the whole set.

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With Spring just around the corner (hopefully!), it’s only fitting that you sport this rainbow-drenched trend with a spring in your step!

What’s your take on navaratna jewelry? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s Holiday Gift Guide: Chic Presents Under $100 + 15% Off!

 

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Photo by Oliver Schwarzwald

Aaaah December, the most festive time of year indeed. What with the jing jing jingling, sparkly numbers, and free flowing champers, it’s enough to make a girl go giddy! The parties and the shenanigans aside, it’s the gift giving that’s really our favorite part of the holiday season. There’s nothing better than hearing genuine squeals of joy—that’s when you know you done good.

If you want our advice, why not go beyond that bottle of wine when picking out gifts for your loved ones this time around? Spoil the ladies in your life silly with something chic they’ll cherish for a long time. Our gift guide has something for everyone—you included! What’s more, you don’t need to burn a whole in your wallet to find the perfect presents either—our edit brings you the chicest options, all under $100! Use code bauble15 for 15% of all retail accessories including jewelry, bags, and scarves!

What: Navy Blue and Magenta Embroidered Flower Clutch by 5 Elements

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This embroidered clutch is the perfect marriage between traditional and contemporary elements. It will brighten up a lehenga and elevate a jeans and top look as well. Pretty prefect for your BFF or younger sister, don’t you think?

Price: $98

What: Crescent Kundan Earrings with Pearl Drops

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The wedding invites just won’t stop pouring in and these earrings are the ideal pick for one of your girls who has a lot of them to attend! We bet this ear candy will catapult into her go-to accessory in no time.

Price: $88

What: Refined Gold and Pearl Pendant Set

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This elaborate pearl and polki embellished set is bound to be a hit with your mum or aunt—basically someone who loves adding traditional elements to her repertoire. She can wear the set as a whole for more festive occasions or use the pieces separately when dressing down.

Price: $58

What: Gold Bracelet Set with Black Accents

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There are many reasons that this one is a winning choice—gold is a trend du jour and stacked bangles are a must-have in one’s accessory arsenal. This incredibly chic choice is sure to bring a smile to your home-girl’s face, particularly if she likes to stay trendy at all times.

Price: $38

What: Simple Gold Ball Headpiece

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Gift this simple yet statement-making headpiece to the boho chic belle in your life. Rest assured, she won’t be able to get enough of this versatile piece—after all, it can be worn pretty much everywhere from a music festival, a night out or to a wedding.

Price: $38

What: Turquoise and Pink Hand-Embroidered Phulkari Dupatta/Scarf

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If you’re scouting for a gift for someone who’s not really big on jewelry, then this scarf is just what you need (to gift wrap!). Not only is it weather-friendly, but its versatility promises to give any look that extra edge too. And did we mention that it can liven up a salwar or a tunic as well? Win-win, indeed!

Price: $98

And if you’re still not sure about which one of these stellar options to pick, we have another fab idea for you. Simply opt for a Luxemi Gift Card, and let your loved ones pick out what they want!

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Desi Dressing Guide for Curvy Gals

 

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Let’s face it: Indian clothing can be universally flattering when worn appropriately but that slinky cocktail sari or dangerously short choli isn’t for everyone. And while desi clothes are largely forgiving of those unwanted contours, there is still something to be said about body type. If picked smartly and wisely (read: with Luxemi’s help!), curvy gals can easily use traditional garb to their advantage. Not sure how? Read on.

Fit is everything

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Which means it shouldn’t be too loose or too fitted. The former will add unwanted bulk to your frame and the latter will end up putting your problem areas on display. A few strategic nips at the waist and shoulders by a trusted tailor will make all the difference and this goes for whatever size you are!

Pick the right silhouettes

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Know the cuts that flatter your body and stick to the them. Choose flared lehengas instead of fish cuts or A-lined ones. Short blouses make you self-conscious? Guess what, you can get away without baring your midriff. Simply opt for a long corset or jacket style blouse with short sleeves. If you do want to flaunt your midriff, turn to 3/4th sleeves to maintain a sense of balance. There are several new drapes and cuts in blouses that are immensely popular these days. Try them out. A full-length anarkali with a fitted bodice, an empire line kurta or a short flared tunic with straight pants also works well.

Know the fabrics that work

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Stiff fabrics such as organza or heavily embellished velvet will do you no favours. Free flowing ones, on the other hand, will. So we advise sticking to crepe, chiffon, net, and soft silk.

Colors and prints

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Colors and prints play an important role as well. Dark colors, as it is widely known, create a slimming effect so befriend them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play around with lighter hues. As long as you stick to one color from head-to-toe, you’re good to go. Avoid heavy embroidery, particularly on the bodice, as it leads to a bulky look. Turn to delicate thread or beadwork instead. If you like prints, make sure to choose those with flattering placements.

Create focus points

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Diverting attention from your problem areas and highlighting your assets is the oldest trick in the book. Use statement accessories to grab the limelight and make them the focus of your look. Hathphools, maang tikkas, head harnesses and layered necklaces are all on-point. But always maintain a sense of proportion. For instance, opt for an oversized clutch instead of a minaudière or a long necklace instead of a choker.

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Luxemi Talks To Designer Ragini Ahuja of Ikai


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There is no stopping Ragini Ahuja. The Delhi-based designer who debuted her label Ikai at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 Gen-Next show has gone from being a newbie to fashion frat darling in no time at all. The testimonies to this are many, but consider this: she was the first runner up at the recently concluded Vogue Fashion Fund 2014, a prestigious win for the young designer indeed.

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Not your basic designer, Ahuja’s creations feature a touch of edge, an inherent uniqueness that sets them apart. Think unexpected mixing of textures, leather detailing, hand woven fabrics and prints that strike a balance between look-at-me and subtle. Her latest collection ‘Metal’ focuses on sheep nappa and brass strips ingeniously appliquéd in flora and fauna shapes while using feminine fabrics, sheer chanderi and cotton marbled in corrosive colours with a hint of oxblood and gold.

Luxemi: Tell us about your foray into fashion designing. Is this something you always wanted to do? 

Ragini Ahuja: I was more inclined towards illustrating and graphic art than fashion initially. But I ended up pursing my Bachelors in Fashion Design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, which is how I got here. Though I do make boxy silhouettes that work as a canvas for my edgy illustrations and animated graphic details.

Who is the quintessential Ikai woman? Tell us more about the label.

The Ikai woman is real, curvaceous, fearless and confident. The label aims at creating highly wearable clothing by reinterpreting the traditional Indian aesthetic in a non-traditional way. So think boxy anti-fits are adorned with edgy artwork and animated details. The label has carved a niche with its unconventional use of leather and use of age-old techniques in the offbeat ways.

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Your creations always feature an offbeat element, with a lot of texture play. Is this a conscious move? What are some of the label’s signature styles?

Our design process starts with artworks, textures and mixing new with the old, traditional with the modern. The surfaces are then translated onto fabrics. The shibori box maxi (seen on actress Esha Gupta) with beautiful shibori stripes, appliqué leather belt details and leather roll up detailing at the hem is one of our hot sellers. It is big boxy, easy-to-wear and cinched beautifully at the waist.

Shibori Box MaxiOur big, boxy anti-fit shirts are also a signature style.

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What are the coolest/chicest ways to wear a sari according to you?

I love to pair traditionally hand-woven chanderi saris with leather bustiers, crop shirts and belted appliqué jackets.

What are the key traditional wear trends this year? What should be avoided at all costs?

Neon and anything that doesn’t flatter your body type should be completely avoided. As for Indians, wear classic saris, anarkalis and lehengas, as they never go out of style. For those who don’t mind experimenting, give our edgy leather floral applique and chanderi double layer reverse appliqué tunics and kurtas a go.

Who are some of your favourite designers and why?

I love Alexander Wang and Abraham & Thakore.

A style advice that never fails?

Find what looks good on you and stop following trends blindly!

Which are your favorite pieces from Luxemi’s latest collection? 

The Rustic Gold Triangle Necklace with Black Ribbon and Gold Pinky Ring by Amrapali are my top picks!

Untitled-1 What’s your take on the designer’s work? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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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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5 Indian Accessory Designers To Watch Out For

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Image: Outhouse

An Indian’s love affair with bling is a well-known fact. We do, after all, take our jewelry very seriously. But lets face it, that bridal polki set or heavy solitaire necklace isn’t going to cut it at all the time. Nor is high street junk. Hence a burgeoning army of accessory designers have cropped up to cater to those in-between requirements. Considering the bauble heads that we are, we’re always scouting for ace accessory designers to add to our ever-growing collection. So after rounding up five fashion designers to watch out for, we bring you the five accessory labels we are totally crushing on right this minute.

 Outhouse

Indian accessory desingers

Launched by sisters Kaabia and Sasha Grewal in October 2011, Outhouse has quickly become an accessory label du jour, a tour de force to reckon with. A fusion of contemporary styles and rich craftsmanship, their pieces are known for their bold and avant garde lendings. If you’re looking to make a head turning statement, then your search for the most fitting baubles ends here. Thanks to the fierce loyalists they have gained along the way, the brand is opening their flagship store in Delhi soon.

Indian accessory desingers

Celebrity Patrons: Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Neha Dhupia, Shraddha Kapoor and Deepika Padukone

 Mrinalini Chandra

Indian accessory desingers

Mumbai-based designer Mrinalini Chandra’s pieces are an ode to the rich culture and poetic verses of India, though she always gives her traditional inspiration a quirky, contemporary relevance. Cases in point are her collections featuring funky chair and fish motifs, but preserved with a desi spin. Chandra believes that her creations are an eclectic range of whimsical, slightly modern yet slightly ancient, stuck in-time-designs!

Indian accessory desingers

Celebrity Patrons: Sonam Kapoor, Esha Gupta, Kalki Koechlin, Karisma Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez

Eina Ahluwalia

Indian accessory desingers

Touted as India’s first conceptual jewelry artist, Eina Ahluwalia’s label called ‘Breathing Space’ boasts of pieces inspired by life and aim to take the wearer on journeys within themselves and through time. The designer resorts to handmade fretwork, which makes her creations intricate and detailed. She doesn’t refrain from making bold statements either—hence you will find references to religion, scriptures, messages of kindness, respect and love and shout-outs against social issues.

Indian accessory desingers

Celebrity Patrons: Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Jacqueline Fernandez, Deepika Padukone, Chitrangada Singh, Sonam Kapoor and Sona Mohapatra

Suhani Pittie

Indian accessory desingers

To say that Hyderabad-based Suhani Pittie’s hand crafted baubles are extremely sought after would be an understatement. Her collections bring forth her fascination with ancient lore and traditional arts but she treats this inspiration with a bohemian sensibility. Sonam Kapoor can easily be touted as the poster girl for Suhani Pittie jewelry. Her partiality for the designer’s edgy and offbeat creations is easy to spot with one look at her repertoire. Also, here’s a fun fact: Pittie is couture maestro Anamika Khanna’s sister. Creativity, it seems, runs in the family!

Indian accessory desingers

Celebrity Patrons: Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Esha Gupta, Vidya Balan, Parineeti Chorpa and Masaba Gupta

Valliyan by Nitya Arora

Indian accessory desingers

A jewelry brand strictly catering to hedonists, designer Nitya Arora believes that her creations are esoteric and niche. Think pop-hued handcrafted accessories with a vintage vibe but topped off with a New York edge. They are all about making an unabashed, bold and unadulterated statement. Case in point: the warning sign on the brand’s site that reads, “WARNING! While using our products you may find people, known to you or otherwise staring at your ears neck or wrist.”

Indian accessory desingers

Celebrity Patrons: Shraddha Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Nimrat Kaur, Kajol, Sonakshi Sinha, Deepika Padukone and Aditi Rao Hydari

 Got a favorite from these designers? Tell us in the comment box below!

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