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Indian Designers and Handloom Revival

 

Brocade and silk on Luxemi

Traditional fabrics on Luxemi

While fashion is all about looking towards the future and having a global approach, it’s equally important to stay in touch with one’s roots. And there’s no better place to start the search than our own backyard! So it is no surprise that ‘handloom and textile revival’ is the latest buzzword in Indian fashion. So much so that the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week dedicated an entire day to it every season. From Wendell Rodricks and Tarun Tahiliani to Sabysachi and Abu-Sandeep, scores of designers have lent their stylish touch to this cause. Luxemi has always supported this return to tradition. So, this week, we’ve rounded some of the top designers who are consistently churning out the most noteworthy designs to support this ever-so-chic cause!

Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra Woolmark Prize collection

Rahul Mishra Woolmark Prize collection

When Rahul Mishra became the first Indian designer to win the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year, it wasn’t just a victory for Indian fashion but also for our textiles and weaves. The designer who is best known for his simple garments with complex craftsmanship has made a career (and a rather successful one at that) of promoting cotton handloom, traditional textiles and handmade artisanship.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi Save the Saree

Vidya Balan in Sabysachi handloom sarees

When this designer du jour lends his magic touch to a garment, it’s sure to fly off the racks. And trust Sabyasachi to bring handlooms back in vogue. His ‘Save the Saree’ project tries to revive this dying industry of Bengal and Andhra Pradesh and provide longevity to traditional weaving practices.

Shruti Sancheti

Shruti Sanchet LFW SR14

Shruti Sanchet LFW SR14

Shruti Sancheti is another name oft associated with handloom revival and she always makes sure to give her creations a trendy twist. Kudos to her for focusing on wearability and interpreting these silhouettes in a modern context.

Gaurang Shah

Gaurang Shah at LFW SR14

Kirron Kher at Gaurang Shah LFW SR14

Hyderabad-based Gaurang Shah has carved a niche for himself with his consistent innovation of Jamdani weaves. “It is good to practice modernity but not at the cost of our heritage and tradition that has so much grace and authenticity,” he was quoted saying.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre LFW SR14

Anita Dongre LFW SR14

Acclaimed designer Anita Dongre (who’s had her own fashionable input at Luxemi) has a dedicated ‘Grassroots’ initiative that is all about environmental glam and creating wardrobe staples out of sustainable fabrics. One look at how chic Dia Mirza looks in one of these designs and we’re totally sold on it!

Krishna Mehta

Krishna Mehta at LFW SR14

Krishna Mehta at LFW SR14

 

Veteran designer Krishna Mehta’s fuss-free yet supremely elegant Indian wear has always rested on the charm of handlooms to work their magic. From Bhagalpur to Pochampalli and from Manipur to Varanasi; Mehta uses the textiles of these regions in an easy chic context. Her latest collection saw her revive Maheshwari weaves for a summer-friendly look.

Ekaya

Ekaya sarees

Ekaya

Ekaya, founded by father-daughter duo Bharat and Palak Shah, is all about bringing the best of Benaras to Delhi. They employ over 10,000 weavers and craftsmen to create their exciting clothing range using Tussar silks, crepes, khadi, chikankari, vibrant pop-colored tanchois and rich Banarasi brocade.

Raw Mango

Raw Mango sarees

Raw Mango sarees

Here is yet another contemporary brand that is all about making Indian handwoven textiles and traditional techniques trendy. We heart their timeless designs and vibrant use of colors.

Which of these designers would you rather wear? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 Lust List

Kareena Kapoor Khan for Rajesh Pratap Singh

Kareena Kapoor Khan for Rajesh Pratap Singh at the Lakme Grand Finale

The international fraternity may take a break from fashion week come March but it’s just the beginning for the Indian fash frat. After all it’s time for a fashion extravaganza more fondly known as  Lakmé Fashion Week! And just like every season, we lived on a steady dose of fashion for the five days of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 (read: 12th-16th March), with eyes for nothing else.

So once we kicked off our heels after Sunday’s finale show, we decided to dedicate space to some of our favorite traditional looks from the week that was! Here goes…

There were some strong trends that emerged this season. White and muted colors stole the limelight, providing us a much-needed reprieve for the neon overdose. Pretty pastels  also came out as a SS ’14 go-to. Fashion’s love affair with reinvented traditional silhouettes continued as designers sent fresh reinterpretations down the ramp. The churidaar seems to be a thing of the past — as comfort took centre stage, so did bottoms like palazzo pants, dhotis, skirts and loose trousers among others.

Design maestros at-LFW2014

L to R: Tarun Tahiliani, Neeta Lulla, Gaurav Gupta and Manish Malhotra

Several heavyweight names were part of the roster this season. Tarun Tahiliani presented a collection dominated by black and white and his SS ’14 signature draped saris were a clear top choice for us. Manish Malhotra’s ‘Summer Affair’ drew us in and we gave our vote to his soft hues, toned down floor length kurtas and intricate thread work. Neeta Lulla’s breezy collection was another favorite — especially because it was unlike anything the designer has presented before. This Indo-western line with a younger vibe gets props for wearability. Gaurav Gupta’s collection was high on drama, edgy cuts and signature use of metallic hues.

Anju Modi

Anju Modi

All eyes were on industry veteran designer Anju Modi  after her much talked-about styling of Deepika Padukone in Ram Leela. Her line was high on layering, voluminous flares, fluidity and tailored cuts typically associated with her designs. The pop of print was a welcome addition too.

Shantanu and Nikhil SS14

Shantanu and Nikhil

Shantanu & Nikhil’s Victorian-inspired collection was hauntingly beautiful and elegant. We loved the pairing of peplum blouses with the skirts and lehengas. If only they had refrained from that unnecessary runway selfie…

Sonaakshi Raaj and Ritika Mirchandani SS14

L to R: Sonaakshi Raaj and Ritika Mirchandani

Sari gowns were a ubiquitous pick for most designers and we are particularly digging these looks by Sonaakshi Raaj and Ritika Mirchandani.

Nupur Kanoi SS14

Nupur Kanoi

Nupur Kanoi was another top pick owing to her ingenious garment construction, muted color palette and fresh spin on Indian silhouettes. We call dibs on that desi jumpsuit!

Prama by Pratima Pandey SS14

Prama by Pratima Pandey

Prama by Pratima Pandey was one of the best Textile Day shows in our opinion. Her feminine line of loose pants, crinkled cotton midis and white sheer tunics with tonal and multi-colored embroidery in silk Chanderi and pure cotton had summer written all over it!

Mrinalini Chandra at LFW2014

Mrinalini Chandra

Accessory designer Mrinalini Chandra invited everyone to take a seat, quite literally, with her collection of statement pieces in recycled glass stones and semi-precious gems, all inspired by the humble chair. We, for one, can’t wait to flaunt this one!

Nikhil Thampi's Untamed at LFW 2014

Nikhil Thampi

And then there was Nikhil Thampi. Yes, we know we said we’re picking out our favorite Indian looks, but we just couldn’t resist. Such was the impact of his power-packed collection called ‘Untamed’. A round of sexy for all the ladies, please!

For more runway reports and trend alerts check out our top AW ’14 looks, 2014 Trend Guide and our favorite looks from India Bridal Fashion Week. You can also head to our Facebook page for the best runway looks!

Which shows did you enjoy most this season? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi Picks the Best AW ’14 Looks

Top AW14 looks

It’s been a busy start to the year for every self-proclaimed stylista out there. As Fall ’14 shows kicked off in New York, followed by London, Milan and finally Paris; fashion lovers across the globe (us included), firmly secured a seat on the front row (so what if it was virtual?) to take it all in. So as a month of fashion frenzy comes to a close, we bring you our favorite looks for Autumn-Winter ’14.

New York Fashion Week

Top looks from New York Fashion Week

L to R: Naeem Khan, Rachel Roy, Kate Spade, Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung went the sporty luxe route whereas Kate Spade’s colorful mod collection with graphic elements found an instant fan in us. Naeem Khan’s collection displayed his enduring love for glamour and we, as always, fell hard for it. Another Luxemi favorite, Rachel Roy’s collection was all about fuss-free feminine cool with a generous smatter of lace. Naturally, we lapped it up!

Top looks from New York Fashion Week

L to R: Delpozo, Alexander Wang, 10 Crosby Derek Lam

One thing became clear at 10 Crosby Derek Lam — pastels and relaxed silhouettes are going to be big this Fall and we aren’t complaining. Alexander Wang grabbed headlines for dragging the fash frat to Brooklyn (Gasp! Quelle horreur), but all was well as his strong collection of statement boots and powerful outerwear won a thumbs up (from us). But the show we were most excited about was Delpozo, the style circuit’s latest boy wonder. His meticulously structured yet comfortably fluid line has us dreaming of winter already.

London Fashion Week

Top looks from London Fashion Week

L to R: House of Holland, Topshop Unique, Mary Katrantzou

Next stop — London. For starters, we loved House of Holland’s show in all its psychedelic glory. And the label’s first ever LBD, (with those shoes too, please!) better be making its way into our wardrobe come Fall! While critics claimed that Topshop Unique’s collection wasn’t a particularly breakthrough one, we give it our vote for the easy separates that are surely going to catapult into AW must-haves. Print queen Mary Katrantzou made a declaration with her show — that there is more to her than those eye-popping digital prints. The sophisticated and evolved collection that followed was nothing short of applaud-worthy.

Top looks from London Fashion Week

L to R: Tom Ford, Burberry

Moving on to the London show we loved most, that of Texan designer Tom Ford. The moment these sequined football jersey dresses hit the runway (Jay-Z will definitely approve), our hearts skipped a bit. Oh, how we love Mr. Ford! Wait a minute, did we say that already? Ah well…

LFW discussions can never be complete without a mention of Burberry, right? And if the Brit label’s brush stroke prints and personalized ponchos are not lust worthy enough, then we don’t know what is!

Milan Fashion Week

Top looks from Milan Fashion Week

L to R: Moschino, Gucci, Fendi, Tod’s, Etro

Gucci took us on a trip to the Swinging Sixties with their upbeat line peppered with leather accents. Wondering what went on our lust list from it? Well, everything! As for Jeremy Scott, he may not speak Italian, but he showed us he definitely speaks Moschino! His show for the label, a crossover between Ronald McDonald and Coco Chanel, was delicious indeed. Now this is a diet we want to get on ASAP. Speaking of ASAP, here’s what else we can’t wait to get our hands on — Fendi’s Little Monsters Bag Boy, a fur incarnation of Karl Lagerfeld himself! Etro stood out for its boho-luxe lendings while Tod’s collection was a master class in diversity using leather.

Paris Fashion Week

Top looks from Paris Fashion Week

L to R: Manish Arora, Lanvin, Dior

Paris gave us several talking points too. India’s very own maximalist Manish Arora’s collection was an unabashed sugar rush while the Lanvin show was gripped by moody, edgy drama. Raf Simons churned out yet another stellar collection for Dior. Think quilted detailing, color splashes, structured tailoring and sporty tech heels.

Top looks from Paris Fashion Week

L to R: Louis Vuitton, Elie Saab, Chanel

All eyes were on Nicolas Ghesquiere as he presented his debut collection for Louis Vuitton. We are digging the retro vibe of this season’s LV girl as well as those miniature trunk handbags. Over at Elie Saab, there was the expected shower of bling, but what captivated our imagination was the Lebanese designer’s take on oxblood. And then there was Chanel… oh Chanel! Are you over the show yet? ‘Cause we are still recovering from that trip to the supermarket. Lagerfeld clearly seems to have his sights set on a younger, sportier  fashionista this season. Tweed overalls, anyone?

So we know what we’ll be lining up to grab as soon as Fall collections hit stores. What about you? For more on the season’s top looks, read our 2014 trend guide and roundup of must-have Indian wear.

Tell us about your favorite shows in the comment box below!

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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

red alert on the red carpet

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 Guide to Radiant Orchid — Pantone’s Color of the Year

Radiant Orchid mood board

Every year has a color hierarchy that cannot be ignored, especially in fashiondom. While Emerald Green ruled color charts (and wardrobes) last year, 2014 belongs to Radiant Orchid (after all, Pantone says so). Considering that we are lovers of all things feminine chic, we couldn’t be happier about this refreshing pick. And we bet that the quintessential Luxemi girl (just like us) is already busy making some closet space for this year’s crowned color!

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, was quoted saying, “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Designer creations in orchid

Left to right: Sailex, Payal Khandwala and Jatin Varma

Here are the many ways you can introduce this color into your repertoire for a chic (and Pantone-approved) look.

Purple outfits on Luxemi

  • Clutches in this color promise to uplift a look while jewelry with a touch of amethyst is a good way to go too.
  • And the color need not be restricted to your outfit alone. Make up in Radiant Orchid and its accompanying shades is just as impact making.
Make up in Radiant Orchid

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  • And for the real deal, why not tuck a few orchid blooms into your chic updo when headed for your next champagne soiree?

Tell us how you’ll be wearing Radiant Orchid this year in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s 2014 Trend Guide

New year, new wardrobe. Right? Well if there’s one thing we know about the Luxemi girl, it’s this — she takes her ‘out with the old, in with the new’ fashion maxim very seriously. After all, no one wants to be tagged as the one whose sartorial picks are “so last year”! So we’ve put together the ultimate guide of the trends you need to say a very warm (and chic, of course) hello to in 2014!

Fashion trends for 2014

TREND: Pink Parade

Pretty pink has seamlessly transitioned from 2013 and 2014 and will continue ruling the color chart. The trick, this year, is to sport it without looking too Legally Blonde. Avoid an overly girly vibe and juxtapose it with some strong, statement making accessories.

Luxemi's pink picks

Luxemi picks: Our Fuschia Lotus Print Cotton Kurta with Legging by Cottons Jaipur, Floral Saree with black and silver sequin work and Dusty Pink Mukesh Saree with Bronze Feather Border fit the bill.

TREND: Tribal Touch

Right from Mumbai to Milan, tribal influences made appearances (and not a fleeting one, mind you) on many a runway. As for us, we’ve always maintained that boho-glam is a fashion keyword to swear by.

Luxemi's tribal inspired picks

Luxemi picks: Our “Tribal” Saree with Brocade Border is ideal for a wedding reception whereas the Simple Gold Ball Headpiece can amp up the most mundane of looks.

TREND: Pastel Play

We are candy crushing this season. Scoops of buttercup-yellow, lilac, pistachio, blush pink, powder blue and every other possible sorbet shade are ruling the color wheel — so why shouldn’t your wardrobe join in the sugar rush?

Pastel traditional wear on Luxemi

Luxemi picks: Our Yellow and Orange Geometric Print Saree with Crystal WorkNet Saree with Buttas and Sequins and Shimmer Georgette “Angel” Lehenga Saree boast of ladylike poise and elan.

TREND: Print Party

Prints can never really go off the style radar, considering that they are intrinsic wardrobe staples. And fashion biggies have given their vote to pop art inspired, candid prints this season. You’d be wise to stock up on them.

Prints on Luxemi

Luxemi picks: Our Crystal And Lace Digital Print Saree, Pink Peony Printed Saree and Digital Print Saree with Sequined Blouse by Satya Paul pack in a powerful printed punch.

TREND: Metal Mania

Who says that metallic hues are meant only for the night? This year, take your metallic beauties out for a spin even in the AM. No-holds-barred is definitely the way to be!

Metallic saree on Luxemi

Luxemi picks: This Red Net Saree With Metallic Sequins by Satya Paul will look just as stunning at an afternoon mehndi event as it will at an after hours cocktail gala.

So here’s wishing you ladies a super stylish and successful 2014. Cheers!

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Luxemi Interviews Fashion and Celebrity Stylist Kushal Parmanand

Sonakshi Sinha in Hi! Living

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand for Hi! Living

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

Kushal Parmanand

Celebrity and fashion stylist Kushal Parmanand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luxemi: Style icons who carry Indian wear beautifully? 

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

Kareena Kapoor in a saree

Luxemi: Your favorite picks from Luxemi.com

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

Luxemi Indian wear

Parmanand’s top picks from Luxemi

Luxemi Indian wear

Parmanand’s top picks from Luxemi

Amrapali earrings on Luxemi

Amrapali earrings on Luxemi

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

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

Nandita Thirani sare

Chotu sari by Nandita Thirani

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

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand for Hi!Blitz

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

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Luxemi’s Guide to Festive Dressing

Diwali dressing

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

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

Trend: Go for gold

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

Luxemi's gold indian wear

Trend: Gold

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

Trend: Stylish in Shararas

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

Luxemi's shararas

Trend: Shararas

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

Trend: Think Pink

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

luxemi's pink ensembles

Trend: Pink

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

Trend: Put a ring on it

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

Luxemi's statement rings

Trend: Statement rings

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

Trend: We’ve got the blues

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

Luxemi's blue indian wear

Trend: Blue

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

Trend: Pearl-essence

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

Pearl jewelry on Luxemi

Trend: Pearl jewelry

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

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

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

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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Luxemi’s Ultimate Guide To Wearing Polkis

Sonam Kapoor flaunts a polki set

Sonam Kapoor is the poster girl for ‘pretty in polki’!

There is a good reason why no fashionista ever gets bored of her polkis. One of India’s most time honored jewelry techniques, it has captured the imagination of desi luxe loving ladies since the Mughal period. Simply put, polki, a speciality of Bikaner in Rajasthan, is a term used to refer to ‘uncut diamonds’. They are mined from the earth naturally and boast of no added frills, enhancement or synthesis. Synonymous with old-world glamour and royalty, there’s no going wrong with it.

That’s not to say that its antique appeal makes it outdated. In fact the Luxemi girl would say quite the contrary! Don’t we all have that one (or many) cherished polki set that can take us from a red carpet soiree to a traditional wedding with equal elan?

This week we bring to you the ultimate guide on making the most of your polki baubles, no matter where you’re headed! Also look out for our quick tips on maintaining and taking care of your precious polkis.

Polki set + Traditional lehenga = Wedding reception ready

victorian polki set on luxemi

Victorian Polki set

This Victorian Polki Set with Antique Finish will complement our peach Brocade Lehenga with Halter Blouse by Mallika Mathur  for a stunning traditional repertoire.

Brocade peach lehenga on Luxemi

Peach Brocade Lehenga by Mallika Mathur

Rest assured, this beauty is one you can proudly pass down to your daughter!

Polki earrings + Sequined sari = Red carpet ready

Luxemi's kundan earrings

Dainty kundan earrings

Luxemi strongly advocates the effectiveness of a dazzling pair of earrings. Sometimes it’s all you need to glam up the simplest of ensembles.

Luxemi's georgette saree

“Tied with a Bow” Georgette Saree

Our small kundan earrings are all you need to sprinkle some poise to the vibrant “Tied with a Bow” Georgette Saree and take on the red carpet! 

Antique kundan bangle + Flared kurta = Diwali party ready

Luxemi's kundan bangle

Kundan Bangle with Antique Finish

A night of festive revelry demands you step out in something stylish yet comfortable. Thus this Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel fits the bill perfectly. Accentuate it with the elegance of our Thick Kundan Bangle with Antique Finish.

Kisneel salwar on Luxemi

Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel

This bangle is a winner…you can turn to it jazz up your LBD as well. Talk about twice as nice!

Crescent kundan jhumkis + Anarkali = Engagement party ready

Luxemi's kundan jhumkis

Crescent Kundan Earrings with Pearl Drops

When headed to a desi engagement party, you want to keep it casual chic. After all, you’ll be dancing the night away!

Salwar by Nikasha on Luxemi

Asymmetrical hem salwar by Nikasha

So spruce up this trendy Orange Salwar with Asymmetrical Hem by Nikasha with our simple but graceful Crescent Kundan Earrings with Pearl Drops.

Tips on taking care of polkis

  • Your kundans and polkis should be kept away from chemicals, perfumes or any other kind of body spray. Always slip into the jewelry 10 minutes after you spray on perfume.
  • Store them in separate boxes or pouches and never stack them on top of each other.
  • Since kundans and polkis are prone to moisture, store them in dry areas.
  • It’s preferable to wrap them in muslin as opposed to cotton, as the cotton fibres may get stuck in the pieces.
  • Warm non detergent-based soapy water is your best bet to clean your polki pieces from time to time.

So there you go… enjoy your beautiful polkis and shine bright in ‘em! :)

By Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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