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The Best Of India Couture Week 2014

 

India Couture Week 2014

L to R: Shraddha Kapoor in Gaurav Gupta, Alia Bhatt in Manish Malhotra and Lisa Haydon in Monisha Jaising

India Couture Week 2014 followed close on the heels of Haute Couture Week held in Paris, and reinforced India’s prowess when it comes to design and craftsmanship. Taking a cur from last year’s Couture Week, there was a continued focus on catering to a younger crowd as the designers experimented with newer, fresher silhouettes.

And while we definitely missed Anamika Khanna, there was still plenty to love this year too. After a thorough scanning of all the looks that set the runways ablaze, we bring you the collections that made us fall in love with Indian couture all over again!

Anju Modi

India Couture Week 2014

In yet another avant-garde tribute to womanhood, Anju Modi used her collection ‘Manikarnika’ to bring regional craft to the forefront, while staying true to her earthy design sensibility.The line centered around dhoti pants teamed with asymmetrical jackets and cropped jackets and half buttoned full length anarkalis. It was a pairing that felt fresh and fashion forward. The jewellery, as is always the case with Modi, was another highlight.

 India Couture Week 2014

Gaurav Gupta

India Couture Week 2014Gaurav Gupta’s collection was as dramatic and sensual as one would expect it to be. Think sheer panels, peek-a-boo cutouts and unforgiving fits. But there were also a few safe full-skirted lehengas with long brocade jackets and pants paired with structured jackets (to cater to the more conventional market, perhaps?). Gupta’s signature sari-gown made several appearances (how could it not?), this time spruced with stunning, embellished capes.

Manish Arora

India Couture Week 2014

Hands down the most recognized Indian designer abroad, you can always count on Manish Arora to bring a dash of irreverence, playfulness and eclecticism to a couture showing. At this years show, Arora’s set was full-on disco themed, and saw models walk down the runway in kalidar midi skirts, bell-bottom shararas, plunging (actually that might just be an understatement) necklines, mirror embellishments and statement baubles. Couture kitsch, anyone?

Manish Malhotra

India Couture Week 2014

Manish Malhotra’s ‘Portraits’ collection was all about unabashed glamour (what else), with a vintage spin. There was ample of mirror work, zardosi, sequins and resham embroidery. Silhouettes ranged from lehengas and saris paired with jacket-style blouses and unexpected sheer necklines to sleeker, more restrained floor length kurtas. And of course, Bollywood show stoppers—Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapoor.

Monisha Jaising

India Couture Week 2014

An extension of the sentiment of her previous couture showing, Monisha Jaising’s ‘World Bride’ collection continued to target the modern Indian bride who likes her bridal repertoire to be contemporary. Hence there were plenty of draped saris in flirty colours, printed and gleaming gowns and a lehengas galore. The icing on the cake, however, was the black leather lehenga worn with a white shirt and traditional jewellery, modelled by Lisa Haydon. Fierce!

Rohit Bal

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Rohit Bal chose a cocktail preview over a runway show to display his capsule collection, one that was replete with classic, free-flowing anarkalis, saris and lehengas in ivory, spruced with elegant jewellery. The pop of color came by way of the menswear on display.

Sabyasachi

India Couture Week 2014Sabyasachi’s show was drenched in the genius and sheer magnificence that only this Kolkatta-based designer can bring to the table. His collection ‘Ferozabad’ retained the maharani-chic, vintage vibe his creations are generally associated with (in fact, many felt that the entire collection had a sense of déjà vu), albeit with a relatively more modern touch. There was a special focus on menswear in bright chintz too. The set, which resembled a luxury train headed to Ferozabad in Uttar Pradesh, was the real hero though.

Varun Bahl

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A fresh collection, targeted at a younger clientele, Varun Bahl’s showing had a varied color palette—starting with noir and then moving on to ivory, teal, canary yellow and bridal pink and red. Sure the conventional bridal pieces made an appearance, but what really caught our eye were the asymmetrical kurtas paired with sheer leggings, embroidered gowns, OTT floral motifs and Bahl’s signature sheer blouses.

Until next season!

Check out our Couture Week reports from 2012 and 2011 here. 

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Your Guide To Sports Luxe Indian Wear

 

Sports Luxe Indian Wear

Deepika Padukone in Huemn varsity sari, Vogue June 2014

Sports luxe is fashion’s latest buzzword. Everyone from King Karl and Alexander Wang to Stella McCartney, Prada and Jeremy Scott are playing for this team so how could our homegrown labels be far behind? A volley of Indian designers like Nishka Lulla, Huemn, Masaba, Surendri and GaGa by Tanya Sharma among others have jumped on the sportswear bandwagon too.

It was the 2012 London Olympics that really put the ball in this trend’s court. Then came wimbeldon and FIFA fever and there was no looking back. There’s a lot to choose from when it comes to sportswear-inspired western wear — varsity jumpers, silk bombers, leather joggers, statement sweatshirts and the works. But the real challenge for the desi girl is to incorporate this style into her traditional wardrobe as well. So we decided to coach you on just how to bring your A-game to the field. Are you ready to play?

  • The most important rule is that comfort is your key player. Your ensemble should be laid-back and one that allows you to move around easily.
  • Sportswear inspired fashion moves much beyond jersey. Think reimagined luxe materials like neoprene, silk, leather, lycra, mesh and sheer panels with a smattering of embellishments.
  • The easiest way to try this trend is to give your sari blouse a sporty spin. You can swap it for a jersey-inspired crop top from your favourite high street label. Or get your neighbourhood tailor to make you one that is loose and comfortable. Sequinned renditions are not off limits either.
Sports Luxe Indian Wear

L to R: Huemn, Shivan & Narresh, QuirkBox, Nishka Lulla

  • Skip those tight churidars and opt for something that’s more relaxed. Desi joggers or loose drawstring pants are a good idea. Since your bottom will be free flowing, opt for a more structured top.
Sports Luxe Indian Wear

L to R: Sougat Paul, Surendri, Annaikka

  • And then there are sneakers and Converse shoes. We’d suggest them with everything from saris and lehengas to suits. It’s not a simple look to pull off, so wear it with a generous helping of confidence!
Sports Luxe Indian Wear

Masaba Gupta

  • Say yes to lots of layering too. Cropped jackets over cholis or tunics and sheer skirts over pants will give your sporty look a sophisticated touch.
  • Give your lehenga a sporty spin by teaming it with a heavily embellished bomber jacket. Not only will you look wildly chic but turn a lot of heads too!
Sports Luxe Indian Wear

Hemant and Nandita

So what’s your take on this trend? Are you in it to win it?

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Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

Bollywood is witnessing a wave where 20-something beauties are taking over not just the box office but fashion charts too. The likes of Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Jacqueline Fernandez and Alia Bhatt stand testimony to the fact. The newest addition to this stylebook is 22-year-old Shraddha Kapoor, daughter of veteran actor Shakti Kapoor.

Now Ms. Kapoor didn’t really have the most glorious Bollywood debut. Many would go “Shraddha Kapoor, who?” when her name was brought up. But things turned around for this pretty young thing post her blockbusters Aashiqui 2 and Ek Tha Villain. She has not just proved her acting prowess but has earned some style cred in the process too. She balances girl-next-door and glam gal quite effortlessly with her personal style. Her looks are never intimidating and they’re ones you can easily emulate. We’ll show you how below!

Desi With A Twist

When it comes to traditional wear, Shraddha is not one to go for the same-old cuts and silhouettes. She experiments with everything from dhoti pants and asymmetrical hemlines to sharara pants. Chic and age-appropriate, we say!

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

Luxemi Pick: Our Racer Back Salwar with Sharara Pants by Kisneel will help you stand out in a crowd of me-too dressers. 

 

Pink Attack

It seems that this girly girl has a penchant for all things pink — be it fuchsia, blush pink or neon renditions. Take a page from her book and pair this statement color with neutral accessories and nude make up.

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

Luxemi Pick: Our Coral Angrakha Salwar with Velvet and Gota Embellishment will help you nail the ‘pretty in pink’ look.

 

White Washed

There is no doubt that this Kapoor lady loves her fair share of bright hues but she’s not afraid to pull a 180 with serene neutrals and shades of white either. What stands out is the nonchalant pop of color she often adds to these composed looks — mostly by way of her choice of arm candy.

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

Luxemi Pick: Our White and Silver Gota Angrakha Salwar is as angelic as they come. Top it off with our Red and Gold Beaded Clutch by 5 Elements.

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

 

Casual Chic

It’s unreasonable to think that actresses should always look like they’ve just stepped off the cover of a magazine. Sometimes, they want to dress down and keep things simple too! Shraddha is often seen giving into that temptation by turning to skinny jeans paired with easy chic tops.

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

Luxemi Pick: Channel her casual style by teaming your favorite pair of jeans with a simple kurti like our Lime Green Cotton Halter Kurta by Cottons Jaipur.

 

Signature Style

The piece of clothing that seems to be the Kapoor gal’s absolute favorite is the pencil skirt. She’s been painting B-town chic in a smattering of them — from solid black to embellished and neon versions paired with smart tops. What’s not to love about these looks, right?

Style File: Shraddha Kapoor

What do you think of Shraddha Kapoor’s style? Tell us in the comment box below!

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5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

L to R: Ridhi Mehra, Sougat Paul, Papa Don’t Preach, Frou Frou and Ikai

We aren’t going to lie, we love ourselves some beautiful creations by veterans like Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani or Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla — but we also believe in keeping our eyes on the newbies who foray into the industry. One of them could very well be the next Sabyasachi, right? As the industry opens its doors to embrace upcoming designers, it’s exciting to see the burst of talent out there. These new entrants aren’t afraid of pushing the envelope, have interesting stories to tell and are quickly creating a signature identity to reckon with. This week, we turn the spotlight on 5 particularly noteworthy ones who have caught our eye.

Frou Frou by Archana Rao

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Archana Rao won the 2012-13 Vogue India Fashion Fund award, so naturally, there’s no ignoring her. Launched in 2011, the label thrives on minimalistic, understated and contemporary designs, reminiscent of an era gone by. Be it her western ensembles or Indian renditions, Rao’s efficient creations are tailor-made for the woman who prefers making a statement with subtly in a sea of OTT sartorial choices.

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and Samantha Ruth Prabhu

 

Ikai by Ragini Ahuja

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

 

Launched by former graphic designer Ragini Ahuja in 2012, Ikai is all about mixing the new with the unconventional. The idea is to adorn boxy canvas-like silhouettes with edgy illustrations and animated details, a match made in sartorial heaven for the fearless Indian woman. We are crushing on the ease with which she mixes cheeky one-liners and traditional nuances with fuss-free silhouettes. Turn to her for a fun mehndi outfit!

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Jacqueline Fernandez

 

Papa Don’t Preach

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Did someone say fierce, edgy and bold Indian wear? Papa Don’t Preach, brainchild of Shubhika Davda, is not for the faint hearted. But if you’re someone who dares to bare and isn’t afraid to turn things up a notch, then this label is for you! We’re talking unexpected cut outs, barely there blouses, slit saris, a kaleidoscope of colors and unabashed use of gold and embellishments.

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Kiara Advani

 

Soup by Sougat Paul

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Soup is a label launched by Sougat Paul who earned his design stripes at NIFT Kolkatta. The Mumbai-based brand, which made its Lakme Fashion Week debut in 2010 has carved a niche for itself with its fresh take on conventional Indian wear. Classy with a dash of coy is what they’re all about.

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Kareena Kapoor

Ridhi Mehra 

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Delhi-based designer, Ridhi Mehra, has created quite the splash ever since her debut in 2012. Her creations are a juxtaposition of essentially Indian embroidery and detailing with western cuts.  Her line is composed of anarkalis with midriff cotouts, Indian jumpsuits, jackets paired with dhoti pants and kurtas as well as versatile crop tops.

5 Indian Designers To Watch Out For

Celebrity patrons: Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi 

Which designer strikes a chord with your style sensibilities? Tell us in the comment box! 

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5 Ways To Spice Up A Sari

 

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Sari: Neeru Kumar, Jewelry: Luxemi

Elegant, versatile and always event-appropriate, saris are all that and more. As much as we love our six yard desi wear staple, we can’t help but feel that wearing them the same ’ol way can get monotonous at times. That’s why we dug around to bring you five exciting ways to amp up your sari looks. From simple spruces to plain edgy, pick the style that best suits your personality. Rest assured, boring will be wiped out from your sartorial vocabulary once you adopt one of these ingenious styling suggestions.

Cinch it with a belt

Sprucing up a conventional saree

For those who would rather not go overboard with the experimentation, adding a belt is the easiest way to spruce a sari. Take your pick between a traditional kamarbandh and an edgy western-looking belt, depending on the sari in question. What’s more, apart from being wildly chic, this style also creates the illusion of a narrower waist.

Try a different drape

Sprucing up a conventional saree

The regular pallu drape can sometimes be yawn inducing, don’t you agree? So why take that route when there are so many more interesting drapes you can have fun with. Wrap your pallu around your neck instead of throwing it over your shoulder or bring it to the front and pin it on the other shoulder. The sky is the limit when it comes to draping!

Add a jacket or cape

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Sonam Kapoor and Anamika Khanna have collectively made this the most preferred way to add a contemporary twist to a traditional sari. The buzz created by Ms Kapoor’s cape sari worn on the Cannes red carpet this year indeed bears testimony to the fact. So if you’re wearing a heavily embellished sari, throw a sheer cape over it. An embroidered jacket over a simple chiffon sari is also a good way to go.

Skip the old school blouse

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Play around with your blouse to give an old sari an instant update. From a long corset blouse, Bengali style full-sleeved version, cropped jacket blouse, asymmetrical hemline blouse or one with interesting back detailing, there are so many options to choose from.

Wear the pants

Sprucing up a conventional saree

Take this inspired styling idea from runway to reality at your next desi soiree. Who needs a petticoat when you can wear pants instead! Take a cue from some of our favourite gen-next designers and team your sari with churidaars, wide legged trousers or even skinny jeans!  While you’re at it, slip into sneakers for a fitting sporty luxe avatar. Are you game?

How would you spruce your sari? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Best Instagram Accounts To Follow For Indian Outfit Inspiration

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With our insatiable appetite for social media and digital consumption, who even waits for fashion glossies anymore? And honestly, why wait when we now have access to hourly fashion cues from your favorite mags and celebs thanks to the coolest click-happy app, Instagram!

So go ahead, call us Instagram-addicts if you please, but just know this — it’s not those selfies that has us checking our feed every few minutes. It’s the access we get to fashion editorials and street style inputs that has fashion lovers like us sold on this handy app. So with the wedding season upon us, we decided to provide you with a little fashion inspiration — up your style game with help from the best Instagram accounts for desi outfit ideas. We, for one, swear by this roster!

Tanya Ghavri @tanghavri

Tanya Ghavri on Instagram

This stylist’s client list reads like the guest list of an A-list Bollywood party. So if you want to know which lehenga Kareena Kapoor wore for a recent appearance or where Alia Bhatt’s chand baalis are from (long before the deets hit fashion websites), start following Tanya Ghavri pronto!

Sonam Kapoor @sonamkapoor

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Now you already know we are confessed Sonam-oholics (and who isn’t, really?!). So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we are glued to every image she posts on Instagram. We love how she’s always giving us peeks at the outfits she wears to family weddings — such a diva (one with a wardrobe full of beautiful Anamika Khannas), this one!

Harper’s Bazaar Bride India @bazaarbridein

Harpers Bazaar Bride India on Instagram

If you aren’t following the coolest Indian wedding magazine on Instagram yet, you’re seriously missing out. Their feed is bursting with latest runway, editorial and jewellery images. We’re already hitting refresh to see what they’ll post next. Are you?

Indian Weddings Mag @indianweddingsmag

Indian Weddings Mag on Instagram

You can always count on Indian Weddings Mag to help out a bride-in-distress. And their Insta-feed is no different. Their wedding fashion advice has always been spot-on, and there’s no disagreeing with that. The same goes for all those decor inspiration and real bride pictures they send our way too!

 HeadTilt @headtilt

headtilt on Instagram

The girls behind Indian fashion, design and culture blog, HeadTilt are purveyors of all things cool. Follow them for hot-off-the-runway images, Insta-reviews of latest designer collections and their styling of some super cool desi ensembles. Don’t believe us? Head to their account to catch the lovely girls in some summer-ready Ridhi Mehra outfits.

Luxemi @luxemi

Luxemi on Instagram

And then, you always have us, to deliver the latest Indian fashion to you, no passport required! Follow us on Instagram to know all about our latest offers, collections, blog posts and the designers we’re crushing on at the moment!

Which are your favorite Instagram accounts? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Hits And Misses At IIFA 2014

We’re suckers for red carpets, but you probably know that by. After all, there’s nothing a fashion lover looks forward to more than a chic red carpet sighting — a proclaimed ‘style icon’ actually living up to the title she has been bestowed with. So we decided to turn the spotlight on the hits and misses from India’s annual destination award ceremony, IIFA Awards, held at Tampa Bay this year.

IIFA red carpet

Bollywood’s top three leading ladies were easily our favourite red carpet hits too. Deepika Padukone, it seems, can do no wrong. She looked refreshingly beautiful in her red Zuhair Murad gown offset by berry lips. Moving on to one of our favorite desi girls, Priyanka Chopra. The US could well be called her second home (what with her booming music career here, and all that), so there was added pressure on Piggy Chops to nail the perfect look. And disappoint, she did not. She was a vision in that Monique Lhuillier stunner — elegant and simple but definitely not boring. Kareena Kapoor stepped out of her comfort zone with her daring Armani number, and for that, we give her extra props. And it helps that she always has her dashing prince for arm candy.

IIFA red carpet

Dia Mirza was another favourite. After all, how can we fault a winning Sabyasachi creation? To her credit, the actress wears the floor length anarkali well too. Aditi Rao Hydari, another rising style icon, did ample justice to her vintage look in Gauri & Nainika.

IIFA red carpetAnd then there were those who left us a tad disappointed. Richa Chadda’s Falguni & Shane Peacock sheer gown just just didn’t work. Don’t get us wrong — we’re all for flashing a little skin and some experimentation but something was seriously amiss with her look. Parineeti Chopra’s Nikhil Thampi outfit may have been perfect on paper (you should know that we are still lusting over Thampi’s LFW collection), but it did not translate as well as Chopra and her stylist would have hoped. And then there was Kalki. There are many looks that this hipster actress can work, but her Gaurav Gupta ensemble was not one of them. We have to say that its overwhelming silhouette left us pretty underwhelmed!

So, while we spotted our fair share of ‘yays’ and ‘nays’, we couldn’t help but notice that the styling, in general, was safe and sometimes bordering on uninspiring this time. Award season fatigue, perhaps?

Nonetheless, tell us about your favourite IIFA looks in the comment box below!

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Celebrity Wedding Planner Candice Pereira On Styling Your Wedding

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As brides begin to get increasingly involved in their own wedding preps, stylized weddings — one with a coherent theme, motif or color running through all the functions is fast gaining momentum. So, we roped in Mumbai-based Candice Pereira of Marry Me — The Wedding Planners, to help you style your weddings with inimitable charm. We say, read on first and thank us later! Wink wink.

More and more brides are opting for a coherent style running through the entire wedding — from outfits and invites to decor. What’s your take on this?

When designing and planning for your wedding, it’s great to pick one element to run through your events. This binds the whole celebration together! The first glimpse would likely be on your save the dates and invites which set the tone for the wedding and what’s to come. Then of course, you move on to the decor, stationery, entertainment, cake design, food, cocktails, gifts, clothes, lighting, ceremony details, mehendi design and so on.

Peacock theme

Peacock theme inspiration

Peacock theme

Peacock theme inspiration

How would you suggest brides go about styling their wedding? How should she narrow down on one style?

First think about the kind of wedding you envision or what your dream wedding would be like. Think about things you, as a couple, love as well as your favorite colors. Then with all this in mind, you can move on to picking your venues. Your venue should lend itself to the look of the wedding, so that it all fits together seamlessly.

What are some of the most common styles that seem to be popular at the moment?

Every bride wants to do something different. We have had brides who have picked a certain motif which was used everywhere from her sari, to her cake, lighting and gift boxes with personalized ribbon. Anything vintage-inspired is a favorite with me! Other than that, one can also opt for a colorful ‘mela’ style set up, Great Gatsby, old school English charm. You could also pick a print — Aztec, chevron, ikat — and tie that in with every aspect of your wedding. Innovative use of pearls promises an elegant celebration as well. 

Love bird inspiration

Love bird inspiration

Love bird inspiration

Love bird inspiration

Tell us about some of the most interesting wedding styles you’ve worked on recently?

We recently personalized table numbers for a guest’s sit-down dinner. Every number was related to a fact you didn’t know about the couple. These was very interesting for guests to read and it ended up being great conversation points. We also recently had another bride, whose beautiful wedding sari border (a very unique weave) was incorporated everywhere — right from her stationery to her wedding cake.

How much is too much?

Its never too much if it’s done in a subtle and tasteful manner. The little details are what guests notice and will remember.

 What will be your wedding theme? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Indian Designers and Handloom Revival

 

Brocade and silk on Luxemi

Traditional fabrics on Luxemi

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

Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra Woolmark Prize collection

Rahul Mishra Woolmark Prize collection

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

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi Save the Saree

Vidya Balan in Sabysachi handloom sarees

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

Shruti Sancheti

Shruti Sanchet LFW SR14

Shruti Sanchet LFW SR14

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

Gaurang Shah

Gaurang Shah at LFW SR14

Kirron Kher at Gaurang Shah LFW SR14

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

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre LFW SR14

Anita Dongre LFW SR14

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

Krishna Mehta

Krishna Mehta at LFW SR14

Krishna Mehta at LFW SR14

 

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

Ekaya

Ekaya sarees

Ekaya

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

Raw Mango

Raw Mango sarees

Raw Mango sarees

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

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

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

Kareena Kapoor Khan for Rajesh Pratap Singh

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

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

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

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

Design maestros at-LFW2014

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

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

Anju Modi

Anju Modi

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

Shantanu and Nikhil SS14

Shantanu and Nikhil

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

Sonaakshi Raaj and Ritika Mirchandani SS14

L to R: Sonaakshi Raaj and Ritika Mirchandani

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

Nupur Kanoi SS14

Nupur Kanoi

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

Prama by Pratima Pandey SS14

Prama by Pratima Pandey

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

Mrinalini Chandra at LFW2014

Mrinalini Chandra

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

Nikhil Thampi's Untamed at LFW 2014

Nikhil Thampi

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

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

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

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