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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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The Stylists Behind Bollywood’s Most Fashionable

 

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Have you ever wondered who dresses Bollywood’s most fashionable ladies? The sartorial stars behind the stars, if you will. We’ve rounded up the country’s top super stylists for you fashion fanatics. Remember these names, they’re the ones who’ve changed the game and made Bollywood just as stylish as Hollywood.

Sonam Kapoor: Rhea Kapoor

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Sonam Kapoor is Bollywood’s original fashionista, the one who introduced high fashion and off duty style to the industry and sent other actresses scampering for stylists of their own. While Kapoor herself is very fashion forward, an avid vintage shopper and a self-confessed clotheshorse; it’s her younger sister Rhea who has a lot to do with the outfits we see her in. Together, the two can be touted as India’s very own Olsen twins. Always one step ahead of the crowd, Anamika Khanna and Elie Saab are mainstays on the sisters’ favorites list but they also champion emerging designers like Sanjay Garg, Neha Taneja and Dhruv Kapoor among others.

Deepika Padukone: Anaita Shroff Adajania

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Bollywood’s reigning queen Deepika Padukone is styled by the high priestess of Indian fashion herself. Thanks to Anaita Shroff Adajania, Vogue India’s fashion director, the gorgeous actress never makes a fashion misstep. Adajania completely transformed Padukone’s look post Cocktail, both on screen and off. Now the duo always surprises eager fashion hawks with one winning looking after the other. Nothing is off the charts for this fashion power couple.

Kareena Kapoor Khan: Tanya Ghavri

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Bollywood’s favorite Begum, Kareena Kapoor Khan, has got more than enough swagger to teach the new kids on the block a thing or many. Her personal style is a master class in how simple is always sophisticated and fuss-free equals effortless. Her personal stylist, Tanya Ghavri (who also styles a host of other stars like Frieda Pinto, Jacqueline Fernandez, Karisma Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt and Shraddha Kapoor) never steers far from Khan’s comfort zone when dressing her—ensuring that the looks are the right balance between trendy and timeless.

Esha Gupta: Sanjana Batra

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With a face as stunning as that, does it really matter what Esha Gupta puts on her back? She could wear a sack and still top best dressed lists. Her stylist Sanjana Batra confesses how Gupta is herself very fashion conscious and always has a pulse on the newest trends and designers to know. More than a glorified designer mannequin, she frequently concepts her own looks. The thing about Gupta, who looks good in just about anything, is that she’s always sporting gen-next Indian designers, and that gets a major thumbs up from us.

Malaika Arora Khan: Tanya Ghavri and Maneka Harisinghani

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Owing to her sex appeal, oomph and abundance of poise, Malaika Arora Khan owns (and how!) every look she wears. From plunging necklines and daring hemlines to more conservative outfits, there’s nothing she doesn’t absolutely rock. The stunner, whose repertoire is almost always topped off by cascading waves and a perfect pout, used to be styled by insider favorite Tanya Ghavri. She has recently moved on to Maneka Harisinghani who is giving her style file an uplift with slightly more demure looks.

Who is your favourite celeb-stylist duo? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Sonakshi Sinha’s Desi Style File

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Here’s a fun fact about Sonakshi Sinha: The actress actually intended to be a fashion designer and even graduated with a design degree from SNDT college in Mumbai. She created costumes for films like Mera Dil Leke Dekho and walked the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week. That is, until Salman Khan ‘spotted’ her and lured her into cinematic spotlight.

But if you think her designing chops immediately earned this young movie star a fashionista tag, think again. She battled unflattering conversation about her weight for a long time until she finally silenced her detractors with Version 2.0 late last year. Enter a visibly trimmer Sonakshi in a stylish new wardrobe and chic bob that gave her a serious edge.

We spotted this sartorially resurrected actress in a host of Indian looks as she promoted her new movie. Her new look is really working in her favour and we break down why:

Breezy silhouettes

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Indian looks generally translate into bulky anarkalis and same ’ol saris for most. But not Sonakshi. She seems to be consciously staying away those tired silhouettes and instead opts for a host of fun, breezy cuts—think kurtis with flared palazzos, dhoti pants, cut-out kurtas and more.

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Our Racer Back Salwar with Sharara Pants by Kisneel will help you nail a similar look.

Young Guns

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L to R: Sonakshi Sinha in Ikai, Sonali Gupta dhotis, Huemn and Nisha Sainani

As Indian fashion witnesses a revolution of sorts, an army of new designers have taken center stage. A lot of young Bollywood fashionistas, Sonakshi included, are making sure to give these talented newbies their moment in the sun. No wonder then that her repertoire boasts of a roster of upcoming Indian designers like Huemn, Ikai by Ragini Ahuja, Ridhi Mehra, Masaba Gupta, Nisha Sainani, and Sonali Gupta among others.

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Sonakshi Sinha in Payal Singhal

And while Ms. Sinha seems happy to don fresh new designers, she clearly does have her favorites as well—namely Anita Dongre and Payal Singhal. In fact, she could very well be Singhal’s new poster girl and has been seen in several offbeat looks from her latest collection. Sonakshi seems to have given her nod to veteran designer Dongre’s use of bold hues as well.

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Sonakshi Sinha in Anita Dongre

Red Alert

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“When in doubt, wear red.” The adage clearly seems to have caught Sonakshi’s fancy and has been seen painting the town red on more than one occasion. Indians aren’t shy when it comes to wearing red and Sonaskhi is no different. You can’t go wrong in a color that’s strong, statement making, sexy and sophisticated all at the same time.

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From our Modern Saree with Red Sequins and Red Brocade With Sequins and Gota Work to the Coral Red Tie Front Jacket Salwar with Floral Embroidery, Luxemi has a lot of red haute numbers for you to choose from.

 

 

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Katrina KaifJacqueline FernandezKangana RanautKalki, Anushka Sharma and Alia Bhatt.

What do you think of Sonakshi Sinha’s Indian style? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Style File: Anushka Sharma

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There’s more to Anushka Sharma than having a hunky cricketer boyfriend and ‘did she/didn’t she’ have plastic surgery tabloid drama. Our girl has proven that she’s got the acting chops (did you see her in PK?) to put her in the Bollywood big leagues and while she may not be a fashion forward fashionista (like our home girls Sonam Kapoor or Deepika Padukone), she’s got the right dose of easy chic we love to love!

Styled by Allia Al Rufai, her western repertoire can be best described as laidback luxe including lots of statement tees, chic dresses and simple skirts. But to be honest, it’s her Indian style file that has us more intrigued—especially since she can go from basic to bold in no time at all. Not sure what we’re getting at? Here’s the lowdown!

White Night

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There’s nothing like ivory Indian wear to keep things simple yet impactful and Ms. Sharma sure seems to be in on this secret. She is often spotted in fuss-free white or beige anarkalis, complemented by one statement element—be it a bright pout or earrings that have us doing a double take!

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Luxemi Pick: Brocade Salwar with Brocade Border

 Look At Me Now

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Anushka can pull off bold Indian looks as easily as she can carry the simple ones. After all, how many women can do justice to a heavily embellished Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla sari with a contrasting blouse (image above)? Or not be overwhelmed by this mint Sabysachi anarkali with a velvet dupatta (image above)? Sharma, as you can see, always manages to pull through gloriously!

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Luxemi Pick: Emerald Green Net Saree with Black Applique

Crowing Glory

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It’s no secret that we are all for interesting hairdos, which is why extra props goes to the actress for upping her hair game. Not only did she chop her long tresses for shoulder length waves, she doesn’t shy away from buns or updos either. Take a cue from her and accentuate an updo with statement earrings.

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Luxemi Pick: Gold Hoops with Pearls

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Katrina KaifJacqueline FernandezKangana Ranaut, Kalki and Alia Bhatt.

What do you think of Anushka Sharma’s desi style? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s top picks from WIFW Spring/Summer 2014

A few super packed months of fashion frenzy finally came to a close with the 5-day extravaganza that was Wills India Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2014. Fashion folks are finally breathing easy for a while now… until the next round of runway parties kick-start again, that is!

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Finale at WIFW SS ’14

So, while we may still be revelling in the chicest AW ’13 styles, we couldn’t help but drool over the lust worthy SS ’14 ensembles that stole the spotlight at WIFW held in India’s capital city. And here’s what clearly shone brightest on the runways this time — a decided break from bling and all thing OTT. The pack of new designers who took to the forefront proved that understated looks are the new statement makers!

Here’s a round up of the must-haves that you should be making closet space for this summer.

Intricate embroideries at Pankaj & Nidhi

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‘Grammar Ornament’ by Pankaj & Nidhi

Pankaj & Nidhi sure know a thing (or many) about luxe pret wear. Their ‘Grammar of Ornament’ collection was a tale of painstaking embroidered finesse and three-dimensional applique techniques.

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‘Grammar Ornament’ by Pankaj & Nidhi

Oh, and that brilliant canary yellow hue had us dreaming of summer instantly!

Traditional weaves at Rahul Mishra

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‘Kiss’ by Rahul mishra

Rahul Mishra has always championed traditional weaves and this time was no different. His contemporary and utterly wearable use of khadi and jamdani gets a decided thumbs up from us!

Modern-day glamour at Annaikka

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Annaikka by Kanika Saluja

Kanika Saluja’s label Annaikka stands as the voice of the powerful woman of today. Her SS ’14 line continued this legacy. Infused with the neon pops and contemporary cuts, it made a strong and power packed style statement.

Sporty chic at Masaba

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Masaba opens WIFW SS ’14 with her line

The classic Fitzgerald girl unleashed her sporty side in Masaba’s latest collection. We loved the interplay of bright doses of pink and blue juxtaposed with a monochrome palate. The sari worn over pants works brilliantly for a laid back daytime Indian affair.

Print party at Dev r Nil 

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Dev r Nil’s breezy silhouettes

Dev r Nil’s collection was a master class in teaming sombre-colored clashing prints together. The artful layering of the flowy silhouettes gets our vote!

Structural drapes at Dolly J

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Dolly J’s structured silhouettes

The Gauri & Nainika vibe aside, we love how Dolly J gave her silhouettes a structured twist. The monotone colors and clean embellishments lent the ensembles a fierce look, one we are definitely digging!

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Dolly J at WIFW SS ’14

Sequinned drizzle at Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

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Glamour unleashed at Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna stuck to what they know best — dollops of unabashed glamour. We are particularly crushing on the pants teamed with asymmetrical tops in pastel hues…we’d wear to a mehndi soiree for a welcome break from the conventional traditional looks.

Boho glam at Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal

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Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal

The archetypical Anupama Dayal girl is all set to unleash the gypset within this summer. Vivid color, whimsical prints and nonchalant layering…what’s not to love?

Here’s to a super stylish Spring-Summer ’14! Until next season…

By Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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Luxemi’s ‘One Outfit Two Ways’ guide

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

Parallel lines/Sharara Pants

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Sonam Kapoor does ample justice to these Shehla Khan sharara pants

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

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

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

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Pair our tangerine anarkali with these sharara pants from Kisneel

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

Jacket up

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

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

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

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

Buck the blouse

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

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Madhuri Dixit looks splendid in this Manish Malhotra creation

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

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

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Luxemi’s top picks from PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013

Far removed from the tug of war of multiple fashion weeks in India, FDCI’S PCJ Delhi Couture Week proudly holds it own. A showing eagerly anticipated every year; this runway catapults into a playground for the country’s most revered and sought-after couturiers. After taking in this the five-day extravaganza from our very own FRow seats (virtually of course, thanks to FDCI’S YouTube channel), we bring you our absolute favorites from the week that was!

Gold rush at Anju Modi

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Model at Anju Modi at Delhi Couture Week. Image credit: M.A.C Cosmetics

Anju Modi’s opening act for the week was inspired by Mahabharata’s heroine Draupadi and we just couldn’t get over the overdose of gold jewelry that stole the limelight.

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Model at Anju Modi at Delhi Couture Week. Image credit: M.A.C Cosmetics

From ostentatious gold ear cuffs and medals pinned on blouses to maang tikkas and belts, here’s something we are definitely trying at our next traditional do!

Restrained glamour at Sabyasachi

A designer we can never find fault with, Sabyasachi unfailingly stuns. We loved his take on restrained vintage glamour and the show stopper lehenga, with its subtle smattering of sparkle made instant fans out us.

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Showstopper for Sabyasachi at Delhi Couture Week

We also loved the focus on layering plus mixing and matching jewelry. Nose rings, maang tikkas and pearls paired with emeralds are clearly here to stay!

Model at Sabyasachi, Delhi Couture Week

Jewelry overload at Sabyasachi. Image credit: M.A.C Cosmetics

Draped drama at Anamika Khanna

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Model in dhoti pants at Anamika Khanna’s showing at Delhi Couture Week

She is the undisputed Couture Week favorite and boy, does she deliver! We particularly fell in love with her renditions of dhoti pants – quite the variety to take your pick from too. Her capes with scalloped borders and gold embroidery also get our vote!

Sonam Kapoor in a beautiful Anamika Khanna

Sonam Kapoor in an outfit from Anamika Khanna’s Couture Week collection

Sonam Kapoor has already been spotted in a hot of the runway creation by the Kolkatta-based designer and we are awed by its effortless transition from ramp to reality!

Easy chic at Monisha Jaising

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Pant-suit by Monisha Jaising

The easy accessibility of Monisha Jaising’s collection targeted at the destination bride will surely find many takers. We love the versatility of her desi pant suit. Works for a wedding soiree as well as a night out on town!

Sheer loving at Varun Bahl

Intricate embroidery was artfully balanced by sheer silhouettes in Varun Bahl’s collection. So what’s the one thing we are sure to incorporate into our wardrobe from this?

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Sheer embroidered blouses by Varun Bahl

Why, the embroidered sheer blouses without a doubt! Quite a welcome break from its run-of-the-mill counterparts, don’t you agree?

Statement prints at Satya Paul

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Satya Paul’s Demi Couture collection at Delhi Couture Week

Masaba Gupta made her foray into the big league with her first ever demi-couture line for Satya Paul. True to her sensibilities it was a print party with statement silhouettes.

Satya Paul at Delhi Couture Week

Strong prints and silhouettes at Satya Paul

Striking a chord with us was the pairing of simple ensembles with an overdose of precious jewelry.

The sari-gown at Gaurav Gupta

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Sari gowns by Gaurav Gupta

Not surprisingly, the runway reveled in the multiple versions of his signature sari-gown when Gaurav Gupta took to the stage. These figure hugging structured drapes with a touch of shimmer are a no-brainer for a cocktail party or wedding reception.

Bare backs at Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra Delhi Couture Week

Bare backs at Manish Malhotra

It was all about deep cuts and bold bare backs at Couture Week’s closing show by Bollywood favorite Manish Malhotra.

Manish Malhotra at Delhi Couture Week

Deepika Padukone in a low cut blouse by Manish Malhotra

Take a cue from Malhotra and skip the demure ploy this season. We sure are!

Until next season!

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3 Ways to Wear a Crop Top

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

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

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

TIP 1: BLAZE SOME TRAILS WITH A BLAZER.

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

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

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

TIP 2: OPPOSITES ATTRACT.

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Get some extra mileage with slouchy clothing partners.

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

TIP 3: WHICH WAY TO THE GUN SHOW?

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

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

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

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

Images courtesy of Glamour Magazine and StyleBistro.

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Top 5 Summer Trends from Lakme Fashion Week 2013

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


TURBANS/HEADGEAR

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




SARI BLOUSES – REINVENTED

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




URBAN ELEGANCE

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




BLACK AND WHITE

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




THE EYES HAVE IT

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

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

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Luxemi Interviews Payal Singhal for Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013

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Payal Singhal is making waves in Indian fashion circles

It’s a hard world for Indian fashion out there: you’re walking a tightrope between traditionally intricate motifs and embroidery with minimalistic Western lines and cuts. But Payal Singhal seems to have gotten the balance just perfectly, with industry insiders at Lakme Fashion Week excited about her take on modern Indian fashion.

A sample from Payal Singhal's recent Taj collection.

A dupatta from Payal Singhal's Taj collection showcases her focus on jaali work.

More jaali featured in Payal Singhal's collection.

This isn’t your standard saree shop collection, Luxe fans. We’re talking edgy takes on traditional salwars & anarkalis with tons of lehengas thrown in, all with a healthy dose of traditional “jaali” and filigree work (floral designs dating back to the Mughal empire) for bold global statements.

A yellow creation for Payal Singhal's most recent collection.

We’re totally digging the long-sleeve saree blouse (we wrote a how-to-wear guide here before) and Payal’s effortless way to make a saree everyday accessible with a tunic and statement jewelry, as seen below.

Citrus and silver is a disarmingly fresh color combination. A new age way to pull off a blouse, look ethnic, and be fashion forward all at once. Boom.

So what’s Payal’s thought process in making these effortlessly glam getups? Here’s what the designer had to say about the influences behind her most recent collection, tips for accessorizing outfits, and her uniform for hanging out in the city.

Bollywood star Aditi Rao Hydari walks the ramp for Payal Singhal's Taj collection.

Luxemi: Tell us about your inspiration for this year’s LFW collection and why you felt it was important to integrate swadeshi (locally made) textiles?
Payal: The inspiration started from a book I was referencing for work. It was a book on Islamic architecture where all the textures and patterns were inspired from monuments; the Taj Mahal is the epitome of that. We always use a lot of Indian textiles in our collections because the brand motto is to make Indian clothes with Indian textile, but in a global context.

Give the skirt/top combo an Indian twist with this Anarkali-inspired take.

Luxemi: Describe the Payal Singhal girl – Who is she? Where does she live? What’s her style?
Payal: The Payal Singhal girl can live anywhere, but she’s confident and not afraid to experiment with her style.

Luxemi: What do you think the trends will be for spring/summer wedding fashion this year?
Payal: I think minimalistic, earthy glamour is what will be in fashion this year for the summer brides: cool colors like sand, cream and grey with pops of warm colors like red and yellow and gold tones. It will be more about style than embroidery.

Payal Singhal's fresh take on umbrella pants is street chic and edgy with a nod to Indian sentiments.

Luxemi: You split your time in New York and Mumbai. What’s your go-to outfit for a night out on the town in New York? Do you change it up when you’re in Mumbai?
Payal: In New York, it’s easy. I usually put on leggings and  Frye boots and any wrinkle-free tunic from DVF (something that doesn’t need to be ironed!). I don’t do much different in Mumbai, except switch out the boots for some peep-toe pumps.

Luxemi: Your name is Payal, which refers to the Sanskrit word for “anklet.” What are your rules for accessorizing Indian outfits?
Payal: I always have one focal accessory and don’t over accessorize, so either a statement earring or necklace or ring – but never all 3 together.

Payal Singhal and Aditi Rao Hydari close out the Taj show at Lakme Fashion Week.

Looking to inject a little Payal playfulness in your weary wardrobe? Try pairing an ornate blouse with high-waisted pants. Or drape your salwar in pretty patterns that are elegant yet chic. Neutrals in black, gold and white are anything but boring when your inspiration is the Taj Mahal!

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