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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!

WIFW SS '14 finale

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

pankaj and nidhi at WIFW SS14

‘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.

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW SS14

‘Grammar Ornament’ by Pankaj & Nidhi

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

Traditional weaves at Rahul Mishra

rahul mishra at WIFW SS14

‘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

Kanika Saluja at wifw ss'14

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

masaba's WIFW SS14 collection

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 

dev r nil at wifw ss14

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

dolly j at WIFW SS14

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!

Dolly J at WIFW SS '14

Dolly J at WIFW SS ’14

Sequinned drizzle at Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

CUE AT WIFW 13

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

anupama dayal at WIFW SS14

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

Sonam Kapoor in Shehla Khan sharara pants

Sonam Kapoor does ample justice to these Shehla Khan sharara pants

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

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

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

Tangerine anarkali worn with Kisneel sharara pants

Pair our tangerine anarkali with these sharara pants from Kisneel

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

Jacket up

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

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

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

Laila Motwane neon lehenga worn with an angarakha

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

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

Buck the blouse

Katrina Kaif in a Manish Malhotra anarklai with lehenga

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

Madhuri Dixit at IIFA green carpet in Manish Malhotra

Madhuri Dixit looks splendid in this Manish Malhotra creation

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

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

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Luxemi’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

Anju Modi at Delhi Couture Week

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.

Anju Modi Delhi Couture Week

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.

Sabyasachi's show at Delhi Couture Week

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

Anamika Khanna's showing at Delhi Couture Week

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

Monisha Jaising Delhi Couture Week

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?

Varun Bahl at Delhi Couture Week

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

Satya Paul's Demi Couture show

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

Gaurav Gupta Delhi Couture Week

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.

Get some extra mileage with slouchy clothing partners.

Get some extra mileage with slouchy clothing partners.

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

TIP 3: WHICH WAY TO THE GUN SHOW?

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

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

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

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

Images courtesy of Glamour Magazine and StyleBistro.

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Top 5 Summer Trends from Lakme Fashion Week 2013

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


TURBANS/HEADGEAR

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




SARI BLOUSES – REINVENTED

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




URBAN ELEGANCE

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




BLACK AND WHITE

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




THE EYES HAVE IT

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

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

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

Headshot of Payal Singhal

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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India International Jewellery Week 2012 – Top Trends + Celebrity Models

We like to think of India International Jewellery Week as the Lakme Fashion Week of the Indian accessory world — a chic celebration of the gorgeous jewelry Indian designers have been dreaming up this year. Want to work the best IIJW 2012 looks into your everyday accessory wardrobe? Let Luxemi help!

Emerald Everything

top indian fashion trends fall winter 2012

If there’s one stone that reigned supreme during IIJW 2012, it’s the emerald. Between AmraPali Jewels’ Panna collection, Saboo Fine Jewels’ stunning emerald collar and cuff in the Best of the Best finale, and Vijay Golecha’s mega-watt pear-shaped necklace, the emerald is definitely the “it” look for Fall/Winter 2012.

india fashion jewelry accessory trends fall winter 2012

Luxemi’s Victorian Set with Green Onyx has the same decadent feel as some of Armapali Jewels’ best IIJW pieces. For a flirtier emerald-inspired look, we love this Faux Pearl Belt with Emerald and Ruby Quartz.

Flaunt the Floral

top jewelry accessory trends fall winter 2012 in india

The summer floral trend has definitely migrated from clothing to accessories, as seen by the flower motif necklaces from IIJW 2012 designers like YS 18 and Kashi Jewellers. To rock floral jewelry for fall and winter, try Luxemi’s Pearl, Faux Rubies and Green Onyx Set. With intricate burgundy and green stonework and a chic floral motif, this East-meets-West necklace embodies the Fall 2012 fashion aesthetic.

Killer Kundan and Powerful Polki

india fashion jewelry trends fall winter 2012 designer runway looks

Kundan and polki work are some of the most iconic techniques in Indian fashion, so we were psyched to see them get the 21st Century treatment at IIJW. Although many designers showcased stunning polki work at Day 5’s Best of the Best finale, the most memorable piece was the statement necklace Sonam Kapoor, the event’s brand ambassador, wore to close out the runway show. Between its tassel pendant and three rows of oversized stones, this polki necklace is getting major buzz in the fashion world (and for good reason)!

celebrity jewelry fashion trends in india fall winter 2012

For a ready-to-wear spin on polki and kundan, this Kundan Set with Maroon Embellishments is simple, understated and super versatile. To get the layered stone look, Luxemi loves this Rectangular Kundan Necklace.

indian jewelry fashion trends fall winter 2012

Want more ways to update your jewelry box for Fall/Winter 2012? Check out Luxemi’s accessories collection, which features necklaces, bracelets, tikkas and hand chains that will add runway-worthy flair to your favorite saree or salwar. 

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Krishna Mehta – Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012 Best Collections

We’ve got a fashion confession to make: we’ve been counting down the days to Krishna Mehta’s runway show ever since we saw her name on the designer list for Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012. And Krishna’s latest collection reminds us why we’ve been crazy about her since she first hit the Indian fashion scene: her clothes are the epitome of everyday elegance.

indian designers to watch fall winter 2012 collections trends

From the rosy colors and romantic silhouettes to the carefully hand-crafted textiles and beehive-inspired up-dos, each look in Krishna Mehta’s new Encore collection had us feeling her unique take on retro elegance. It’s not easy to create a composed collection with colors as scattered on the color wheel as crème, peach, red, purple and black, but Krishna manages to tie each look together effortlessly. The common threads are her signature textiles, luscious layering, and those gorgeous headpieces wrapped throughout each model’s modified beehive hairdo.

best designer looks from lakme fashion week 2012 design fall celebrity trends to watch

One of the looks we’re dying to wear from the Encore collection is this super chic separates pairing featuring an ethereal white lace dress, voluminous pants and an embroidered gold cap-sleeve jacket. It’s a gorgeous layered look that reminds us of Chanel in the best way possible. We’re also feeling the slimming, modern silhouette on this floor-length red jacket. From its mandarin neckline to its intricate embroidery, it’s an absolute stunner for Fall 2012.

designer men's wear india best looks trends fall winter 2012

You definitely get a sense of Krishna’s versatility from the colors and textures in her Encore collection, but her talent doesn’t stop there: Not only does she make stunning women’s garments, but she keeps Indian men looking sharp, too! Her sherwanis and kurtas use embellishment and color to transition these traditional menswear looks handsomely into the 21st Century.

And in case you need another reason to add Krishna Mehta to your designer radar, there’s her activism. Her block printing organization teaches disabled individuals the art of hand printing and embroidery so they can gain employment closer to home. Talk about fashion with a conscience.

To be honest, the pictures simply do not do this luscious collection justice. Take a moment and watch the video to get swept away by Kirshna Mehta.

Krishna Mehta Video – Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2012

 Stay tuned later this week for the Luxe Report’s official Lakme recap post, where we’ll tell you all you need to know about the week’s best designers and chicest collections.

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Bombay Express De Chanel Makeup Line – Chanel’s Golden Age of Indian Fashion

Chanel has definitely been enamored with India lately, and its new Bombay-inspired summer makeup line is the latest indication that the love affair is still going strong. If you were swept away by Chanel’s Paris-Bombay Collection, you’ve got to check out the Bombay Express De Chanel cosmetics line.

new indian inspired summer cosmetics makeup collection chanel 2012

Like everything Chanel does, this isn’t your average makeup line. Pairing airy gold tones with inky black hues, the collection is a high-drama play on light and shadows that transports us to opulent India. Our favorite product is the Route Des Indes De Chanel, a face powder that creates a soft golden glow we love for day or night. Pair that with the line’s Le Vernis Diwali nail polish, a luminous mix of gold and silver fittingly named after the Festival of Lights, and you’ll be ushering in fashion’s Golden Age. A peach-toned lipstick and blush round out the line’s lighter side.

chanel eyeshadow line indian inspired makeup

We’re also loving the Illusion D’Ombre long wear eye shadow, which is a shade somewhere between plum and charcoal. The other standout eye product is the Le Crayon Khol, an intense, inky eyeliner that reminds us of traditional kohl pencils.

sarees salwars indian fashion inspired by chanel bombay express makeup line

The Bombay Express hues are versatile enough to work with a wide variety of sarees and salwars, but these two Luxemi looks (our Gold Sequin Saree and Mauve Georgette Suit with Cutwork and Swarovski Crystals) and the Chanel makeup line are practically made for each other!

Nothing polishes your saree or salwar look like the perfect makeup. And when you’re ready to accessorize, check out Luxemi’s new jewelry collection for more Indian fashion inspiration!

Collection available at Chanel.com.

- Swathi Narra, Luxemi co-founder

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Luxe Ladies: The Life and Style of Alana Watkins

As part of our blog series, Luxe Ladies, we’re featuring a real member of the Luxemi.com community to learn about her and her relationship with Indian fashion.

Luxe Report readers, meet Alana. We recently chatted with Alana about her life, her fashion inspirations, and, of course, Luxemi!

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Luxemi: Can you give us your stats? Where you live, what you do?

Alana: I live in Chicago and work as a National Account Exec for a trade show company that produces local jewelry trade shows.

Luxemi: How would you describe your style?  

Alana: My style is definitely eclectic, and I love mixing highs and lows. I need to feel comfortable and confident in what I’m wearing; those are the 2 fashion rules I always follow.

Luxemi: Where do you find your fashion inspiration? Any fashion icons you look up to?  

Alana: I could peruse Paris street style blogs all day if I had the time. Their style is classic and feminine, all the while having an edge that American style cannot seem to grasp. When it comes to my style icons, they are two polar opposites (but I love them both equally!): Kate Moss and Audrey Hepburn. They always look(ed) so comfortable in their own skin, almost as though they never questioned anything they put on. I am very attracted to that type of confidence.
Luxemi: What is your relationship with Indian fashion?  

Alana: The brilliant colors used in Indian fashion, especially in weddings, are so appealing, and I have always been a fan of the beautiful, gold jewelry. The fashion is so outgoing and has a personality of its own!

Luxemi: Why did you try Luxemi?  

Alana: I knew I needed a major fashion strategy after receiving invites to 4 Indian weddings this summer (one was all the way in Slovakia!). Renting through Luxemi gave me the opportunity to play around with my own style without the heavy investments required for a lot of Indian outfits. In the end, I rented a beautiful sea green sari and an embellished suit.

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Luxemi: Where did you wear Luxemi? How was your look received? 

Alana: I wore the sari to a wedding reception and the suit to a Sangeet. It seemed every auntie at the reception complemented me on the color, and the girls loved the ornate embellishments. The suit was loved by all, and many asked if I had it custom made!

Luxemi: What did you think about your Luxemi experience?

Alana: I love shopping with Luxemi even when I am not looking for anything in particular. The site is

so easy to shop and I truly trust the fashion sense of the curators behind Luxemi.

Luxemi: Any fashion advice/secrets you’d like to share with Luxe Report followers?

Alana: At the end of the day, fashion is supposed to make you feel good. Just have fun!

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