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Shaadi Chic: Our Favourite Bollywood Wedding Fashion Moments

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It’s pretty much a fact—Indians love weddings and you can always trust Bollywood to make them larger than life. You also know we’re slightly obsessed with desi clothes, right? So we’re pretty much always smitten by the 70 mm wedding fashion portrayed on the silver screen. The captivating cocktail of colours, cascading dupattas and the beautiful women wearing them…it all comes together oh-so-beautifully! So to feed our fashion frenzy, we decided to indulge in a movie marathon of sorts—to recount Bollywood flicks with the best wedding style. Are you ready to walk (or should we watch) down this star-studded lane with us?

Alia Bhatt in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya (2014)

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Alia Bhatt’s quest for ‘Kareena Kapoor wala designer lehenga’ in this tribute to cult 1996 movie Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, saw her in some really catchy desi wear, styled by ex-Vogue India stylist Archana Walavalkar. We particularly love the sexy cholis she was seen in, courtesy Manish Malhotra. And then there were the side braids paired with jhumkas, finished with heavy kohl-rimmed eyes. Thumbs up!

Alia Bhatt in Two States (2014)

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The spunky South Indian woman is clearly having her moment in Bollywood. And Alia Bhatt definitely stole our hearts with her portrayal of Tam Bhram Ananya in this adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s namesake novel. Her kanjeevaram saris, traditional kurtas, jhumkas, temple jewellery and braids adorned with fresh flowers have our seal of approval.

Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

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No one does sophisticated glamour quite like Bollywood’s reigning sweetheart. Deepika Padukone’s trendy wardrobe designed by Manish Malhotra not only had us adding similar styles to our lust list, but also had us desperately wishing for her washboard abs. The royal blue ’70s style sari worn with a bikini blouse was a raging hit.

Sonam Kapoor in Aisha (2010)

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As a rich Delhi fashionista, Sonam Kapoor naturally had a wardrobe to match. And it wasn’t just her Diors and Chanels that left us green-eyed. Much before all-white Indian wear became an it-trend, Kapoor sported the ethereal look (an Anamika Khanna lehenga, if you must know) in this movie, perfectly offset with a brilliant polki set. In fact, all through the movie, she was partial to ivory Indian wear and uncut diamond jewellery. Très chic, indeed.

Anushka Sharma in Band Baaja Baarat (2010)

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Anushka Sharma’s loud, quintessential Punjabi ensembles in this wedding flick may not have been high fashion, but they definitely echoed with the girl next door. There’s no denying that it further fuelled our love affair with OTT color blocking, kitschy elements, patialas and mojaris!

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan in Jodhaa Akbar (2008)

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Period love story Jodhaa Akbar was a jewellery fanatic’s delight. The exquisite and extravagant jewellery worn by Aishwariya Rai Bachchan (all by Tanishq, perfectly complemented by elegant Neeta Lulla lehengas) in her portrayal of a Rajput princess and then a Mughal queen instantly had us wanting her entire treasure trunk. Apart from making jadau and polki jewellery incredibly popular, the movie also brought net Indian wear back in vogue.

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

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The Delhi Bride’s Bridal Beauty Must-Haves

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What started as Shinjini Amitabh Chawla’s compilation of wedding inspiration during the run up to her wedding turned into an online frenzy; popularly know as The Delhi Bride. Ever since, this bride-turned-blogger (well, technically, newlywed now) has become a go-to insider for all things bridal-related. We decided to tap into her know-how and put together a beauty bible for you brides-to-be. Yes yes, we know we’re the best!  

The Delhi Bride’s three-point beauty ritual

  • You must cleanse, tone and moisturize your face twice a day (don’t forget the neck!). You’ll be thankful for the resultant glowing skin. Also, it’s easier to apply make up on well-hydrated skin.
  • Exfoliate and use a face mask at home once a week — removing dead skin and cleaning out the pores really nurtures the skin and allows the skin to glow.
  • Now this one you may have heard several times, but there’s a good reason for that — do not forget to apply sunscreen every single day! If you’re outdoors for long then re-apply every 3-4 hours.

Bridal beauty kit must-haves according to The Delhi Bride

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  • A good primer is non-negotiable. It will make the application of your foundation smoother i.e. not flaky or streaky. In addition to that, it helps the foundation last throughout the day! Choose a primer with SPF (my favorite is M.A.C Cosmetics’ Prep + Prime with SPF) so that you don’t need to pile on sunscreen underneath.

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  • A  foundation that actually matches your skin tone is a must-have. If you have good skin, you can just apply the foundation in a few areas — yes, you don’t need to cover your whole face with it. Bobbi Brown foundations are a personal favorite. They genuinely have maximum variety when it comes to shades.

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  • A pretty blush in peach or pink as it suits most Indian skin tones. You can’t skip the blush when headed to a party as it adds dimension to your face. My favorite is M.A.C’s Melba.
  • Neutral lipstick shades, such as M.A.C’s Velvet Teddy, are essential for a day soiree or when you’ve gone heavier on the eyes and don’t wish to draw too much attention to your pout.

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  • golden eye shadow (with subtle shimmer) as it will go well with most Indian outfits. The fact that it’s so easy to apply gives it brownie points. Just sweep it onto your eyelid and you’re done! No need to shade it, blend it or add colors, etc. You can kiss goodbye to that complicated drill. M.A.C is my favorite for this!

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So there you have it. Tell us what’s in your beauty bag in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s top picks from India Bridal Fashion Week ’13

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Tarun Tahiliani ensemble

Reasons beyond the typical runway shenanigans brought this years second bridal week, India Bridal Fashion Week ’13, to the spotlight. Several fashion editors unabashedly tweeted how hard it’s become to keep track of the unending fashion weeks taking place these days. While we agree it may be overkill and that gimmicks and celebrity show stoppers take away from the real focus, the fashion — we still can’t help but pay attention when bridal wear is involved (no surprises there).  And this round up of our favorite looks from ‘the week that was’ will make curating your trousseau and nuptial looks simpler!

Structured drama at Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta bridal collection

Gaurav Gupta

The coming-of-age of the gen-next Indian bride can be credited to Gaurav Gupta to a large extent. His love affair with structured silhouettes and western cuts continued with this collection too — perfect for a cocktail party or intimate reception.

Draped saris at Tarun Tahiliani

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Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani’s signature pre-draped saris stole the show this bridal week. We absolutely love their effortless drama. Just throw on statement earrings, pull back  your hair and you are sangeet-ready.

White meets gold at Rohit Bal

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Rohit Bal

Goodbye sindoor red bridal wear and hello white + gold! The past year has been all about white traditional wear (previously considered an inauspicious color for brides) and Bal dedicated ample runway time to this color combination. We heart!

Layered salwars at Falguni & Shane Peacock

Falguni & Shane Peacock bridal collection

Falguni & Shane Peacock

There is a certain degree of flamboyance and opulence associated with Falguni & Shane Peacock designs and their bridal line was no different. We are lusting over the layered salwars with sheer overlays —  a welcome break from the ubiquitous zari-gota anarkalis. We’re also digging the Senorita vibe of the updo!

Androgynous silhouettes at Raghavendra Rathore

Raghavendra Rathore bridal collection

Raghavendra Rathore

Raghavendra Rathore is India’s final authority on jodhpuris and bandhgalas. He extended his revered mastery to androgynous women’s traditional wear with sherwanis, bandhgalas and gowns this time. We can’t wait to slip into these styles for an engagement party!

So there you have it —  update your desi wardrobe with our handy guide.  It’s all about mixing tradition with a sprinkle of irreverence this season!

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Luxemi + Anita Dongre’s Trousseau Shopping Guide

Anita Dongre's Jaipur Bride

Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre surely does know a thing (or two) about style. No, scratch that…the veteran designer could very well be the last word when it comes to all things fashion. Hence when we decided to rope in an expert for this trousseau-shopping guide, we couldn’t think of a more fitting name than her. So listen up brides-to-be — pay close attention and bookmark Dongre’s ace advise…it is bound to prevent all your retail anxiety as well as several bridezilla fits! We are already swearing by this bridal shopping bible, you’d be wise to say ‘I Do’ to it too.

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Anita Dongre with Aditi Rao Hydari at Lakme Fashion Week

Luxemi: How soon should one start putting together their trousseau? How much time must one dedicate to it?

Anita Dongre: I would say that you should start deciding the colours, styles, designers, and the overall look that you want to wear for each occasion well in advance. Start putting everything together over the 6 months leading up to your wedding — that, I feel, is the ideal time frame.

Luxemi: Brides tend to go overboard with their trousseau shopping. How much is too much?

Anita Dongre: It’s never enough and the sky is the limit when it comes to wedding shopping. However, it is advisable to work on a budget for the trousseau. List down the key pieces you require for your trousseau and stick to the list.

Luxemi: 5 must-have trousseau essentials?

Anita Dongre: That’s easy. My 5 must-haves are —

  1. An elegant anarkali
  2. An embroidered jacket or bandi (also known as the Nehru jacket/traditional vest) that can be paired with pants, pallazos or lehenga.
  3. A heavily embroidered dupatta that can dress up any Indian outfit in your closet
  4. A cocktail gown
  5. A set of sarees for both formal occasions as well as casual outings.

Luxemi: What are the top trends this season? Which colors are must-haves?

Anita Dongre: It’s the time to move away from traditional reds and maroons and experiment with a varied color palette ranging from neons, fluorescent, limes and peacock blues to fuschia, corals and dusty pinks. There’s a plethora of choices when it comes to lehengas — the mermaid style, A-line, straight cut and flared versions — with such a wide variety of cuts and styles, there is something to suit to every style sensibility and body type.

Net, chiffon, georgette and silk are the preferred fabrics for Indian bridal wear this season. Experimenting with unconventional saree drapes is also a trend that is fast catching on. So pair a raw silk bandi with a saree or a lehenga.  One could even opt for the lehenga saree as it’s easier to drape and very convenient to carry off.

Luxemi: Which Luxemi ensembles ought to make their way into one’s trousseau trunk?

Anita Dongre: Luxemi’s Scarlett Saree with Rich Gold Border, Gold Embellished Chantilly Lace Saree, Pink Anarkali with Gota Work by Nikasha, Gold Sequined Saree, Lehenga Saree with Thread Work and Brocade Coat with Velvet Border by Kisneel are must-haves!

Luxemi picks by Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre’s Luxemi picks

Luxemi picks by Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre’s Luxemi picks

Luxemi: Trendy pieces vs classics — what’s your take?

Anita Dongre: Your trousseau should always have a mix of both. The trendy pieces can be used for your cocktail party and sangeet while the classics can be saved for your main wedding day and reception. Trendy and classic pieces can also be paired together for an edgy yet elegant look. For instance, you could pair a traditional bandi (vest/Nehru jacket) with a gown/skirt or wear an embroidered jacket/bolero with a saree and so on.

Luxemi: Let’s talk jewelry shopping — do’s and don’ts?

Anita Dongre: Always go to a trusted family jeweler. Here too, list down the main ceremonies and outfits and match your jewelry accordingly. Invest in versatile pieces that can be dressed up or toned down and be worn with both Indian as well as western outfits.

Luxemi: Which are some of the best cities for Indian trousseau wear according to you?

Anita Dongre: Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkatta are go-tos in India. There’s my Anita Dongre Bridal store as well as Phoenix Mills and Palladium in Mumbai, multi-designer mall The Gallery on MG in Delhi and Forum Courtyard in Kolkatta.

Luxemi: Who are some of the celebrity brides one can take inspiration from?

Anita Dongre: Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Esha Deol hands down! The one thing they all have in common, and is worth taking inspiration from, is that while each dressed in tune with their respective traditions, the final look was not overbearing — right from the choice of the bridal ensembles to the make up; it all spelled elegance!

Luxemi: So what’s your parting trousseau shopping advice?

Anita Dongre: While everyone’s shopping habits and needs will vary, there are certain pointers that will help you sail through your trousseau shopping effortlessly. First up, make sure you have a list of designers or multi designer stores you wish to visit. Dedicate a week to visit all these stores, shortlist what you like from each of them, and then start buying. Always have a shopping budget and try sticking to it as far as possible!

Anita Dongre's Jaipur Bride

Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

So there you go…let the splurge fest begin. And yes, you can thank us later! ;-)

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Shaadi Chic: Shaadi Belles + Luxemi’s bridal show in New Jersey

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Hello Luxemi lovers! We’ve got a festive treat for you — one you are bound to love. For all of you who are scouting for the season’s trendiest Indian wear to hit the wedding season, we’ve got you covered. Along with the fabulous ladies at Shaadi Belles, we bring to you a stylish bridal show, Shaadi Chic, to put all your bridal shopping dilemmas to a rest! Head over to the Marriott Hotel in Teaneck, New Jersey on Sunday, November 10 between 12-5 PM for an elegant selection of Luxemi’s latest wedding collection including bridal wear, accessories, jewelry and the works!

Trust us when we say that there are several reasons to be excited. The first being that celebrity designer Payal Singhal, a name we absolutely swear by when it comes to desi wear, we will be showcasing the latest collection at the event. Luxemi will also be debuting its lovely new bridesmaid collection of salwars and gowns by Chicago-based designer Sahar Dada. And your better halves needn’t feel left out either… there are plenty of menswear options to shop from too. That’s not all. We also have a fabulous lounge set up just for you. So come network and mingle with like-minded individuals. We promise it will be exciting.

So it’s time to loosen the purse strings and gear up for an indulgent day of some serious retail therapy and pure fun. We’ll be there too, to chat weddings, Indian fashion and the latest trends.

We’d love to see you. So do drop in to say hello!

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Luxemi’s Guide to Festive Dressing

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

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

Trend: Go for gold

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

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Trend: Gold

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

Trend: Stylish in Shararas

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

Luxemi's shararas

Trend: Shararas

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

Trend: Think Pink

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

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Trend: Pink

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

Trend: Put a ring on it

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

Luxemi's statement rings

Trend: Statement rings

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

Trend: We’ve got the blues

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

Luxemi's blue indian wear

Trend: Blue

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

Trend: Pearl-essence

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

Pearl jewelry on Luxemi

Trend: Pearl jewelry

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

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

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

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Luxemi’s Ultimate Guide To Wearing Polkis

Sonam Kapoor flaunts a polki set

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

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

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

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

Polki set + Traditional lehenga = Wedding reception ready

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Victorian Polki set

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

Brocade peach lehenga on Luxemi

Peach Brocade Lehenga by Mallika Mathur

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

Polki earrings + Sequined sari = Red carpet ready

Luxemi's kundan earrings

Dainty kundan earrings

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

Luxemi's georgette saree

“Tied with a Bow” Georgette Saree

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

Antique kundan bangle + Flared kurta = Diwali party ready

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Kundan Bangle with Antique Finish

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

Kisneel salwar on Luxemi

Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel

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

Crescent kundan jhumkis + Anarkali = Engagement party ready

Luxemi's kundan jhumkis

Crescent Kundan Earrings with Pearl Drops

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

Salwar by Nikasha on Luxemi

Asymmetrical hem salwar by Nikasha

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

Tips on taking care of polkis

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

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

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Luxemi’s Ultimate Exotic Wedding Destination Guide

Anita Dongre's Timeless collection

Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

This is unarguably our favorite time of the year. Wonder why? Thanks to the weddings galore lined up, but of course! Who doesn’t love a good Indian wedding, and luckily for us, our mailbox is filled with invites and calendar already choc-a-block.

As much as we love the nonstop singing and dancing, delectable spread of food and OTT outfits of this desi extravaganza, there is another Big Fat Indian Wedding trend that gets our seal of approval — destination weddings! In a bid to achieve ‘picture-perfect’, no destination is off the cards and no exotic locale is being left unexplored. Trust us when we say that destination weddings are indeed the way to go. So, we round up some of our favorite exotic locations along with style notes on what to pack for each of these cities. Hope couples all set to tie the knot (and their wedding planners) are listening!

DESTINATION: Istanbul, Turkey

Perfect for: A culture-soaked affair

Istanbul has fast catapulted into a hot spot for Indian weddings and with good reason at that. Turkey’s largest city is perfect for a themed OTT celebration reminiscent of a grand Turkish bazaar.

Hotel extraordinaire: It doesn’t get any better than the Ciragan Palace Kempinski. A flamboyant time beckons.

Wedding at Ciragan Palace

Wedding set up at Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul

What to wear: Go for a hint of Middle Eastern glamour. Our coffee colored sari with beaded applique work fits the bill. Team it with a beaded gold headpiece and winged eyeliner to turn heads.

Luxemi copper net sari for Istanbul wedding

Nothing better than this beaded copper Luxemi sari for the occasion.

DESTINATION: Florence, Italy

Perfect for: A fashionable wedding

This charming Tuscan city provides the ideal backdrop for a champagne clinking, air kissing sort of wedding extravaganza. Look no further for a destination wedding that epitomizes classy and chic.

Hotel extraordinaire: Located along the Arno River, the St. Regis Florence makes for a discerning choice.

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A chic wedding at St. Regis Florence

What to wear: Sophisticated chic is the look we’d go for. This black crinkle georgette sari with knit work border paired with a gold and silver blouse by Wild Orchid will help you nail the look. Finish it with polki earrings and red haute lips.

Luxemi's Crinkle Georgette Saree

Black is always a good idea!

Saree blouse by Wild Orchid

This blouse by Wild Orchid will complement your saree

DESTINATION: Bali, Indonesia

Perfect for: A beach wedding

For those who wish to exchange their rings amidst the setting sun and lashing waves, it doesn’t get better than Bali. Skip the traditional route and party it up as you take the plunge.

Hotel extraordinaire: The glitzy W Retreat & Spa Bali -  Seminyak promises a glorious wedding along the Petitenget Beach.

Wedding at W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak

Wedding at W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak. Image courtesy: Apel Photography

What to wear: Our white and silver gota angarakha will allow you to keep it casual and classic without compromising on style. The gold and red mirror clutch by 5 Elements will give the ensemble the colorful reprieve it so needs.

Luxemi's white and silver gota angrakha salwar

This angarakha will transform you into a vision in white

5 Elements by Radhika Gupta clutch

Mirrorwork 5 Elements by Radhika Gupta clutch

 

DESTINATION: Udaipur, India

Perfect for: A royal rendezvous

As clichéd as Rajasthan may sound, it never fails to amaze with its imperial and grand ways. If a  fairy tale princess-like wedding is what you’ve always wanted, all roads do lead to Udaipur.

Hotel extraordinaire: If it’s Udaipur, it has got to be Umaid Bhawan Palace. Regal doesn’t even begin to do it justice.

Umaid Bhawan Palace Udaipur

The Umaid Bhawan Palace Udaipur promises a royal setting

What to wear: Go unabashedly traditional in this gold leaf lehenga with velvet blouse by Malika Mathur complemented by a colorful kundan set and tikka.

Lehenga by Malika Mathur

This gold and green lehenga is the perfect traditional pick

You can also read more on the perfect Fall wedding looks as curated by Nishka Lulla here.

So, let the wedding season begin! We’d love for you to share your favorite vignettes and looks with us.

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Luxemi + M.A.C Cosmetics’ Fall wedding make-up guide

While in our previous post we brought you an outfit guide for the upcoming wedding season with Nishka Lulla, putting together the perfect look doesn’t end there. The most stunning of ensembles can fall short if not paired with the right makeup. So we roped in Sonic Sarwate, Senior Artist, M.A.C Cosmetics India to present a guide on achieving two distinct yet equally stunning looks – just what the season ordered!

M.A.C make up artist Sonic Sarwate

Sonic Sarwate

“The key to a successful wedding look is to keep it simple and real. Do not match your makeup to your outfit colors; in fact use colors which compliment it. Dark mouths and shades of reds are big this wedding season. The makeup should enhance your beauty and not transform you into a different person,” the man with the magic brush says. We believe him…after all he does know best!

ALL ABOUT THE EYES

Sarwate himself was behind this look which we spotted and loved at Masaba Gupta-Satya Paul show at PCJ Delhi Couture Week.

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Satya Paul PCJ Delhi Couture Week. Image courtesy M.A.C Cosmetics

This look is the perfect marriage of retro glam with a futuristic flair. Turn to it for the sangeet, mehndi or pheras.

Get the look:

  1. Prep the skin with M.A.C Fix+ hydrating spray followed by M.A.C Studio Moisture Cream and really work them into the skin.
  2. Use M.A.C Pro and conceal palette to cover any shadows on the skin and even out the skin tone. Use translucent powder to set it.
  3. Use M.A.C Sculpt and Shape powder to contour the face. Curl the lashes and groom the brows using minimal products, as the focus of the look is on the eye liner.
  4. Use M.A.C fluideline in Blacktrack to outline a big winged out line going upward towards the temples.
  5. Fill in the inner corners and outer edge of the liner with blacktrack followed by M.A.C Chromacake in Pure White to create white and grey streaks in the center of the lid and blending the white with black. This will create a X-ray effect in the liner.
  6. A touch of M.A.C reflects in Pink and Pearl will mimic the sequin work used along with prints on the garments.
  7. Use concealer on the lips to create an even tone and strip off any kind of redness on the lips. 
  8. And finish the look using M.A.C Viva Glam lipstick in GAGA2 with fingertips on the lips.

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

When we spotted Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi sporting this look on the IIFA Rocks red carpet, we just knew we would  be trying it this wedding season. Simple but impactful enough to grab eyeballs, it can work well for just about any wedding function.

Huma Qureshi

Huma Qureshi at IIFA Rocks red carpet. Image credit: Deccanchronicle.com

 Get the look:

  1. To achieve beautifully luminous skin, start with moisturizing the skin followed by M.A.C Prep+Prime Natural Radiance.
  2. Use M.A.C Select Moisture Cover concealer to cover any discoloration. Add M.A.C foundation in Mineralize Moisture Fluid for a radiant and flawless skin.
  3. Add translucent powder on the center of the face to take away any excessive shine. Contour the face with M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark.
  4. Groom the brows using M.A.C Velux Brow Pencil. Use M.A.C eye shadow in Wood Winked on the 3/4th of the eye lid.
  5. On the outer corner, that is the remaining 1/4th of the eye lid use M.A.C eyeshadow in Embark blending with Wood Winked.
  6. Use M.A.C Eye Pro longwear eye liner in Black Ice to line the top and bottom lash line. Smudge the black with M.A.C eye shadow in Embark using M.A.C Brush no 219.
  7. Wing out the liner to achieve the most desirable almond shape.
  8. Curl the lashes and use several coats of M.A.C False lash mascara.
  9. To finish the look and get that perfect pout, start with using M.A.C Prep+Prime lip for smooth application and long-lasting color stay.
  10.  Line the lips with M.A.C lip liner in Currant and fill it with M.A.C Lipstick in Diva.

So go ahead, try these looks –  we’d love to see how they look on you!

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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Luxemi + Nishka Lulla’s Fall wedding guide

Is it just us, or is your calendar chock-a-block with weddings for the next few months too? The onset of a new season can mean only one thing – putting together a fresh new wedding wardrobe to strut through the season in style. So we decided to get an expert – Nishka Lulla – on board to make this a breeze.

Designer Nishka Lulla

Nishka Lulla

Fashion designer and Bollywood/celebrity stylist, Lulla has made quite the splash since she forayed onto the scene in 2009. Her clientele boasts of Bollywood biggies such as Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor, Asin, Deepika Padukone, Genelia D’souza and Ameesha Patel among others and she is also lauded for her boho-chic personal style. She speaks to Luxemi and curates Fall wedding looks you absolutely ought to be swearing by. So, listen up!

Mehndi

Sing, dance and basically make merry at one of the wedding’s more intimate functions.

luxemi Peach Tulle Salwar

Luxemi’s Peach Tulle Salwar

Nishka says: “The outfit needs to be practical yet stylish. Avoid full sleeves and swear by coral for this function. Luxemi’s peach tulle anarkali salwar is a great pick.”

Sangeet

One of the most awaited wedding events, the sangeet is all about reveling in the limelight for a true fashionista.

watermelon net lehenga with a contrasting mango dupatta

Luxemi’s watermelon net lehenga with a contrasting mango dupatta

Nishka says: “Since color blocking bright hues is trending these days, a different colored lehenga, choli and dupatta is a perfectly striking way to go. Go easy on the embroidery and let the colors take centre stage. Luxemi’s watermelon net lehenga with a contrasting mango dupatta is your best bet.”

Cocktail party

 Indulge in a night of debauchery but with a fashionable flair.

sequined hot pink coat from Luxemi

Luxemi’s sequined hot pink coat

 Nishka says: “Go for an indo-western look. Pick an Indian ensemble with an utterly western silhouette and cut. Since coats are ruling trend charts, you could wear a coat style kurta with cigarette pants and Luxemi’s hot pink silk coat with sequins fits the bill.”

Pheras

Embrace your roots whilst celebrating this new beginning.

mango salwar by Nikasha with gota embroidery

Mango salwar by Nikasha featuring gota embroidery

Nishka says: “Go traditional for the pheras with essentially Indian colors. Vintage is another chic option. Oxidized vintage Indian embroidery such as zardozi and gota work is just what this function demands.” And it doesn’t get better than our mango salwar by Nikasha with gota embroidery.

Reception

This is your time to play the glamorous social butterfly to the hilt.

luxemi gold sequined sari

Luxemi’s gold sequined sari

luxemi gold blouse

Luxemi’s gold blouse

Nishka says: “Since metallic is one of the biggest Fall trends, sport it at the reception for a diva-esque look. A sequin sheathed saree teamed with a metallic gold or silver blouse will definitely look fabulous.” Our gold sequined sari and complementing blouse will do the trick.

So there you go…with a guide as high on style as this, you’d agree when we say that stunning the wedding scape just got a whole lot easier!

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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