Luxemi Reviews 2013’s Top Fashion Moments

While we are gearing up for a super stylish 2014 (we wouldn’t have it any other way!), we are also engulfed by a sense of fashion nostalgia as the end of this year inches closer. 2013 was indeed a year of several fashion hits, misses and moments that made us sit up and take notice. So, we bring you a roundup of everything that had tweeting, hash tagging and obsessing over at brunch with our fellow fashionistas-in-crime this year!

Luxemi adds Amrapali to their designer roster

Celebrity favorite, Amrapali Jewels made their way to Luxemi’s designer directory with exclusive, one-of-a-kind pieces curated especially for us!

Deepika Padukone wearing Amrapali

Vidya Balan causes an uproar at Cannes

Actress Vidya Balan made it to the prestigious jury at the Cannes Film Festival alongside Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg among others. Woot woot! Her red carpet appearances — styled by and dressed in Sabysachi — however were bit of a snooze fest. Turns out there is a thing as too much Sabyasachi. Who would have thought?

Vidya Balan at Cannes

Tarun Tahiliani’s Cannes crusade

Veteran designer Tarun Tahiliani was handpicked to showcase at the prestigious amFAR 20thCinema Against AIDS benefit gala and fashion show held at Cannes. His beautiful Cannes crusade saw supermodel Karlie Kloss (and many more) strut down the runway in a liquid gold draped sari gown.

Karlie Kloss in Tarun Tahiliani

Luxemi gets featured on BuzzFeed

Thanks to the raging sari rental trend, being fabulously designer clad at a wedding need not burn a hole in your pocket anymore. Our founders discussed what makes this concept tick on BuzzFeed this year.

BuzzFeed-logo

Priyanka Chopra turns Guess Girl 

Back in Bollywood, it was definitely the year of actress-turned-pop star Priyanka Chopra. PC, as she is fondly called, kick started the year chartbusters in collaboration with Pitbull and Will.i.am and topped it off by snagging the title of the latest (and first Indian) Guess Girl — photographed by Bryan Adams for the brand’s holiday campaign.

Guess girl Priyanka Chopra

Marc Jacobs moves on from Louis Vuitton

 After 16 years with French luxury giant Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs called it quits with a sentimental farewell show that left the entire fraternity (including us) teary eyed .

Marc Jacob's last Louis Vuitton show

Tanishq’s buzz worthy commercial 

Tanishq’s TV commercial supporting remarriage (plus featuring a dusky model), got the brand major props for making a strong and positive social statement. It’s definetly a step in the right direction!

Selfies whip up a storm

Oxford Dictionaries proclaimed ‘selfies’ as the international word of 2013. So now when your granny asks what is this selfie (for the nth time), you can safely hand her a dictionary and be done with it (sigh of relief)!

Power selfie

Gap + Warish Ahluwalia

Designer du jour Waris Ahluwalia was chosen as the face of Gap’s Make Love campaign, making it the most fashionable statement against racism indeed. Kudos!

gap make love campaign

The nath makes a comeback

Heirloom, old-school desi jewels made a major comeback, with the nath (nose ring) leading the way. Everyone from Sonam Kapoor and Vidya Balan to Kajol were seen giving it their unrelenting support.

Nath makes a comeback

 

Black and white take centre stage

Goodbye sindoor red bridal wear! Indian brides finally opened their trousseau trunks and wedding closets to make way for white and black ensembles (a color hitherto considered inauspicious).

black and white on luxemi

 

Showbiz India chats up Luxemi

Still have questions about how exactly Luxemi works? Showbiz India caught up with our co-founders to give you the low down.

Feel like we missed something? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Dress like Deepika Padukone — Bollywood’s Favorite Fashionista

Deepika Padukone in Vogue September 2013 issue

Deepika-Padukone, Vogue India September 2013

Deepika Padukone is our latest Bollywood girl crush. This doe-eyed beauty has earned some serious style cred with her recent super chic sartorial picks, making one thing very clear —this stylista can do no wrong. Ever since her movie Cocktail, she seems to be on a style roll, putting only her most fashionable foot forward. When I interviewed her a couple of months back, she simply brushed off this ‘style icon’ tag saying that she blindly trusts her stylist when it comes to her appearances (modestly skipping that not everyone can pull off the looks she does). And the stylist in question, Vogue India’s Anaita Shroff Adajania, constantly seems to be pushing the envelope when it comes to Padukone’s wardrobe. Here’s a round up of the looks we love most on her!

Deepika Padukone in monochrome outfits

Monochrome is a hot favorite with this B-town’s fashionista and it’s a look she wears well. Take a cue from her and slip into our Black and White Hand Painted Saree by Satya Paul. Accentuate the look, as Padukone often does, with a pop of color by way of footwear, accessories or red lips.

Deepika Padukone in  muted colors

While most people shy away from muted colors for the fear of looking dull, Padukone (seen here in Sabyasachi and Ridhi Mehra) seems to have the trick to wear it down pat i.e. create talking points by sprucing it with statement earrings, an interesting updo and a radiant smile. Add this hue to your repertoire with Luxemi’s Peach Anarkali with Zari and Gota Work and Peach Burnout Saree by Satya Paul.

Deepika Padukone wearing Rachel Roy jumpsuit

But that’s not to say that she skips out on color all together. The fashion fraternity’s it-girl can pull off the most daring colors with effortless élan. We love this Rachel Roy jumpsuit she was spotted in recently. For those of you scouting for a similar desi ensemble, look no further than this Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel.

Deepika Padukone in lace outfits

Another trend Padukone has been quick to embrace is lace — be it in the form of dresses, tops or traditional wear. Our Gold Embellished Chantilly Lace Saree promises a touch of elegant sophistication, reminiscent of her looks.

Deepika Padukone in kundan set

And now for the look we are totally swooning over — a winning juxtaposition of old-world charm with a contemporary vibe — is the pairing of traditional/kundan jewelry with western silhouettes. Snag this look easily with our Geometric Gold Kundan Set and Gold Kundan Collar and Earrings worn over a cocktail gown or LBD at your next formal soiree.

We’d love to know what you think of Deepika Padukone’s style too. Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Image credit: French Vogue

Exchanging gifts is undoubtedly one of our favorite December customs — and while it is always delightful to be on the receiving end, the best of us are often in a fix when gift hunting. Hence we put together a quick guide that promises to rescue you from your gifting woes. Whether you’re shopping for your mother, sister or BFF — we’ve got the perfect picks, no matter what their style sensibility. So hurry, put on your Santa hat without further ado!

 The Glam Dresser

Get something head turning and statement making for the uber fashionista in your life. Our modern kundan set and black sequined border sari fit the bill to a T!

Modern Kundan Set

Sequined saree with border

 The Minimalistic Dresser

You’ll want something subtle and fuss-free for this one. Delicate shades are always a good go-to and we’ve got you covered with this cream georgette sari.

Cream georgette saree

The Trendy Dresser

Our gold Kashmiri earrings and pinky ring by Amrapali are right on trend, just like the girl you’re shopping for! So aren’t these the obvious choices for her, then?

Wrap around earrings

Gold pinky ring by Amrapali

The Boho Dresser

Eclectic accessories are the best bet when shopping for the gal who’s a hippie at heart. Luxemi’s gold pendant and pearl headpiece and gold flower hand charm will be instant hits.

Pearl and gold headpiece

Gold hand harness

The Androgynous Dresser

Our hot pink silk coat will work well for the woman whose dressing aesthetic is best described as ‘boy meets girl’ . The androgynous silhouette juxtaposed with an utterly feminine color makes for a charming contrast.

Silk coat salwar

The Urbane Dresser

The city girl likes to keep her looks polished and sophisticated, and isn’t afraid to bring a contemporary dash to her traditional looks. Our silk saree with bronze zari by Satya Paul will occupy a place of pride in her closet!

Satya Paul silk saree

The Kitschy Dresser

She’s one who is constantly incorporating quirky elements into her wardrobe and mixing things up. Have no doubt that she will love our embroidered clutch by 5 Elements.

embroidered clutch by 5 Elements

That’s not all. Take 20% off an all our accessories through the month using our LUXEHOLIDAY code — now isn’t that what you call ‘happy holidays’? ;-)

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

tarun tahiliani at bridal fashion week

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

tarun tahiliani at bridal fashion week

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

Rohit Bal bridal collection

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 Interviews Fashion and Celebrity Stylist Kushal Parmanand

Sonakshi Sinha in Hi! Living

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand for Hi! Living

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

Kushal Parmanand

Celebrity and fashion stylist Kushal Parmanand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luxemi: Style icons who carry Indian wear beautifully? 

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

Kareena Kapoor in a saree

Luxemi: Your favorite picks from Luxemi.com

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

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Parmanand’s top picks from Luxemi

Luxemi Indian wear

Parmanand’s top picks from Luxemi

Amrapali earrings on Luxemi

Amrapali earrings on Luxemi

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

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

Nandita Thirani sare

Chotu sari by Nandita Thirani

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

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand for Hi!Blitz

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

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Luxemi + 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.

Anita Dongre at Lakme Fashion Week

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

Diwali dressing

Image credit: An Indian Summer blog

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

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

Trend: Go for gold

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

Luxemi's gold indian wear

Trend: Gold

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

Trend: Stylish in Shararas

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

Luxemi's shararas

Trend: Shararas

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

Trend: Think Pink

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

luxemi's pink ensembles

Trend: Pink

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

Trend: Put a ring on it

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

Luxemi's statement rings

Trend: Statement rings

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

Trend: We’ve got the blues

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

Luxemi's blue indian wear

Trend: Blue

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

Trend: Pearl-essence

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

Pearl jewelry on Luxemi

Trend: Pearl jewelry

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

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

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

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Luxemi’s Ultimate Guide To Wearing Polkis

Sonam Kapoor flaunts a polki set

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

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

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

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

Polki set + Traditional lehenga = Wedding reception ready

victorian polki set on luxemi

Victorian Polki set

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

Brocade peach lehenga on Luxemi

Peach Brocade Lehenga by Mallika Mathur

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

Polki earrings + Sequined sari = Red carpet ready

Luxemi's kundan earrings

Dainty kundan earrings

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

Luxemi's georgette saree

“Tied with a Bow” Georgette Saree

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

Antique kundan bangle + Flared kurta = Diwali party ready

Luxemi's kundan bangle

Kundan Bangle with Antique Finish

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

Kisneel salwar on Luxemi

Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel

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

Crescent kundan jhumkis + Anarkali = Engagement party ready

Luxemi's kundan jhumkis

Crescent Kundan Earrings with Pearl Drops

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

Salwar by Nikasha on Luxemi

Asymmetrical hem salwar by Nikasha

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

Tips on taking care of polkis

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

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

By Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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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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