Get The Look: Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt in Vogue

Vogue India, September 2012

Bollywood’s newest entrant, 21-year-old Alia Bhatt, hasn’t just wowed critics with her acting credentials but has also quickly climbed fashion charts to become a celebrity style favorite in a short time. Considering she was groomed by Karan Johar and that her first magazine cover was Vogue’s September 2012 issue, did you really think it would be any other way?! We love this spunky young gun’s no-holds-barred attitude and fuss-free approach to fashion — she knows she’s a looker but doesn’t try too hard to hog the limelight — and that is exactly what makes her a winner in our books. Here’s how you can snag her style in three simple ways!

Color Crush

Alia Bhatt in bright colors

When in doubt, wear a statement color! At least that’s what Bhatt swears by. She doesn’t seem to be one to go overboard with prints; instead keeps it simple in bright solid colors for utterly fuss-free looks. Throw on statement accessories to complete your outfit when opting for something similar.

Luxemi Pick: Dusty Pink Mukesh Saree with Bronze Feather Border

 

Crop It Like It’s Hot  

Alia Bhatt in crop tops

This newbie shed oodles of weight for her Bollywood foray so it’s no surprise that Ms. Bhatt has taken to flaunting her freshly toned midriff in a smattering of crop tops. Whenever she turns to them, she makes sure to maintain a delicious balance between neon pops and netural hues.

Luxemi crop top

Luxemi Pick: Gold Stretch Satin Blouse with Embellished Neckline by Kavita Bhartia

 

Layering Love

Alia Bhatt in layered indian wear

Bhatt’s petite frame demands that she add more dimension to her looks, which is why she is often spotted in layered Indian wear — and that, more often than not, translates into dhoti pants with a kurta and vest.

Luxemi Pick: Coral Red Tie Front Jacket Salwar with Floral Embroidery

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez and Kangana Ranaut

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What To Pack For An Indian Wedding

Packing for an Indian wedding

The Great Indian Wedding stands for fun, frolic, festivity and fashion. And as picture-perfect every frame looks once the celebrations have come to a close, only we women know how much planning and prepping goes into looking the way we do. Packing for an Indian wedding is no mean feat and we bet you’d second that. So as we gear up to dive right into the wedding season, we present a handy checklist of all that your suitcase(s) needs to hold!

Occasion appropriate outfits

It’s not as simple as packing two dresses and heels to match. Celebrations are generally spread across 2-3 days and involve a host of events. It’s best to keep your looks for each as varied as possible — after all, no one should accuse you of being sartorially boring! For instance, a flirty sharara is perfect for a mehendi while a lehenga fits the bill for a sangeet. Opt for a traditional suit for the pheras and change into a smart sari for the reception. It’s best to plan well in advance and make sure you discuss your sartorial choices with friends and family who are attending too.

Packing for an Indian wedding 

A back up outfit

You never know what will go down once you reach the wedding venue. A tear in your lehenga or a forgotten blouse that renders your new sari useless are common mishaps. Hence it’s always best to carry a spare outfit to avoid such damsel-in-distress moments.

Bling Bling

An Indian wedding without a blinding display of jewelry? That doesn’t sound right! Be sure to pack some stunning baubles to match your ensembles. Jhumkis, maang tikkas and hand harnesses are au courant favorites.

Packing for an Indian wedding

Mix, match and play around for functions like the sangeet, mehindi and cocktail. However it’s best to slip on a diamond or kundan set for the reception and pheras. And don’t forget to carry a selection of clutches to complement your attire.

Packing for an Indian wedding

Comfortable footwear

We all know how easy (or not!) it is to walk around in a sari. And 6-inch stilettos, especially if you’re not used to them, isn’t going to make the task easier. Embellished wedges or flats are a more sensible way to go.

A Fix-It Kit

It takes a lot to hold that sari, chic bun or lehenga dupatta together. So make sure you pack ample safety pins, bobby pins, a pair of scissors and a needle and thread. Double-sided tape is a savior to keep that plunging blouse or maang tikka in place while band-aid is a must if you’re breaking in new shoes! If you borrow from us, we’ll send over a Luxe Pack, which contains bindis, safety pins and a beautiful saree bag for you to keep.

Hair styling products and make up

Overslept (blame it on those shots) and now you’re running late for the morning function? A simple blowout with soft curls or a messy yet chic top knot is a fail-safe hair do. Also, make it a point to coordinate with your friends before you pack hair styling appliances like a hair iron, hair dryer or curling tongs and designate who should carry what. As for your make up, turn to smoky eyes and bright lips for a night event and keep it fresh and dewy for a day function.

Pack right

Now that you’ve gathered all the things you need, make sure you pack them in an organized fashion. Preparing a list with details of each look will keep any last minute confusion at bay. Pack function wise. That way you’re less likely to forget something. Designate separate cloth bags to each outfit to avoid them getting entangled, taking on the color of another piece or just getting ruined in general.

Also read: Luxemi’s Ultimate Exotic Wedding Destination Guide

Share your packing tips and tricks with us in the comment box below.

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10 Things That Happen Before Going To Your 10th Indian Wedding Of The Year

10. You’ve been ‘introduced’ to or made awkward small talk with every single guy in your community.

10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year

9. Desi Girl and Punjabi MC have played one too many times and you’re like…
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
8. You timed your eyebrow threading perfectly so you can go to three Indian weddings for the price of one torture session.
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
7. You’ve scrubbed your palms like an OCD gorilla because your last mehndi hasn’t faded yet.
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6. Hiding under a beach umbrella all summer to avoid hearing your mom make inappropriate skin color comments.
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5. Calculating the number of Instagrams people have posted of you in each saree you own.
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
4. Hiking your saree up when you’re trying to dance to hip hop and realizing there’s no way to do it without looking like a tramp.
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
3. Accidentally losing your mom’s real gold earrings and realizing you’ll have to hear how irresponsible you are for at least the next 30 years. 
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
2. Draping your saree four times to get it perfect only to have an aunty re-drape it as soon as you walk in because it apparently looks like crap.
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
1. Stressing that you have nothing to wear but then realizing Luxemi.com exists and all is right again in the world.
10 things that happen before going to your 10th Indian wedding of the year
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Best Instagram Accounts To Follow For Indian Outfit Inspiration

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

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

Tanya Ghavri @tanghavri

Tanya Ghavri on Instagram

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

Sonam Kapoor @sonamkapoor

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

Harper’s Bazaar Bride India @bazaarbridein

Harpers Bazaar Bride India on Instagram

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

Indian Weddings Mag @indianweddingsmag

Indian Weddings Mag on Instagram

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

 HeadTilt @headtilt

headtilt on Instagram

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

Luxemi @luxemi

Luxemi on Instagram

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

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

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Hits And Misses At IIFA 2014

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

IIFA red carpet

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

IIFA red carpet

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

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

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

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

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Celebrity Wedding Planner Candice Pereira On Styling Your Wedding

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

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

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

Peacock theme

Peacock theme inspiration

Peacock theme

Peacock theme inspiration

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

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

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

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

Love bird inspiration

Love bird inspiration

Love bird inspiration

Love bird inspiration

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

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

How much is too much?

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

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

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Snag Jacqueline Fernandez’s Easy Chic Style

Jacqueline Fernandez in Femina

Jacqueline Fernandez, Femina

Of all the foreign beauties that have recently made Bollywood their home, Jacqueline Fernandez is easily one of our favorites. And no, we aren’t saying so because of the PYT’s movie choices. The only thing we have eyes for are her sartorial choices and it seems like this doe-eyed beauty can do no wrong. Her repertoire clearly proves that she’s not afraid of taking fashion risks and can make just about any look her own. That coupled with her disarming smile and prominent pout ensures that she ticks all the right boxes with her style file every single time. We decode this stylista’s looks and show you how to snag her style.

Red Alert

acqueline Fernandez wears red

One look at her Indian wear choices and it’s clear that the Sri Lankan expat has a soft spot for shades of red — be it siren red lehengas or maroon saris and salwars. And why shouldn’t she? The color indeed is very becoming on her and her flawless complexion. Get a similar look with our Scarlett Saree with Rich Gold Border cinched with a belt.

Pop of Prints

acqueline Fernandez wears prints

Fernandez is not one to shy away from a generous smattering of prints either. From Surendri’s pac-man and fish motifs and Moschino’s playful prints to more demure florals, she sports them all with effortless ease. Luxemi’s Painted Saree with Zari Border by Satya Paul will allow you to channel her inimitable je nai se quoi as well.

Desi with a difference

Jacqueline Fernandez wears different cuts

What stands out is Fernandez’s affinity towards offbeat Indian silhouettes. The been-there-done-that same ‘ol styles are definitely not for her. You’ll always find a statement element on her; be it a tulip hemline, sharara pants or asymmetrical cuts. Luckily for you, this Orange Salwar with Asymmetrical Hem by Nikasha is quite similar to what the starlet prefers!

Top of the Crop

acqueline Fernandez wears crop tops

Crop tops, anyone? Our bet is that this Bollywood belle will be game for one (or many). She has been seen wearing midriff bearing tops on more than one occasion after all. And with fab abs like hers, can you blame her? You too can flaunt your toned abs courtesy our Bronze V Neck Stretch Satin Blouse by Kavita Bhartia.

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut.

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

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Luxemi’s Top Picks from Wills India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter ’14

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW AW'14

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW AW’14

March is a heavy-duty fashion month for the Indian folks. It is jam packed with two of the biggest fashion events in the country. Case in point: the fash frat was just beginning to recover from Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort ’14 in Mumbai, when they had to pack their bags and head to Delhi for Wills India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter ’14.

We followed all the WIFW action and while we loved most of what we saw we can’t help but play favorites! So here goes.

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani at WIFW AW'14

Tarun Tahiliani had just showed at LFW earlier this month, so we were dripping with anticipation to see what he had in store for round two. His showing, ‘Satlada’was a vibrant one indeed — one where jeweled tones, signature drapes, gold jewellery and Mughal references took centre stage.

Abraham & Thakore

Abraham & Thakore at WIFW AW'14

Mavens of minimalism, Abraham & Thakore, demonstrated the power of simplicity with their fuss free yet impactful collection that was produced by Varanasi weavers. The animal print was a welcome surprise and we are particular digging the belted saris and the addition of trench coats to it.

Nikasha

Nikasha at WIFW AW'14

The immensely festive vibe of Nikasha’s creations has made her a Luxemi favorite. And her AW ’14 collection, ‘Bibi’, gave us another reason to love her. The frosty pink, subtle champagne, pale peach and fiery red ensembles with hand embroidery, diamante and pearl motifs are perfect to sport at the end-of-the-year weddings.

Frou Frou by Archana Rao

Frou Frou by Archana Rao

As Vogue India’s Fashion Fund winner, Archana Rao of Frou Frou had a lot riding on this collection. And disappoint, she did not. The strong singular prints, fresh palette and essentially feminine looks caught our eye.

Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra at WIFW AW'14

After winning the International Woolmark Prize at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year, all eyes were on Rahul Mishra at WIFW. His award winning collection, inspired by the eight petal white lotus, used a variety of bullion knots, aari embroidery and thread work on sheer, silks, cotton and woollen jersey in addition to the ubiquitous use of bandhani on marino wool. The standing ovation was well deserved indeed.

Dev R Nil

Dev R Nil at WIFW AW'14

Dev R Nil continued to play on their strength —power prints. They gave us plenty to lust after with their collection that used indigenous printing techniques like batik and handloom weaves. Extra props for the effortless manner in which they paired clashing prints.

Sahil Kochhar

Sahil Kochhar at WIFW AW'14

Sahil Kochhar made a particularly strong debut and has the industry waxing eloquent about his statement silhouettes and intricate handiwork. Here’s one to watch out for!

Pankaj & Nidhi

Pankaj & Nidhi at WIFW AW'14

Pankaj & Nidhi’s collection, ‘House of Cards’ borrowed heavily from Spanish culture wherein they took their signature silhouettes — high low hemlines, structured jackets, hand-made appliqué work and intricate detailing — and gave it an androgynous spin.

Vineet Bahl

Vineet Bahl at WIFW AW'14

Vineet Bahl’s collection of florals, Banarasi handlooms and vibrant colors found an instant fan in us. Who’s up for cropped churidaars and ankle length palazzos this autumn? We sure are!

Kiran Uttam Gosh

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Kiran Uttam Gosh’s fierce twist to traditional wear was one of the strongest shows this season. The label’s signature drapes made an appearance on the ramp, but this time in muted and gilded hues. What really did the trick was the inspired layering of easy separates to create utterly interesting looks.

Kallol Datta

Kallol Datta at WIFW AW'14

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The King of anti-fit stayed true to his tongue-in-cheek style of designing. Kallol Datta’s selfie sari — splashed with own pictures, was a sure shot talking point this season.

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

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Indian Designers and Handloom Revival

 

Brocade and silk on Luxemi

Traditional fabrics on Luxemi

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

Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra Woolmark Prize collection

Rahul Mishra Woolmark Prize collection

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

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi Save the Saree

Vidya Balan in Sabysachi handloom sarees

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

Shruti Sancheti

Shruti Sanchet LFW SR14

Shruti Sanchet LFW SR14

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

Gaurang Shah

Gaurang Shah at LFW SR14

Kirron Kher at Gaurang Shah LFW SR14

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

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre LFW SR14

Anita Dongre LFW SR14

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

Krishna Mehta

Krishna Mehta at LFW SR14

Krishna Mehta at LFW SR14

 

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

Ekaya

Ekaya sarees

Ekaya

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

Raw Mango

Raw Mango sarees

Raw Mango sarees

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

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

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

Kareena Kapoor Khan for Rajesh Pratap Singh

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

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

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

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

Design maestros at-LFW2014

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

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

Anju Modi

Anju Modi

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

Shantanu and Nikhil SS14

Shantanu and Nikhil

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

Sonaakshi Raaj and Ritika Mirchandani SS14

L to R: Sonaakshi Raaj and Ritika Mirchandani

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

Nupur Kanoi SS14

Nupur Kanoi

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

Prama by Pratima Pandey SS14

Prama by Pratima Pandey

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

Mrinalini Chandra at LFW2014

Mrinalini Chandra

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

Nikhil Thampi's Untamed at LFW 2014

Nikhil Thampi

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

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