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L to R: Naeem Khan, Bibhu Mohapatra and Sachin & Babi

Fashion month is upon us, and it was kickstarted with the ever -so-chic New York Fashion Week. Showcasing collections for Spring/Summer of the upcoming year, the runways shone with lively colours,reinvented concepts, and exquisite design. Not only is NYFW known to draw crowds from around the world, but also designers hailing from around the globe. These connoisseurs get to set the hottest trends for the season in the Big Apple, and India was not to be left far behind. Naeem Khan, Bibhu Mohapatra and Sachin & Babi made a sizeable dent on the fashion armour with stellar collections, and it looks like they’re here to stay. Here’s a roundup of their collections!

Naeem Khan


The very biggest names are patrons of Naeem Khan’s magnificent designs—Michelle Obama, Vanessa Hudgens and Bella Thorne to name a few. The designer took inspiration from the ’50s and ’60s for his uber glamorous spring-summer collection. The splendid taffeta ball gowns were the highlight of his collection. Crafted in lively pinks and yellows, the gowns were embellished with exquisite beadwork in floral and paisley patterns, and came packed with pockets. Other garments included magnificent printed slit dresses and a gown with striking red embroidery. Khan definitely wowed the crowd but really, does he ever disappoint?

Bibhu Mohapatra



Bibhu Mohapatra’s collection stunned New York fashionistas with impeccably tailored garments. Heavily influenced by the Bauhaus era and Swiss photojournalist Annemarie Schwarzenbach, the line had an androgynous, minimalist theme. Geometric shapes and textures were the norm, and luscious neoprene and silks dominated the runway. Jumpsuits and gowns in gorgeous silvers, greens and dusty pinks strutted alongside striking abstract printed pant suits. Mohapatra’s distinctive aesthetic was one of the most unique ones seen at NYFW.

Sachin & Babi


Spring/Summer 2016 done in the Sachin & Babi way is a dreamy and romantic spectacle. Off-shoulder midi dresses, and formal blouse and pants combinations featured fanciful floral motifs, but the highpoint of the collection were the flamboyant gowns by the husband-wife duo. Three-tiered chiffon delights, these gowns were ensconced in refreshing flowers in primary colours. The dynamic pair also included gorgeous casual evening wear in the show held at their East Side townhouse.

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Luxemi Goes To New York Fashion Week 2013 – Naeem Khan, Birchbox + More!

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New York fashion week is one of those phrases that conjures up thoughts of highly stylized women in towering heels, fashion gliteratti air-kissing whilst holding glasses of champagne, endless parties hosted by the newest “it” girl, and 10 minute runway shows that suddenly make your life feel very pedestrian because you can’t think of a single place to wear these outfits even if you could afford to. Well, we’re here to tell you that all of those thoughts are entirely valid — but don’t worry, we’ve endured the blisters and late night parties (torture, we know!) to give you our take on NYFW, Luxemi-style.


Showing up looking anything less than tres chic is a fashion week faux pas. From the models rocking their “MOD” looks (models off duty) to the street style celebs bringing their fashion A-game, one thing is certain: you must be camera ready at all times. That’s why we’re  grateful to BirchBox and their amazing team for putting together a beauty lounge at the ultra swanky Soho House. Between hairdos by Ojon and Shu Umera, makeup by Lancome, and nails by Color Club, we could face the camera at any angle even if we did stay out past our bedtime.



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You may have seen our previous post on the Naeem Khan FW 2013 collection, but we didn’t show you everything. We were lucky enough to get a front row seat, and we definitely had one of those “pedestrian moments” mentioned above. From embroidered caftans to beaded separates, every single piece was pure perfection. The crowd was clearly into it, as evidenced by the audible gasps from even the most jaded fashion showgoers. The standing ovation at the end pretty much said it all!

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And just between us, sometimes the best show is off the ramp. Check out Vanessa Hudgens, Brooke Shields, Matt Damon, & Shay Williams sitting front row. What do you think Vanessa and Shay are texting about?

vanessa hudgens at Naeem Khan NYFW 2013

Bibhu Mohapatra is one of those names on everyone’s lips, and for good reason. After leaving a Design Director post at J.Mendel, Bibhu started his own label that blends the best of Indian textiles with glamorous evening wear. Influenced by Man Ray’s photographs and nods to Dada and Bauhaus, Bibhu’s collection was very reminiscent of the 1930s with the use of sumptuous fabrics, jewel-toned furs accents and graphic prints. Our favorite piece? It’s a tie between the gold broadtail and raccoon coat and the gold sport crepe draped shoulder gown.

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So…who’s inviting us to a fabulous party?!

Bibhu Mohapatra NYFW runway

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Speaking of fabulous parties, we had the pleasure of stopping by celebrity stylist Jason Bolden’s capsule shoe collection for Brazilian shoe company Schutz. You already know we appreciate a good shoe, and Bolden’s didn’t disappoint. What else does a fashion party need, you ask? How about uber designers Rachel Roy & Alexander Birman, and Academy Award nominated actress Taraji P. Henson?

Rachel Roy, Alexandre Birman, Jason Bolden  JASON BOLDEN for SCHUTZ Launch new york fashion week 2013

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Check out more pics from NYFW, including these backstage shots from Reem Acra! And as always, keep checking back with the LuxeReport for the latest news, trends and Indian fashion inspiration.

Reem Acra NYFW 2013 dress

Reem Acra NYFW 2013

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