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Shaadi Chic: Bollywood’s Most Fashionable Brides

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Long gone are the days when our prime source of bridal inspiration were wedding flicks and onscreen Bollywood brides. With edgy couture and tasteful, traditional ensembles, these tinseltown brides have substantially upped their off-screen game and we sure aren’t complaining. From Swarovski detailing and minimal make-up to singular statement pieces, these Bollywood brides know exactly what they’re doing. We round up our favourite real-life Bollywood brides who aced the wedding chic look effortlessly. Take note, brides-to-be!

Princess Diairies: Soha Ali Khan

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L to R: Mehendi, wedding and reception

As one can expect from royalty, Soha Ali Khan’s wedding to long-time partner Kunal Khemu was all about subtle sophistication. Choosing simple yet striking over over-the-top and ostentatious, Soha’s ensembles hit the sartorial bull’s eye. From the pink and gold Ritu Kumar kurta that she paired with a churidaar and a crushed skirt and standout chaand baalis for her mehendi to the gorgeous fuchsia Sanjay Garg lehenga she sported to the reception, the royal certainly dazzled. But it was the gold-dusted Sabyasachi lehenga that she wore for her big day that made us swoon—extra props for skipping bridal red. Topped off with minimal make-up and accentuated by heavy, traditional jewelry, the actress looked every bit the nawabi princess that she is.



Steal her style: Pink Anarkali with Gota Work by Nikasha, Gold Sequined Saree and Red and Gold Brocade Lehenga with Fuchsia Dupatta by Mallika Mathur.

Beauty to behold: Dia Mirza

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L to R: Mehendi, sangeet, wedding and reception

Dia Mirza’s wedding to beau Sahil Sangha was nothing short of a fairy tale. The wedding saw the gorgeous actress dazzle in elegant and feminine silhouettes that complemented her petite frame. She donned a rich marigold and purple Ritu Kumar chanderi anarkali for her mehendi and a whimsical gotta pati Anita Dongre lehenga for her sangeet– both the outfits were paired with soft, romantic hairdos. Being a true-blue Hyderabadi, we weren’t surprised that her wedding outfit, a Ritu Kumar sharara, paid homage to her hometown. Gold and green, spruced with rich traditional craftsmanship, the Awadhi style ensemble was reminiscent of stately old-world glamour. Giving her traditional repertorire a modern break was a peach and cream Shantanu and Nikhil lehenga that she wore for her reception with a contrasting diamond and emerald set.

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Steal her style: Mango Chiffon Saree with Mukesh Work and Raw Silk Contrast Border

Glam Goddess: Shilpa Shetty

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L to R: Wedding and reception

Unless you were buried under a rock, you know that one of the biggest things to happen in 2009 was Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra’s big fat Indian wedding! More is more was the motto as Shilpa wore a glittering, luscious red Mangalorean-style Tarun Tahiliani saree accentuated by a bevy of Swarovski crystals and reportedly priced at Rs. 50 lakh ($83,000!). Completing the bling fest was her majestic (and ample, might we add) kundan jewelry. For her reception, the actress chose to flaunt her curves in a signature gold sari gown by Tahiliani and Anmol Jewellers baubles.

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Steal her style: Gold Cutwork and Crystal Mukesh Saree and Lehenga Saree with Thread Work

Desi Diva: Esha Deol

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L to R: Mehendi, sangeet, wedding and reception

Esha Deol’s vibrant, bright and pretty functions were exactly what monsoon weddings in Mumbai ought to look like. Delicious summer shades set the tone for her repertoire as the bride wore Rocky S for her main functions—an orange, Swarovski-studded lehenga for the sangeet and a shimmering pale pink one for the reception. Neeta Lulla was entrusted with the wardrobe for the other two functions—she put together an ornate tangerine and green lehenga for the mehendi and a show-stealing red and gold bridal lehenga made by fusing three heavy Kanjeevaram sarees for the pheras. The former actress topped off her traditional garb with South Indian temple jewelry.



Steal her style: Red and Gold Bridal Saree and Peach and Pink Ombré Bollywood Saree with Sequins.

Simple Sophistication: Kalki Koechlin

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L to R: Wedding and party

Kalki was the epitome of ‘elegance in simplicity’ at her wedding with director Anurag Kashyap (the two have separated since then). The dainty actress wore a traditional South Indian white and red Kanjeevaram saree for the wedding ceremony and turned to Laila Motwane for her post-wedding party outfit—an eye-catching mango and fuchsia lehenga that was equal parts fun, feminine and fuss-free!

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Steal her style: Pearl Embellished Statement Saree and Scarlet and Purple Lehenga with Gota Work by Laila Motwane

Which actresses bridal style do you dig most? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi Talks To Jewelry Designer Mrinalini Chandra

Lisa Haydon wearing a Mrinalini Chandra necklace for Vogue India

Lisa Haydon wearing a Mrinalini Chandra necklace for Vogue India

Jewelry designer Mrinalini Chandra — one of the most coveted names in the industry today — clearly has an affinity for all things whimsical. She has, after all, turned chairs into bejewelled adornments and fishes into ornamental shawls. With ‘endless love, laughter and happily ever after’ as her mantra, Chandra has taken it upon herself to give fashion jewelry a couture update with dollops of handcrafted finesse. Her pieces are a perfect marriage of complementary contradictions — old-school yet modern, vintage yet eclectic, trendy yet timeless. What’s more, her army of patrons include the who’s who of fashion favourites like Sonam Kapoor, Esha Gupta, Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kalki Koechlin, Karisma Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and more.

Mrinalini Chandra

Tell us about your foray into jewellery design and about the launch of the brand.

Like many young girls, accessories always held a special place in my wardrobe but it was only much later that I realized that it was my professional calling. The more time I spent learning about the delicate nature of jewelry during college (editor’s note: she received her masters from the Creative Academy, Milan and Fashion and Lifestyle Accessory Design degree from NIFT, New Delhi), its profound relationship with the wearer drew me to explore this particular art form further. I honed my skills at Tanishq and Mont Blanc before officially launching my label at Lakme Summer Resort 2014.

Mrinalini Chandra at LFW SR 2014

Mrinalini Chandra at LFW SR 2014

Your brand is well known for giving the Indian aesthetic a modern twist. Tell us more about the thoughts and ideas behind your various collections. 

Creating aspirational wearable art has always my ultimate dream and Indian handicraft techniques and textiles have always inspired me. It was perhaps this love for delicate and intricate handcrafted artworks that made me pick a field that allows me to indulge in the same. I am very hands-on with my work. I think of myself as more of an artisan — I like to sit with the metal and create new things using my bare hands. Truth be told, there’s nothing quite as fulfilling.

Mrinalini Chandra

What are your key inspirations?

I draw inspiration from everything around me. Variety inspires me. It’s the love for experimenting with design that leads me to create dynamic forms while keeping the beauty of the pattern intact. There is scope for so many new things and that challenges me to experiment and take risks in terms of material, forms, craft, techniques etc. Since I love traveling, I often take several cues from art and architecture too. Nature, of course, has been a ubiquitous influence across my collections.

What are the top trends and must-have jewellery pieces this season?

Mrinalini Chandra

Palm cuffs, hath phools and hair accessories are reigning trends at the moment. For someone who likes to go that extra mile with their jewelry, our unique introductions like metal scarves composed of a fish motif, arm spring, elbow cuffs, fingertip rings, gajra hair pins and maathapattis should be go-tos.

Which pieces dominate your personal jewellery box? Tell us about your go-to pieces.

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Mrinalini Chandra wearing her own creations

My personal jewellery box is dominated by statement earrings and glass bangles. I also love tribal finds and a lot of my personal jewelry pieces have been acquired during my various travels around the globe. I believe in allowing one accessory to dominate my look and avoid unnecessary clutter.

Do you have an advice on the right way to accessorize?

It is quite interesting to see people accessorize in unexpected ways today. Experimentation is essential and the wearer must always style the accessory in a manner that stays true to their aesthetic. After all, it’s this individual touch that gives jewelry life. I sometimes see people falter when picking the right jewelry for an outfit — the key is that the two should complement each other but never clash and fight for the limelight. A lot of thought needs to be put into this, particularly if you wish to go OTT. Balance is everything.

Which are your favorite pieces from Luxemi’s collection?

I absolutely love the glass kundan earrings available on Luxemi — they promise to give any Indian outfit such an interesting facelift!

Mrinalini Chandra


Mrinalini Chandra

What do you think of Mrinalini Chandra’s creations? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Sonam Kapoor’s ‘Dolly Ki Doli’ Looks Decoded

Sonam Kapoor Dolly ki Doli

Ever since Sonam Kapoor made her Bollywood debut she’s been tagged as the industry’s high priestess of fashion and rightly so. With her impossibly chic style, Sonam has single-handedly changed the face of costume designing in Indian films. She made Dior and Chanel household names with chick flick Aisha and her recently released film Dolly Ki Doli is all about shining the spotlight on homegrown designers. Kapoor’s latest is about a con artist bride who thrives on a Marry. Run. Repeat. mantra. And you know, where there’s weddings there’s awesome bridal fashion to be had. We decided to turn watching this movie into a fun ‘spot the designer’ game. Styled by Karuna Laungani, Elle India’s ex-Fashion Editor (also Sonam’s stylist for Khoobsurat), we weren’t surprised when we spotted the coolest names in the industry.!

Sonam Kapoor Dolly ki Doli

Anita Dongre

We love a badass bride and the first look is no exception. Sonam rocks the edgy bridal look with a traditional Anita Dongre gota patti lehenga but instead of a dupatta, it’s paired with a moto jacket and aviators.

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Manish Arora

The “bride gone wild” act continued with Sonam in this eclectic Manish Arora couture lehenga that she wore for a song during the movie’s closing credits. An OTT look-at-me lehenga worn with a cropped jacket and statement sunglasses is our kind of combination indeed.

Sonam Kapoor Dolly ki Doli

Jade by Monica and Karishma

Another label making it to the promotional posters was a turquoise and coral lehenga by bridal wear brand Jade by Monica and Karishma. The blue is a welcome reprieve from bridal red—do we spy a trend in the making?

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Ritu Kumar

That’s not to say that bridal red was given a miss altogether in the movie. We spotted Sonam in a red Ritu Kumar sari worn with a gold blouse and an embellished Anupama Dayal tunic worn over patialas. Steal her look with Luxemi’s Red and Gold Bridal Saree.

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Anupama Dayal

Sonam Kapoor Dolly ki Doli

Ashima Leena

Considering how much we love offbeat lehengas, the green Ashima-Leena number with its jacket style blouse was an instant favorite with us. Love the look from head-to-toe, right down to the jewelry.

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Madsam Tinzin

Upcoming designers were part of the repertoire too.We loved the contemporary design of this blue suit by Delhi-based designer Madsam Tinzin.

Sonam Kapoor Dolly ki Doli

Mayyur Girotra

What’s stands out about this Mayyur Girotra look is how this otherwise modern lehenga was given a completely traditional Gujarati avatar with ingenious use of silver jewelry. Check out Luxemi’s versatile range of silver jewelry here, here and here.

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Luxemi’s silver jewelry

Which of the Dolly Ki Doli looks do you like best? Tell us in the comment box below!

Read more about Sonam Kapoor’s style here.

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Do You Know Your Indian Weaves?


Made in India is seeing a revival—a revolutionary revival, actually. A host of designers are shining the spotlight on traditional handlooms and weaves from different parts of the country without succumbing to the ‘modern update’. So on the one hand you have Rahul Mishra putting chanderi on the international style map, while on the other Prime Minister Narendra Modi made khadi kurtas and nehru jackets stitched in Ahemdabad a major rage. Embracing and donning our Indian heritage is no longer considered old school or uncool. In fact, this return to our roots is a thing now. A stylish statement, really. If you’ve been following along you know Luxemi’s been championing this for awhile. So if you’re gearing up to make closet space for this traditional throwback, it begs the question—can you tell your patolas from your kalamkaris? And do you which region is famous for their upadas? Fret not; we have the ultimate guide for you!

Andhra Pradesh

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Kalamkari collection by Neeta Lulla

The looms of Pochampalli, Venkatagiri, Gadwal, Narayanpet, Dharmavaram, Uppadas are best known for their silk and cotton sarees. The state’s Mangalgiri cottons and Kalmkari prints are lauded as well.


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Tussar silk

That tussar silk (a non-mulberry type of silk) sari your grandmom is so fond of? It’s from this state! Bihar is also equally famous for their handwoven cotton mulmuls, particularly in the Madhubani print.


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Patola creation by Gaurang Shah

The patola print, which is a particular craze these days, is a specialty of Gujarat and is made using a tie and dye technique that requires intricate weaving. The region’s Kutch work is equally well known too.

Jammu and Kashmir

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Kashmiri Heritage collection by Manish Malhotra

Your shawl collection can never be deemed complete without atleast one pure pashmina or toosh from the region. Kashmiri kashida embroidery is equally beautiful and has to be seen to be believed! No wonder Manish Malhotra dedicated an entire collection to it in 2012!


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Vidya Balan in Mysore silk

The Southern state’s Mysore silk sarees with pure zari borders, silk sarees with kasuti embroidery and belgaum sarees are heirloom pieces every fashionista should own.

Madhya Pradesh

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Chanderi creation by Rahul Mishra

The chanderi fabric that Rahul Mishra has made so famous world over comes from this state. The state’s craftsmen are masters at churning our chanderi silk and maheshwari sarees too.


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Kirron Kher in Paithani silk saree

Exquisite Paithani saris and Vidarbha Karvati sarees in kosa silk that are a staple in the state are coveted across the country and are often handed down for generations.


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Sambalpuri ikat

The ikat print, which is splashed across collections of most high street giants today, is in fact the forte of this state and is known as sambalpuri ikat. Orissa is also famed for their bomkari handlooms, where designs are inspired by mythology spruced with animal and floral patterns.


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Bandhani and gota outfit by Anita Dongre

Rajasthan’s handlooms are just as vibrant and colourful as the state’s culture. Their bandhani or bandhej (a type of tie and dye technique), leheriya, gotta patti, zari and zardosi work are extremely famous and have found patrons in several designers like Anita Dongre and Nidhi Tholia among others.

Uttar Pradesh

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Jame Judi Dench in a chikankari outfit by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

Lucknowi chikan embroidery, an erstwhile favourite of Nawabs and royalty as well as a technique on which Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla have built their empire, hails from UP. It has been adapted into western and fusion wear too.

West Bengal

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Kantha work

Baluchari work sarees that highlight the rustic culture of the state’s villages as well the subtle yet stately Kantha embroidery sarees are a must-buy for someone visiting West Bengal!

What do you think of our Indian weaves 101 session? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Indian Fashion 101 – Mukesh Work is India’s Original Sequin

New Years may have passed, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up all our sparkle until next December 31. If you want a subtle shimmer that you can rock year round, you’ve got to try Mukesh embroidery, India’s ethnic spin on the sequin.

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Mukesh are tiny disks of silver or gold that artists hand-sew meticulously throughout a garment to create an all-over shine. Artisans start the Mukesh process by flattening the metal threads used in zari work into the signature disk shape. Then, they space these metallic circles evenly throughout a garment, a technique that creates a soft shimmer that some people say looks like the luster of stars in a night sky.

Mukesh may be subtler than sequins, but when your Mukesh saree hits the light, you’ll get a gorgeous all-over glow that you just won’t get from any other embellishment! Luxemi’s Tangerine Saree with Inlaid Print and Mukesh is a chic example of modern Mukesh work. With intricate silver disks hand-sewn throughout pure georgette, you’ll shimmer from every angle. Another feature we love in this saree is the gorgeous floral-inspired pattern inlaid into the lush fabric.

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Luxemi also loves this Mustard Yellow Saree with Mukesh and Black Lace. Its silver Mukesh accents and heavy borders update this classic ethnic look for 2013.

Want to know more about your favorite traditional Indian textile techniques? Check out Luxemi’s Indian Fashion 101 series on the LuxeReport! We’ve got quick guides on everything from mirror work and bandhani to Kashmiri and the lehenga saree, all featuring stunning Luxemi looks that embody these classic Indian styles.

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Indian Fashion 101 – Shimmer In Swarovski Crystals

If there’s one thing in our closets that we can’t live without, it’s our Swarovski crystal embellished saree. There’s something about crystals that make a saree or salwar shine in an ultra fabulous way. And when it comes to crystals, there’s nothing more glamorous than Swarovski.

swarovski crystal colorsSwarovski crystals have been a runway mainstay for as long as we can remember. Even though many companies manufacture crystals, designers overwhelmingly choose Swarovski crystals to give their garments a clean, lustrous flash of light. What gives Swarovski crystals their luxurious appeal? It’s all about the Austrian company’s obsession with perfection. Swarovski patented the machine it uses for crystal cutting in 1892 and has been using its signature technology ever since to create precisely cut crystals with unbelievable shapes and shine. Swarovski cuts its crystals as carefully as a jeweler would cut diamonds, paying meticulous attention to shape, clarity and color so that each crystal is brilliant on its own and stunning when hand-sewn onto a garment. And for fashionistas looking for a bold pop of color, Swarovski’s line of luxury colored crystals features every hue under the sun. These crystals are so stunning that you’ll feel like you’re wearing diamonds!

Just how high-fashion can Swarovski crystals get? Check out the gorgeous, glimmering elegance of these dresses that Elie Saab debuted during Paris Fashion Week 2011. Each dress in his Fall 2011 Couture collection has a soft, feminine silhouette and a sophisticated muted color palate, but what really makes these show-stopping gowns fit cohesively into one chic collection is Elie Saab’s constant use of Swarovski crystals. We love the rich, all-over crystal effect on this one-shoulder navy floor-length dress with an undeniable 1920s feel. And this pastel blue gown reminds us of the wedding dress of our dreams: With meticulously placed Swarovski crystals that shine as luxuriously as diamonds, this stunning full gown with a plunging neckline and form-fitting waist is an absolute stunner.

Although Swarovski crystals are stunning in Elie Saab’s designs and liven up on pretty much any other piece they’re sewn onto, Luxemi can’t think of a better canvas for Swarovski crystals than the saree. The saree’s clean, chic silhouette is a perfect compliment to the glamour and striking shape of Swarovski crystals. And because Swarovski crystals are light as a feather, you’ll be able to hit the dance floor without worrying about your saree’s embellishments weighing you down.

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One of our favorite Swarovski sarees from our upcoming collection, Luxemi’s Blue Georgette Saree with Swarovski Crystal Detailing, is the perfect example of why Luxemi loves Swarovski crystal embellishments. The shimmery Swarovski crystals are stunning against the deep, Cobalt blue hue of this Georgette fabric, and the fine, vine-like swirls of the pattern show off the delicacy and precision that Swarovski crystals are known for. If you’re ready to take your Swarovski obsession one step further, we recommend our Gold Embellished Chantilly Lace Saree in regal purple. The subtle Swarovski accents truly take the authentic Chantilly Lace in this piece to another level. Love Swarovski but looking for a different silhouette? Try a Swarovski salwar, like Luxemi’s Mauve Georgette Suit with Cutwork and Swarovski Crystals.

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Of course, Swarovski isn’t the only crystal option. If you love the look of crystals but would like a less expensive option, try Luxemi’s Barbie Pink Saree with Crystals or our Butter Yellow Shimmer Georgette Saree with Crystals. Both will have you shimmering in no time.

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