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Globetrotting Fashion Trend Spring 2013 – Luxemi Loves Eclectic Ethnic Prints

If this season’s runways are any indication, we’ve got a year of fashion globetrotting ahead of us. Here are the edgy, Eastern-inspired print and textile looks that have us wanting to pack our bags to take a world fashion tour.

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We fell in love when we saw all the brocade on Fall 2012 runways, but we’re digging this new trend even more. For Spring 2013, designers are mixing and matching print and textiles in an eclectic, ethnic way that’s a major nod to Indian fashion. Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Tory Burch, Elizabeth & James, Vera Wang are just a few of the designers who have sent layered print and textile looks down the runway for spring.

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One of Luxemi’s favorite globetrotting looks is this Altuzarra Spring 2013 runway dress. We love how the designer mixes a blue and yellow textile (which looks like it may be embellished with zari) with a perfectly draped gold and white embellished print. And did we mention the fringe?

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We’re also loving the Neeru Kumar-esque vibe of this striped knit skirt in Derek Lam’s Spring 2013 collection. By pairing the skirt with a cutout short-sleeve top in racecar red, Derek Lam gives knit a funky, playful twist for the New Year.

The best thing about the mix and match textile trend is that the options are endless! The zari work, buttas, mirror work, bandhani and traditional weaves we love are all getting a new appreciation in Western runway looks this spring, so if you haven’t already been rocking your print and embellished sarees, now’s the perfect time.

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When it comes to imaginative textiles, Neeru Kumar is the first designer who comes to mind. For her mod take on classic Indian textiles, try this Red and Blue Deconstructed Bandhani Saree by Neeru Kumar.

Another easy way to tap the global print trend is by rocking Luxemi’s Brocade Coat with Velvet Border by Kisneel, which is the epitome of fabulous fabric mixing and matching. This stunner is unique from its sweetheart neckline down to its rich double border. And Luxemi’s Cerulean Blue Saree with Gold Sequins and Foil Printed “Club” Pallu Saree by Satya Paul both capture the shimmery print detailing that’s all over the runway in Spring 2013.

Have you spotted any other Indian inspired fashion statements on the runway lately? We love when our Luxe fans drop us a line and share their favorite fashion obsessions!

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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 – The Lehenga Saree, Luxemi’s Favorite Fashion Hybrid

Sarees are gorgeous, sleek and a quintessential item in every Indian girl’s closet. But what about for those times when you want to look chic but don’t have your auntie around to drape you into your favorite saree? Have no fear — the lehenga saree is here. If you don’t have this Ready To Wear piece in your wardrobe, allow Luxemi to introduce you to your closet’s new secret weapon!

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The lehenga saree came to India during the Mughal Era, originating in the cultures of Iran and Afghanistan. Centuries later, this “half saree” is undergoing a fashion Renaissance, with notable designers like Luxemi’s own Satya Paul giving the lehenga saree the runway treatment in recent collections.

The lehenga saree is like pairing a lehenga’s skirt and blouse style with a saree’s sensual draping. Featuring a long, fitted skirt and an embellished blouse with a pallu draped over the shoulder, the lehenga saree is perfect way to look fabulous in a flash, no pleating required!

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Luxemi knows that the modern girl wants to look fabulous on the go. That’s why we keep a variety of hand-picked lehenga sarees in our collection. One of our favorites for the holidays is this festive, pine green Shimmer Georgette Lehenga Saree which features rich paisley motifs and gold and red accents that will make you the star of any holiday party. We also love the elaborate silver thread and stone work on this powdery baby blue Shimmer Georgette “Angel” Lehenga Saree, and the vibrancy of this magenta and orange designer lehenga saree by Nikasha. And for a mermaid skirt style, this Lehenga Saree with White Crystals is another of Luxemi’s favorites. (And did we mention it fits in perfectly with the winter white trend?)

Want more lehenga saree inspiration? Browse the Luxemi collection to see all of our designer apparel, including sarees, lehengas, salwars and lehenga sarees, and Indian jewelry that will bring your look to the next level.

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Frida Kahlo – An Artist In Painting and Fashion

Folk artist. Nonconformist. Visionary. Eccentric. Feminist.  A lot of words have been used to describe Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo and her colorful, complex life, but for Luxemi, one important descriptor is missing from the list: Style icon. Whether it was her art or her fashion, Frida always marched to the beat of her own  drum. Here’s what we love most about the painter’s iconic personal style.

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Frida is known for her eclectic mix of indigenous Mexican patterns, vibrant colors, full skirts and funky statement jewelry. Whether she was out with her artist husband Diego Rivera or at home behind the easel, Frida always chose bold clothing that spoke to her individuality. The artist also incorporated her quirky fashion sense into her famous self-portraits, in which she often depicted herself wearing scarves or flowers wound through her hair, and chunky necklaces and rings.

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Vogue Mexico channeled Frida with this fashion spread inspired by the painter’s unique fashion sensibility. The mag gave Frida’s signature headscarves, oversized cocktail rings, and bright colors a modern twist that proves once and for all that Frida is a timeless symbol of individuality. Confession: We’re also loving the Indian-inspired bangles in these looks!

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indian jewelry and accessories inspired by frida kahlo's style

Luxemi can help you put your unique stamp on Frida’s funky style. Chances are, your saree or salwar already features some of the vibrant embellishments or textile work Frida was known for rocking. The key to taking your look to the next level? Accessories. Try pairing your favorite saree or salwar with this jewelry to let your artistic side shine. (And while you’re at it, feel free to put fresh flowers in your hair!)

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Pictured, clockwise from left: Dual Strand Gold Gungaro Necklace; Navajo Cocktail Ring with Ruby and Emerald Quartz; Crescent Kundan earrings with Pearl Drops; Sterling Silver Lotus Bracelet with Fluorite and Sapphires; and Gold Bracelet Set with Black Accents, all available from Luxemi.

Luxemi loves when creativity and fashion go hand in hand, and there’s no better symbol of fashion’s artistic side than Frida Kahlo. Our accessory collection features necklaces, rings, bangles, hand chains and tikkas that will transform your wardrobe staples into eclectic forms of self-expression!

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