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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.

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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?

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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?!

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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?

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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.

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Reem Acra NYFW 2013

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New York Fashion Week – Indian Inspired Spring 2013 RTW Collections

In case you haven’t noticed, Chanel isn’t the only high-profile Western design house to catch Delhi fever: Did you see all the Indian influence in the Big Apple during New York Fashion Week? Here are four Spring 2013 RTW collections with unmistakable Eastern vibes.

Marchesa Spring 2013 RTW

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Citing 1960s India as their muse, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig put an awe-inspiring artisan spin on Marchesa’s signature show-stopping gowns for the Spring 2013 RTW collection. We love how Marchesa stays true to the saree silhouette in a lot of these looks, showing that the classic Indian style is more than ready for the Western runway. But what really sets Spring 2013 RTW apart from other Marchesa collections is the flawless handcrafted elements on these gowns. Bold brocade, elegant embroidery and stunning sequin work are the hallmarks of Indian fashion, and Marchesa knocked these techniques out of the park.

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We’re swooning over the silver threadwork on the saree-inspired fuchsia gown, and are equally enthralled with the ethereal elements on two other saree looks in the collection: the airy white floor-length gown with silver threadwork, and the one-shoulder gold Chantilly lace gown with draped navy overlay.

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Naeem Khan Spring 2013 RTW

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If there’s a household name in Indian fashion, it’s definitely Naeem Khan. The designer to the stars stayed close to his signature Red Carpet aesthetic with his Spring 2013 RTW collection, but we also noticed more Eastern elements than usual in his gowns. His knee-length, one-shoulder draped cocktail dress has fiery ombré dying that evokes the vibrant spirit of Indian celebrations. And as always, Indian embroidery is incorporated flawlessly in his Western looks. We especially love how the prominent Gota-esque threadwork on his crème gown brings its Old Hollywood glamour to the next level.

Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2013 RTW

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We all love Naeem Khan and Marchesa for formal occasions, but when we’re looking for casual chic, we can always turn to Diane von Furstenberg. Her Spring 2013 RTW collection is fun, flirty and fabulous (although we haven’t decided how we feel about the Google Glasses yet). The standouts for us were definitely her saree-inspired wrap dresses, which have an Eastern resort wear vibe we can see a lot of Luxe fans rocking. And is it just us, or do the patterns and dyes on these dresses look a bit like Satya Paul digital prints?

Sachin + Babi Spring 2013 RTW

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For a Bohemian twist on Indian tapestry, we’re loving the new Sachin + Babi collection. The designers featured tapestry on every silhouette imaginable, from military jackets and mini-dresses to embellished jeans jackets. The brocade on this strapless red mini-dress gives it a gorgeous shine as it hits the runway, and mirror work adds instant impact. Another stunner, the navy and blue sleeveless mini, reminds us why Indian threadwork is so chic. And although we’re not a fan of the red bikini top, it’s hard to overlook the innovative pattern on the lehenga-inspired full skirt that closed out the Sachin + Babi runway show.

Whether it’s Marchesa’s twist on the saree or Sachin + Babi’s tapestry work, Indian fashion is definitely in high demand for Spring 2013. Want to put an Indian twist on your wardrobe? Luxemi’s collection features fashion and accessories to borrow or buy anytime you need a little India in your life!

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