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Designer Spotlight: Urvashi Kaur

 

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Fusion clothing is all the rage at the moment—every designer is busy converting saris into gowns and turning peplum tops into blouses in a bid to add their own unique twist to traditional wear. In the midst of so many who struggle to achieve the perfect balance, there is one name that stands out as an effortless infuser. Urvashi Kaur’s contemporary and unique interpretation of Indian textiles provides a much-needed breath of fresh air in a sea of sameness. Her wearable, sustainable and affordable collections are just what the modern Indian woman wants.

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A graduate in fashion from ESMOD International, Paris, Urvashi began her career by working under fashion moguls like Marcel Marongiu, Lolita Lempika and Issey Miyake. In her earlier years, she was involved in theater and never really saw herself as a fashion designer until she was asked to create costumes for the first Broadway show in India, ‘Starlight Express’ by Aamir Raza Hussain. That’s when it hit her that fashion was where she belonged. Her label began as an attempt to revive India’s vibrant textiles through designs that are global in construction. Since her debut at Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Summer ’08, she began to showcase at various fashion weeks across the country, quickly carving a niche for herself.

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Struck by wanderlust, Urvashi admits that her travels are the treasure trove she draws inspiration from. Exploring and discovering new worlds, she loves learning what makes a particular place and its people tick. For instance, her Spring/Summer ’15 collection is based on her experience visiting Xining, a remote city in China, located high up on the Tibetan plateau. The free-spirited nature of the people there forms the cornerstone of this collection and can be seen and felt in every piece.

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Although innumerable fashion designers choose to go bold with graphic and art-inspired prints, Kaur focuses more on keeping her silhouettes androgynous while experimenting with fabrics and colours. The one thing that truly shines about her design aesthetic is the fact that there is immense scope to mix and match. A blue form-fitting sheath dress can instantly be converted to an anarkali by throwing on a churidar and dupatta, while you can pair her signature dhoti salwars with a more western top.

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Based on her glocal philosophy, Kaur’s designs promote Indian textiles while being noticeably international in their appeal. Her use of Indian weaves, such as kota, mulmul and chanderi, along with age-old Indian techniques, like block printing and ikat prints is absolutely incredible. Heralding a new age of sustainable luxury, the designer’s creations are much loved by Bollywood’s sweethearts too. From Shradhha Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra to Neha Dhupia and Tisca Chopra, no one can resist the charms of Urvashi’s chic, laid back and eco-friendly fashion.

What do you think of Urvashi Kaur’s designs? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Luxemi Crush: Our Favorite Indian Fashion Bloggers

Indian fashion bloggers

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Make way for the new celebrities of the fashion industry—we’re talking about the uber chic and social media savvy clique of fashion bloggers. Often spotted at the front row at fashion week, these digital darlings always have their sartorial game face on. While names like the Man Repeller and The Blonde Salad have been making waves internationally, there’s immense talent brewing closer to home (India, that is!) too. Here’s a line-up our favorite Indian bloggers, who are taking Indian fashion to incredible new heights.

Love and Other Bugs

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Founded in 2013, Love And Other Bugs showcases Shereen Sikka Bharwani, Kayaan Contractor and Trishala Sikka’s distinct personal styles and the way they experiment with various looks. What’s refreshing is the way they add a fun twist to outfits while keeping them practical and wearable. They’re also big on highlighting new talent and bringing start-ups to the forefront. Always out and about, their dramatic images represent the quintessential urbane girl-on-the-go!

IMBB – Indian Makeup and Beauty Blog

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Started in 2009 by Rati Tehri Singh as a mere makeup blog, IMBB has grown into an international beauty and fashion community with 3 successful blogs running in India, Dubai and Philippines. From beauty product reviews to wedding makeup and hairstyle dos and don’ts, the blog covers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about beauty and skincare.

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Rhea Gupte, the petite Goa-based belle shoots against bright blue skies and sandy beaches. Her images, however, carry the quality of dark edginess and a haunting retro charm. With collaborations ranging from Nike and Papa Don’t Preach to Ridhi Mehra and Quirk Box, this girl means business.

Style Fiesta Diaries

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When Masoom Minawala isn’t busy running her high street fashion and accessories label, she shows us her urban take on the latest trends. While the focus is often international styles, she even delves into the world of Indian wear from time to time too. The Wedding Series she covered last year showcases her sporting designers like Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi. P.S. Masoom used to be a writer for Luxemi!

Style Drive

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Aayushi Bangur’s brainchild, Style Drive, is immersed in highlighting the urban, casual culture with a wide variety of flowy dresses, patterned tops and offbeat bottoms. Bangur’s girly girl perspective features a whole world of undiscovered Indian wear (love her in Anita Dongre) and feminine accessories from upcoming as well as known brands. We love how she juxtaposes gold temple jewelry with utterly western cuts and silhouettes too.

Wearabout

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An Indian version of The Sartorialist, Wearabout is photographer Manou’s eclectic compilation of pictures from his travels and captures interesting street style from across the country. We absolutely love how each photograph carries a unique editorial quality – Manou sees the most mundane situations and turns them into something extraordinary, telling a story through people’s choice of clothing. No wonder his works are featured so often in the most renowned fashion magazines!

Hybrid Hues

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Reva Bhatt is a 20-something fashionista struck by wanderlust. Hybrid Hues is her attempt at starting broader conversations about important issues through fashion, both critically and creatively. Not only does she take pretty pictures, but she also goes into the cultural, social, and artistic aspects of each ensemble, while giving her readers a better understanding of her personal style.

Got a favorite? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Priyanka Chopra’s Desi Style File

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Miss World 2000, performer par excellence, sensational songstress, and a total diva—Priyanka Chopra’s long list of merits just keeps on growing. The versatile actress ain’t too shabby in the fashion department either. Flaunting creations by international designers like Zac Posen, Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang or sporting desi favorites, Pee Cee sure knows how to make a sweeping statement.

While we like seeing her in those stunning bodycon dresses, we absolutely worship the way this original ‘desi girl’ rocks her Indian wear. From picking the perfect silhouettes and tones that complement her coveted figure to accessorizing like a pro, Priyanka has got her desi style on point. Being such fans, we just had to round up PC’s most iconic Indian looks. Here goes…

Queen of Bling

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Hollywood’s new sweetheart has a soft corner for all things bright and shiny. Spotted in bling-tastic sarees and lehengas by Anita Dongre, Sabyasachi and Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla among others, Ms. Chopra loves to stand out in bold shades with gold details.

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Luxemi Pick: You too can get your bling on with our Gold Sequined Saree.

Flashy Florals

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This desi girl has been spotted showing off her predilection for floral details at various events. Seen in outfits by the likes of designers such as Ritu Kumar and Jade, Priyanka’s flower power is a sight to behold.

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Luxemi Pick: Get into the bloom with our Floral Saree with black and silver sequins work.

Whitewashed

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Although she enjoys wearing her fair share of bright, radiant colors, Priyanka isn’t one to shy away from classic neutrals either. The actress-cum-singer has donned looks in shades of ivory, with traces of darker hues, by Payal Jain, Abu-Sandeep and Anita Dongre, to name a few. It helps that this is the colour of the season too!

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Luxemi Pick: If you too share Priyanka’s love for white, try out our Brocade salwar with brocade border.

Manish Malhotra’s Muse

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Bollywood’s favorite designer has his very own list of favorites. Without a doubt, PC is one of the names that tops this list. Whether it’s a sheer lilac saree, a vibrant colourful lehenga, or a subtle embroidered churidar suit—our hearts skip a beat every time Priyanka steps out in one of Manish Malhotra’s fabulous designs.

Wob On Point

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The wob, i.e. the wavy bob, is the hottest hairstyle of the season and the actress has been rocking this hairdo with incredible panache. The look is modern, youthful and oh-so-fresh—the ideal accessory for PC’s sexy seductress avatar as well as her independent personality.

So what do you think of Priyanka Chopra’s desi style? Tell us in the comment box below! 

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Aishwariya Rai BachchanDeepika PadukoneJacqueline FernandezKangana Ranaut, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kalki, Katrina Kaif, Neha Dhupia, Malaika Arora Khan,Shraddha Kapoor and Alia Bhatt

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Desi Style Statement

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Whether it’s her alluring persona or a killer blue eyes, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s elegance has made her the queen of hearts all over the world. Soon after she was crowned Miss World in 1994, the actress quickly rose to fame and became a name synonymous with beauty and grace. Cited as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’, it’s no surprise that her sartorial platter is full of interesting treats.

While she is usually spotted in black, the dazzling diva isn’t afraid to take risks on the red carpet either. What we truly love, though, is her desi style. From flowing anarkalis to regal embroidered suits, Mrs. Bachchan’s iconic Indian style never disappoints. We’ve got the lowdown on her killer desi style.

Red Haute Diva

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From Manish Arora’s kitschy prints and Jade’s alluring anarkalis to Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla’s fabulous creations, the dainty damsel keeps turning up the heat. In fact, she steals the spotlight even in a simple, understated churidar kurta combination. Not to forget, her penchant for bold, red lips — somebody call 911 already!

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Luxemi Pick: You too can go the red haute route with our Crimson ‘Sitara’ Salwar.

Pastel Party

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Although Ash isn’t afraid to go bright and bold, she does have a soft corner for pretty pastels as well. After all, who can resist the charm of peachy pinks and minty greens? The summery hues of the Manish Malhotra’s blingy sarees and Abu-Sandeep’s simple suits that she sports are completely refreshing!

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Luxemi Pick: Dive into the breezy world of pastels with our Georgette Saree With Beads.

Bejewelled Goddess

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They don’t call Aishwarya Rai Bachchan the epitome of elegance for no reason. The actress knows that the secret to amping up any look is accessories. Whether it’s polki and kundan jewellery, decadent gold and silver baubles, or traditional jhumkas and chand balis, she always has her jewellery game on point.

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Luxemi Pick: Aishwarya loves her gold earrings. Why not try our Gold Hoops with Pearls to channel your own inner goddess?

Sabyasachi’s Doe Eyed Muse

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If you’re a keen observer of her style, you’ll notice that Ash absolutely swears by Sabyasachi. Known for the aesthetic appeal of his work as well as his eye for detail, Sabyasachi doesn’t design clothes; he creates masterpieces. Of course, no one makes a better muse than the Miss-World-turned-actress, flaunting his intricately embroidered creations with élan.

Abu-Sandeep’s Poster Girl

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Bollywood’s sweetheart has another favourite designer, or rather, designer duo – the dream team of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. They always make her shine in their flowy silhouettes, with striking embellishments, turning her into eye-candy for the paparazzi (and all of us) every single time.

What do you think of Aishwarya Rai’s desi looks? Tell us in the comment box below! 

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Deepika PadukoneJacqueline FernandezKangana Ranaut, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kalki, Katrina Kaif, Neha Dhupia, Malaika Arora Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Alia Bhatt

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Style File: Aditi Rao Hydari

Aditi Rao Hydari style file

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Unadulterated grace and dollops of élan pretty much defines Bollywood’s pretty young thing, Aditi Rao Hydari, and we are talking much more than just her personal style. Often seen in pastels and flowing silhouettes, Ms. Hyadri does girly to a T, without ever going over the top. Pretty, perfect and oh-so-poised, it’s no surprise that she’s also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer! And did we mention that this natural head turner comes from a long line of royal lineage? Some girls really do have it all! We decided to decode her style quotient…pay close attention!

Blue Blooded indeed

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While she does work the whole girl-next-door charm, no one can deny that fairytale princess cuts and soft feminine drapes complement her like no other. Whether it’s a Jade by Monica & Karishma gown or blush pink maxi from Rabani & Rakha, she pulls off everything sweet and sheer with effortless ease. Hello modern day princess!

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Luxemi Pick: Bask in your own princess moment with our Georgette Saree with Beaded Waves sari.

Color Story

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Diwali parties or wedding receptions, Aditi’s Indian looks also get our vote of approval. Not one to go overboard with shimmer and shine, she prefers bold colors, simple silhouettes and stunning jewelry to make a point. Her appearance in an emerald green raw silk lehenga by Gaurang Shah had us swooning!

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Luxemi Pick: Let the color do all the talking at the next wedding do you attend with this Emerald Chiffon Saree with Mukesh Detailing.

Loyal Muse

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L to R: Manish Malhotra and Anita Dongre

Aditi has her favorites in place when it comes to her designer picks. Seen wearing Bollywood’s blue-eyed haute couturier Manish Malhotra on many occasions, she leans towards his no-fuss options rather than blingy signatures. Anita Dongre’s ethnic and Indo-western wear is also a constant in her wardrobe.

Luxemi Pick: Read Anita Dongre’s exclusive trousseau shopping guide for Luxemi here.

B for bold

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Like we said, Aditi does like to change it up ever so often. The pretty performer switches from dainty belle to sexy siren without batting an eyelid! She’s a fan of Gaurav Gupta and his avant-garde cuts and she doesn’t shy away from a bare back or décolletage on display either. Take a cue from her and keep the accessories minimal and make-up flawless when sporting a bold number.

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Luxemi Pick: Summer weddings are the perfect time to experiment with bold blouses and our Dark Silver Stretch Satin Halter Blouse By Kavita Bhartia is just what you need!

What do you think of Aditi’s style? Tell us in the comment box below! 

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Deepika PadukoneJacqueline FernandezKangana Ranaut, Kalki, Katrina Kaif, Neha Dhupia, Malaika Arora Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Alia Bhatt

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Celeb Inspiration: 3 Summer Wedding Hairstyles

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The sun is up and the wedding season is upon us — which means only one thing…you need to bring you’re A-game to the shaadi-scape. Your outfits and jewelry may be in place but don’t overlook another important aspect — your hair. It can make or break the look, after all. As the temperatures rise, ditch your poker straight hair for three alternative fun looks that we spotted on our favorite Bollywood stylistas. You’ll be basking in the sun (and compliments) in no time!

Sonam Kapoor’s Fishtail Braid: For the outdoor sangeet

A perennial favorite, this one is made to one side for a softer feel. Pair it with a lehenga, sharara or floor length anarkali, it will work like a charm every single time! 

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  • Go get a comb and clear elastic hairband.
  • Remove all tangles and put your mane behind your shoulders.
  • Divide it into two sections from top to bottom. Don’t forget that this whole braid is to the side, so position it accordingly.
  • Take a small piece of hair from the outside of one of the two main sections and bring it to the inside of the opposite section.
  • Now make the exact same cross but this time on the opposite side.  Don’t forget to keep the crosses tight.
  • Keep doing the same from each side into the inside of each section, until you see an inverted braiding pattern develop.
  • Finish the plait by tying it with a clear elastic hairband.
  • Remember that this looks best with a slept-in texture, so pull out a few strands for a slightly messy look.

Alia Bhatt’s Messy Chignon: For an effortlessly chic vibe

Universally chic, this fashion girl go-to is the perfect pick to highlight your statement earrings!

Summer wedding hairstyles

  • Get yourself some bobby pins, a tail comb, hairspray and an elastic hairband.
  • Give your hair a slight bouffant by pulling out the front layers for a smooth and voluminous effect.
  • Tie your hair in a low pony resting at the nape.
  • Roll the pony in an anti clockwise and keep coiling it. Don’t use too much force as we are aiming for a messy structure.
  • Finally, twist it into a standard bun at the desired height. Pin it with bobby pins that discreetly slip in. Pull out a few hair strands and loosen it for a disheveled look. Remember that the whole idea is to avoid a prim and proper vibe.
  • Add light hairspray to keep your bun in place.
  • This style works best on hair that hasn’t been washed for a day. Alternatively you can use texturizing hair spray or leave the hair be untouched before styling.

Deepika Padukone’s Bohemian Pouf: For the modern-day princess

Mod is in vogue and this sexy bohemian pouf is the ideal way to pay ode to the decade. Don’t forget to throw on a headpiece when sporting this look!

Summer wedding hairstyles

  • Grab the usual suspects: hair spray, bobby pins, rattail comb, and rollers.
  • Part your hair and backcomb/tease the entire front section it to give a nice lift. Be sure that none of the hair falls on your face and is neatly tucked back, framing your face.
  • Secure your bouffant using pins and set it with hairspray.
  • Turn your attention to the bottom half now. Start separating the hair into different sections and curl them in with a hot curling iron rod. You can also do this with rollers before creating the pouf.
  • Add some hair spray before securing the headpiece. Voila! You are ready to dance all night long!

Which hairstyle would you rather sport? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Malaika Arora Khan’s Top 5 Desi Looks

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The Chaiyan Chaiyan girl, Malaika Arora Khan, has been stealing hearts since the 90’s, and after several years in the industry she wears many (stylish) hats apart from just model, muse and former VJ — she’s also a successful fashion entrepreneur, fitness inspiration, and if it isn’t obvious, Bollywood’s hottest mom!!

While sexy numbers that flaunt her svelte and enviable frame are her perennial favorites, she does give desi ensembles a go every now and then too! And her new stylist, Maneka Harisinghani is pulling all the stops to allow this siren to show us her sophisticated and subtle side. So make no mistake — while Mrs. Khan can rock the hell out of that bodycon dress, she sure knows how to look like a million bucks in the classic six-yards as well. We round up her top traditional looks for some wedding-season inspiration.

Go for Gold

This all lace Vikram Phadnis sari paired with a sleeveless blouse is a sure winner in our books. It’s feminine and flirty while oozing unabashed glamour. It helps that head-to-toe gold is a trend du jour as well. A winning look for your bestie’s destination wedding, isn’t it?

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Luxemi Pick: Get your dose of old-world charm with Luxemi’s gold sequinned sari. Don’t forget to opt for burgundy or wine lips to take this look a notch higher.

Fresh as a Daisy

The diva is known to be partial to deeper tones, which is why we were pleasantly surprised to see her in this cheery summer-ready lehenga by Seema Khan for her sis-in-law Arpita Khan’s wedding. Not only does the bright color take some years off, it’s perfect for a mehendi too!

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Luxemi Pick: You too can make everyone green with envy in our Lime Green Gota Work sari. Jhumkis are all this look needs!

More Wine Please!

Now, we all know that marsala is the color of the year, what with Pantone’s endorsement and celebrity approvals! Malaika, too, was quick to jump onto the bandwagon with this regal Manish Malhotra creation. The floor length anarkali accentuates her hourglass figure beautifully and adds height as well.

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Luxemi Pick: Luxemi’s wine salwar with embroidery promises a similar look. Wear it a la Malaika i.e. by simply adding statement earrings!

Black Beauty

Black is always fashionable and Mrs. Khan sports the timeless color in all its classic glory in this Shantanu and Nikhil draped sari. From a cocktail party to a reception, this versatile number will always be on point!

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Luxemi Pick: Take a leaf out of the style diva’s book and wear this charming crinkled georgette sari in an offbeat drape, spruced with kundan jewelry.

Pastel Perfection

Bollywood’s sworn hottie channeled her inner mermaid while looking pretty as a picture in this Sonaakshi Raaj sari gown with just the right pop of pink via her lips. The blouse with its mesh detailing and unforgiving color is not an easy one to sport, giving us yet another reason to love her impeccable style!

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Luxemi Pick: Feel the aqua rush in this sari with mirror work by Satya Paul available on Luxemi. Wear it with statement earrings and a maang tikka for the next summer wedding you attend!

What do you think of Malaika Arora Khan’s style? Tell us in the comment box below!  

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Deepika PadukoneJacqueline FernandezKangana Ranaut, Kalki, Katrina Kaif, Neha Dhupia and Alia Bhatt.

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The New-Age Lehenga

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There’s a new lehenga in town and it’s one you are going to love! Gone are the days when we gals had to lug around heavy crystal encrusted lehengas that weighed a ton. As Indian fashion becomes increasingly concerned with comfort, an easy flowing maxi skirt coupled with a trendy crop top has quickly emerged as the lehenga’s present-day counterpart. For those of you who love to mix and match, get ready to celebrate because this cool new go-to is all about versatility and fun. With Sabyasachi on board as evidenced by this Lakme Fashion Week Spring-Summer ’15 collection, it’s safe to say that this combination is here to stay. We snooped and rounded up the best of the trend. Twirling was never simpler, just leave those dupattas behind…or maybe not!

Anushree Reddy: Aqua Splash

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Known for her fresh color palette and penchant for all things girly, Anushree Reddy’s LFW showcase had blockbuster songstress Kanika Kapoor looking pretty as a picture in her mint skirt and floral crop top with cut outs! The knot detailing on the skirt really uplifts this look.

Payal Singhal: Shimmer and Shine

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Payal Singhal’s AIFW AW ’15 showcase married vintage French romance with easy silhouettes. This cream net skirt paired with a Chantilly lace crop top can easily transition from day to night with the right accessories. Extra props for the bare shoulders and pastel hue!

Arpita Mehta: Bohemian Belle

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The wild child within will rejoice at the sight of this colourful gypset chic look. Fun and flirty, the punch of color complements the dull gold beautifully. We suggest wearing this skirt and boxy crop top for an upcoming mehendi function.

Sabyasachi: Vintage Swag

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Sabyasachi’s ’70s-inspired stripped crops with full floral skirts are the season’s talking point. Effortless sexy and oh-so-stylish, this pairing (the tiger belt included!) went on our wishlist the minute we laid eyes on it. The designer, it seems, can do no wrong.

Kavita Bhartia: Pretty as a Picture

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Preppy with a feminine desi twist just about sums up this Kavita Bhartia number. Soft fabrics and signature appliqué hand embroidery makes this outfit decidedly pretty. The mixing of textures seals its fate as a winning head turner.

Babita Malkani: Out of the Box

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Dare to bare? Then this showstopper outfit from Babita Malkani’s LFW collection makes for an interesting choice. That crop top really does have our heart. Toned arms and oodles of confidence are a must for this one!

Anju Modi: Princess Diaries

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Anju Modi had a more youthful approach this time with a fantasy-inspired collection that exuded decadence and luxury. This blazer paired with a sheer shirt and panel skirt is fit for a modern-day princess. It helps that neo jackets are the season’s au courant must-have.

Shruti Sancheti: Quirk It Up

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Mainstream is so boring and this boho-chic offering is the perfect antidote. This well-constructed cap sleeved bohemian crop with its ombre silk skirt has gypset fashionista written all over it. We recommend a fishtail braid and minimal accessories with this one.

Will you jump on this bandwagon? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi Talks to Designer Anushree Reddy

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Think vintage charm, flower power, feminine frills and pretty perfection and designer Anushree Reddy instantly comes to mind. The newest ‘IT’ designer, known for her use of vivid colors, attention to detailing, and princess-like Indian wear, has quickly soared through the popularity charts and is definitely on top.

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From an avid shopper to a sought-after designer, Anushree has come a long way indeed. Fashion designing, it turns out, wasn’t this Hyderabad native’s Plan A. Armed with a degree from the London School of Economics, she was happy just filling her closet with beautiful designer wear, until her stint as a fashion editor with a Hyderabad-based lifestyle magazine made her rethink her career path. Hence the self-taught designer’s label took shape in 2010, she made her Lakme Fashion Week debut in 2013, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Your SS ’15 collection is all about candy colours and feminine frills. Tell us about your inspiration for the same. 

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For ‘The Royal Courtyard’, I took inspiration from the home of Nizams, where ethereal begums redefined grandeur. Each design from this collection is soaked in nostalgia and each piece holds a piece of history within it. Prints, of course, featured prominently and I brought zardozi embellishments to the fore, as it is part and parcel of being a Hyderabadi! Traditional yet contemporary and royal, this collection has an overall Nizami influence and has been created by the most skilled karigars from the city.

Who is the quintessential Anushree Reddy woman?

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She is someone who is independent, fun and willing to break away from monotony and try something fun like printed lehengas with quirky embellished blouses! She is someone who favours minimal styling — a great pair of earrings is all she needs! Envision someone who swears by vintage updos and fishtail braids. All in all, she is a girl someone who is always heading out to make a statement!

Tell us a bit about your personal style.

My look is subtle and understated with a nod to comfort. My favourite designer is Anamika Khanna, I recently picked up a dhoti saree from her for a wedding and am absolutely in love with it! And of course, there is nothing like a Chanel bag, it’s such a trans-seasonal classic piece.

What are the top Indian wear must-haves this summer?

A crop top and high-waisted skirt is all you need for an Indian summer wedding!

Anushree Reddy interview

What would you suggest one wear to a:

Mehendi: Dhoti pants and a kurta in shades of yellow and green.

Sangeet: A gold or champagne colored outfit, be it a lehenga or sari. The fabric itself should be self shimmer. This makes for a fun yet elegant look.

Reception: Go all red-carpet ready in a glamorous gown or a chic sari.

Cocktail party: A pastel sequinned gown should do the trick.

Who are your favourite celebrity stylistas and why? 

Deepika in Anushree Reddy

Deepika Padukone has always been my favorite. I have really started to warm up to Kangana Ranaut’s style and I would love to see Aishwarya Rai Bachan in my label.

A piece of style advise that never fails?

Always dress according to your body type!

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

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Style File: Neha Dhupia

Neha Dhupia style file

Her acting chops and stunning face aside, Neha Dhupia is also a bona fide fashionista. The former Miss India Universe likes to keep it simple and her taste veers towards minimalistic sophistication. In fact, word around town is that the actress has a penchant for shopping in the men’s section and prefers to think beyond denim when it comes to her wardrobe choices.

There is no doubt that this former beauty queen with an inclination for unconventional ensembles always gets it right. While her western looks are truly winning, what we can’t keep our eyes off is the diva’s desi repertoire. Neha has garnered the fashion clique’s approval with her easy-going, laid back and refreshing Indian looks and we are definitely part of that bandwagon! We break down the best of the best for you…

Draped in Decadence

Neha Dhupia style file

One thing’s for sure: Neha loves playing with silhouettes. Whether it’s Nupur Kanoi, Shantanu & Nikhil or Anamika Khanna, her fondness for layers of delicate fabrics and offbeat drapes is quite evident. Take a cue from her and experiment with drapes to truly stand out at the next wedding soiree you attend!

Neha Dhupia style file

Luxemi Pick: Our White and Silver Gota Angrakha Salwar will help you add a touch of elegant drapes to your own wardrobe.

New Kids on the Block

Neha Dhupia style file

The who’s who of Bollywood has given their nod to the talented newbies making waves in Indian fashion, Neha notwithstanding. The stylish lass is often spotted donning looks by various upcoming designers like Payal Khandwala, Taika by Poonam Bhagat, Swati Vijaivargie, Myoho, and Frou Frou, to name a few. Of course, the actress’ flair for fashion makes each outfit look even better!

Earthy Undertones

Neha Dhupia style file

Ms. Dhupia is a sucker for simplicity – understated elegance is what she stands by and we totally get why. Minimal prints, earthy color palettes, traditional weaves and clean shapes are her favorite as seen in the outfits she has worn by Akaaro, Ritu Kumar, Raw Mango by Sanjay Garg, and Abraham & Thakore.

Neha Dhupia style file

Luxemi Pick: If you’re a fan of Neha’s style, our Black and Gold Benares Print Lehenga by Mallika Mathur will be right up your alley.

Poster Girl

Neha Dhupia style file

Although she likes to play around and sport different designers, Neha clearly has a soft spot for Payal Singhal. We’ve seen the actress carrying off the designer’s works in bright colours and intricate work with effortless panache. Our only question? When can we raid her closet.

What do you think of Neha Dhupia’s Indian style? Tell us in the comment box below! 

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Katrina KaifJacqueline FernandezKangana RanautKalki, Anushka Sharma, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonam Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt.

 

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