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Summer 2012 Trend – Sweet as Sorbet Pastel Colors

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Ever since Diane Kruger wowed the Cannes Film Festival crowd last week in her mint green Giambattista Valli gown, the world has been hooked on sugary-sweet sorbet hues. From Versace to Louis Vuitton and Philip Lim to Elie Saab, some of Luxemi’s favorite designers are hitting a refreshing note with sorbet-inspired color palates. Here’s how to add Indian flavor to this luscious look!

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Our first glimpse of sorbet-inspired looks was this summer 2012 ad campaign from Louis Vuitton. We’re loving how the designer went super literal, with models wearing lemon yellows, mint greens and strawberry pinks while kicking their feet up in an old-school ice cream parlor.

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And then there’s the Elie Saab collection, which features the designer’s signature gorgeous dresses in hues spanning from bubblegum pink to pale blueberry to lemon yellow. Our favorites are the gowns that mix cross-hatching with floral motifs to create a collage of textures — it’s a style that makes these sorbet hues even more delicious to the eyes.

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We all know that the saree and salwar silhouettes are the perfect blank canvas for any color under the sun, but for summer 2012, there’s no Indian style note more essential than the sorbet colored saree or salwar. For a softer look, we’re loving this whimsical Peach Anarkali with Zari and Gota Work (which makes us want to run to the closest gelato shop) and this refreshing yellow Crystal and Thread Embellished Saree (which has us dreaming of lemon sorbet).

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Mint is definitely the hottest sorbet color of the summer and looks gorgeous on any skin tone! Luxemi’s Tonal Anarkali with Floral Gota Work is the best of both worlds: It has that sweet sorbet vibe we’ve been craving and the flower prints that are trending right now. With intricate gold gota floral work and soft ombré dying, this look hits the perfect balance between ornate and airy.

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Think sorbet colors are for the timid? Think again. Punchy separates are all over the summer 2012 lines from designers like Ralph Lauren and Philip Lim, and celebs like Rihanna have been rocking the sorbet color blocking trend ever since. Check out Rihanna’s high-waist Tangerine Tango pants and her cutoff plum shirt for a little inspiration. Luxemi’s Coral Angrakha Salwar with Velvet and Gota Embellishments features the same tropical colors (think: plum and orange sorbet!), plus lush borders embellished with intricate threading and contrast stitching.

What’s the moral of this color story? Sorbet colors are a fabulous way to freshen up your Summer 2012 wardrobe. Luxemi has a saree or salwar in every flavor you’re craving!

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Zodiac Inspired Indian Fashion – Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo (Earth Signs)

Just for fun (and because horoscopes are our favorite guilty pleasure!),Luxemi is kicking off a new blog series pairing each of the 12 Zodiac signs with an outfit or accessory from our collection to match its personality traits. We’re starting off the series with the earth signs – those down to Earth, dependable and patient people you can always count on for support. Here’s Luxemi’s Indian fashion horoscope for the three earth signs: Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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Dependable, persistent and loyal, Taurus is the most generous of the 12 Zodiac signs. It’s also one of the most stable, and is often depicted in pink. If you’re a Taurus, you share a sign with celebrities like Penelope Cruz, Renee Zellweger, Cate Blanchett and Jessica Alba. What’s our pick for the dependable yet fashion-forward Taurus? This Red and Blue Deconstructed Bandhani Saree by Neeru Kumar, which has a pretty pink hue that makes it wearable no matter the season  — something any practical Taurus would look for in a wardrobe staple!

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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Virgo’s modesty, meticulous nature and analytical side give this sign an unmistakably sophisticated quality. This sign’s signature color, navy, reflects its fair, judicial nature and classic, understated style. Cameron Diaz, Beyonce Knowles, Nicole Richie and Salma Hayek are some of fashion’s most iconic Virgos. To discover your own Virgo-inspired style, Luxemi suggests this timeless Bell Sleeve Zari Salwar that has just the right touch of embellishment to pull Virgo out of its modest comfort zone. For another tasteful sign of sophistication, try pairing that salwar with this simple Victorian Polki Tikka.

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Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

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Capricorns are fiercely independent, ambitious, reserved and patient, making them the most stable of all the Zodiac signs. Capricorns are careful and disciplined, so it makes sense that they often gravitate to the color black. Kate Middleton, Mary J. Blige, January Jones and Michelle Obama are all Capricorns, further proof that women with this sign are driven, focused and ready to take on a challenge. For a reflection of Capricorn’s reserved yet confident nature, Luxemi loves the classic shape and modern shine of this LBD Saree with Embellished Shoulder.

Whether you’re a confident Capricorn or a tenacious Taurus, Luxemi has the perfect saree or salwar for you. Are you an air, water or fire sign? Stay tuned this week and next for a wardrobe recommendation straight from Luxemi, with love.

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