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Luxemi Interviews Payal Singhal for Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013

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Payal Singhal is making waves in Indian fashion circles

It’s a hard world for Indian fashion out there: you’re walking a tightrope between traditionally intricate motifs and embroidery with minimalistic Western lines and cuts. But Payal Singhal seems to have gotten the balance just perfectly, with industry insiders at Lakme Fashion Week excited about her take on modern Indian fashion.

A sample from Payal Singhal's recent Taj collection.

A dupatta from Payal Singhal's Taj collection showcases her focus on jaali work.

More jaali featured in Payal Singhal's collection.

This isn’t your standard saree shop collection, Luxe fans. We’re talking edgy takes on traditional salwars & anarkalis with tons of lehengas thrown in, all with a healthy dose of traditional “jaali” and filigree work (floral designs dating back to the Mughal empire) for bold global statements.

A yellow creation for Payal Singhal's most recent collection.

We’re totally digging the long-sleeve saree blouse (we wrote a how-to-wear guide here before) and Payal’s effortless way to make a saree everyday accessible with a tunic and statement jewelry, as seen below.

Citrus and silver is a disarmingly fresh color combination. A new age way to pull off a blouse, look ethnic, and be fashion forward all at once. Boom.

So what’s Payal’s thought process in making these effortlessly glam getups? Here’s what the designer had to say about the influences behind her most recent collection, tips for accessorizing outfits, and her uniform for hanging out in the city.

Bollywood star Aditi Rao Hydari walks the ramp for Payal Singhal's Taj collection.

Luxemi: Tell us about your inspiration for this year’s LFW collection and why you felt it was important to integrate swadeshi (locally made) textiles?
Payal: The inspiration started from a book I was referencing for work. It was a book on Islamic architecture where all the textures and patterns were inspired from monuments; the Taj Mahal is the epitome of that. We always use a lot of Indian textiles in our collections because the brand motto is to make Indian clothes with Indian textile, but in a global context.

Give the skirt/top combo an Indian twist with this Anarkali-inspired take.

Luxemi: Describe the Payal Singhal girl – Who is she? Where does she live? What’s her style?
Payal: The Payal Singhal girl can live anywhere, but she’s confident and not afraid to experiment with her style.

Luxemi: What do you think the trends will be for spring/summer wedding fashion this year?
Payal: I think minimalistic, earthy glamour is what will be in fashion this year for the summer brides: cool colors like sand, cream and grey with pops of warm colors like red and yellow and gold tones. It will be more about style than embroidery.

Payal Singhal's fresh take on umbrella pants is street chic and edgy with a nod to Indian sentiments.

Luxemi: You split your time in New York and Mumbai. What’s your go-to outfit for a night out on the town in New York? Do you change it up when you’re in Mumbai?
Payal: In New York, it’s easy. I usually put on leggings and  Frye boots and any wrinkle-free tunic from DVF (something that doesn’t need to be ironed!). I don’t do much different in Mumbai, except switch out the boots for some peep-toe pumps.

Luxemi: Your name is Payal, which refers to the Sanskrit word for “anklet.” What are your rules for accessorizing Indian outfits?
Payal: I always have one focal accessory and don’t over accessorize, so either a statement earring or necklace or ring – but never all 3 together.

Payal Singhal and Aditi Rao Hydari close out the Taj show at Lakme Fashion Week.

Looking to inject a little Payal playfulness in your weary wardrobe? Try pairing an ornate blouse with high-waisted pants. Or drape your salwar in pretty patterns that are elegant yet chic. Neutrals in black, gold and white are anything but boring when your inspiration is the Taj Mahal!

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Luxemi Founder Picks – Swapna + Swathi’s Favorite Indian Fashion Statements

There’s nothing Luxemi loves more than hearing about our Luxe fans’ latest fashion obsessions. And now it’s our turn to give you a little inspiration! Here are the Luxemi pieces that Luxemi’s co-founders, Swapna and Swathi, can’t live without.

Swapna’s top Luxe picks:

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I love the regal, glam vibe of this Blue and Purple Davry Saree. I wore this saree to my brother’s wedding with Luxemi’s Gold Sequin Blouse by Wild Orchid and absolutely loved how it looked and felt! You’ll love it too once you feel this luxurious crepe silk!

Another of my favorites is our Bronze Stretch Satin Halter Blouse by Kavita Bhartia. Every girl should have this super versatile piece in her closet. It’ll breathe new life into your old sarees and, as an added bonus, the stretch means it will fit you like a glove.

When I spotted this Gold Gungaro Necklace, it was love at first sight. It’s a nod to old-school temple jewelry with a modern twist, and looks great layered over Eastern and Western outfits.

Swathi’s top Luxe picks:  

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I absolutely love our Red Brocade Salwar with Sequins and Gota Work. It’s just the right mix of red and orange, and the bib style adds just the right amount of flair. Plus, gorgeous brocade makes this piece feel extra-special.

If you haven’t heard the news, Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year is emerald, which is yet another reason to rock Luxemi’s Gold Earrings with Striking Emerald Quartz. These earrings will give you the perfect pop of color near your face.

It’s hard to find a Satya Paul saree I don’t love, but this Foil Printed “Club” Pallu Saree is definitely one of my favorites. It’s slim and sexy with a touch of flash. And did I mention that you don’t need to pleat the pallu?

We’re always happy to swap fashion advice with our Luxe fans. Contact us via Facebook, Twitter or email to tell us all about your favorite Luxemi looks and Indian fashion statements!

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Here Comes the Bridesmaid – Luxemi’s Indian Wedding Bridesmaid Saree Collection

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “bridesmaid?” Probably the infamous ugly bridesmaid dress — you know, that one you can totally wear again. But Luxemi knows the modern Indian bride has the confidence to want her bridesmaids looking stunning, and we’ve created our Bridesmaid Saree Collection to help her make it happen.

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Here’s how it works: Just select your favorite from our eight gorgeous bridesmaid saree styles, chose the color you love, pick the blouse cut that reflects your bridesmaids’ individual style, and let Luxemi handle the rest. We’ll send you a saree, custom tailored blouse and petticoat for each of your bridesmaids, and you’ll save yourself the stress of finding identical sarees for all your girlfriends. With a wedding in your near future, we know you have more productive uses for that time! An added benefit? Your bridesmaids will gain a saree to keep that they’ll actually want to wear again, plus each will receive a complimentary Luxe Pack, which includes a beautiful garment bag, bindis, and safety pins.

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Want to know more about Luxemi’s Bridesmaid Collection? Contact us at for all the details or to learn more about the saree styles we offer.


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Luxe Ladies: The Life and Style of Alana Watkins

As part of our blog series, Luxe Ladies, we’re featuring a real member of the community to learn about her and her relationship with Indian fashion.

Luxe Report readers, meet Alana. We recently chatted with Alana about her life, her fashion inspirations, and, of course, Luxemi!

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Luxemi: Can you give us your stats? Where you live, what you do?

Alana: I live in Chicago and work as a National Account Exec for a trade show company that produces local jewelry trade shows.

Luxemi: How would you describe your style?  

Alana: My style is definitely eclectic, and I love mixing highs and lows. I need to feel comfortable and confident in what I’m wearing; those are the 2 fashion rules I always follow.

Luxemi: Where do you find your fashion inspiration? Any fashion icons you look up to?  

Alana: I could peruse Paris street style blogs all day if I had the time. Their style is classic and feminine, all the while having an edge that American style cannot seem to grasp. When it comes to my style icons, they are two polar opposites (but I love them both equally!): Kate Moss and Audrey Hepburn. They always look(ed) so comfortable in their own skin, almost as though they never questioned anything they put on. I am very attracted to that type of confidence.
Luxemi: What is your relationship with Indian fashion?  

Alana: The brilliant colors used in Indian fashion, especially in weddings, are so appealing, and I have always been a fan of the beautiful, gold jewelry. The fashion is so outgoing and has a personality of its own!

Luxemi: Why did you try Luxemi?  

Alana: I knew I needed a major fashion strategy after receiving invites to 4 Indian weddings this summer (one was all the way in Slovakia!). Renting through Luxemi gave me the opportunity to play around with my own style without the heavy investments required for a lot of Indian outfits. In the end, I rented a beautiful sea green sari and an embellished suit.

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Luxemi: Where did you wear Luxemi? How was your look received? 

Alana: I wore the sari to a wedding reception and the suit to a Sangeet. It seemed every auntie at the reception complemented me on the color, and the girls loved the ornate embellishments. The suit was loved by all, and many asked if I had it custom made!

Luxemi: What did you think about your Luxemi experience?

Alana: I love shopping with Luxemi even when I am not looking for anything in particular. The site is

so easy to shop and I truly trust the fashion sense of the curators behind Luxemi.

Luxemi: Any fashion advice/secrets you’d like to share with Luxe Report followers?

Alana: At the end of the day, fashion is supposed to make you feel good. Just have fun!

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Luxe Ladies: The Life and Style of Nina Mehta

At Luxemi, we love to celebrate our customers —  and really, with so many amazing women doing such interesting things, why wouldn’t we?! In our new series, Luxe Ladies, we’ll be featuring a real member of the community to learn about her and her relationship with Indian fashion.

Luxe Report Readers, Meet Nina. We chatted with Nina about her life, her style, and of course, Luxemi!

Nina Mehta, Designer at Twilio in San Francisco

Luxemi: May we please have your bio-data info?
Nina: I love my life! I’m a San Francisco transplant from Chicago. My new city has everything I need except Devon Street. ‘Devon’ is like like Chicago’s Little India where you can always find a paper-thin dosa and a mountain of bindis.

I’m 26 and spend my days as a designer working at Twilio and the evenings exploring music and seeing and doing art projects.

Luxemi: How would you describe your style?
Nina: My fashion (and artistic) style is influenced a lot by materials and patterns. I try to compose a look that blends opposing ideas like a soft image on a hard material, metal embellishments on a flowing fabric or an outfit with pieces from the East and West. I’ll usually wear clothes with simple fabrics, cuts and styles but have one element that funks it up with a punch.

Nina's Metal & Wooden Jewelry

During the last year few years I started buying Indian, African and Californian wood jewelry. The material is light, natural, almost always has been hand-crafted. I also love the way the sound of wooden bracelets sound when they knock against each other around my wrists. It’s much more office friendly than the metal pieces I wear when I’m out in the evenings.

The cartoon version of me is wearing a black, comfortably fitted dress, sheer tights, a little bronze locket, a few wooden bracelets and some funky flats. In the winter, I’ll wrap my purple shawl from Jaipur around my neck like a scarf and tuck into my leather jacket.

Luxemi:  What is your relationship with Indian fashion?
Nina:  It’s pretty difficult for me to keep up with Indian fashion because I only wear sarees and salwars to marriage functions and Diwali parties. Every few years I go to India with my family, usually for a wedding, and that’s when it makes sense to invest in one or two safe outfits I can wear for a few years. But in India, if you can dream up the outfit, it can be made. There are too many choices! It’s hard to keep up with Indian fashion because I wear it so infrequently.

Luxemi: Why did you try Luxemi?
  A near and dear Indian friend of mine was getting married and invited me to be a bridesmaid, so I wanted to look my best. At the bachelorette party, the bridesmaids decided to shop together on Luxemi, and rent an outfit for the Sangeet night.

Luxemi: What did you think about Luxemi?
  At first I was hesitant to rent a sari because I usually have a tough time deciding what I want to buy. But browsing the outfits on Indian models from the couch at a beach house with my girlfriends was way more fun than dealing with heat, crowds, smells and thousands of choices without any way to do a search!

The major perk for me was having my Sari delivered. I had my outfits shipped to Chicago, where the wedding was, so I got to fly carry-on which let me spend more time with my family instead of stuffing my suitcase with a wrinkled Sari and waiting at baggage claim.For the sangeet I wore a mustard sari with a wide, beautiful peacock embroidery that ran down the back.

I usually choose safe colors like purples and greens but renting gave me the freedom to take a chance. I love the hard sequin-emboidered peacock against the soft flowing fabric. I loved it so much I had the mehndi artist design peacocks on my palms. For the first time I wore an Sari that embraced my personal style and still looked very Indian.

Thanks, Nina! Follow Nina @ninamehta on twitter.

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