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Luxemi Reviews 2013’s Top Fashion Moments

While we are gearing up for a super stylish 2014 (we wouldn’t have it any other way!), we are also engulfed by a sense of fashion nostalgia as the end of this year inches closer. 2013 was indeed a year of several fashion hits, misses and moments that made us sit up and take notice. So, we bring you a roundup of everything that had tweeting, hash tagging and obsessing over at brunch with our fellow fashionistas-in-crime this year!

Luxemi adds Amrapali to their designer roster

Celebrity favorite, Amrapali Jewels made their way to Luxemi’s designer directory with exclusive, one-of-a-kind pieces curated especially for us!

Deepika Padukone wearing Amrapali

Vidya Balan causes an uproar at Cannes

Actress Vidya Balan made it to the prestigious jury at the Cannes Film Festival alongside Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg among others. Woot woot! Her red carpet appearances — styled by and dressed in Sabysachi — however were bit of a snooze fest. Turns out there is a thing as too much Sabyasachi. Who would have thought?

Vidya Balan at Cannes

Tarun Tahiliani’s Cannes crusade

Veteran designer Tarun Tahiliani was handpicked to showcase at the prestigious amFAR 20thCinema Against AIDS benefit gala and fashion show held at Cannes. His beautiful Cannes crusade saw supermodel Karlie Kloss (and many more) strut down the runway in a liquid gold draped sari gown.

Karlie Kloss in Tarun Tahiliani

Luxemi gets featured on BuzzFeed

Thanks to the raging sari rental trend, being fabulously designer clad at a wedding need not burn a hole in your pocket anymore. Our founders discussed what makes this concept tick on BuzzFeed this year.

BuzzFeed-logo

Priyanka Chopra turns Guess Girl 

Back in Bollywood, it was definitely the year of actress-turned-pop star Priyanka Chopra. PC, as she is fondly called, kick started the year chartbusters in collaboration with Pitbull and Will.i.am and topped it off by snagging the title of the latest (and first Indian) Guess Girl — photographed by Bryan Adams for the brand’s holiday campaign.

Guess girl Priyanka Chopra

Marc Jacobs moves on from Louis Vuitton

 After 16 years with French luxury giant Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs called it quits with a sentimental farewell show that left the entire fraternity (including us) teary eyed .

Marc Jacob's last Louis Vuitton show

Tanishq’s buzz worthy commercial 

Tanishq’s TV commercial supporting remarriage (plus featuring a dusky model), got the brand major props for making a strong and positive social statement. It’s definetly a step in the right direction!

Selfies whip up a storm

Oxford Dictionaries proclaimed ‘selfies’ as the international word of 2013. So now when your granny asks what is this selfie (for the nth time), you can safely hand her a dictionary and be done with it (sigh of relief)!

Power selfie

Gap + Warish Ahluwalia

Designer du jour Waris Ahluwalia was chosen as the face of Gap’s Make Love campaign, making it the most fashionable statement against racism indeed. Kudos!

gap make love campaign

The nath makes a comeback

Heirloom, old-school desi jewels made a major comeback, with the nath (nose ring) leading the way. Everyone from Sonam Kapoor and Vidya Balan to Kajol were seen giving it their unrelenting support.

Nath makes a comeback

 

Black and white take centre stage

Goodbye sindoor red bridal wear! Indian brides finally opened their trousseau trunks and wedding closets to make way for white and black ensembles (a color hitherto considered inauspicious).

black and white on luxemi

 

Showbiz India chats up Luxemi

Still have questions about how exactly Luxemi works? Showbiz India caught up with our co-founders to give you the low down.

Feel like we missed something? Tell us in the comment box below!

Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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Top 5 Summer Trends from Lakme Fashion Week 2013

It’s spring, and you know what that means, Luxe fans – it’s time for a fashion overhaul! Sunshine means bright colors, shorter hemlines and experimentation galore. Luckily, last week’s Lakme Fashion Week turned out some real trendsetters. Here’s Luxemi’s exclusive glimpse into what you should be wearing this spring – and how to get the look.


TURBANS/HEADGEAR

Maybe this is because of the unbearable heat of a sticky, humid Indian summer. Or maybe the head is the next frontier of fashion. Whatever the case, Lakme churned out some creative ways to dress up your noggin – from vibrant turbans that recall desert shepherds to stick-on halos to fishermen-inspired straw hats. Top your mop for an easy way to dress up a lazy day or take your outfit to a whole new level.




SARI BLOUSES – REINVENTED

Blouses have continued a cycle of reinvention this year. Designers have refocused attention from sleeves to include different lengths that go from tunic inspired to accessorizing with a bling-y belt. Or how about working just a single, sheer sleeve? From bikini tops favored by the latest Bollywood siren to proper collared shirts any office would be lucky to hire, the blouse is getting a mad makeover.




URBAN ELEGANCE

Indian street fashion has usually been relegated to two types: the sari or a jeans/kurti combo. Only recently has street fashion become more diversified – we’re talking fusion ensembles that pair parachute pants with Nehru-collared tops, floral embroidered shifts, and a prints-a-palooza. Whether your style veers retro or goth, there’s a little Indian sentiment that can be infused into your outfit.




BLACK AND WHITE

That most classic of pairings evokes films from another era, zebras, and high contrast. Make it a neutral this season for an adventure in fashion. Layer on color through statement jewelry, or try texturizing with lace, brocade, or velvet. Keeping it basic is anything but this season.




THE EYES HAVE IT

Eyewear isn’t just for nerds and those shielding their eyes from the sun anymore. We’re talking doodads that have rhinestones plastered on them or gold aviators that take the classic into chic territory. Feeling a little adventurous? The runways featured masks and eye patches, but we’re reaching for the nearest neon eyeliners for pupils that pop. Dress up those peepers and see the world differently.

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All photos courtesy of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013.

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

Headshot of Payal Singhal

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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Top 2012 Fashion Trends – Neon, Brocade, Burgundy, Florals + Great Gatsby Bling

With a new year of fashion just around the corner, Luxemi has been doing a lot of reminiscing about our favorite fashion trends of the last 12 months. Here are the 2012 trends we couldn’t live without.

Florals

top trends fashion 2012 2013 runway

From the moment this trend started blooming, Luxemi was totally enthralled with all things floral. Whether it was Valentino’s flowery romance or Proenza Schouler’s modern, graphic take on floral, we loved seeing how our fave designers put their touch on this staple print.

best fashion trends of 2012 2013

Memorable moments: Oscar de la Renta’s iconic poppie and daffodil gown and Sonam Kapoor’s Dolce & Gabbana flower and onion dress.

top indian fashion trends 2012 2013 gota work florals

Luxemi’s take: Our Floral Cotton Gota Salwar features gorgeous embroidered flowers that add a soft touch to this Indian shift dress’ stunning magenta hue.

Burgundy

top trends 2013 2012 burgundy oxblood

In case you haven’t noticed, burgundy (also called oxblood or wine) is definitely the “it” color for Fall and Winter 2012. With designers like Jason Wu, Zac Posen and Tibi bringing this hue front and center in high-impact runway collections, burgundy has been on every girl’s fashion radar — including ours!

Memorable moments: Jason Wu’s killer burgundy coats, which totally stole the show at New York Fashion Week.

indian fashion trends 2012 2013 sarees

Luxemi’s take: With fine metallic embroidery and a rich red hue, Luxemi’s Scarlett Saree with Rich Gold Border will make you the belle of this season’s burgundy ball.

Neon Everything

top indian fashion trends 2012 2013

Pantone’s Color of the Year was Tangerine Tango, but given the amount of highlighter yellow we spotted on runways, Red Carpets and the streets in our favorite fashion cities, it was definitely the summer of neon.

best celebrity neon looks 2012

Memorable moments: Frieda Pinto’s Atelier Versace dress at Cannes Film Festival and Oscar de la Renta’s neon yellow runway creations.

best indian fashion runway trends 2012 2013

Luxemi’s take: Our Neon Green Cotton and Silk Saree by Neeru Kumar uses its gorgeous highlighter hue, not embellishments, to make a bold statement.

Brocade

best indian inspired fashion 2012 2013

We fell in love when we saw designers like Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabbana work metallic brocade into their runway looks for Fall 2012. It’s an opulent, Indian-inspired touch that made a major splash in both the East and West this year.

Memorable moments: Dolce & Gabbana’s black, crème and gold brocade collection (especially those knee-high brocade boots!).

indian fashion trends 2012 2013 brocade

Luxemi’s take: Our Red and Gold Brocade Salwar showcases brocade at its most beautiful from its elegant scoop neck down to its metallic gold border.

best indian fashion trends 2012 2013 brocade

And this Green Brocade Halter Suit with Zari Work and Sequins is an eclectic addition to any girl’s closet.

1920s Jewelry

1920s jewelry trend 2012 2013

Even though we’re still holding our breath for the new Great Gatsby flick, we’ve gotten a gorgeous dose of 1920s-inspired bows, headbands and heavy pearl necklaces this year from celebs like Nicole Richie, Charlize Theron and Michelle Williams. This is one trend we don’t see going anywhere anytime soon!

Memorable moments: Michelle Williams’ vintage bow brooch at the 2012 Oscars and Nicole Richie’s deco headband love affair.

indian jewelry headpiece trends 2012 2013

Luxemi’s take: Channel fabulous flapper fashion in our fun and flirty Circular Gold Bridal Headpiece.

Did we forget any of your favorite 2012 trends? Drop Luxemi a line — we always love hearing from our Luxe Fans! And be sure to check the Luxe Report, your favorite Indian fashion blog, in the coming weeks for our take on the 2013 fashion that’s capturing our hearts.

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