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Luxemi Crush: Our Favorite 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

Indian fashion bloggers

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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Summer Nails to DIY For!

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Whether it’s your wardrobe options, your make-up essentials or favorite layered necklace, summertime calls for change and experimentation. Itsy bikinis, flirty sundresses, statement shades and fun flip flops aren’t going to cut it— you need vibrant and colorful nails to lend your look a finishing flourish. We, for one, are big fans of summery nail decals—all you need is a nail art brush and a few other tools to amp up your style. Here’s a round up of 6 of our favorite nail art tutorials. Read on to up your summer style game!

Flower Power

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These hibiscus nails resonate with the spirit of summer. The happy shades of yellow, red and green in pretty floral designs easily make this a must-try look. We suggest you start of with a white base for best results. Add square studs to that and you’ve got yourself gorgeous summer nails!

Find the entire tutorial on Precious Polish.

Sporty Chic

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Whoever said nail polish is just for girly girls was obviously mistaken. This sporty look is all about look-at-me shades with a touch of silver – perfect for when you’re playing volleyball on the beach. Not only will this look great with your neutrals, but also with your tank tops and shorts.

Find the entire tutorial on Love Maegan.

All Aboard

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Ombre has been a fashion favorite for a while now. And why restrict it to just your clothes? This look explores the dark blue to mint gradient, allowing you to unleash your inner mermaid. If you’re prepping for a cruise or a beach wedding, get in the nautical spirit with these nails! While you’re at it, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and straw hat too.

Find the entire tutorial on My Awesome Beauty.

Sunny Side Up

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What’s summer without some polka dots? This fun nail art guide goes one step ahead with the gradient trend. Think brilliant orange and yellow with polka dots added to the mix. Now all you need is a Tequila Sunrise cocktail to complement your sunny nails!

Find the entire tutorial on My Awesome Beauty.

Colour-Blocked Moon

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Fashion icon Dita Von Teese’s go-to look, the classic half-moon has been popular since the Gatsby era. Give it a modern twist with a color-blocked version. This tutorial explains the tricks to getting the half-moon just right without any hassles. C’mon, time to get your vintage on.

Find the entire tutorial on Divine Caroline

Geometry Class

Don’t fret, this has nothing to do with extra Math classes this summer. Phew! If you’re ready to delve into something a tad more complicated than the other looks, try this one out. The pastel hues and diamond shapes will match all of your art deco inspired accessories!

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Find the entire tutorial on Precious Polish.

So are you ready to nail it this summer?

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Layering Necklaces 101

 

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Want to update your look with some stop-and-stare intrigue? Layering necklaces—the “it” accessory trend of the year—is the fail safe way to go and it’s what style set and fashion frat is swearing by too! That’s pretty much all the convincing we need to jump on this utterly chic bandwagon.

Throwing on a range of necklaces in varying lengths and textures adds diversity and movement to a look. It also gives us fashionistas a free playground to mix and match like a boss. What’s more, you can flaunt a bunch of your eye-catching buys in one go. And while there aren’t any pre-prescribed rules to layer, a few ace pointers will ensure that you’ll never go wrong with this accessorizing style!

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  • Start small. Start with the smallest necklace and then add bolder pieces to the mix. Starting with a choker or dainty pendant works well.
  • The next piece works wonders if it’s in a different style, say a bar necklace added to a choker, for instance. Finish with a flourish—the longest chain necklace would be our pick. And voilà, you’re good to go!
  • Make sure the outfit you pick is relatively fuss-free. Clashing metals over embellished blouses will just make the look too distracting—you need your layered wonders to be the highlight of the look, after all. Pastels and clean cuts with minimum print usually work best with this kind of accessorising.
  • Multiple chains instantly elevate a salwar or kurta. So skip the dupatta—let your baubles take center stage. An overcrowded look is just going to play spoilsport.
  • Don’t constantly fidget with your army of chains in a bid to set them. Let them fall where they may. Micro managing these strands will only complicate things—let physics take its natural course and focus on wearing your beauties with the confidence they deserve.
  • Diversity is the king, Adorn chains in a plethora of varying lengths and styles. Aim for contrasting aesthetics. For instance, we can’t think of anything more head turning combination than a gold temple jewelry choker with a soft pearl strand for a well curated effect.

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Don’t know where to start shopping for layered necklaces? Our Dual Strand Gold Gungaro Necklace and Gold Ball Necklaces and Earrings-Turquoise are great starting points!

So what’s your take on the trend? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Luxemi’s Destination Wedding Dress Up Guide

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Image: The Wedding Guide

Mega watt Indian destination weddings are the best kind. And while any reason to pack our bags and get away is a good one, one that involves our closest friends, Bollywood moves, fabulous traditional wear and copious amount of champagne is a sure winner! After bringing you the ultimate destination wedding packing guide, we just had to give you a destination wedding dressing 101 too. After all, what you’ll wear to a beach wedding will be infinitely different from what a palace wedding demands. Our guide is here to lay all your burning questions to rest!

Destination: Udaipur, Rajasthan

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Nothing but a royal look will do for a wedding in India’s palace capital. Always wanted your very own princess moment? Here’s the perfect opportunity! And if you’ve been complaining about all your beloved lehengas gathering dust, then what are you waiting for? Pack them all without further ado! We suggest a nod to traditional prints and fabrics like gota patti and brocade, topped off with polki jewelry.

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Luxemi Pick: Scarlet and Purple Lehenga with Gota Work by Laila Motwane

Destination: Miami, Florida

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If only attending the pheras in Aztec bikinis and flip-flops was allowed! But since you can’t, bring out your breeziest Indian wear instead. We’re placing our bets on white and ivory picks — serene hues to complement sunset nuptials on the beach! Steer clear of saris and OTT anarkalis. Lightweight salwars in breathable fabrics or traditional maxis are your best bet. Throw in some floral jewelry to the mix for a dash of easy chic fun!

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Luxemi Pick: White and Silver Gota Angrakha Salwar

Destination: Chantilly, France

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A beautiful ceremony in South of France promises an abundance of grace and elegance with a touch of old-world glamour. Time to bring your poised best to the sartorial field. And nothing like a restrained lace or lightly sequined sari in a blush tone and diamond jewels to do the trick.

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Luxemi Pick: Net Saree with Buttas and Sequins

Destination: Dubai, UAE

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When in Duabi, think an OTT, colourful and culture-soaked affair. We suggest going the extra mile and giving a nod to Middle-Eastern glamour with your wardrobe. An intricate sari or salwar with ornate gold baubles and smokey eye make-up is the order of the day indeed!

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Luxemi Pick: Gold Sequinned Saree

 What are your go-to destination wedding outfits? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Luxemi’s Destination Wedding Diaries

Luxemi destination wedding guide

The invites have been received, tickets have been booked and dance practices are underway. But the most arduous task still remains — what you should and shouldn’t pack for this much-awaited destination wedding! Sure, destination weddings guarantee an exciting time, Instagram-worthy pictures and dramatic anecdotes but we fashion girls have to work our wardrobe around stingy baggage allowances and that’s no fun. But don’t worry, we got your back! Here are some tips and tricks to guarantee you look fly on the fly.

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Carry pieces you can mix and match.We believe that gold blouses are a god send. Whether it’s a sheer lehenga for the sangeet or embroidered palazzos for the mehendi, they can elevate any wedding look in a jiffy. All you need to do is mix up the jewellery and switch the dupatta. So be sure to pack one and plan certain looks around it.

If you plan to wear lehegnas for all the functions, we suggest you get them made without the can-can (frilly petticoat underneath). Instead get the designer to create a separate can-can skirt, which you can, then wear with all your lehengas and flowy skirts!

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P.S. Doesn’t our Gold Blouse by Wild Orchid fit the bill?

Sharing is Caring

Being the make-up mavens that we are, it’s a shame that we can’t pack our entire make-up drawer when we’re headed out of town. Luckily,that’s where girlfriends come to the rescue! You can always fall back on fail safe looks like smokey eyes, glittery lids and bold pouts. So divide and conquer, make a Whatsapp group, and designate who needs to carry what.

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P.S. You can read our Indian wedding makeup tutorial with Deepica Mutyala here.

Jeweled Tales

Jewelry is expensive and risky to carry when travelling, so pack that one statement piece that can be the highlight of most of your looks. Don’t shy away from costume or semi-precious jewelry either. Also look into carrying pieces that are versatile. For instance, you can easily wear a rustic polki haar as a neckpiece on one occasion and double it as a headgear for another function. The fun doesn’t stop here; it can easily be used as a delicate hath phool too. Even if people do call your bluff, at least you won’t be that girl who lost her grandma’s heirloom bangle on the beach!

Shoe Story

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Image credit: Salwa Photography/Maharani Weddings

We know that in an ideal world you would have packed a separate suitcase just for your footwear. But since you can’t, simply pack 2-3 basics in gold, silver and bronze, ones that will match all your looks. We also suggest limiting the number of heels as they take up more space. Not only are flats easier to carry, they are also more comfortable, which will ensure that you are the last one standing on the dance floor!

The Golden Rules

Some quick tips and tricks to save the day!

  • Pre dry clean and launder everything. Last minute laundering at the hotel can and often does go wrong.
  • Double pack liquids. You don’t want your raw silk sari to be damaged with shampoo stains.
  • Extra lingerie, fewer accessories.
  • It’s always advisable to carry an extra outfit, because you never know!

Did our guide help? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Behind the Scenes: Deepica Mutyala’s Indian Wedding Makeup Tutorial

 

On Set With Deepica Mutyala and Stefanie Syat

On Set With Deepica Mutyala and Stefanie Syat

Deepica Mutyala isn’t new around these parts. You may recognize her from that insane red lipstick video that went viral earlier this year or from the beauty advice she regularly doles out on social media. We love how she makes beauty approachable with a slew of tips and tricks to make our lives just a bit easier, and of course, way prettier. With our favorite (wedding) season in full swing, we’re already looking for fresh inspiration because how many black smokey eyes can a gal do, right? So how pumped were we when we found out our favorite beauty guru was filming an Indian Wedding Makeup Tutorial? Answer: Very. We got the full low down PLUS a few extra tips that didn’t make it in the video below.

Who: Deepica Mutyala and Stefanie Syet filmed by Jami Saunders & Andre Costantini. Hair by Jeff Chastain and Apparel/Accessories by Luxemi.

What: Indian Wedding Makeup Tutorial

Where: Jami Saunders studio in FIDI

View from the studio

View from the studio

Extra Makeup Tips from Deepica:

1) Contouring: If you don’t have dedicated contour products at home, try using your bronzer or a foundation that’s a shade or two darker than your skin tone which gives you the same effect.

2) Concealer: Go heavier than you normally would for a wedding. By picking a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your foundation, you get a natural illumination on your skin, but it’s super important not to go TOO light either. That’s when you see chalkiness!

3) Hair: I did a twist on a traditional braid for my look. My favorite thing to do for weddings is take traditional looks and give it a modern twist. That applies for hair too!

4) Highlighter: Glowing skin is a must for desi weddings! If you don’t have a dedicated highlighter at home, use a shimmer pale eyeshadow and apply it to the parts of your face you want to pop. For me, that’s the bow of my lip, under the brows, corners of the eyes, bridge of the nose, and the bone under your eye.

The Tools for the Indian Wedding Makeup Look

The Tools for the Indian Wedding Makeup Look

Deepica and Stefanie Before the shoot

Deepica and Stefanie Before the shoot

Get the look: Deepica is wearing our Hot Pink Silk Coat and Crescent Kundan Hanging Earrings

Here’s the final look! So gorgeous, right? Check out the full video for the complete tutorial. Thanks, Deeps! We can’t wait to get our glam on.

Deepica in her glam Indian wedding makeup look

Deepica in her glam Indian wedding makeup look

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Our Favorite Indian Looks from Amazon India Fashion Week AW ’15

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The bells of change — ushering out the dated and welcoming the fresh — were at the core of the recently held Autumn/Winter 15 Fashion Week in Delhi. Amazon was roped in as the title sponsor in what was seen as a huge nod to the ever growing online fashion community in India. But AIFW wasn’t ready to simply rest on the brilliant collections that most designers showed. FDCI also pulled off a coup of sorts with the finale show — 25 superstars of Indian fashion came together to contribute two looks each to a 50-piece finale collection dedicated to the crafts of India. Safe to say, we couldn’t get enough of it!

So if you have umpteen winter weddings to attend, we are here to make your life (well, at least your wardrobe!) easier with a quick roundup of the season’s best desi looks!

Best Salwars 

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L to R: Anamika Khanna and Rohit Bal

Anamika Khanna had our heart with a masterfully draped look — dhoti pants teamed with a choli (blouse) and signature jacket — but this time in a vibrant burst of colors. Rohit Bal’s crushed floor length anarkali paired with a koti and statement dupatta in a deep shade of brick red had effortless drama written all over it.

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Ashima Leena

Designer duo Ashima-Leena chose eye-popping shades to highlight the bonhomie of a free-spirited gypset, while veteran JJ Valaya stuck to neutrals for a spot of some understated glam with his nomadic Russian themed showcase .

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JJ Valaya

We absolutely loved pretty much every look from Prama by Pratima Pandey — a collection inspired by Sleeping Beauty with a particular emphasis on breathable fabrics, floral embroidery, artful signature layering and lust worthy salwars.

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Parma by Pratima Pandey

Best sarees

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L to R: Nikasha and Virtue by Viral, Ashish & Vikrant

It’s no secret that we nurse a soft spot for Nikasha and her vibrant design sensibilities. Her AW ’15 collection ‘Ruby’ was no exception. The bold saris are sure to bring some much needed colour to dull winter days with its vivid hues, offbeat blouses and oriental feel. This clashing print sari by Virtue by Viral, Ashish & Vikrant made us sit up and take notice of its careful tailoring and winning interplay of textures. The slim belt was just the finishing flourish it needed.

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Amalraj Sengupta

Another sari that stood out was a hand spun number Amalraj Sengupta. It caught the eye without trying too hard and the jacket blouse sealed the deal.

Best Blouses

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L to R: Nikasha and Mynah Designs

Nikasha pulled out all aces with this collection and her blouses had a lot to do with it! The delicate zardosi work and camisole peplum silhouette of this particular blouse is sure to elevate a same ‘ol sari. Mynah Designs, on the other hand, played with a black crop top style blouse with strategic sheer panels for some peek-a-boo fun.

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L to R: Payal Singhal Tanvi Kedia

Tanvi Kedia’s colourful high-necked blouse was a crafty creation whereas delicate Parisian romance reigned supreme at Payal Singhal.

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Samant Chauhan

Samant Chauhan’s collection largely stayed within the gold and cream territory, making things interesting with avant garde cuts and shapes. How can this fringed cape blouse not be on one’s lust list?!

Best Lehengas

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L to R: Ritu Kumar and Anupama Dayal

Ritu Kumar proved again that she can’t go wrong with classic Indian wear and this lehenga from the finale show is sure to brighten up any festivity. Equal parts bohemian and chic, this unique Anupama Dayal lehenga is inspired by her muse Nur Jahan and boasts of an inimitable eclectic vibe.

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L to R: Payal Singhal and Sabyasachi

Payal Singhal’s heavily appliquéd tulle and organza creation has trousseau-ready written all over it while there’s no going wrong with Sabysachi’s tribute to India’s rich heritage with an embellished lehenga and jacket blouse. Brownie points for weaving marsala, Pantone’s color of 2015, into his looks.

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L to R: Varun Bahl and Anju Modi

Anju Modi turned her attention to the new-age princess with an upbeat collection that married the layering she is so famous for with a whimsical spin, happy colours and a younger overall vibe. Varun Bahl turned to the trusty combination of ivory, red and lots of shimmer — we bet many brides will be scrambling to sport these looks at their upcoming nuptials!

Which trends are you planning to try this season? Tell us in the comment box below! 

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Our Favorite Indian Looks from Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015

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Image: Sabyasachi Mukherjee

While fashion week season draws to a close internationally, the Indian fashion fraternity gets its gears in motion around March. As soon as summer hits the city, the best of the best come out to play at India’s beloved Lakmé Fashion Week. This season, which marked 15 years of the event, was no different. All of B-town and the who’s who of fashion insiders were seen soaking up the sartorial excellence displayed at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 (read: 17th – 22nd March).

Obviously, we kept our sights glued to the runway to get our daily dose of wow. Gaurang Shah, Payal Singhal, SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi, Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, Anushree Reddy and Suneet Varma were among some of our favorite shows. After the curtain fell on Anamika Khanna’s brilliant grand finale on Sunday, we got down to the business of decoding the best desi looks from the fabulous week (yes, you can thank us later!). Here goes…

Best Sarees

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Shivan and Narresh

Resort wear kings, Shivan and Narresh’s famous saree-kini made an appearance in this collection too, only this time, the colour inspiration came from French artist Henri Rousseau’s botanical paintings.

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L to R: Payal Singhal and SVA

Payal Singhal‘s royal golden drapes with a touch of pastels sure made our hearts stop and Sva’s selection of sarees (the entire collection was inspired by Istanbul) were teamed with chic peplum blouses. Sabyasachi’s collection was a throwback to the ’70s and he went the retro route with his saris.

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L to R: Sabyasachi and SVA

Gaurang Shah‘s sarees took a page from Hindu mythology depicting the marvels of nature on his prints and Anavila‘s contemporary take on the traditional saree was displayed on a range of interesting fabrics.
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L to R: Gaurang Shah and Anavila

The clean, white Mulmul collection curated by Harper’s Bazaar boasted of sleek pieces in soft feminine silhouettes, enhanced with glass and various houndstooth patterns. Kiran Uttam Ghosh made a comeback with her signature pleats and flowing silhouettes.

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L to R: Kiran Uttam Gosh and Anand Bhushan (Mulmul)

As always, one can trust Anamika Khanna to give the sari contemporary relevance. This time, she did it by teaming the drape with pants.

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Anamika Khanna

Best Lehengas

L to R: Anushree Reddy and Payal Singhal

L to R: Anushree Reddy and Payal Singhal

If you have a summer wedding to attend this year, get excited, because Anushree Reddy and Payal Singhal have you covered! The former’s collection was feminine fervour at its best — replete with lots of florals, candy colours and free-flowing silhouettes. Singhal, on the other hand, focused on fuss-free and flirty lehengas, perfect for those who run away from an overdose of bling.

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L to R: Patine and Arpita Mehta

Patine brought back the ease and allure of the 1970s with the blend of Victorian lace and Indian embroidery while Arpita Mehta‘s collection was truly ‘A Royal Summer Affair’ with an overload of bright, feminine shades.

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Suneet Varma

Suneet Varma‘s lehengas were luxury personified, displaying an indulgence of precious finery.

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Manish Malhotra

Bollywood sweetheart Manish Malhotra sent out his ‘Blue’ collection down the runway, which left everyone feeling anything but! The intricate floral lehengas came with an interesting twist – off shoulder blouses, fringe detailing and embroidered jackets — what’s not to love?

Best Salwars

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L to R: Ridhi Mehra and Anamika Khanna

Ridhi Mehra’s soft romantic shades and oriental craftsmanship from the Mughal era added extra pizzazz to her salwars. We loved the dhoti salwars paired with crop tops and sheer capes! The draped salwars at Anamika Khanna in neutrals like ivory and gunmetal made a huge statement without trying too hard.

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L to R: Payal Singhal and Divya Sheth

Divya Sheth displayed flower power with a hint of rustic elegance (flowy jacket-style kurtas for the win!) whereas Payal Singhal impressed us with her innovative salwars that came with slits in ethnic and tribal prints.

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L to R: Divya Sheth and Surendri

Arpita Mehta and Surendri sent out fun, flirty salwars in net. The former veered more towards bubbly and youthful shades, while the latter flaunted vibrant hues and prints inspired by the parrot.

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Arpita Mehta

Best Bridalwear

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L to R: Manish Malhotra and Suneet Varma

Suneet Varma’s collection was aimed at the bride who wishes to shine bright like a diamond. His use of bold hues like red and royal blue with a touch of metallic and mirror-work quickly made it to the top of our lust list.

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Suneet Varma

Manish Malhotra displayed a variety of silhouettes – from asymmetrical hemlines to high-low blouses and offbeat blouses – apt for all those pre-wedding functions.

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L to R: Sabyasachi and Soumitra Mondal

Sabyasachi brought back Disco fever for the upbeat, new-age bride with a generous helping of sequins while Soumitra Mondal presented a contemporary yet royal look, blending tradition and heritage with modern styles.

Best blouses

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Manish Malhotra

The fringe blouses by Manish Malhotra were undisputed winners and right on trend too.

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L to R: Frou Frou and Mandira Bedi

Mandira Bedi’s choli blouses in vibrant colours were the picture of unabashed sexiness. Frou Frou’s subtle, powdery hued blouses came with interesting sleeves while Arpita Mehta unleashed her cape style blouses in delicate, sheer fabrics. And finally, Anamika Khanna closed the week with her intricately embroidered, stunning blouses in varied necklines teamed with signature jackets, officially getting us in the mood for summer!

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L to R: Anamika Khanna and Arpita Mehta

Which trends are you planning to try this season? Tell us in the comment box below!

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Desi Dressing Guide for Curvy Gals

 

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Let’s face it: Indian clothing can be universally flattering when worn appropriately but that slinky cocktail sari or dangerously short choli isn’t for everyone. And while desi clothes are largely forgiving of those unwanted contours, there is still something to be said about body type. If picked smartly and wisely (read: with Luxemi’s help!), curvy gals can easily use traditional garb to their advantage. Not sure how? Read on.

Fit is everything

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Which means it shouldn’t be too loose or too fitted. The former will add unwanted bulk to your frame and the latter will end up putting your problem areas on display. A few strategic nips at the waist and shoulders by a trusted tailor will make all the difference and this goes for whatever size you are!

Pick the right silhouettes

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Know the cuts that flatter your body and stick to the them. Choose flared lehengas instead of fish cuts or A-lined ones. Short blouses make you self-conscious? Guess what, you can get away without baring your midriff. Simply opt for a long corset or jacket style blouse with short sleeves. If you do want to flaunt your midriff, turn to 3/4th sleeves to maintain a sense of balance. There are several new drapes and cuts in blouses that are immensely popular these days. Try them out. A full-length anarkali with a fitted bodice, an empire line kurta or a short flared tunic with straight pants also works well.

Know the fabrics that work

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Stiff fabrics such as organza or heavily embellished velvet will do you no favours. Free flowing ones, on the other hand, will. So we advise sticking to crepe, chiffon, net, and soft silk.

Colors and prints

Indian dressing for full bodied women

Colors and prints play an important role as well. Dark colors, as it is widely known, create a slimming effect so befriend them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play around with lighter hues. As long as you stick to one color from head-to-toe, you’re good to go. Avoid heavy embroidery, particularly on the bodice, as it leads to a bulky look. Turn to delicate thread or beadwork instead. If you like prints, make sure to choose those with flattering placements.

Create focus points

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Diverting attention from your problem areas and highlighting your assets is the oldest trick in the book. Use statement accessories to grab the limelight and make them the focus of your look. Hathphools, maang tikkas, head harnesses and layered necklaces are all on-point. But always maintain a sense of proportion. For instance, opt for an oversized clutch instead of a minaudière or a long necklace instead of a choker.

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Luxemi Talks To Designer Ragini Ahuja of Ikai


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There is no stopping Ragini Ahuja. The Delhi-based designer who debuted her label Ikai at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 Gen-Next show has gone from being a newbie to fashion frat darling in no time at all. The testimonies to this are many, but consider this: she was the first runner up at the recently concluded Vogue Fashion Fund 2014, a prestigious win for the young designer indeed.

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Not your basic designer, Ahuja’s creations feature a touch of edge, an inherent uniqueness that sets them apart. Think unexpected mixing of textures, leather detailing, hand woven fabrics and prints that strike a balance between look-at-me and subtle. Her latest collection ‘Metal’ focuses on sheep nappa and brass strips ingeniously appliquéd in flora and fauna shapes while using feminine fabrics, sheer chanderi and cotton marbled in corrosive colours with a hint of oxblood and gold.

Luxemi: Tell us about your foray into fashion designing. Is this something you always wanted to do? 

Ragini Ahuja: I was more inclined towards illustrating and graphic art than fashion initially. But I ended up pursing my Bachelors in Fashion Design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, which is how I got here. Though I do make boxy silhouettes that work as a canvas for my edgy illustrations and animated graphic details.

Who is the quintessential Ikai woman? Tell us more about the label.

The Ikai woman is real, curvaceous, fearless and confident. The label aims at creating highly wearable clothing by reinterpreting the traditional Indian aesthetic in a non-traditional way. So think boxy anti-fits are adorned with edgy artwork and animated details. The label has carved a niche with its unconventional use of leather and use of age-old techniques in the offbeat ways.

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Your creations always feature an offbeat element, with a lot of texture play. Is this a conscious move? What are some of the label’s signature styles?

Our design process starts with artworks, textures and mixing new with the old, traditional with the modern. The surfaces are then translated onto fabrics. The shibori box maxi (seen on actress Esha Gupta) with beautiful shibori stripes, appliqué leather belt details and leather roll up detailing at the hem is one of our hot sellers. It is big boxy, easy-to-wear and cinched beautifully at the waist.

Shibori Box MaxiOur big, boxy anti-fit shirts are also a signature style.

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What are the coolest/chicest ways to wear a sari according to you?

I love to pair traditionally hand-woven chanderi saris with leather bustiers, crop shirts and belted appliqué jackets.

What are the key traditional wear trends this year? What should be avoided at all costs?

Neon and anything that doesn’t flatter your body type should be completely avoided. As for Indians, wear classic saris, anarkalis and lehengas, as they never go out of style. For those who don’t mind experimenting, give our edgy leather floral applique and chanderi double layer reverse appliqué tunics and kurtas a go.

Who are some of your favourite designers and why?

I love Alexander Wang and Abraham & Thakore.

A style advice that never fails?

Find what looks good on you and stop following trends blindly!

Which are your favorite pieces from Luxemi’s latest collection? 

The Rustic Gold Triangle Necklace with Black Ribbon and Gold Pinky Ring by Amrapali are my top picks!

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