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Luxemi’s Ultimate Guide To Wearing Polkis

Sonam Kapoor flaunts a polki set

Sonam Kapoor is the poster girl for ‘pretty in polki’!

There is a good reason why no fashionista ever gets bored of her polkis. One of India’s most time honored jewelry techniques, it has captured the imagination of desi luxe loving ladies since the Mughal period. Simply put, polki, a speciality of Bikaner in Rajasthan, is a term used to refer to ‘uncut diamonds’. They are mined from the earth naturally and boast of no added frills, enhancement or synthesis. Synonymous with old-world glamour and royalty, there’s no going wrong with it.

That’s not to say that its antique appeal makes it outdated. In fact the Luxemi girl would say quite the contrary! Don’t we all have that one (or many) cherished polki set that can take us from a red carpet soiree to a traditional wedding with equal elan?

This week we bring to you the ultimate guide on making the most of your polki baubles, no matter where you’re headed! Also look out for our quick tips on maintaining and taking care of your precious polkis.

Polki set + Traditional lehenga = Wedding reception ready

victorian polki set on luxemi

Victorian Polki set

This Victorian Polki Set with Antique Finish will complement our peach Brocade Lehenga with Halter Blouse by Mallika Mathur  for a stunning traditional repertoire.

Brocade peach lehenga on Luxemi

Peach Brocade Lehenga by Mallika Mathur

Rest assured, this beauty is one you can proudly pass down to your daughter!

Polki earrings + Sequined sari = Red carpet ready

Luxemi's kundan earrings

Dainty kundan earrings

Luxemi strongly advocates the effectiveness of a dazzling pair of earrings. Sometimes it’s all you need to glam up the simplest of ensembles.

Luxemi's georgette saree

“Tied with a Bow” Georgette Saree

Our small kundan earrings are all you need to sprinkle some poise to the vibrant “Tied with a Bow” Georgette Saree and take on the red carpet! 

Antique kundan bangle + Flared kurta = Diwali party ready

Luxemi's kundan bangle

Kundan Bangle with Antique Finish

A night of festive revelry demands you step out in something stylish yet comfortable. Thus this Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel fits the bill perfectly. Accentuate it with the elegance of our Thick Kundan Bangle with Antique Finish.

Kisneel salwar on Luxemi

Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel

This bangle is a winner…you can turn to it jazz up your LBD as well. Talk about twice as nice!

Crescent kundan jhumkis + Anarkali = Engagement party ready

Luxemi's kundan jhumkis

Crescent Kundan Earrings with Pearl Drops

When headed to a desi engagement party, you want to keep it casual chic. After all, you’ll be dancing the night away!

Salwar by Nikasha on Luxemi

Asymmetrical hem salwar by Nikasha

So spruce up this trendy Orange Salwar with Asymmetrical Hem by Nikasha with our simple but graceful Crescent Kundan Earrings with Pearl Drops.

Tips on taking care of polkis

  • Your kundans and polkis should be kept away from chemicals, perfumes or any other kind of body spray. Always slip into the jewelry 10 minutes after you spray on perfume.
  • Store them in separate boxes or pouches and never stack them on top of each other.
  • Since kundans and polkis are prone to moisture, store them in dry areas.
  • It’s preferable to wrap them in muslin as opposed to cotton, as the cotton fibres may get stuck in the pieces.
  • Warm non detergent-based soapy water is your best bet to clean your polki pieces from time to time.

So there you go… enjoy your beautiful polkis and shine bright in ‘em! 🙂

By Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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Luxemi’s ‘Something For Everyone’ Guide

Sonam Kapoor pulls off all looks

Over the years, style icon Sonam Kapoor has tried on different fashion avatars with ease.

Rachel Zoe said, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak,”  and she couldn’t be more right.  For the ideal Luxemi girl, getting dressed every morning is not a chore — it’s her way to use what’s on her back to make a statement about what’s on her mind! So go on, let the world know who you are, by choosing an outfit that tells your story and says something about your sartorial sensibilities in the process.

With that in mind, we put together a fun guide for Indian wear based on your signature style (or your fashion mood!)— feel free to pick your side!

WhoGlamour Goddess

What: Blue Chiffon Saree with Aqua Sequins.

Luxemi blue chiffon saree with aqua sequins

This incredibly glitzy piece is a no-brainer. Wear it to when you want to turn heads as the most fashionable lady in the room.

Wear it with: Luxemi’s Silver Brocade Blouse by Wild Orchid for a complementing contrast.

 Brocade blouse by Wild Orchids

Who: Bollywood Belle

What: Raw Silk Choli with Sharara Pants by Nikasha

Sharara pants and choli by Nikasha

Bollywood fashion is synonymous with catchy colors and dramatic overtones. And what better than this fetching Nikasha outfit to nail the look!

Wear it with: Statement earrings and hair worn loose. We suggest you skip the necklace this time around.

Kundan earrings with pearl accents

Who: Urban Sophisticate

What: Black and White Sequined Saree by Satya Paul

Monochrome sequined Satya Paul saree

This monochrome Satya Paul pick is the epitome of effortless modern-day city girl style and promises a refined look.

Wear it with: This Navy Blue and Magenta Embroidered Flower Clutch by 5 Elements for a colorful reprieve.

Embroidered clutch bu 5 Elements Radhika Gupta

Who: Mademoiselle Minimalism

What: Cream Georgette Sequin Saree

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Look no further for an ensemble that provides a simple and pared down look with a luxe touch.

Wear it with: A simple chained headpiece is all you need. The trick is to grab attention without trying too hard. 

Gold headpiece with a touch of pearl

Gold and pearl headpiece by Luxemi

Who: Girly Girl

What: Coral Red Tie Front Jacket Salwar with Floral Embroidery

Gota work salwar in coral color

With its utterly feminine hue, flattering silhouette and dash of playfulness; playing the desi Barbie just got easier.

Wear it with: A traditional bracelet and dewy make-up. Ensure that the focus remains on the outfit.

Traditional gold elephant bangle

Luxemi’s traditional gold and green elephant bangle

Who: Gypsy Queen

What: Red and Blue Deconstructed Bandhani Saree by Neeru Kumar

Colorful saree by Neeru Kumar

Flaunt your love for the bohemian way of life with this vibrant saree and its irreverent charm.

Wear it with: Layered necklaces,  a statement-making headband and soft braids. Peace out!

Layered gungaroo necklace from Luxemi

Luxemi’s layered gungaroo necklace

So go on, be whoever you want to be today. As long as you keep it stylish, it’s all good.

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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