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Luxemi’s top picks from India Bridal Fashion Week ’13

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Tarun Tahiliani ensemble

Reasons beyond the typical runway shenanigans brought this years second bridal week, India Bridal Fashion Week ’13, to the spotlight. Several fashion editors unabashedly tweeted how hard it’s become to keep track of the unending fashion weeks taking place these days. While we agree it may be overkill and that gimmicks and celebrity show stoppers take away from the real focus, the fashion — we still can’t help but pay attention when bridal wear is involved (no surprises there).  And this round up of our favorite looks from ‘the week that was’ will make curating your trousseau and nuptial looks simpler!

Structured drama at Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta bridal collection

Gaurav Gupta

The coming-of-age of the gen-next Indian bride can be credited to Gaurav Gupta to a large extent. His love affair with structured silhouettes and western cuts continued with this collection too — perfect for a cocktail party or intimate reception.

Draped saris at Tarun Tahiliani

tarun tahiliani at bridal fashion week

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani’s signature pre-draped saris stole the show this bridal week. We absolutely love their effortless drama. Just throw on statement earrings, pull back  your hair and you are sangeet-ready.

White meets gold at Rohit Bal

Rohit Bal bridal collection

Rohit Bal

Goodbye sindoor red bridal wear and hello white + gold! The past year has been all about white traditional wear (previously considered an inauspicious color for brides) and Bal dedicated ample runway time to this color combination. We heart!

Layered salwars at Falguni & Shane Peacock

Falguni & Shane Peacock bridal collection

Falguni & Shane Peacock

There is a certain degree of flamboyance and opulence associated with Falguni & Shane Peacock designs and their bridal line was no different. We are lusting over the layered salwars with sheer overlays —  a welcome break from the ubiquitous zari-gota anarkalis. We’re also digging the Senorita vibe of the updo!

Androgynous silhouettes at Raghavendra Rathore

Raghavendra Rathore bridal collection

Raghavendra Rathore

Raghavendra Rathore is India’s final authority on jodhpuris and bandhgalas. He extended his revered mastery to androgynous women’s traditional wear with sherwanis, bandhgalas and gowns this time. We can’t wait to slip into these styles for an engagement party!

So there you have it —  update your desi wardrobe with our handy guide.  It’s all about mixing tradition with a sprinkle of irreverence this season!

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Luxemi’s top picks from Lakmé Fashion Week Winter-Festive ’13

Autumn-Winter has arrived and here’s the thing: This Fall you can be utterly glamorous or unapologetically understated. You can be flirtatiously feminine or take the androgynous route, if you please. As long as you stay true to your personal sensibilities and have a little fun while you’re at it, you’re good to go. And this was a fact that was whole-heartedly showcased on Lakmé Fashion Week Winter-Festive ’13 runways.

The shows aside, what also became conspicuously clear is that Indian street style has really come of age. The venue was thronged by some of the most fashionably dressed people from the industry (and not just necessarily the Bollywood celebrities in attendance) – think stylists, designers, buyers and magazine editors in the coolest designs of the season.

Here’s a look at some hot-of-the-ramp festive looks we are absolutely digging this season!

Nikhil Thampi: Go for gold

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‘Indian Punk’ by Nikhil Thampi

This cropped jacket and draped skirt by fashion’s latest blue-eyed boy, advocates making some space for a gold rush. Yes, it’s a tad daring – but where’s the fun in safe, right?

Sabyasachi: Fit for a queen

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Grande finale by Sayasachi

Clearly, Sabyasachi’s interpretation of the jazz-age maharani is effing cool! This unexpected but delightfully charming pairing of satin and sheer half-saris teamed with a Breton striped blouses aptly epitomized his vision, making it an easy favorite.

Anita Dongre: The new-age bride

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The Jaipur Bride by Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre’s ‘Jaipur bride’ is calm, confident and independent, a far cry from her demure doe-eyed counterpart. She sips on red wine, sports a tattoo and even drives her own jeep! This look (need to get those dhoti pants now!) in a trending color for the season packs in just the right punch of nonchalant edge, making for a powerful statement.

Nupur Kanoi: Effortless cool

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‘Eccentricity Tour’ by Nupur Kanoi

We loved the relaxed and laid back vibe of Nupur Kanoi’s collection, the industry’s latest sworn favorite. Interesting layering of smart separates and zipper detailing particularly resonated with us.

Nupur Kanoi at LFW WF 2013

‘Eccentricity Tour’ by Nupur Kanoi

Easy to mix and match, you can amp up many a simple traditional ensemble with these standout pieces. Easy chic, if you please!

Rahul Mishra: Traditional with a twist

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‘Sunheri’ by Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra’s handloom couture collection, ‘Sunheri’ was a master class in marrying traditional textiles with contemporary silhouettes. These pepulm blouses paired with lehengas and saris have made it to our ‘worth breaking the bank for’ list. They personify an utterly fabulous symbiosis of age-old craft with a modern flair.

Payal Khandwala: A balancing act

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‘A Fine Balance’ by Payal Khandwala

Payal Khandwala‘s bid to provide the unusual has definitely found takers in us. These looks boasting of crisp skirts and jackets with exaggerated collars can be worn head-to-toe for an unconventional twist. But its real triumph lies in the fact that they are bound to shine equally bright as separates too.

Payal Singhal: Architecture meets fashion 

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(Left to right) Payal Singhal’s ‘Char Bagh’. Ziyaa lehenga, Mashal lehenga saree and Rumana lehenga

Payal Singhal‘s line was inspired by Persian-style garden layouts and juxtaposed ancient architecture and nature with contemporary cuts and modern silhouettes. We love the combination of blush pink with earthy undercurrents, laud the wearability of these ensembles and heart those statement earrings!

Manish Malhotra: Perfectly pretty

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The set up at Manish Malhotra

What made a fan out of us at Bollywood couturier Manish Malhotra’s show was his set. Aptly titles ‘Reflections’, the ramp was divided into two halves by a threaded veil as the models walked down simultaneously as mirror images of each other. Further dotted with a shower of lights, it was quite the sight to behold!

Until next season…

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Pankaj & Nidhi FW 2013 Collection: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2013

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Pankaj & Nidhi FW 2013 Wills India Fashion Week

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Vineet Bahl FW 2013 Collection: Wills India Fashion Week 2013


All Photos c/o Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

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How To Wear A Saree in Fall and Winter – White After Labor Day

You know how the saying goes: “Don’t wear white after Labor Day.” But with Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang all featuring white in their Fall and Winter 2012 collections, now is definitely the time to toss out the conventional fashion rules and winterize your white clothes. Here’s how to transform your white saree into a killer winter wardrobe staple.

long sleeve saree sari lehenga salwar lengha blousesWe’re totally inspired by the winter sarees in Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s Delhi Couture Week 2012 Collection, especially the designer’s stunning white saree-meets-lehenga look. With retro styling and tons of heavy texture, the designer definitely transforms his sarees into couture, cold weather garments. The trick? It’s all about pairing your saree with a long-sleeve blouse and killer accessories.

white sarees by luxemiWhether your saree is casual chic like Luxemi’s Silk and Cotton Striped Saree by Neeru Kumar, has Old Hollywood glam like our Crème Georgette Sequin Saree, or is silky and embellished like this Crepe Saree with Inlaid Ribbons, a long-sleeve white blouse is the quickest way to winterize it. Luxemi’s sarees come with a blouse piece that any tailor could stitch into a long-sleeve top.

indian winter jewelry Not sure how to style your saree for winter? A white saree is the perfect occasion for stunning statement jewelry. For a soft, feminine splash of color, Luxemi loves this Victorian Pink Tourmaline Set or our Victorian Set with Blue Stones and Gold Finish. And if you want to create a bold, eclectic vibe, either our Kundan Set with Pearl Embellishments or our Victorian Set with Green Onyx would give your look major impact.

One of our favorite things about the saree is its versatility. For more fall and winter styling ideas, check out Luxemi’s accessory collection, which includes necklaces, bangles, hand chains, tikkas and earrings to give you the perfect look for any season.


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Zodiac Inspired Indian Fashion – Aquarius, Gemini, Libra (Air Signs)

Enterprising, optimistic, chatty and intellectual, Zodiac air signs crave fashion that balances their brains and flair for fun. Are you an Aquarius, Gemini or Libra looking for a new spring outfit? It’s time to check out your Indian fashion horoscope!

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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Represented by twins, Geminis are famous for their multiple personalities. They’re quick-witted, can adapt effortlessly to new situations, and are full of energy.  Given their upbeat vibe and dual nature, it’s no surprise the Gemini is closely associated with violet and multicolored patterns. If you’re a Gemini, you share a sign with celebs like Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, Nicole Kidman and Natalie Portman.

With a punchy pattern and an energetic vibe, this Blue and Magenta Hand Painted Saree by Satya Paul is a fashionable way for any Gemini to show off the many sides to her personality.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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Celebrity Indian accessories spring summer 2012 trends Indian inspiredLibra is known for being peaceful, graceful and diplomatic. Often symbolized by pastels such as rosy pink or peach, the Libra is also the Zodiac’s true hopeless romantic. Want to channel Libra’s softer side? Luxemi’s Flowing Net Anarkali with Embroidery by Kisneel has a powdery peach hue that puts a softer spin on this outfit’s modest neckline and cut. It’s a look we can imagine on celebrity Libras like Kate Winslet, Gwenyth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani and Catherine Zeta-Jones. And to strike an understated yet glamorous note, we love pairing the anarkali with these Lacroix-inspired Cross Shaped Crystal Quartz Earrings.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)

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Independent, intellectual and friendly, the Aquarius is grounded in ideas and concepts more so than emotions. This outgoing air sign is depicted in electric blue or turquoise, which is a color that we see Aquarius celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys and Oprah Winfrey wearing a lot this season. We think this Turquoise Chiffon Saree with Gold Sequin Buttas is the perfect fit for Aquarius’ outgoing, bold style.

There’s nothing better than wearing clothing that feels like “you.” No matter your sign, Luxemi has the perfect saree or salwar to match your personality. Need a few suggestions? We’d love to help you pick out a look! And while you’re surfing the Luxe Report, be sure to check out our recap of the three earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn).

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