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Best of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015

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The Winter/Festive phase of Lakmé Fashion Week is over and we’re still daydreaming about the fashionable treats we saw walk down the runway! The runway glittered with Indian, western and fusion gems during the ultimate celebration of fashion. Here are our top picks for the upcoming festive season:

Nikasha

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Nikasha threw it all the way back to the roaring twenties with her shimmering golden and pink collection ‘Indira et Amrita’. The signature twenties fringe swayed on silky camisoles, flapper dresses and semi-sheer draped pants. Inspired by sisters Amrita and Indira Shergill, the glimmering garments also featured her signature lily blossoms. The Gatsby-esque collection was accessorized with ombre tassel earrings and twinkling headbands.

Manish Malhotra

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Decadence and royalty were the essence of Manish Malhotra’s line this season. Navy blues, deep maroons, ivory and rich browns were a staple throughout the line. Full-skirted gowns with plunging necklines in opulent materials like velvet and silk, and sparkling off-shoulder ball gowns stood out. Do we see a shift from Indian to decidedly western silhouettes for the new-age Indian bride? The collection invoked a strong sense of regal magnificence.

AM:PM

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The ‘Siyah’ collection by AM:PM (Ankur and Priyanka Modi) stood out in elegant ivory, red, and black shades. Panelled skirts, structured maxis, draped dhoti pants, and peplum jackets in silk, organza, and satin dominated the runway, all of them adorned with mukaish work and intricate embroidery reminiscent of Islamic crafts and architecture. Daring slits and cutout details gave the graceful collection an edgy twist. The highlight of the collection was a rosy red structured sari with a peplum blouse.

Shruti Sancheti

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Pinnacle by Shruti Sancheti drew from the culture of beautiful fabrics from Benaras and fused it with Japanese silhouettes for her line ‘Kaashi to Kyoto’. Using chanderi, silk, dori embroidery and Chinar print, she created flowing kimono jackets, capes, and asymmetrical tops with billowing sleeves in maroon, blue, wine and gold. These were paired with slim skirts, culottes, midis and lehengas for the ultimate ethnic fusion collection.

Ridhi Mehra

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Ridhi Mehra kept it simple with classic hues like red and blue with floral applique work. She played peekaboo with sheer fabrics, draped dupattas, and pre-stitched capes. Tailored jumpsuits added an element of playfulness, but Ridhi also kept the Indian vibe alive with marsala lehengas.  The collection notably included a gorgeous royal blue gown, resplendent with gold embroidery.

Gaurang Shah

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Reinventing Varanasi (a city in Uttar Pradesh) heritage was the aim of Gaurang Shah’s winter collection, and it did so with flair! Featuring traditional silk saris in reds, pinks, oranges and yellows, the collection truly celebrated the culture and fabrics of Varanasi. Gaurang added a twist to it with a touch of contemporary and quirky prints. There is just one word that aptly sums up this collection—vibrant!

So what were your favourite looks at LFW 2015? Let us know in the comments below!

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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.

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‘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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Luxemi’s ‘One Outfit Two Ways’ guide

While we never have trouble making the most of that sheath dress or styling a peplum blouse differently every time, squeezing versatility out of our Indian wear leaves us in a fix. So in a bid to play your sartorial saviors, Luxemi has put together a fun guide for you – one that allows you to wear the same traditional ensembles in utterly distinct ways every single time. Trust us when we say that these easy tips will instantly catapult your outfit into a brand new one and allow you to stand out in a crowd of run-of-the-mill ensembles. After all, we do believe in twice as nice!

Parallel lines/Sharara Pants

Sonam Kapoor in Shehla Khan sharara pants

Sonam Kapoor does ample justice to these Shehla Khan sharara pants

Sharara pants from Surendri by Yogesh Choudhary's Summer/Resort 2013 collection

Sharara pants from Surendri by Yogesh Choudhary’s Summer/Resort 13 collection showcased at LFW

Yes, we all love a pretty anarkali, but we believe in changing it up every once in a while. There’s no better way to do that than by jumping onto the latest bandwagon in fashiondom – sharara pants over churidars.

Tangerine anarkali worn with Kisneel sharara pants

Pair our tangerine anarkali with these sharara pants from Kisneel

While you can definitely wear our tangerine salwar with aqua embellishments in the conventional way, don’t be afraid of trying something different for a fresh new look. Swap the churidars for these blush blue sharara pants by Kisneel which will complement the vibrant anarkali beautifully. You can even skip the dupatta and go OTT with the accessories instead. Flaunt this accentuated style at a mehndi, dinner party or even a sangeet!

Jacket up

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Jacqueline Fernandez in a Manish Malhotra lehenga paired with a jacket at WIFW AW ’13

The hottest trend to have sealed its fate on fashion’s wall of fame is pairing lehengas with jackets for a more structured look.

Laila Motwane neon lehenga worn with an angarakha

Pair Laila Motwane’s neon lehenga with an angarakha from Luxemi’s collection

Wear our neon gota work lehenga by Laila Motwane but with an unexpected twist. Pair it with this coral angrakha with velvet and gota embellishments for a look that will instantly give you the reputation of a sartorial risk taker. You can go sans the dupatta with this one, and elevate the attire with a charming head piece and statement earrings. The fresh colors make it perfect for a day time or afternoon function. Go a step further and have some fun with your hair-do as well, a fish tail braid might just do the trick!

Buck the blouse

Katrina Kaif in a Manish Malhotra anarklai with lehenga

How many times have you worn a lehenga the regular way? More than you can remember, right? Luxemi has a fresh new style you can try out. When you’re bored of the usual style, skip the cropped blouse and opt for a long anarkali-esque top instead with your lehenga.

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Madhuri Dixit looks splendid in this Manish Malhotra creation

Try out this trend with our scarlet and purple gota work lehenga by Laila Motwane which can be teamed with our sequined gold anarkali for an unusual spin. Throw on a simple red dupatta for a casual event or dress up the look with the heavily embellished dupatta. A beautiful kundan set is the only finishing flourish the look needs. This look is ornate enough for even the bride to wear for one of her wedding functions.

So go on, embrace Luxemi’s ‘One Outfit Two Ways’ guide and be the belle of the next ball you attend!

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Guest Post by Shaadi Belles: Get the Bollywood Looks You Love- For Less!

Editors Note: Luxefans, you’re in for a treat. We get a lot of requests asking us to re-create some of our favorite Bollywood looks and the amazing gals at Shaadi Belles have done just that.  Let us know which ones you love in the comments!

When planning for a wedding or any function, every girl looks to the red carpet and the runway for some style inspiration. But every girl also doesn’t have the ability to pay those red carpet and runway pricetags. So what’s a belle to do when she’s lusting after a must-have outfit but is stuck with a limited budget? We picked five of our favorite trends and are showing you how you can quickly and easily get the look you love while paying a whole lot less, thanks to the gorgeous collections at luxemi.

So Fresh and So Colorful

The fastest and easiest way to add a fresh and bright touch to a traditional lehenga is to add a dash of color. Think outside of the usual reds and maroons and look for outfits that incorporate hints of pinks, oranges, and yellows to make a stunning style statement. Parineeti Chopra walked the runway for Maheka Mirpuri’s “Khwab” collection in a sparkling orange and gold lehenga. The bright color added a fresh and glamorous twist to the traditional outfit that we love. You can create a similar look with this brocade lehenga available at luxemi—the bright pink dupatta adds that pop of color that we love. Don’t forget to add loads of gold accessories for even more sparkle!

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Neutral Nets

Want to add some subtle elegance to a sleek net saree? Choose a neutral-colored outfit for an elegant and timeless look. Neutrals pair gorgeously with gold embellishments for a perfect bit of sparkle to the toned-down shade. No one does neutrals better than Shehlaa Khan, and plenty of Bollywood’s leading ladies (including her BFF and muse, Sonam Kapoor) agree! Kajol once wore a stunning nude-colored Shehlaa by Shehla Khan saree covered with sparkling gold embroidery for a public appearance—a classic up-do and minimal jewelry were the perfect finishing touches. This gold-sequined saree available at luxemi is all you need to recreate this gorgeously classic look. Add a sleeveless blouse for a sleek and sexy take on the traditional drape.

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Graced in Lace

Lace sarees are one of our favorite new trends, especially in the warmer weather! The light fabric is the perfect way to add a quintessential feminine and romantic spin to any outfit, especially one as classic as a saree. Pastels and softer shades especially shine in lace—we are lusting after a light turquoise lace saree Deepika Padukone recently wore to a public appearance. The soft color turns even more elegant thanks to the lace fabric. Luxemi once again saves the day with this stunning purple chantilly lace saree. Keep the jewelry simple for a daytime function or add a statement necklace and earrings for a more formal event.

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Royalty in White

One of our favorite takes on the recent anarkali trend has been the growing popularity of angrakha-style dresses. Dating back to the Mughal era, angrakha tops feature a kurta top in which one side overlaps the other and is tied with an ornate tassel. The result is a look that is as regal as it is glamorous. Take your ode to royalty a notch higher by choosing a classic shade like white, the way Bipasha Basu did when she wore a stunning Armaan by Sunaina Puri white angrakha suit. The fitted top paved way for a flowing skirt that had this leading lady looking every part the royal. You can be the princess at any party in this white angrakha suit—gold or silver jewelry will each pair beautifully with this timeless shade, take your pick!

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Amaze in an Anarkali

 The anarkali trend is one that’s here to stay, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This universally-flattering outfit looks good on nearly anyone, and designers can’t seem to get enough of this elegant look. The latest suits are deep in color and high on style—collared necklines, longer sleeves in sheer nets, and tons of embellished embroidery, are just some of the ways designers are taking this traditional outfit and adding a modern dose of glamour. You are guaranteed to see at least one stunning anarkali dress at nearly any Manish Malhotra runway show. His recent collections have showcased a rich color palette—including deep purples, blues, and pinks—paired with brocade borders and sheer long sleeves. For those of us that don’t have Manish available on speed-dial, this stunning brocade and aari-embroidery suit (bonus style points for that asymmetrical hemline!) available on luxemi does the trick when we want to channel our favorite Bollywood style guru.

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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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Ekru by Ekta & Ruchira Fall/Winter 2013 Collection: Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2013

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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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Nikasha FW 2013 Collection: Wills India Fashion Week 2013

All Photos c/o Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week

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Best Ethnic Designer Collections of 2012 – Indian Runway Fashion

It’s that time of the year again, Luxe fans: time to reflect on the best Indian fashion moments of 2012. Here are our picks for the best runway collections of 2012 by Indian designers.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee – Fall/Winter 2012 – Delhi Couture Week

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Months after Delhi Couture Week, we’re still awing over Sabyasachi’s retro take on Indian fashion. With 1920s-inspired bows and collars, big glasses, and flapper headbands, the looks in his Fall/Winter 2012 collection make Indian draping and silhouettes shine in a whole new light.

Shantanu and Nikhil – Fall/Winter 2012 – Delhi Couture Week

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For a study in the avant-garde, look no further than Shantanu and Nikhil’s high-drama Delhi Couture Week collection. By weaving together Western silhouettes and an opulent Indian color palate, this collection takes fusion fashion to a new, high-impact place.

Manish Malhotra – Fall/Winter 2012 – Lakme Fashion Week

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What we love best about Manish Malhotra’s Fall/Winter collection is the sheer romance of it: with transparent panels and high necklines, this Indian design superstar has made yet another line of dresses we’re dying to wear.

Wendell Rodricks – Winter Festive 2012 – Lakme Fashion Week

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Wendell Rodricks’ gorgeous, summer Lakme Fashion Week collection makes a bright, bold statement without embellishments. These mod-inspired floor-length dresses and wraps prove that sometimes, less is more.

JJ Valaya – Fall/Winter 2012 – Delhi Couture Week

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JJ Valaya’s Delhi Couture Week 2012 collection definitely reminds us why brocade was made for Indian fashion! JJ’s meticulous metallic embroidery makes this collection of sarees and lehengas the ultimate lesson in contemporary luxury.

As we gear up to celebrate New Year’s 2013, check back with the Luxe Report – your go to Indian Fashion Blog – for our top 2012 fashion trends and tips on making a fashion resolution you can actually keep!

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