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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

Shruti sancheti

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

Ridhi Mehra

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

Gaurang

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 Interviews Fashion and Celebrity Stylist Kushal Parmanand

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Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand for Hi! Living

Fashion and celebrity stylist Kushal Parmanand jokingly refers to himself as an “Indian fashion industry fossil!” And considering he’s got over 10 years of experience under his belt, we get why (well, kind of!). His foray into the industry was one most can only dream of — he kick started his career with revered couturiers Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla after which he moved on to working with Nandita Mahtani. Styling came knocking his way in the form of a Fashion Directorship at Seventeen India, followed by stints at L’Officiel India, L’Officiel Homme, Hi!Blitz and most recently Noblesse India. His stellar repertoire also boasts of styling Bollywood beauties like Bipasha Basu, Sonakshi Sinha and Sonali Bendre among others. We engage the stylist du jour in an exclusive tete-a-tete!

Kushal Parmanand

Celebrity and fashion stylist Kushal Parmanand

Luxemi: How did you foray into fashion? Is it something you always wanted? 

Kushal Parmanand: My foray into fashion was actually by default. I come from a family of two generations of engineers and they obviously wished for me to continue their legacy. After trying to pursue an education in computer science and management studies for two years, I finally landed at Fanshawe fashion school in June 2000 to pursue my true calling. I remember wanting to be in fashion, a designer in particular, since I was in 8th grade. Rohit Bal was my idol then.

Luxemi: You have worked with some of the country’s top stylistas — right from Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor to Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. Who are your personal favorites?

Kushal Parmanand: I think I have the biggest crush on Bebo (Kareena Kapoor)! She is undoubtedly my favorite. She is extremely easy going and a breeze to work with. Most celebrities today know what works for them and are quite fashion focused. Having worked with many of them editorially over the years I feel that working collectively and keeping common interests in mind helps get the best out of a shoot!

Luxemi: Who are some of your favorite Indian and international designers?

Kushal Parmanand: Wow that is a very tough and long list! I love the work Riccardo Tisci does for Givenchy couture. This seasons in particular; I am loving key pieces from Balenciaga, Monique Lhuillier and Vionnet while Elie Saab, Dior, Valentino and Lanvin remain eternal favorites. On the Indian front I love different designers for their varied focuses. Anamika Khanna, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Gaurav Gupta are my favorite veterans. From the younger lot I am partial to Kallol Datta, Sailex and Nachiket Barve.

Actually I feel fashion is a bit fickle in that sense — every season you are bound to love that someone a little more purely because their showing tugged at your heart strings more than the others.

Luxemi: Autumn-Winter ’13 Indian wear trends that ought to be tried this season? Also tell us about the top colors one must have in their wardrobe? 

Kushal Parmanand: Monochrome continues to be a huge trend this season. Punk and vintage inspired fashion is also big. Think of smaller ways to include them in your traditional wardrobe. Red is THE color to be swearing by — not only is it one of our most traditional colors, it also looks lovely on Indian skin. Make sure to experiment with interesting updos and accessories for a refined look.

Luxemi: Style icons who carry Indian wear beautifully? 

Kushal Parmanand: I think Deepika (Padukone) looks great in Indian wear. She has an inherent grace about her, almost like royalty. Apart from her I think Kareena (Kapoor) looks her best when she is in a sari.

Kareena Kapoor in a saree

Luxemi: Your favorite picks from Luxemi.com

Kushal Parmanand: Laila Motwane’s lehangas, the coral wrap kurta from Nikashasaris by Neeru Kumar and jhumkis  from Amrapali are my top picks. The wine salwar with shell embroideryFoil Printed “Club” Pallu Saree by Satya Paul and Flowing Net Anarkali with Embroidery by Kisneel are also great options.

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Parmanand’s top picks from Luxemi

Luxemi Indian wear

Parmanand’s top picks from Luxemi

Amrapali earrings on Luxemi

Amrapali earrings on Luxemi

Luxemi: If one has only 10 minutes to put together an Indian look, what should be their go-to?

Kushal Parmanand: The chotu sari (one with a shorter hemline) is a great option.

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Chotu sari by Nandita Thirani

Pre-pleated saris and sari gowns are easier to drape, making them ideal go-tos as well. If neither works for you, there is always the humble salwar kurta which has many interesting variations this season. I personally always steer towards a minimalistic look. Finish it off with a dash of a strong lip and a messy braid or updo — absolutely perfect when you’re on the run!

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand

Sonakshi Sinha styled by Kushal Parmanand for Hi!Blitz

So take it from the man who knows best and make these quick tweaks to your desi closet. Trust us when we say that these simple additions will go a long way!

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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! 🙂

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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.

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Luxemi + Nishka Lulla’s Fall wedding guide

Is it just us, or is your calendar chock-a-block with weddings for the next few months too? The onset of a new season can mean only one thing – putting together a fresh new wedding wardrobe to strut through the season in style. So we decided to get an expert – Nishka Lulla – on board to make this a breeze.

Designer Nishka Lulla

Nishka Lulla

Fashion designer and Bollywood/celebrity stylist, Lulla has made quite the splash since she forayed onto the scene in 2009. Her clientele boasts of Bollywood biggies such as Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor, Asin, Deepika Padukone, Genelia D’souza and Ameesha Patel among others and she is also lauded for her boho-chic personal style. She speaks to Luxemi and curates Fall wedding looks you absolutely ought to be swearing by. So, listen up!

Mehndi

Sing, dance and basically make merry at one of the wedding’s more intimate functions.

luxemi Peach Tulle Salwar

Luxemi’s Peach Tulle Salwar

Nishka says: “The outfit needs to be practical yet stylish. Avoid full sleeves and swear by coral for this function. Luxemi’s peach tulle anarkali salwar is a great pick.”

Sangeet

One of the most awaited wedding events, the sangeet is all about reveling in the limelight for a true fashionista.

watermelon net lehenga with a contrasting mango dupatta

Luxemi’s watermelon net lehenga with a contrasting mango dupatta

Nishka says: “Since color blocking bright hues is trending these days, a different colored lehenga, choli and dupatta is a perfectly striking way to go. Go easy on the embroidery and let the colors take centre stage. Luxemi’s watermelon net lehenga with a contrasting mango dupatta is your best bet.”

Cocktail party

 Indulge in a night of debauchery but with a fashionable flair.

sequined hot pink coat from Luxemi

Luxemi’s sequined hot pink coat

 Nishka says: “Go for an indo-western look. Pick an Indian ensemble with an utterly western silhouette and cut. Since coats are ruling trend charts, you could wear a coat style kurta with cigarette pants and Luxemi’s hot pink silk coat with sequins fits the bill.”

Pheras

Embrace your roots whilst celebrating this new beginning.

mango salwar by Nikasha with gota embroidery

Mango salwar by Nikasha featuring gota embroidery

Nishka says: “Go traditional for the pheras with essentially Indian colors. Vintage is another chic option. Oxidized vintage Indian embroidery such as zardozi and gota work is just what this function demands.” And it doesn’t get better than our mango salwar by Nikasha with gota embroidery.

Reception

This is your time to play the glamorous social butterfly to the hilt.

luxemi gold sequined sari

Luxemi’s gold sequined sari

luxemi gold blouse

Luxemi’s gold blouse

Nishka says: “Since metallic is one of the biggest Fall trends, sport it at the reception for a diva-esque look. A sequin sheathed saree teamed with a metallic gold or silver blouse will definitely look fabulous.” Our gold sequined sari and complementing blouse will do the trick.

So there you go…with a guide as high on style as this, you’d agree when we say that stunning the wedding scape just got a whole lot easier!

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

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Ekru by Ekta and Ruchira, Wills India fashion week 2013All Photos c/o WLIFW 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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