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STYLE FILE: KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN

 

Kareena Kapoor style file

Newbies may come and go, but for us, Kareena Kapoor Khan remains the ruling queen of Bollywood (and now that she’s a Begum, she’s quite literally royalty). In fact, we’ve been die-hard fans ever since she famously claimed ‘Mein apni favorite hoon’ in Jab We Met. She made her way into not just ours, but umpteen hearts, and stayed there without trying too hard.

That goes for her sartorial choices too—while other actresses are scrambling to score fresh off the runway looks and step out in headline making outfits, Kareena Kapoor Khan struts her stuff in the most basic ensembles—knowing she’s got the swagger to make a sack look like a couture creation. Which is what we love most about her style anyway—it is unpretentious, fuss-free and effortless—just like the actress herself. So as she set out to promote her recently released movie, we lapped up her all looks, styled by Tanya Ghavri. After all, it’s not everyday that Mrs. Khan graces us with her presence!

Ebony And Ivory

Kareena Kapoor style file

There’s no going wrong in a classic black and white combination, and no one knows that better than Khan—bright colors will have to wait for another day. From simple tops and dresses in the colours to even kurtas, she has given her seal of approval to this pairing on more than one occasion.

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Luxemi Pick: Black and White Hand Painted Saree by Satya Paul

Print Overdose

Kareena Kapoor style file

Why opt for a mix-mash of clashing prints when one statement print will suffice? Or so the actress seems to believe. In a severe contrast to her black and white looks, she experimented with several prints as well—be it polka dots, geometric or abstract. But what stood out out was how she always balanced it with neutral elements—solid coloured tops, simple accessories and fuss free hair and make up. We love!

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Luxemi Pick: Orange Print Kurta with Patiala Pants and Dupatta by Cottons Jaipur

Easy Chic

Kareena Kapoor style file

While everyone is busy trying on avant-garde silhouettes, Kareena proves that there is still ample virtue left in jeans paired with a simple top or tee. Certain combinations are deemed classics for a reason—because no matter how much time passes, you can just never go wrong with them.

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Luxemi Pick: Tonal Chikan Work Saree by Nikasha (because when it comes to Indian wear, nothing ages as gracefully as a sari!)

Desi Chic

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Mrs. Khan doesn’t shy away from Indian wear either. When it comes to salwars, voluminous floor-length anarkalis in a myriad of colors are her preferred choice.

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As far as saris are concerned, she likes to keep them simple—solid colors, fuss-free color blocked or printed variations worn with sexy blouses. In a sea of gota-patti drapes and embellished versions, this makes for quite a refreshing change!

Luxemi Pick: Shimmer Georgette Salwar by Nikasha and Pink Peony Printed Saree.

For more on Bollywood style icons, read our style files on Shraddha KapoorDeepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez and Kangana Ranaut

What do you think of Kareena Kapoor Khan’s style? Tell us in the comment box below!

 

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Get The Look: Kangana Ranaut’s style

Kangana Ranaut Vogue January 2014

Kangana Ranaut Vogue January 2014

For us, Himachal-girl Kangana Ranaut is Bollywood’s true resident fashionista. We agree that she gets lost in a sea of Sonams and Deepikas sometimes, but there’s no arguing that this 26-year-old knows style. And if you’re still not convinced, consider this; she is one of the few actresses who dresses herself for her appearances, as opposed to slipping into what a stylist hands her. Refreshing and impressive, isn’t it?

What we love most about her style is how she is constantly experimenting with her looks; refusing to be put in a straitjacket. One day you’ll see her sitting front row at Burberry while another time she will be channeling a fierce Lady Gaga-esque look with the same effortless élan. She can sport a crop top and midi skirt with as much ease as a Sabyasachi stunner and therein lies her true sartorial victory. She is a style chameleon and that’s no act. So here’s your guide to making this it-girl’s style your own!

Kangana Ranaut in indian wear

The one complaint we have with this curly -haired beauty is that we don’t often get to see her in Indian clothing. That’s changing, though, as she sets out to promote her new movie, Queen. Her spate of appearances in salwars and anarkalis, most often with a dash of pink, have us pacified (for now atleast)! Turn to our Ivory Salwar with Chikan Work for a similar feminine look.

Kangana Ranaut in skater dresses

Short skater numbers teamed with Dior bags are another favorite with this actress. It wouldn’t be a far stretch to say that this is Ranaut’s go-to outfit. And we don’t blame her — skater silhouettes do accentuate the waistline to create a flattering illusion. Our Light Olive Baby Doll Salwar by Kavita Bhartia is an easy way to incorporate this look into your traditional repertoire.

Kangana Ranaut in vintage clothing

A look that’s become her trademark is the old Hollywood vintage ensembles she often puts together — complete with the red lips, soft curls (or an updo) and pearls. Some may argue that the look’s repetitiveness has become yawn-inducing, but we feel she does justice to it every single time! For an outfit that is reminiscent of this old-world charm, turn to our White Satin and Net Suit with Pearl Embroidery.

Kangana Ranaut in pastels

How can a string of Spring appearances be complete without a smattering of pastels, right? While Ranaut is no slave to fashion trends, she definitely knows which ones are worthy of trying on. If you too, are looking for a dose of blush tones, look no further than Luxemi’s Shimmer Georgette “Angel” Lehenga Saree.

We’d love to know what you think of Kangana Ranaut’s style. Tell us in the comment box below!

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Dress like Deepika Padukone — Bollywood’s Favorite Fashionista

Deepika Padukone in Vogue September 2013 issue

Deepika-Padukone, Vogue India September 2013

Deepika Padukone is our latest Bollywood girl crush. This doe-eyed beauty has earned some serious style cred with her recent super chic sartorial picks, making one thing very clear —this stylista can do no wrong. Ever since her movie Cocktail, she seems to be on a style roll, putting only her most fashionable foot forward. When I interviewed her a couple of months back, she simply brushed off this ‘style icon’ tag saying that she blindly trusts her stylist when it comes to her appearances (modestly skipping that not everyone can pull off the looks she does). And the stylist in question, Vogue India’s Anaita Shroff Adajania, constantly seems to be pushing the envelope when it comes to Padukone’s wardrobe. Here’s a round up of the looks we love most on her!

Deepika Padukone in monochrome outfits

Monochrome is a hot favorite with this B-town’s fashionista and it’s a look she wears well. Take a cue from her and slip into our Black and White Hand Painted Saree by Satya Paul. Accentuate the look, as Padukone often does, with a pop of color by way of footwear, accessories or red lips.

Deepika Padukone in  muted colors

While most people shy away from muted colors for the fear of looking dull, Padukone (seen here in Sabyasachi and Ridhi Mehra) seems to have the trick to wear it down pat i.e. create talking points by sprucing it with statement earrings, an interesting updo and a radiant smile. Add this hue to your repertoire with Luxemi’s Peach Anarkali with Zari and Gota Work and Peach Burnout Saree by Satya Paul.

Deepika Padukone wearing Rachel Roy jumpsuit

But that’s not to say that she skips out on color all together. The fashion fraternity’s it-girl can pull off the most daring colors with effortless élan. We love this Rachel Roy jumpsuit she was spotted in recently. For those of you scouting for a similar desi ensemble, look no further than this Short Flare Salwar by Kisneel.

Deepika Padukone in lace outfits

Another trend Padukone has been quick to embrace is lace — be it in the form of dresses, tops or traditional wear. Our Gold Embellished Chantilly Lace Saree promises a touch of elegant sophistication, reminiscent of her looks.

Deepika Padukone in kundan set

And now for the look we are totally swooning over — a winning juxtaposition of old-world charm with a contemporary vibe — is the pairing of traditional/kundan jewelry with western silhouettes. Snag this look easily with our Geometric Gold Kundan Set and Gold Kundan Collar and Earrings worn over a cocktail gown or LBD at your next formal soiree.

We’d love to know what you think of Deepika Padukone’s style too. Tell us in the comment box 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 top picks from PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013

Far removed from the tug of war of multiple fashion weeks in India, FDCI’S PCJ Delhi Couture Week proudly holds it own. A showing eagerly anticipated every year; this runway catapults into a playground for the country’s most revered and sought-after couturiers. After taking in this the five-day extravaganza from our very own FRow seats (virtually of course, thanks to FDCI’S YouTube channel), we bring you our absolute favorites from the week that was!

Gold rush at Anju Modi

Anju Modi at Delhi Couture Week

Model at Anju Modi at Delhi Couture Week. Image credit: M.A.C Cosmetics

Anju Modi’s opening act for the week was inspired by Mahabharata’s heroine Draupadi and we just couldn’t get over the overdose of gold jewelry that stole the limelight.

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Model at Anju Modi at Delhi Couture Week. Image credit: M.A.C Cosmetics

From ostentatious gold ear cuffs and medals pinned on blouses to maang tikkas and belts, here’s something we are definitely trying at our next traditional do!

Restrained glamour at Sabyasachi

A designer we can never find fault with, Sabyasachi unfailingly stuns. We loved his take on restrained vintage glamour and the show stopper lehenga, with its subtle smattering of sparkle made instant fans out us.

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Showstopper for Sabyasachi at Delhi Couture Week

We also loved the focus on layering plus mixing and matching jewelry. Nose rings, maang tikkas and pearls paired with emeralds are clearly here to stay!

Model at Sabyasachi, Delhi Couture Week

Jewelry overload at Sabyasachi. Image credit: M.A.C Cosmetics

Draped drama at Anamika Khanna

Anamika Khanna's showing at Delhi Couture Week

Model in dhoti pants at Anamika Khanna’s showing at Delhi Couture Week

She is the undisputed Couture Week favorite and boy, does she deliver! We particularly fell in love with her renditions of dhoti pants – quite the variety to take your pick from too. Her capes with scalloped borders and gold embroidery also get our vote!

Sonam Kapoor in a beautiful Anamika Khanna

Sonam Kapoor in an outfit from Anamika Khanna’s Couture Week collection

Sonam Kapoor has already been spotted in a hot of the runway creation by the Kolkatta-based designer and we are awed by its effortless transition from ramp to reality!

Easy chic at Monisha Jaising

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Pant-suit by Monisha Jaising

The easy accessibility of Monisha Jaising’s collection targeted at the destination bride will surely find many takers. We love the versatility of her desi pant suit. Works for a wedding soiree as well as a night out on town!

Sheer loving at Varun Bahl

Intricate embroidery was artfully balanced by sheer silhouettes in Varun Bahl’s collection. So what’s the one thing we are sure to incorporate into our wardrobe from this?

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Sheer embroidered blouses by Varun Bahl

Why, the embroidered sheer blouses without a doubt! Quite a welcome break from its run-of-the-mill counterparts, don’t you agree?

Statement prints at Satya Paul

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Satya Paul’s Demi Couture collection at Delhi Couture Week

Masaba Gupta made her foray into the big league with her first ever demi-couture line for Satya Paul. True to her sensibilities it was a print party with statement silhouettes.

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Strong prints and silhouettes at Satya Paul

Striking a chord with us was the pairing of simple ensembles with an overdose of precious jewelry.

The sari-gown at Gaurav Gupta

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Sari gowns by Gaurav Gupta

Not surprisingly, the runway reveled in the multiple versions of his signature sari-gown when Gaurav Gupta took to the stage. These figure hugging structured drapes with a touch of shimmer are a no-brainer for a cocktail party or wedding reception.

Bare backs at Manish Malhotra

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Bare backs at Manish Malhotra

It was all about deep cuts and bold bare backs at Couture Week’s closing show by Bollywood favorite Manish Malhotra.

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Deepika Padukone in a low cut blouse by Manish Malhotra

Take a cue from Malhotra and skip the demure ploy this season. We sure are!

Until next season!

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