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Luxemi guide: How to wear clashing prints

 

Sonam Kapoor wears clashing prints by Rohit Bal at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

Sonam Kapoor for Rohit Bal at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

While your closet may boast an overdose of statement prints, it’s no longer enough to grab eyeballs and move to the top of fashion charts. So what’s guaranteed to get you noticed? Pairing clashing prints together. We’ve been crushing on this fashion forward style for a few seasons now, which is a great way to inject some spunk to your Indian wear.

Jyotsna Tiwari lehenga at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

This Jyotsna Tiwari lehenga mixes two kinds of florals

We love teaming a sari or lehenga with a contrasting print blouse. Throwing on a clashing dupatta over that salwar or lehenga gets our vote too. Go a step further and opt for accessories, especially clutches in prints that will stand out.

Sari with clashing print blouse by Aarti Vijay Gupta LFW SR '13

Aarti Vijay Gupta shows you how to work a sari with a clashing print blouse at her Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort ’13 show

But the trend is not for the fashionably faint-hearted and can be tricky to say the least. So to help you get it right, we roped in Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013’sGen-Next designers to dish out the ultimate tips.

Aimen Agha & Armaan Randhawa:

  •   “Mix black and white Madhubani hand prints with colorful bandhej for a stunning look.
  •  Kalamkari intricate paisley prints mixed with geometric stripes, checks and Aztec prints of similar tones look gorgeous together.
  • Never use big polka dots or bold big motifs with intricate smaller prints.
  • Don’t mix different base fabrics like silks with cottons. Together they don’t give a smooth look.”               

 Rixi Bhatia & Jayesh Sachdeva:

  • “Mix prints, but always offset it with solid colored tones. The prints should work well together in terms of a story. Different kinds of floral prints go together and geometric works with abstract.
  • Keep the accessories subtle and minimal. Your prints are the key element and too many accessories will clash with it, leading to a messy look.
  • Don’t buy a garment just because you like the print. The silhouette is equally important.
  • Don’t match your clothes and accessories with the same print. Wear printed accessories with solid colour outfits and vice-versa.”

Aditi Holani:

  • “Don’t be afraid to combine an eccentric mix of prints from different families like floral, abstract and stripes.
  • If the print is elaborate, use subtle colors. Keep the prints simpler with loud neon colors.
  • Don’t combine two big prints, it looks very busy.”
Blake Lively wearing stripes and florals together in an episode for Gossip Girl

Aditi Holani advises mixing prints from different families. Blake Lively owns the look in a Gossip Girl episode.

 Nitin Chawla:

  • Mix prints of same color family (for e.g. grey and black, yellow and orange) and combine patterns of different densities and sizes. While one can become the focus point, the other can complement it.
  • Balance and scale is the key. Small prints are a better option for those who are petite. Whereas for larger body frames, both small and big prints work well.
  • Mixing too many prints at the same time is a no-no. Not more than two prints should be mixed at one time.”

Pronoy Kapoor:

  • “Pair geometric and abstract prints together. For this, one must choose neutral and earthy tones. Add a hint of glitter for a festive vibe.
  • Since neon colors are in, one could mix traditional prints available in these hues. Also try and throw in some solid block colors for the perfect look.”

So go on, embrace this trend and work it at your next traditional do. With Luxemi’s fail proof guide, this one is bound to be a breeze!

By Praachi Raniwala for Luxemi

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3 Ways to Wear a Crop Top

With warmer temperatures comes higher hemlines. And we’re not just talking about your pants and skirts.

Crop tops are making a comeback from their 90s heyday. This isn’t a look for the timid, but if you’re willing to experiment, the crop top promises some va-va-voom for your spring wardrobe. Poppin’ trendsetters like Miley Cyrus and Diane Kruger have stepped out in this trend, and you can too!

And here’s a novel idea: we’re thinking our sari blouses are so gorgeous, why limit them to your special events? Get some extra use out of ’em and put an ethnic flair on this trend for something equal parts chic and head-turning. Luxemi has shared tips in the past for how to pull this look off, but here’s some fresh inspiration and advice.

TIP 1: BLAZE SOME TRAILS WITH A BLAZER.

Button up that blazer if you're feeling some chills, or let it hang carelessly open for some sass.

Button up that blazer if you’re feeling some chills, or let it hang carelessly open for some sass.

Yes, that workplace staple is a savior come sundown. Whether it’s happy hour or a date with that special someone, err on the side of sophistication with a simple blazer and jeans. Alternate ideas: a shawl or well-tied scarf can be a trendy, unique take on this look.

TIP 2: OPPOSITES ATTRACT.

Get some extra mileage with slouchy clothing partners.

Get some extra mileage with slouchy clothing partners.

You’ve got tons of choices when pairing tops with potential bottoms, but aim to not overexpose with a mini-skirt or your skimpiest shorts. A little coverage goes a long way in being sexy without looking like you’re going to a rave. This might be a good time to pull out those MC Hammer pants you can’t get rid of or those slouchy gauchos. P.S.: Fitted crop tops couple beautifully with baggier pieces. Just ask Miley.

TIP 3: WHICH WAY TO THE GUN SHOW?

Doutzen Kroes knows how to do it: enough skin to scintillate without getting scandalous.

Doutzen Kroes knows how to do it: enough skin to scintillate without getting scandalous.

As in: check out your arms. If you have a sleeve on that crop top, you can afford to go higher on your hemline. Shorter sleeves means a maxi can be your go-to. Think balance: you’re cutting hemlines on one piece, so consider lowering the other.

Here are a few pieces we’re keeping in mind for our next night out. Search “blouses” at luxemi.com for a complete selection of blouses for your next saree and/or soiree!

Images courtesy of Glamour Magazine and StyleBistro.

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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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