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Best Dressed Bollywood Divas in April

Summer is at its peak, but our Bollywood stars still manage to be at their sartorial best in some of the best costumes. What’s special about the summer wardrobe is that you can experiment with lots of fresh colors and fun prints. Balance the look with minimal or no accessories, some nude makeup, casual footwear and you are all set to beat the heat with your freshness. But, if you are the bride or if you are heading for a dinner invite, you can take some cues from these sizzling actresses from Bollywood.

While our new “Baywatch” girl Priyanka Chopra was recently seen at the 102nd annual White House Correspondent’s dinner sporting an ultra-feminine gown, we also loved the beautiful rose-print lehenga that adorned the bride-to-be, Bipasha Basu on her Mehendi.

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Bipasha Mehendi

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From Priyanka to Bipasha, and from Parineeti to Sonam Kapoor we spotted these beautiful ladies making appearances in some of the super creations by well-known designers and fashion houses.

So let’s not waste any more of your time and calm your curiosity with the photos of the best dressed divas off-late.

Summer Daytime Looks

Whether you choose to wear a saree, salwar suit or western outfits, choose fabrics and style that allow your skin to breathe. Wear colors like, powder blue, baby pin, orange, lemon yellow and prints that are fresh like, floral prints. For western outfits choose shorter lengths.  Pair them with cool sunglasses, open sandals or summer sneakers.

Athiya Daywear

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Karishma Daywear

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Parineeti Daywear

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Patralekha Daywear

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Summer Casual Looks

Casual wears can even make up for a daytime event when worn in right colors, cuts and textiles (Cotton). Stock up those denim shorts, tank tops, long shrugs, short dresses, jumpsuits, or anything that makes you feel comfortable and your skin breathe.

Athiya Casual

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Bipasha Casual

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Parineeti Casual

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Sonakshi Casual

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Sonam Casual

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Summer Evening Party Look

Monochromes, metallic hues or single tones like, black, white golden, silver, and royal blue add glamor and create a soothing atmosphere in those warm summer evenings. Flaunt the plunging neck-line like Alia, the classic LBD like or a stunning silver gown like Aditi, you are sure to rock the evening party this season.

Aditi Party Manish

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Aditi Party

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Alia Party

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Athiya Party

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Deepika Party

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Kareena Party

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Shraddha Party

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Summer Bridal Looks

We simply cannot take our eyes of that Mehendi gown that bedecked the gorgeous Bengali bride-to-be Bipasha Basu, designed by Anushree Reddy. The Bengali bridal wear on the D-day by Sabyasachi was another stunner, followed with the dazzling golden number. The designer created a perfect summer wedding regalia with the subdued shades yet spectacular designs.

Bipasha Bridal

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Bipasha Reception

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6 Must-Have Nude Pieces Every Girl Needs in Her Wardrobe

So you got those nude pumps recently? Well, that may be something you just bumped in and you grabbed, but if you are an on-trend lass that is a must have for your closet. From nude lips to beige stilettos (close to your skin color), nude staples add such a sophisticated touch to your style. They make you look hip without being overdone. When in two minds or in a rush, this shade is just the right bet for you, eyes closed. A common interest for all women, nude pieces are elegant, sexy and sassy at the same time. So let’s see the six nude pieces that are a must have in your wardrobe for all you chic women.

Pumps or Stilettos

No matter what is the season and whether you are donning a pair of jeans, evening dress or a work suit a nude pump or stiletto complements your ensemble just perfectly. Even the novice in the bandwagon has at least one of these to begin with, so it’s almost a criminal injustice to your wardrobe for not filling up with one!

Nude

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Handbag or Clutch

Get over that classic black bag as the new black is the nude. Replace your usual handbag or evening clutch with something in nude and be a la mode this season. This is one color which will never go wrong or out of season, so flaunt one with much aplomb and sizzle through.

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Lip Colors

Okay, so this is one of the most loved makeup staples for all the lovey ladies. But do you have one in your collection in nude? Having one today will give you a sure edge among your adversaries. Teaming it up with a flamboyant outfit and artistic eye-makeup will instantly lift your look ten folds.

Nude Lips

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The Gorgeous Nude Dress

It is indeed time to dump that LBD and shift your loyalties to the latest vogue of the season, the gorgeous nude dresses. Perfect for that evening party sexy nude gowns or dresses  are sure to make you stand out in the crowd. So make a difference this season sporting one of these with matching but minimal accessories.

Dress

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Trench Coat

This is one trend that does not age with time. Trench coats make women appear sexy whether worn to work or as a casual wear. One of the all-purpose wear it is best suited in colors in colors such as, black, navy or nude. Make a statement this season by sporting one in nude and grab that extra attention effortelessly.

Trench Coat

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Shades or Sunglasses

Shades in nude would be the last thought that would cross anyone’s mind, but wearing one matching your skin tone can instantly transform you into that hot diva. These beauties are a must have or rather a lust have for all the women who believe in making a style statement in vogue. So grab one today (wayfarers, rounded or cat eyes) and rock the stage.

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Trends We Spotted at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 Day 4 and Grand Finale

While it was a star studded event on the Grand Finale of the Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016, the Day 4 was equally a grand event. The 4th day was highlighted with some avant-garde yet wearable designs by talented young couturiers who dared to experiment with distinctive types of fabrics. Day 5 on the other hand was a mix of glitz and glamor with the presence of Kareena Kapoor who brought the curtains down with her stunning appearance. So, let’s take a look at some of the trends we spotted at the LFW Summer Resort 2016 Day 4 and Grand Finale..

Monisha Jaising

From a mesmerizing collection of embroidered denims and embellished gowns to overalls with metallic applique and fringed separates, Monisha Jaising created magic with gold, ivory and brown.

Monisha

Masaba

Funky prints and splash of colors formed Masaba’s collection. Her range was accentuated with playful designs like Chhap Tilak, chilies, or sliced garlics on different cuts. Sizeable garbage bag pants, sarees with frills and deconstructed jackets represented her collection.

Masaba

Kunal Rawal

The menswear collection by Kunal Rawal was simply outstanding with some real good ethnic wearable on show perfect for the summer wedding. Sleek pyjamas, hand crafted Nehru jackets, crotch pants and a lots more that attracted our attention, and are a sure a must have this season.

Kunal Rawal

Shivan and Naresh

If you are fan of the renowned artist Fernand Lege, you would instantly relate to the designs by Shivan and Naresh that seeks inspiration from the artist’s work. We simply loved the use of art on neoprene lehengas, bikini saris, raindrop dresses, etc.

Sivan Naresh

Payal Khandwala

We vouch for the super wearable range by designer Payal Khandwala who treated us with her aesthetically designed collection that consisted of low waist skirts, saris layered with shirts, palazzos, geometrical jewelry, leather belts, bags and more.

Payal Khandwala

#DoubtIsOut

Bold dressing formed the concept of Ajio.com that featured wardrobe essentials for every event that you need to attend from casual afternoons, office meetings to parties. Graphic skirts, leather jackets atop saris or the belted saris the choice was endless with their debut collection.

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Saroj Jalan

Gorgeous lehengas in vibrant hues brightened up the runway for Saroj Jalan. Perfect as an Indian bridal wear, this is traditional yet something different.

Saroj Jalan

Shriya Som

Shriya Som’s line welcomes summer with fresh floral prints on pastel hues that made for a sartorial display on evening wear.

Shriya Som

Rohit Bal

The Day 5 of the fashion extravaganza was lit up with the designs of Rohit Bal and the drop dead gorgeous Kareena Kapoor Khan as is showstopper. The spectacular was represented with voluminous silhouettes in shades of gold and ivory with embellished jewel stones.

Rohit Bal

Rahul Mishra

The handcrafted line “Knots of Love” by Rahul Mishra featured bandhni saris, shirt dresses etc., along with embroidered bombers in denim, slim pants and more.

Rahul Mishra

Neeta Lulla

The celebrated designer kept as us asking more with her sartorial surprises that were a level up with edgy contours cushioned with laces and drapes exuding the ultra-feminine charm. Anarkalis paired with draped jackets or the polo shirts as crop tops, her collection was all about freeing up your bold side.

Neeta Lulla

Urvashi Joneja

Three dimensional prints or fabrics with gorgeous brocade designs, Urvashi Joneja’s collection was avant-garde creations in summer hues like, mustard, blues and moss green.

Urvashi Joneja

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Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016: Stand Out Looks From Day 2, Day3

Ti’s the season of talented designers to showcase their amazing creations and we must admit that they are doing a great job already. From Archana Rao, Huemn or Gaurang Shah on Day 2 to Nishka Lulla or or Nikhil Thampi on Day3, we have the rundown for some of the standout looks straight from the ramp.

Wendell Rodricks

The collection by Wendell Rodricks was a blend of traditional regalia like, khadi kurtas, churidars, or unique sari designs with long cape blouses to fusion numbers like dhoti- jumpsuit-sari and more.

Wendell Rodricks

Quirkbox

For Quirkbox it was not fashion, but art and they made it clear with their quirky creations in pastel shades with floral motifs and breezy fabric.

Quirkbox

Huemn

Humen gave a an ultra-chic twist to the activewear or better known as Athleisure with jewel hued velvet jackets and yes, we simply loved them.

Huemn

Gaurang Shah

Gaurang’s Calico collection refelected a touch of drama with Mughal floral motifs blended with paithani patterns. Royal sari drapes from 12 states along with gowns seeking inspiration from the Belle Epoch era, it was a mesmerizing moment on the runway.

Gaurang Shah

Archana Rao

Archana Rao’s line which she named “A petticoat” was full of ruffles, sheers, asymmetrical hemlines and clean cuts on pastel shades just perfect for th4e summers.

Archana Rao

Jayanti Reddy

While we loved the debutante designer Jayanti Reddy’s collection that exuded royal elegance with vegetable dye print. With a fusion of traditional and contemporary silhouettes, and a gorgeous showstopper like Aditi Rao Hyadri her collection was indeed an overhang.

Jayanti Reddy

Sneha Arora

“Find your wild” line by Sneha Arora was all about apparels with comfort fit, pastel tones and knee length breezy cotton jackets that perfectly complimented the summers.

Sneha Arora

Nikhil Thampi

Nikhil Thampi gave us some tips on boardroom fashion with his trend in collaboration with Lakme Salon. While the designer fascinated us with fitted trousers, paneled hems and blazers with a touch of metal here and there, makeup by Lakme experts with shimmery lips, hair braids and the funky nail arts sure kept us eyes hooked on the ramp till the end.

Nikhil Thampi

Nishka Lulla

Take a cue from Nishka Lulla on how to transform nerdy fashion to a different level by playing with floral prints on crop tops and the in-style palazzos on pastel shades of blue and peach.

Nishka Lulla

Anita Dongre

Whether the printed lehengas with front slit kurtas, draped duppattas or the ethnic kurtas and the custom-fit patialas for the menswear, Anita Dongre’s collection was resplendent as usual.

Anita Dongre

Payal Singhal

Summer collection takes on with Payal Singhal’s collection which was depicted with plenty of floral motifs on ethnic attires like, saris, lehengas and anarkalis, and also on the indo-western fusion coverings like the skirts with churidars underneath and jumpsuits in metallic silver.

Payal Singhal

Amit Aggarwal

Voluminous silhouettes seeking inspiration from Magma played up with neon, greys and earthy tones with surface and form made for the Amit Aggarwal’s splendid collection.

Amit Aggarwal

Urvashi Kaur

Graphic block prints make a comeback with Urvashi’s collection that formed the surface for the culottes, jumpsuits and separates. Designs on mulmul with clamp dyeing techniques perfectly balanced her creations with shibori patterns and the linens.

Urvashi Kaur

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Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 Opening Day: Arjun Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez Walk for Manish Malhotra’s Summer Bride

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The much awaited Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort opened on Wednesday with the Summer Bride collection of none other than the fashion maestro, Manish Malhotra. The opening show was a Bollywood studded event with stars like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jaqueline Fernandez and Arjun Kapoor turning show stoppers for the celebrated fashion designer.

BollywoodHis summer specific collection “Elements” is all about soft fabrics that are candidly bridal. Models walked for 70 different drapes on the ramp that sought inspiration from earth, water, wind and flame. Whether you are the bride or the one in the bridal party, the collection offered something for everyone with a flurry of ethnic options (Malhotra is known for) that ranged from saris, lehengas, cocktail dresses to gowns.

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We simply loved the crepes, tussars and the organzas used in the creations woven with intricate embroidery that glittered with salli sequins, and jeweled flowers that reflected his craftsmanship and prowess far superior than his recently launched fabric focused “Regal Threads” line. The summery hues of powder blue, blush pink, nude or grey accentuated the elegance of the entire collection. It was a dreamy and fascinating collection in pastel shades that makes for a perfect bridal party wear this season.

While we couldn’t take our eyes off the traditional Indian silhouettes blended on contemporary material, a  sharply tailored menswear collection by Malhotra in shades of mint, blue, salmon, grey and ivory also won our applauds.

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And, as a Manish Malhotra show could not be complete without his Bollywood clients, we witnessed a starry night once more with his celebrity muses from the upcoming movie “Ki and Ka” Arjun Kapoor (in a dark blue traditional sherwani paired with a silver jacket) and Kareena Kapoor. But, we must admit that the star that took our breath away was Jacqueline Fernandez who looked resplaendant in a glittery silver cocktail gown. Other celebs like, Nita Ambani, Farah Khan, Dia Mirza, Shriya Saran, Sophie Choudry were among others who were also seen walking for the fashion maestro.

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The five-day long fashion extravaganza, Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 will continue till April 3 with around 90 fashion designers set to showcase their creations. Some of the prominent designers among them would be Anita Dongre, Neeta Lulla, Masaba Gupta, Nikhil Thampi and others.

10 Ruling Fashion Designers You Should Know About Now!

From the veteran designer Ritu Kumar to the fashion maestro Manish Malhotra or the new crop of fashion designers like Masaba, Indian fashion scene is abuzz with talent. Whether traditional or western, they have been weaving magic with their designs years on and raised India to the international platform. Today Indian fashion is recognized globally with the help of these 10 indian fashion designers that you should know now!

Manish Malhotra

10 Indian Fashion Designers You Should Know:Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra commands respect even in the international circles with mere mention of his name. The London born Mumbai lad started off as a model in his early career from where he eventually emerged as one of the icons in the world of fashion designing.He is still the most sought after costume designer for Bollywood known for his penchant for presenting a blend of traditional texture or silhouettes with present-day style.

Manish Arora

10 Indian Fashion Designers You Should Know:Manish Arora

Manish Arora

Manish Arora belongs to the pioneer designers who showcased his creations internationally. He launched his label back in 1997 which earned accolades at its official introduction at the London Fashion Week in 2005. His show at the Paris Fashion Week in 2007 earned him further acclamation while the French Federation of Pret-a-Porter invited him for his exceptional talent. Arora is known for playing with colors and patterns in all his outfits which reflect contemporary angles on a traditional base.

Ritu Kumar

10 Indian Fashion Designers You Should Know:Ritu Kumar

Ritu Kumar

One of the pioneers in the fashion industry, this veteran designer has come a long way since 1969. The lady has started from a compact studio in the Kolkata suburbs to 27 branches spread all over the country! Kumar is known for her aesthetic use of Indian crafts with the right mix of fabric and finally produce a master-piece that looks every bit traditional even with the contemporary touch.

Rina Dhaka

10 Indian Fashion Designers You Should Know:Rina Dhaka

Rina Dhaka

Rina Dhaka has earned her status by creating outfits that exhibit Victorian look with a modern edge. Her couture may involve minimal embellishments, but they still look so rich and elegant based on her designs. Dhaka is one of the designers who show her fascination for different shades like beige or brown in her creations.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

10 Indian Fashion Designers You Should Know:Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

An NIFT graduate from Delhi in 1999, the Kolkata based talentSabyasachi Mukherjeemade his way to the world of fashion by winning the title of Most Outstanding Young Designer in India in 2001. With many eminent awards under his belt, Mukherjee is today known for his designs that display ethnicity mixed with international trend, patchworks and rich embroidery.

Tarun Tahiliani

10 Indian Fashion Designers You Should Know:Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani

He can proudly claim to be the first Indian designer who showcased his creations at the iconic Milan Fashion Week. TarunTahiliani established his widely acclaimed boutique “Ensemble” in 1987. His style boasts of cuts and patterns inspired from Italian fashion which he skillfully blends with traditional Indian craft.

Payal Singhal

10 Indian Fashion Designers You Should Know:Payal Singhal

Payal Singhal

There was no looking back for this bunch of talent, PayalSinghal, after she won the title of Designer of the Year by Shopper’s Stop when she was just 15. She established her designer label under her name in 1999 which creates custom made designs along with off-the-rack designs. Her creations exhibit confidence with the hint of South Asian touch.

Bibhu Mohapatra

10 Indian Fashion Designers You Should Know:Bibhu Mohapatra

Bibhu Mohapatra

Known for his inclination towards evening dresses, BibhuMohapatra can transform a woman into her best lady-like form that she can ever imagine. He found his passion in designing after he moved to USA and decided to move over from studying economics to designing from the eminent Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Mohapatra has recently even designed for the First Lady Michelle Obama.

Kanika Goyal

10 Indian Fashion Designers You Should Know:Kanika Goyal

Kanika Goyal

An emerging talent, KanikaGoyal debuted at the LakmeFahion Week this year with her collection “Creatures of the Night”. Goyal graduated from the NIFT Delhi and from Parsons School of Design in New York, post which she interned with the likes of BibhuMohapatra and Marchesa. Her creations are the perfect fusion of downtown modern and class with intricate cuts and fabrics.

Masaba Gupta

10 Indian Fashion Designers You Should Know:Masaba Gupta

Masaba Gupta

This young designer launched her self-titled label “Masaba” the same year she graduated from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai that is, in 2009. She will be introduced as one of the upcoming designers at the Lakme Fashion Week Gen Next edition. Her creations reflect Indian tradition carefully mixed with a chic outlook balanced by bright colors and supported by lightweight texture.

Flashback: 10 Trends Spotted at the Lakme Fashion Week 2015

The Lakme Fashion Week or the best called LFW Summer/Resort 2015 still lingers fresh in our memory. One of the most coveted fashion weeks in India features the best designs by some of the best designers in the business. However, the earlier seasons witnessed many styles that went over the top, and not all designs were tailored for the regular women. They looked more suited for the models walking the runway. The LFW 2015 got a refreshing change with more designers focusing on silhouettes that complimented all women alike and thereby giving rise to some new trends. So, before the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016 takes off on March 30, let’s take a look at the 10 trends spotted at the Lakme Fashion Week 2015 that we simply loved.

Suits all the way
10 Takeaways from Lakme Fashion Week 2015:suits all the way

suits all the way 

Smart pant suits with fine cuts formed an androgynous look on the runway. Keep that sassy look for those casual outings by wearing the blazer on its own (Huemn), and paired with a trouser or hot pants (Urvashi Joneja).
Wear them in stripes, sultry off-shoulders or bright pastel colors and abstract prints, pant suits make your persona stand out without much effort.
The Sporty fashion
10 Takeaways from Lakme Fashion Week 2015:sporty fashion

sporty fashion 

An athletic appearance is not just reserved for the boys, but it makes even the daintiest of girl call for attention with the masculine cuts.
Shikha and Vinita created this magnificent piece, Ilk, which is a combination of sweatshirt and dress imparting that ultra-feminine look at the same time.
Just the color of the season
10 Takeaways from Lakme Fashion Week 2015:Just the colour of the season

Just the colour of the season 

Come summers and you are in the mood to brighten up that dull day with a splash of bright colors. What better than orange to do it, and in a texture that not just let you breathe, but also flaunt your thinner frame just the right way!
We love this Pallavi Singh creation that flatters your frail bod perfectly.

Sheer Panels

10 Takeaways from Lakme Fashion Week 2015:Sheer panels

Sheer panels 

Sheer has been around for quite some time and we are certainly not letting the fashion go so soon. Arpita Mehta and Asmita Marwa show exactly how there’s a lot that we can experiment with the peek-a-boo fashion teamed up smartly with layering.
Throw a sheer crop top on a spaghetti top over a sheer palazzo and rock the stage!

Embroidery Galore

10 Takeaways from Lakme Fashion Week 2015:Embroidery galore

Embroidery galore 

Up for a semi-formal do? Simply slip into that simple Sabyasachi couture highlighted with intricate embroidery.
Pair them with platforms in solid colors and minimal accessories to reveal the glamorous you.

Cape tops

10 Takeaways from Lakme Fashion Week 2015:cape tops

cape tops 

Cape tops aren’t new, but what’s new here is the sheer paneling. Throw it on a tank top and you are all ready to dazzle through.
We oh so want this Urvashi Joneja creation with fine cuts and that forms a jacket on pants.

Fascinating Separates

10 Takeaways from Lakme Fashion Week 2015:fascinating separates

fascinating separates 

Karishma Shahan Khan displayed her exceptional designing abilities with this creation. The separates are remarkable with a mix of bright colors on a white base.
Perfect for a casual event this art of layering definitely gives you that individuality in a crowd.

Go Traditional

10 Takeaways from Lakme Fashion Week 2015:Go traditional

Go traditional 

Wondering how a sari can give that unique touch to your style quotient? Well, this timeless fashion will remain a trendsetter among all generation with its versatility. Wear them on a formal or a casual event; just keep the texture in mind to go with.
This one by Vaishali S compliments all women alike. Pair it with a trendy blouse and you are all set to catch all eyes.

Belt it right

10 Takeaways from Lakme Fashion Week 2015:belt it right

belt it right 

Skirts, trousers or even gowns, accept it that belts are in. They are in vogue so much so that Nikhil Thampi thought of clinching your gown too!
And, we must say that we like the trend with equal frenzy.

Comfort in Vogue

10 Takeaways from Lakme Fashion Week 2015:comfort in vogue

comfort in vogue 

Sneakers are sneaking in with much aplomb, and from models to the regular women everyone wants a pair. Pair them with your jeans, skirts or even knee length dresses; they are sure to flaunt your pins.

Grand Finale: Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2016

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The Grand Finale of the five day fashion spectacular, the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2016 based on “India Modern” theme showcased creations of nine ace fashion designers which included names like, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Anju Modi. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi witnessed a motley of some fine creations by these talented designers.

AIFW Finale

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The whole idea was to exhibit the correlation of fashion with the spirit of times and with the vision of a sartorial modern India as it maintains it rich heritage through the classic weaves and craftsmanship. Day 5 was all about unique styles and cuts. So let’s take a quick roundup of the super creations by the nine stalwart designers.

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Rajesh Pratap Singh

Taking a cue from his Gold Rush collection, the veteran designer Rajesh Pratap Singh gave us garments in midnight blue with handprinted gold motifs. His designs introduced us to fine zardozi work linear silhouettes and a style that was inspired from the Pichwai painting technique of Rajasthan. We also loved the concept of long jackets with pants, the fluid shapes and sleek patterns.

Rahul Mishra

We must say that we simply loved Rahul Mishra’s creations which seemed to be inspired from his own collection at the Paris Fashion Week. The use of plenty of motifs on long flowing skirts, Khadi evening gowns that was a sight to behold with those flower motifs.

Anju Modi

Anju Modi stayed loyal to her signature work of intricate embroidery on rich hues that reelected the royal charm. Her creations continued with the dazzling mirror work, block printing and gorgeous zardozi on the quintessential anarkalis, lehengas and on the modern yet traditional asymmetrical skirts.

Abraham and Thakore

The eternal ghagra cholis took a contemporary twist with intriguing hoods attached created by the duo David Abraham and Rajesh Thakore for their collection, Shimmer. We especially loved the use of gold and dust spread along the couture. They transformed the traditional Gujarati kedia into modern silhouettes that gathered all the applauds.

Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna

While the designer duo Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna focused on tie-and-dye collection for women that featured trendy jackets paired with trousers and skirts, they also men’s regalia in combination of red and beige.

Samant Chauhan

Samant Chauhan’s line was all about lengthy dresses in shades of grey that were highlighted with fine embroidery on flared silhouettes and asymmetrical hemlines.

Pankaj and Nidhi

For Pankaj and Nidhi it was all about orange and pink shades that brightened up the ultra-feminine fishtail dresses. The look was balanced with funky hair streaks in the same hues of pink and orange.

Amit Aggarwal

Sheer ruffles and clear peplums formed the futuristic collection of Amit Aggarwal that had that ethnic touch and yet so contemporary. The lace defined ensembles in vibrant shades like, orange, red and blue are oh so trendy.

Aneeth Arora

For Aneeth Arora it was more of traditional approach with fabrics woven in Benarasi and Chanderi technique enhanced with block printing on maxi dresses.

Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2016 Day 3, Day 4

While the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter concluded its five day long fashion extravaganza this week, it left behind some super trends and awesome creations to cherish. Whether it’s the dapper dresses for the menswear collection, comfort wear, structured silhouettes or the layered, there was something for everyone. It was all about celebrating freshness and crafts with a blend of traditional and contemporary.


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Coming to the Day 3 of the AIFW, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium dazzled with the menswear collections which was a sartorial splendor by three designers. While Ujjwal Dubey (Kolkata) showcased a fusion of structured fittings and drapes with dhoti style trousers, the designs by Divyam Mehta on the other hand were in earthy tones with block printing, kantha work or shibori designs balanced with bandhgalas, and samurai pants that signified the contemporary globe trotter. For Rohit Kamra, it was more about fitted bandhgala suits and traditional jackets.

Menswear

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The second half of the show witnessed some relaxing creations by JJ Valaya with classic Kurtas, Manak Singh with Sikh inspired couture, Rohit Bal with his dazzling Vampire collection, Troy Costa label that dressed up the Kabaddi League players with tailored suits, while Rahul Khanna and Rohit Gandhi showcased their collection of draped aprons and kurta shirts paired with black and white separates.

Mens Wear

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We witnessed a spectacular evening with Anupama Dayal’s Anupamaa line that showcased a collection with Nagaland’s tribal elements. while her prints were inspired from the wild, the off-shoulder blouses or the Khadi cotton dresses mesmerized as well. While there were plenty of new generation designers who displayed their creations on the Day 4 of the AIFW 2016 event, it was the showstoppers Malaika Arora Khan and Athiya Shetty who stole the show.

Anupama

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The curvaceous Malaika walked for Mandira Wirk’s collection titled Romancing Rococo that reflected ultra-feminine refined style. Athiya on the other hand walked the ramp for designer Namrata Joshipura in a black bodysuit which she carried with quite aplomb and must we say that simply dazzled in this sexy yet classy attire.

Namrata Joshipura focused more on fringe detailing, gleaming hats, dresses with botanical prints and luxe red jumpsuits. We were quite amused with the return of gingham checks by Aneeth Arora on khadi trousers or dresses, while the embroidered khadi blouses, recycled woven tops, wool dresses or the reversible jackets caught our attention too. Elegant geometric patterns and flowers filled Nikita Mahajan’s rose and ivory regalia made of handcrafted laces. We love the sequined detailing interwoven with pearls though.

Nikki

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From pre-draped saris and constructed palazzos to layered anarkalis Mandira Wirk’s designs was all about flowing silhouettes, sheer fabrics and flattering cuts in shades of gold, black, beige and ivory. Ashima Leena’s collection reflected the rich work on Persian carpets that adorned the fluid silhouettes. Appliques, prints and playful feathers all over on earthy hues like, mustard or olive green highlighted out the Persian culture perfectly.  Sari took a contemporary turn with Anavila’s creations, while we witnessed layering of the traditional Indian attire with cardigans which were decked up by 3D embroidered flowers. Pleated underskirts with floral prints and bell sleeves also accentuated these unique creations.

Mandra

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We loved the comfy look by Eka which was more of polka dots matched with palazzos, checkered regalia in warm tones that signified a more cozy winter wear collection. For Bodice it was rediscovering the traditional wardrobe through the contemporary and fabulous fabrics. Soft silhouettes, oversized drapes, waist pleats and woolen work formed the designs. Lovebirds showcased their penchant for color blocks in reds, greys, black and more that formed their winter collection. Woolen layering, midi dresses and the robe coats were simply the attention grabbers of the evening.

Eka1

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Pointilism painting technique and rib paneling was the highlight of the ILK collection by Shikha and Vinita. The sartorial cocoon coats, transformed saris, opaque textiles and candy blues were all so serene yet fashionable. Leather bralets with fringe detailing, elegant forms of easygoing formal and casual attires, kangaroo print cloaks or the Kurtas in mellowed hues perfectly highlighted the concept of the collection Ikai by Ragini Ahuja.

Shikha

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While you browse through those fantastic creations by the talented pool of designers, we will be back with the Amazon India’s final day roundup soon.

Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2016 – Day 1 & Day 2

The Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter took off in style with some link to the previous season. While the gala show at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium had almost the same outdoor decor as the earlier season, even the color schemes appeared identical for many designers with gold, red, silver, grey, black and brown visible in the autumn-winter 2016 collection creations.

Day 1

Varun Bahl

Having said that, the 5-day fashion extravaganza was opened by the celebrated designer Varun Bahl as anticipated, with his collection “Nocturne”. Known for his penchant towards intermingling traditional hand embroidery with modern silhouettes, the Delhi based designer kept his essence alive with flora and fauna prints with that added bling on flattering riffles and pleated cover-ups. Oh! We noticed those lovely glossy loafers too!

Varun Bahl

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Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta uncovered his offbeat concept of “zero waste” with his dark and deep creation “Melt”. While we loved the idea of draping the entire stretch of the apparel in one fabric forming glamorous gowns and drapes, we were also smitten with his idea of blending Merino wool with steel and silks on his trademark handcrafted and engineered fabrics. The silks from the collection “Mumuksha” were gorgeous (tussar silk and silk zari) that formed the oh! so lovey sheers, steel jackets and what not.

Gaurav Gupta

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Kiran Uttam Ghosh

Coming from the expert designer Kiran Uttam Ghosh, her collection “Silver” was an enchanting watch with metallic shaded garments, and soft silhouettes with fine embroidery. Taking inspiration from the jewelry patterns that transformed into metallic shaded fabrics draped over the shoulder, spoke maximalism.

Kiran Uttam Ghosh

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Shantanu and Nikhil

Ruffled gown with classy drapes formed that majestic aura with a polished and powerful note for Shantanu and Nikhil. Royal and the yet glamorous collection of the designer duo spoke volumes about the grand history and the power of time.

Shantanu and Nikhil

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Pallavi Mohan

Designer Pallavi Mohan of the “Note So Serious” brand exhibited a breezy appeal with her wintery wardrobe for those chilly nights. We loved the charcoal shades from her collection “Synthesis” on laser styled leather pieces with lattice work.

Pallavi Mohan

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Hemant and Nandita

Hemant and Nandita weaved the gothic charm based on contemporary philosophy that reflected the perfect blend of vintage ideas and modern silhouettes. While they maintained their heavy fall of the fabric with the right balance of metallic shades, we also gaped at the breathtaking fur lined coats, lace up boots, from their luxurious boho range “A Dark Enchantress” in vibrant colors like, gold copper, midnight blues and brown.

FHeamnt and Nandita

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Day 2

Rajesh Pratap Singh

Gold splashed all over with Rajesh Pratap Singh’s new collection “Gold Rush” that added that shine to the structured fabrics. He stylishly blended the shine with white or printed apparels and left us awestruck as usual with his artistic take on the metallic hue.

Rajesh Pratap Singh

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Samant Chauhan

Silk was at its best with Samant Chauhan’s creations and we must modestly admit that his collection silk route was among the best in the evening. We witnessed some beautiful show of Bhagalpuri and cotton silk in his trademark A line silhouettes in neutral shades elegantly depicting the Rajputana art and culture.

Samant Chauhan

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Malini Ramani

Malini Ramani stayed loyal to her tribal costumes and neutral tones. We simply loved her idea of embellished shirts paired with flared pants, and the intriguing silk and chiffon Sarees with high-low hemlines from her Supernova collection.

Malini Ramani

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Kanika Saluja

Taking hints from the Victorian epoch, the Annaika collection by Kanika Saluja was a visual extravaganza that featured leather detailing with lock and stitch and presented by her showstopper Shriya Saran. We quite loved Saluja’s menswear line as well.

Kanika Saluja

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Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre continued to carry the torch for the earthy palettes on contemporary separates like, shirt dresses, bomber jackets and shifts with her collection Grassroot. The runway was alight with her nature inspired prints blended with some ingenious layering.

Anita Dongre

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Viral, Ashish and Vikrant

Inspired from the Mughal elegance and carrying the idiosyncrasies of Gujarat, the Mashru collection by Virtues by Viral, Ashish and Vikrant was a clear colorful tribute to the native state. We could not help but simply admire the exquisite lehengas and sherwanis balanced with royal accessories.

Viral,Ashish,Vikrant

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