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8 Trends for the Festive Season

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The festive season always brings in a tremendous amount of pressure on the urban woman in respect to the uber perfect wardrobe they are expected to have year after year. As we have observed in the last couple of years, staying significantly “on-trend” has become a massive part of our schedule as the age of technology progresses.

The variations in the Festive Trends for 2016 can cater to each and every woman’s personal style.

Defying the customs for the festive palette, we see steady rise among the ivories and the season’s favourite fresh pastels. Having said that, we also have some stand-out bold colors that made their way straight from the runway – for example the color Coffee Maroon or the inevitable Earthy Rust has a steady hold over the festive palette this year.colors

The use of shimmer has also made the festive look “oh-so-blingy”! Designers didn’t shy away from the going all-out bling and we sure couldn’t be happier! Talking about bling, we also see a lot of bejewelled headbands and stone-cut accessories working their charm this festive season.Bling.png

Gotapatti is a definite hero for this year’s festivities! Anita Dongre’s collection gave us a sneak peak into a world where contemporary silhouettes meet the traditional gota.
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For a more relaxed look, we encourage you to opt for bohemian inspired tie & dye styles in shades of indigo and rust – as seen on the Ka-Sha runway.
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Androgyny has picked up in a large way and we see unconventional pairings on the runway like a straight-cut brocade shirt with exaggerated pop-color lehengas. Blouses have been replaced by cropped shirts and sarees are being paired with exquisite brocade blazers.
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 Manish Malhotra introduced some elaborate floor-length capes over delicately embroidered sarees, which can be a complete showstopper look for your “grand-diwali” appearance. The cape trend is definitely here to stay when it comes to ethnicwear – we saw a variation of lehengas paired with capes ruling the runways for a number of designers.capes

Florals have become a classic these days and it’s definitely hard to rule it out any season. However, this time we see an influx in the use of vintage inspired botanical-floral motifs that transform you to another era.florals.png

Another trend that you cannot escape is the Cold Shoulder. It’s everywhere, literally!!! Blouses, Cholis, Gowns and Kurtas – give it a special edge with cut-out-shoulders!cold shoulders.png

Top it off with some easy victorian updos with some added floral details, and you’re all set!hairstyles

We are super inspired! Are you?

India Couture Week 2016

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Indian Couture Week 2016 left us awestruck! A magical feast for you eyes, it was all about exaggerated weaves and hand-crafted couture for those 5 days.

Showcasing the latest trends in apparel, eminent designers like – Gaurav Gupta, Rohit Bal, Varun Bahl, Rahul Mishra, Manav Gangwani, Manish Malhotra, Anita Dongre and Anamika Khanna  – presented some eclectic designs that are sure to leave you spellbound.

Here’s a sneak peek into the best designs showcased at the show —

GAURAV GUPTA‘s “Scape Song”
It was time to experience new-age, progressive designs. The designer aptly melded unusual silhouettes with fluid drapes. The models paraded on the ramp in thigh-high cutout structured gowns with gold embellished sequin strips all over. A much needed dash of shimmer on pastel hued outfits were in spotlight, along with some Spanish ruffles!
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ROHIT BAL‘s “KEHKASHAAN – The Return of the Opulence
The designer was inspired by the grandeur of the Czarist Regime of Russia. Models glided down the runway in lehengas with cape jackets, anarkalis with robes and bandhgalas over jodhpuris. The headgears adorned by the models couldn’t be missed. Male models looked fiercely grand in embroidered ethnic wear with hand carved walking canes which took us back in time to the era of the royals.
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REYNU TANDON‘s “Kamangari
Giving ethnic wear a modern twist, Reynu Tandon was all about East meets West with her swirling lehengas which evoked a spirit of royalty and glamour. Showstopper Divya Khosla Kumar made a graceful entry in a heavily embroidered red lehenga with a layered rani-haar.
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VARUN BAHL‘s “Vintage Garden
Sheer blouses boasting varied degrees of opacity were seen on the runway during Bahl’s show. Floral motifs were seen on net fabric, which was the most dominant fabric in the collection. These motifs added decadence and made the collection look visually delightful. Models fluttered on the runway adorning embellished headbands, which was the perfect finishing touch for an updo that added a touch of sparkle. For men, Varun created attractive Achkans and Nehru jackets.
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RAHUL MISHRA‘s “Monsoon Diaries
At Rahul Mishra, hand-done embroidery wove a tale of monsoon-inspired motifs including “chintz-esque” florals and beautifully crafted peacocks. Having never been a big fan of colour, Mishra continued to take his white baton forward with creams, ivories, delicate golds along with indigos and blacks for contrast. He paired peplum-style blouses with floral embroidered sarees. With artworks inspired by delicate flora of monsoons, he also designed lehengas for the modern-day bride.
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RIMPLE & HARPREET NARULA‘s “Hiraeth
Highlighting the Islamic architecture, this designer duo played with lush drapes and beautiful designs for their collection. Showstopper Yami Gautam walked the ramp in a prussian blue lehenga detailed with Islamic architectural monuments, topped off with a delicate sheer embroidered dupatta. Their classic combination of white and gold, along with tans, beiges and dull creams are not only for the brides, but also for the grooms.
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MANAV GANGWANI‘s “Begum-E-Jannat
Effortlessly capturing the Mughal era in his creations, master couturier Manav Gangwani put together extravagant handcrafted outfits that certainly couldn’t miss our attention. The Queen of Bollywood Kangana Ranaut played a perfect muse in a red embellished off-shoulder Lehenga. Mirrorwork remains a bridalwear staple and made it to Manav’s couture.
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ANAMIKA KHANNA‘s “When Time Stood Still
When you do it the Anamika Khanna way, it has to be exquisite. The ivories came in quick succession along with romantic rose hues and sneaky shades of yellow. Considering she wanted to add a fantastical mood to her collection, the choice of muted hues seemed apt. Dramatic shrugs and capes lent a glamorous edge to the ensembles.
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ANITA DONGRE‘s “Epic Love
The collection opens on a free-spirited, lighter note with chintz-inspired printed lehengas that are teamed with Bohemian blouses, which marks the designer’s debut into the world of couture. The designer’s signature gotapatti work breathes life onto the prints. The classic Indian styles blend seamlessly with contemporary long, column tabards which give the wearer a beautiful illusion of height. The beauty of this collection lies in its versatility – the Bohemian gypsy tops can be paired with printed lehengas just as beautifully as it would go with a pair of silk pants.
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MANISH MALHOTRA‘s “The Persian Story
The ace designer showcased a bridal collection that had heavily and intricately embroidered lehengas, sarees and gowns. The color palette included dull golds, midnight blues and deep reds. Keeping in trend with the off shoulder trend, the designer infused a sense of youthfulness to the traditional looks. Malhotra went back to the vintage techniques of couching and embroidering velvet with Dabka to bring an old-worldly opulence to his pieces.
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TARUN TAHILIANI‘s “The Last Dance of the Courtesan
The collection is a tribute and acknowledgement to the highest bastions of culture, poetry, dance and finesse, along with the finery of courtesans. The collection explores the possibility of a wearable lightness of being for the contemporary diva, with inspirations drawn from the finery of the courtesans. Invoking sophisticated seduction and lending an elegant luxury is the colour palette, predominated by shades of romantic pastels in beige, blush pink, peaches, jade and ivory. Precisely paneled jackets, dreamy voluminous skirts, concept-sarees and statement lehengas are uplifted by opals, pearls and other crystals.
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Top 6 Collections at LFW Spring/Resort ’16

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Here are our Favourite collections from Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2016!

 

ANITA DONGRE Anita-dongre

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ROHIT BAL
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JAYANTI REDDYJayanti-Reddy-2

NISHKA LULLA
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Which was your Favourite Collection from LFW this Season?

Let us know in the Comments section!

 

 

 

 

5 Trends from Amazon India Fashion Week 16′

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The much awaited 5 days of the Amazon India Fashion Week have come to an end and it’s time to sum up our learnings from this year’s Fashion Week.

Fashion week always means a potpourri of art, culture and lifestyle with fashion, of course this year was no different. Amidst all that hustle-bustle of the models, designers and their crews, we managed to summarize this Winter’s top trends so keep reading girlies 🙂

ROMANCE WITH LACE

Designers Shantanu & Nikhil did some serious Trendsetting with their range of Vintage Lace apparel. With heavy drapes and silhouettes which spell Romance, this collection was definitely one of our favourites! shantanu-nikhil

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COMFORTABLE IN YOUR SKIN

This year is majorly about those anti-fit silhouttes and the concept of comfort dressing. We spotted some beautiful styles in Malini Ramani’s collection for Bodice, no defining lines or clinging waists – we loved how the designer played around with straight and flared lines for that relaxed appeal.

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Bodice by Malini Ramani

ANDROGYNY LOVERS

Strong, boxy lines inspired from Menswear took over the Runway and how! Fabric selections were made keeping the inspiration in mind hence we see a lot of Menswear suiting fabrics which in-turn shape the concept of Androgynous clothes for women. We loved how Rajesh Pratap Singh nailed the art of the Pantsuit!

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Rajesh Pratap Singh

LAYER IT UP

With winter comes the inevitable theory of Layering! Pankaj & Nidhi bowled us over with their range of layered ensembles which had this brilliant surface texture that just made it one of the best layered collections!

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Pankaj & Nidhi

INTRODUCING ATH-LEISURE

As the name suggests, this is all about the juxtaposition of Athletic wear with Leisure wear. Designer Sanchita showcased an ath-leisure collection by using sports wear detailing and combining them with traditional silhouettes. It was quite a winner!

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Sanchita

The fashion week fun might be over but we are surely left with some impeccable trends that will get us through the Winter of 2016!

Image Coustesy – The Indian Express

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