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Summer 2014 desi Fashion

For desis living outside of India, the best way of keeping in touch with what's trending with respect to desi fashion is to follow the fashion shows by top designers back in India. Of course, a short trip to India is what updates most of us, but if that's not on the cards, don't despair. We bring you the nutty and the gritty of this summer's desi trends as seen in one of the top shows of the Indian fashion industry, Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) that is organised twice each year. LFW is jointly organized by Lakmé, a leading cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG Reliance, the global leader in sports and entertainment event marketing and management.

Leading ladies of the Indian film industry walked the ramp as showstoppers to various designers. Karishma Kapoor was the showstopper for designer Arpita Mehta, Kareena Kapoor for Rajesh Pratap, Priyanka Chopra for Neeta Lulla, Sonakshi Sinha for Manish Malhotra, Shilpa Shetty for Rohit Verma, Dia Mirza for Anita Dongre, Jacqueline Fernandez forTarun Tahiliani , Kalki Koechlin for Kommal Sood, Nargis Fakhri for Shehlaa, Illeana D'Cruz (of 'Barfi' fame) for Anushree Reddy, Prachi Desai for Sonaakshi Raaj ( she wore a stunning corset and moulded draped sari),  Sonal Chauhan for SS Surya, and Sunny Leone for designer duo Archana-Jyotsana. Also, Jabong India launched the iconic British label Dorothy Perkins with Kangana Ranaut, who made a breathtaking entry in a silver sequin gown.

Here we have our personal favorites from this season's show, the Summer/ Resort 2014, held from March 12-16 at Grand Hyatt Mumbai. Of course, since our interest (those of us who live outside of India) lies in summer fashion (for resort trends we are good with styles from the country we live in), we'll focus on our favorite fashion styles for casual/ semi-formal/formal wear and ultra-formal/ wedding wear. So here goes-

 Part 1 - The casual/ semi-formal/ formal wear

Krishna Mehta

'Weaves of Maheshwari'
Indian Textile Day at Lakme` Fashion Week

(Photo Credit: Individual pictures taken from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page)

Krishna Mehta's men's line caught our attention for the very comfortable looking pants in different styles paired with kurtas in men's colors and in all lengths. Also notice the vests and jackets that complete the look for a more formal occasion. Certainly an ode to Indian textile. Love it!

(Photo Credit: Both pictures taken from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page)

On the left, Krishna Mehta is seen in the center with the models.

You HAVE GOT TO LIKE the 'lungis' and the wide bottom pants instead of the conventional churidaars and salwars. AND PLEASE DO NOTICE the oxford shoes by Reliance Footprints. Love it. Love it. Love it. Talk about style and comfort going hand in hand for that outdoor Indian event. We say this is a MUST-TRY look.

Gaurang Shah


Indian Textile Day at Laxme` Fashion Week

(Photo Credit: Pictures taken from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page)

Notice the traditional sarees with long-ish sleeve blouses that are in contrasting colors and not. In particular, note the green blouse (second from left) with high neckline, embroidery around the neck and sleeve and above the elbow sleeve- this piece is a must-have, get one stitched like this and wear it with an old traditional sari that you haven't worn in a while. Don't worry about the color, just experiment with any color and have fun doing it.

anita doNgre

Anita Dogre

(Photo Credit: Pictures picked from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page)

The above five are our favorites from Anita Dongre's collection. The white-on-white look (left three) with full white work never ever gets old. Also notice the closed toe shoes to go with it. Anita Dongre has certainly aced the choli-skirt look here (right four)- crop vest on top of a choli in the first, off-shoulder in the second, sleeveless buttoned down in pastel blue in the third and finally the showstopper, a full choli in pastel yellow sported by Dia Mirza. Now, if you can carry this look, consider this your personal look of the season.

Kunal Anil Tanna

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(Photo Credit: Pictures picked from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page). Again love the short length kurtas with traditional jackets and comfortable pants. Especially love the splash of color in center, right.


(Photo Credit: Pictures picked from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page).

In Anju Modi's collection, notice the mixing of prints in most of the women's styles seen above, be it long kurta, stylish jacket or the very classy choli. Again, if you're young and happening, do go for the choli-lehenga look this season without the jacket (top center). For those of us not quite as bold, add on a cool jacket. Notice the saris tied in lehenga fashion and the elegant jacket with sari (left most). Another new look is the long flared kurta paired with lehenga- love the print contrasting with solid in this style, center.

 Payal Khandwala

(Photo Credit: Pictures picked from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page).

Payal Khandwal's collection caught our attention for it's perfect blend of contemporary styles projected with a touch of traditional- in the form of footwear or colors. Note the solids and the vibrant colors against white cigarette pants or the other way around combination.

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Archana Kochchar 

Archana Kochchar

 (Photo Credit: Pictures picked from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page)

The above pieces from Archana Kochchar's collection instantly clicked with us for it's contemporary looks. Simply adore the very contemporary choli with long sheer flap with a very modern lace, paired with solid skirt. As for the men's suits, love the stripes in all the kurtas that give them all the wonderful contemporary look. Whether the stripe is all over (left), in block style (center) or lot more subtle (right), the look is perfect! The jackets complement the look beautifully.

 Part ii - The ultra-formal/ wedding events wear

Neeta lulla

  (Photo Credit: Pictures picked from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page)

Let's start with Neeta Lulla's collection. The five favorites that we have picked here are some really innovative trends with minimal bling. Coral colored crop pants paired with nude color 'anga rakha' style or high neck long kurta top  (left two) seems like the perfect summer combinations in any formal event, be it an Indian event or a non-Indian one. The crop top style blouses (loose at the waist) look very trendy and sexy with saris in the next two pictures. Love both the looks. And finally, Priyanka Chopra is doing perfect justice to Neeta Lulla's showstopper dress- yes, less can more for sure- plain long slit dress with minimal bling again. This last look is a MUST-TRY for ALL this season, we say.

SS Surya

(Photo Credit: Picture picked from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page) You see the same crop top style blouse in this SS Surya's design looking absolutely stunning.

We say, for blouse, this style is a MUST-HAVE also. Get one stitched or buy a similar crop top from any  American store. It's a good idea to have one of gold and silver.

anushree reddy 

(Photo Credit: Pictures picked from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page).

The above five made it to our top five from Anushree Reddy. The pastel colors and shades of white in timeless and classic styles are impressive. Some even imbibe a touch of modern trend that is seen in the half angarakha and half-halter top (left most) and the white sheer over pick blouse (center).

Nokia Presents Shantanu And Nikhil

(Photo Credit: Pictures picked from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page)

Subdued colors provide elegance in these pieces we picked from Shantanu and Nikhil's collection. Must note here is the very elegant sari matched with a majestic  blouse (second from left). Men's style is rather elaborate, notice loads of fabric in the kurta front that gives it more of a 'dhoti' look. Again, love the colors, although, got to admit, most men will find it hard to go for this style. Looks royal on the runway though.

 Manish Malhotra

'A Summer Affair'

(Photo Credit: Pictures picked from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page).

Manish Malhotra's summer collection, called 'A Summer Affair' screams of an affair. An affair with fashion. The all white (left most) is all good, any time. Loved the pink (center) due to its color and intricate work that always works. The bright olive green (right most) is our absolute favorite. The color is rich and ravishing, the detailed heavy work is rich and royal, the style- sophisticated and it's pairing with sleek pants- a touch of genius. All the young girls out there, a MUST-TRY look, we say.

Getting to the men, love the snug chooridar- inspired pants and the very smart short kurta with same toned and print jacket (second, left) and the subtler jacket (second, right). We love this because we feel men of all ages can carry this look. The youth will look nothing if not prince charming and the more matured men will certainly feel an extra elegance. A MUST-GO-FOR look, guys. make note of this.

 Shyamal and Bhumika

'A Mystical Garden'

(Photo Credit: Pictures picked from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page).

Let's get started on our favorite fives from Shyamlal and Bhumika's collection, “A Mystical Garden”. These suave and debonair pieces are sure to be the center of attention at that desi wedding that you are gearing up for. Notice the layers in the lehenga (1st and 4th), the very intricate embroidery (1st and third) and the suit with jacket (last) that women of all ages can elegantly carry just like that- high bun and elaborate jewelry. The colors ranging from chocolate brown to dusty aqua and rose and the fabrics, from silk to net, create a bridal bliss. Men's line is royal.




 Arpita Mehta's showstopper, showcased by Karishma Kapoor, makes the perfect showstopper for our fashion update here, we think. It displays the crop choli and skirt trend of the season, worn without any dupatta, in complete glory. The ice blue monochromatic tone (who says choli has to be in a contrasting color?)  and the mirror work skirt is dazzling to say the least.

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 Are you thinking that all the gorgeous, out-of-this- world ultra formal wear we picked for you is not your style and will probably be way beyond your budget? After all, when we live outside of India, our mind set is not really to spend on a couple of lavish Indian outfits for an event, right? If that's the case, don't despair, we leave you with two of our favorite easy-to-acquire looks. These happen to be by Jyotsna Tiwari. Notice the loose waist of the blouse (again, that crop top look) and the contemporary border of the sari/lehenga sari (left). Notice the waist belt (right). Most of all, note the bare neck and the backdo. Keep the ears bare or go with studs. Love the colors. Love the style. Now, make it your own.

Good luck to all of you for your fashion endeavors. Have fun with fashion!

 [Again, all individual pictures have been picked from Lakme` Fashion Week's Facebook Page for the sole purpose of pointing out our favorite trends from this season, irrespective of how famous the designer and/or the model is. You should visit the page and their website to get details of the photographer, the model, the designer and their showstoppers.] 

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