Latest & Popular Trends in the Indian Fashion Industry (2013/2014)


It’s been 5 days since the finale of the show, however, with each season, Lakme Fashion Week brings us all the latest trends in the fashion industry – Indian and Western.

With the approaching wedding season, a lot of our time is going to be spent in shopping for the perfect outfit. So, whether its your sister’s wedding, your BFF’s wedding, or if it’s YOU getting hitched this year, there should be no compromises with the style quotient of your wardrobe at all.

Find below an assorted range of ethnic wear presented by different Fashion Designers during Lakme fashion Week’s various seasons:

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Autumn/Winter 2014

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Stay tuned for our picks from the Indian Bridal Fashion Week 2013/2014 to be featured in our next post.

Until then, Team Sareez wishes all a very happy and prosperous Ganesha Chaturthi. Stay Blessed and Stay Stylish!

Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha


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India is a land of diversities, traditions, and endless festivals. And, especially this time of the year, all of us are in high spirits and fully ready to welcome the season of festivals which will mark its beginning with Ganesh Chaturthi this Friday – 29th August, 2014. It’s celebrated each year in the honor of Lord Ganesha (for our friends who may not know who we are talking about, it’s the cute plum god with an elephant head and a mice along with a plate full of his favorite sweets).  

Quick facts:

Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, and generally falls between 19th August and 20th September each year.

The festival lasts ten days with Ganesh Chaturthi marking the beginning when the idol of Ganesha is installed at temples or at home while Anant Chaturdashi marks the end when the idol is taken around in a procession to be immersed in nearby water bodies like rivers or sea, with hundreds and thousands of worshipers singing, praying, and dancing.

Though it’s followed all across India, Maharashtra’s celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi is a spectacular event on its own.

Dress Code:

In India, festivals and traditional occasions often call for the Indian National Dress – Saree. Women, all over the world, who celebrate this festival, adorn themselves in gorgeous and elegant sarees – mostly bright colored and in silk or such material.

However, for some of us, every dress – western or Indian, has to be about making a style statement. And, undoubtedly the current scenario of the Indian fashion industry and the massive developments in terms of Indian ethnic wear enables us to please all our temptations.

Some of the alternatives that you can try this festive season are:

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 And, then there are always the truly ethnic Silk sarees:

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 Check our website for the complete collection.

Recipes and Food:

No Ganesha festival can be complete without offering him his favorite food – Modak. Here is a quick recipe on how to make totally delicious Ukadiche Modak to offer the deity and distribute it as a sacrament to everybody.  

Ingredients:

For The Dough -

2 cups rice flour

Water as required

For The Filling -

1 1/4 cups grated jaggery

2 cups freshly grated coconut

1 tbsp. poppy seeds

1/2 tbsp. cardamom powder

½ cup skimmed milk

Other Ingredients -

1 tbsp. ghee for kneading and greasing

Method For the dough:

Boil 1¾ cups of water in a deep non-stick pan.

Place the rice flour in a deep bowl and add the boiled water gradually. Mix well using a spoon in the beginning and then knead into soft and smooth dough.

Cover with a lid and keep aside for 10 minutes.

Method For the filling:

Step 1: Heat ghee in the deep non-stick pan, add the grated coconut, and cook on slow flame for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 2: Add milk. Keep stirring continuously for 5 – 7 minutes till it gets thick.

Step 3: Add jaggery and poppy seeds and keep stirring till it becomes dry.

Step 4: Add cardamom powder, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 1 to 2 minutes till all the moisture evaporates and the mixture thickens. Keep aside to cool slightly.

Step 5: Divide the filling into equal portions and keep aside.

Method to make the Modak:

Step 1: Knead the dough once again using ½ tbsp. of ghee and keep aside.

Step 2: Make equal lemon size ball of the dough.

Step 3: Take one ball and roll it 2-3 inches in circumference on a dusted rolling board.

Step 4: Place a portion of the filling in the center of the rolled ball.

Step 5: Bring the edges together towards the center. Join all the edges and pinch them

Step 6: Repeat this procedure to make the remaining Modak.

Step 7: Place a steamer plate in a steamer and place a banana leaf on it.

Step 8: Moisten all the Modaks with little water using your fingertips.

Step 9: Place the Modaks on the banana leaf and steam on a medium flame for 10 minutes.

Step 10: Serve to Lord Ganesha and later enjoy it yourself.

Handy tip:

These Modaks stay fresh for a day at room temperature and for 2 days if refrigerated.

(Recipe Courtesy: The Heath Site)

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Let’s all of us gather together in harmony and say – Ganpati Bappa Morya, Mangal Murti Morya!

Team Sareez wishes all a blessed Ganesh Chaturthi and hope that the god of happy beginnings shower you with prosperity. 

Rain Rain Go Away!


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One more month before you can bring all your palazzos and designer sarees out of the closet and pair them up with stylish and classy footwear. You know what we are talking about, right? From July till September, most parts of India are drenched in heavy downpour and an ever-changing sky – from sunny to cloud in minutes. This is also the most stressful time of the year for our wardrobe. Suddenly, the focus is not on what we want to wear but what we should wear. After all, your high heels and patialas can’t withstand the rain and the dirt on the road because of the rain. But, this doesn’t mean you have to forget being stylish. In fact, let Team Sareez share with you its deepest darkest tricks to help you rock the remaining monsoon season with you head turner style statement.

Experiment with Colors:

Look around you. Even with the continuous and tedious showers there is one thing none of us can miss. It’s the beauty of nature, of colors, which suddenly seems to have brightened up. The leaves and flowers look alive as if someone washed away the dust off them and gave them a fresh look. Likewise, bright colors are always a hit during the monsoon. For some time, let go off your greys and whites and black. If you really can’t do without them, then pair them up with pinks, corals, yellows, oranges, even purples.

Show off the well-tones legs:

In a few months, it will start getting chilly and most of us will take to hiding under overcoats and woolens. This is the perfect time to flaunt those funky chic skirts and colorful wraparounds. Ensure they aren’t too long. Anything knee-length or just 2 inches above your ankle fits amazingly with an ethnic kurti or a single colored t-shirt paired with a scarf or jackets. This is also the time to experiment with flip flops. Keep in mind the color suggested above and you could be turning yourself into a flawless Monsoon Diva.

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Salwar vs. Leggings:

Salwar are a complete no-no for monsoon unless you drive yourself to work every day. Even then, we would say why not try something different. How about pairing up a colorful kurta or a trendy short kurti with a corresponding legging? Alternatively, you can also try pairing up a flamboyant and cheeky jegging with a bright single-colored top.

Less is More:

Too much or too dense makeup during monsoon is a complete no-no and anything against this will lead to a makeup disaster as soon as you step out in the rain no matter how water proof your make up is. Instead, try light makeup.

Start with applying a water-based foundation. Anything powdery can leave patches on the skin during the monsoon and thus isn’t preferable. Use the sponge to make sure its spread equally to the entire face. 

Next, use a darker blusher in the hollow place between the cheek bones. Then use a medium shade on the cheekbones and finish with the lightest shade on top of the cheekbone. This will help in accentuating the cheekbones. During the monsoon, try using cream-based blushes as they will stay longer and prevent patchy skin.

To complete the look, use a waterproof mascara and eyeliner and avoid the kohl for a while. If you are good at it, then use the eye liner to create the kohl effect. Use lip glosses in the shades of soft pink, light brown, or nude. You can use a lip-liner to make the color stay longer.

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Extra tip: Never ever rub your face if it gets wet. Keep a pack of soft face tissues and use them to dab the water off of your face.

Judge a man by his friends and a woman by her shoes:

We’ve got the outfit and the makeup perfect to a T, but what about the footwear? This is the most painful part about dressing up in monsoon. Aren’t you nodding your head in agreement already? Well! You can stop nodding and instead pack your leathers and sandals away and bring out the wellingtons and the colorful synthetic and plastic ballerinas. Also, like we mentioned before this is the right time to buy those flips flops which you were secretly wishing to buy for your vacation on the beach. You can use them now to add funk and color to your wardrobe and later while you soak up the sun on the beaches of Thailand.

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Accessorize:

Yup! Absolutely. Gone are the days when umbrellas meant black and raincoats meant blue. These days there is no dearth of colors, patterns, combinations and style when it comes to rubber/gum boots, umbrellas, and raincoats. In fact, for some, keeping a collection of these is a hobby. Unbelievable, right? That’s what you‘d think before you own your first pair. While at it, why not shop for a cool waterproof bag to keep all your belongings safe and dry?

 

 

LFW Celeb-Designers Diary Day 1-3


Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014, since its inauguration, has seen quite a few celebrities walking the ramp for famous Fashion Designers. Some were seen sporting a primitive and ethnic look and some dazzled the stage with their urbanized theme. Few things to look out for in this season are the presentation of Bridal collections by quite a few designers and the highlight shone upon Indian clothing. 

Find below some of the celebs posing as a muse with exceptional ensembles and their respective prodigies.

Actor Sushmita Sen walks on the ramp for designer Amit Agarwal`s show during the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/ Festive 2014 in Mumbai,on Aug 20, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

(Sushmita Sen walks the Ramp for Designer Amit Agarwal)

Actor Shilpa Shetty walks on the ramp for designer Masaba Gupta`s show during the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/ Festive 2014 in Mumbai, on Aug. 20, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

(Shilpa Shetty walks the Ramp for Designer Masaba Gupta)

 

Actor Neha Dhupia displays the creation of fashion designer Swati Vijayvargie during the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/ Festive 2014 in Mumbai, on Aug. 21, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

(Neha Dhupia walks the Ramp for Designer Swati Vijayvarge)

Actor Shriya Saran displays the creation of fashion designer Sashikant Naidu during the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/ Festive 2014 in Mumbai, on Aug. 21, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

(Shriya Saran walks the Ramp for Designer Sashikant Naidu)

Actor Chitrangda Singh displays the creation of fashion designer Harshita Chatterjee Deshmukh during the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/ Festive 2014 in Mumbai, on Aug. 21, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

(Chitrangadha Singh walks the Ramp for Designer Harshita Chatterjee)

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(Kriti Sanon walks the Ramp for River Island)

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(Sonal Chauhan walks the Ramp for Designer Purvi Doshi)

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(Jacqueline Fernandez walks the Ramp for Designer Anju Modi) 

Actor Konkana Sen Sharma displays the creation of fashion designer Anavila during the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/ Festive 2014 in Mumbai, on Aug. 21, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

(Konkona Sen walks the Ramp for Designer Anavila) 

The stage must have dazzled with all the super models and celebrities walking the ramp, however, what stole everybody’s heart are these super stylish and super sweet kids who took the stage for Hamley’s – the largest and the oldest toy shop in the world.

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Welcoming the One & the Only “Lakme Fashion Week –Winter/Festival 2014”


It’s that time of the year again when India will stay glued to the TV, newspapers and internet to see and know about the latest trends in the fashion industry. A battalion of highly talented and unbelievably creative Fashion designers will fight ruthlessly to make the headlines. Accessories will dazzle, Clothes will impress, Make up will be redefined and presenting all this will an army of national and international celebrities, top designers, and super models – some that we have seen over the years and some who are taking their baby steps towards the biggest exhibition of Fashion and Lifestyle.

Let’s quickly take a look at some of the interesting facts about Lakme Fashion Week’s previous seasons:

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Lakme Fashion Week shortened as LFW is a bi-annual fashion and lifestyle event that’s hosted in Mumbai. Its Summer-Resort show takes place in February whiles the Winter-Festive show is held in August.

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Ace designers Masaba Gupta and Amit Aggarwal to open Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive on August 19th, 2014.

This opening show will see Masaba’s distinguishing and gallant style with Amit’s exclusive and revolutionary sensibilities. This study in contrast promises to be a treat for the senses. The collections will play on the use of DHL’s unique yellow accent that will bring life to the first show of the season.

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Pakistani Designers Faiza Samee, Rizwan Beyg, Sania Maskatiya and Zara Shahjahan to debut at Lakmé Fashion Week debut.

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Children walk on the ramp for the first time at Lakmé Fashion Week

World’s famous toy shops – Hamley’s and Mattel – will host the first kids fashion show at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festival 2014.

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India’s most celebrated designer Manish Malhotra to present at the Grand Finale of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014.

“This is my fourth finale at LFW and I am as thrilled as I was the first time. This platform is one of biggest celebrations of fashion that brings forth the best in design, beauty, fashion and Bollywood making it every designer’s dream showcase. This season, I will be showcasing Lakmé Absolute’s bridal trousseau and I look forward to re-inventing my style inspired by Lakmé Absolute.” said Manish Malhotra, Grand Finale Designer for LFW Winter/Festival 2014.

Other Important Details:

Season: LFW Winter/Festival 2014

Venue: 8th Floor, The Palladium, Mumbai

Dates: August 19th/20th – 24th, 2014.

Time: Varies slightly but 12:00 noon to 10:00 PM (approximately)

Total Number of Designers: 87

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We Love it, but ‘They’ love it too!


Their denims and LBDs (little black dresses) may have highly influenced our wardrobe, but when it comes to elegance and ethnicity, no one does it better than us. Off lately, not only Bollywood but Hollywood actresses have been spotted flaunting the Indian National Attire to prestigious award functions. Surprisingly, the Westerners have been following more than just the Saree. The list also includes nose rings, bangles, and (you won’t believe it until you see it!) bindi.

Take a look:

Morjaris: Alexander McQueen’s Fall Winter 2008 collection showcased some of the most mystically gorgeous pieces united in a great mixture of Indian elements like sophisticated Indian jewelry, silk borders, and ‘Morjari’ shoes.

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Toe Rings: Remember Jennifer Aniston’s toe ring spree? Let us remind you.

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Bangles: Kate Beckinsale… Need we say more?

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Nose Ring/Stud: Who can forget American actress, model, singer Scarlett Johansson flaunting her nose piercings? Can you?

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And, finally…. The Saree: Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Angelina Jolie, Liz Hurley, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Anne Hathway, Serena Williams….It’s a never-ending list… Phew!

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While it’s really classy to flaunt that Gucci and that Prada, let’s give it up for the ancient Indian women who have adorned themselves with the simplest to the most expensive Sarees since the Indus Valley Civilization, and of course the bangles and the nose rings too. Least did they know, centuries later, the same products and patterns will be adapted worldwide as a Fashion statement!

Happy Weekend to all… Stay Happy Stay Stylish!

Team Sareez

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Happy Independence Day!


It’s that time of the year again when every Indian is immersed in the tri-colors of the Indian Flag and every soul is proud and grateful to the heroes of the freedom movement. As India enters into its 68th year of independence tomorrow i.e. 15th August, 2014, we at Team Sareez have decided to share a few words with you.

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Independence Day, one of the three national holidays of India, is followed all across the globe in different ways. This year specially, 15th August falls conveniently on a Friday, which is a reason not only for us to celebrate the day but also enjoy an extended weekend. While most of you may have already planned a mini vacation, some may be planning to indulge in Retail Therapy. Irrespective of which category you belong to, don’t forget to check our website for the latest Independence Day Offers and act soon!

Team Sareez wishes all a very happy Independence Day and hopes that your weekend be filled with Fun, Freedom, and Fashion.

Introducing: Same Day Shipping


Tired of tracking your order? Exhausted of waiting for the much awaited Saree? Need a last minute present?

Team Sareez understands your exasperation when you wait endless hours to receive the product you ordered online. We also understand that you love us and our products so much that it’s impossible for you to be patient and wait till you try them on.

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Since Independence is all about being liberated, Team Sareez takes this opportunity to introduce you to our new initiative: Same Day Shipping! Yes, you read it right.

Going forward, every time you order a ready made product with us or a product which doesn’t require alteration, we will ship it for delivery the same day. For your convenience, we will send a notification to you with the tracking details once the products are shipped.

Let’s bid farewell to the endless hours of waiting, and welcome this Independence Day with our Same Day Shipping benefit.

Team Sareez wishes all a very Happy Independence day!

Gift Ideas to Awestruck Your Brother and Sister this Raksha Bandhan


Raksha Bandhan is at hand. Do you plan something special for your brother or sister or scratching your head for a brilliant gift idea? Well, well, well…..cool down guys….here are top gift ideas that you may consider.

#Idea-1: For a fashion loving sister, you will have a lot of options to consider like trendy attires, accessories or you may mix and match something to surprise her. Almost every garment stores gives you some attractive special offer in this festive season to choose from. There are huge options in women’s clothing area. You can give your sister a beautiful trendy designer outfit or an exclusive lawn salwar to help her feel like a fashion diva. Or you may mix and match a designer dress with jewelry.

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This is a festival for all brothers and sister. Why not surprise your sister-in-law with a gorgeous bindi or a nice pair of earrings when you wish her luck with the best Lumba rakhi?

You can bless your handsome young brother with a fashionable Kurta that suits him the best. Just think how majestic he will look in a designer kurta and how proud you will feel when you look at him in this attire.

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#Idea-2: For your little brother or sister you may consider chocolate as the most precious gift, because there is nothing like chocolate those can please the kids most. Moreover, you may cook something special in dinner for your brother or sister on that special event or make something creative to give him or her.

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By now, I think you have decided what you will buy as a gift in this rakhi. Now you can consider some new saree or kurta for yourself to look special in this occasion.

Fashion Tips to Like a Million Dollars in Salwar Kameezes


Salwar kameezes have been one of the most traditional outfits donned by Indian women. Starting from the Bollywood style of the 70s till the present-day trend of designer salwar kameezes, there has been a gradual evolution in the style and pattern of the dresses. These days, salwar kameezes are just as popular as sarees and actresses and models are often found flaunting them in fashion shows and on red carpets.

With any reputed fashion portals online, it is not quite difficult to lay your hands upon party salwar kameezes or wedding salwar kameezes online. What is more important is choosing dresses that fit you perfectly well while also complimenting your silhouette. So, what are the latest trends in salwar kameezes? Let’s take a quick look at these and pick the best one eventually.

Soft and Flowy Fabrics

The modern-day trend is to wear fabrics that drape well, hug the body of the wearer and make her look slim and trim. As such, chiffon, pure georgette and crepe are emerging popular. Another reason behind the preference for these fabrics lies in their ability to uphold the embroidery works in a more prominent way than fabrics like net, silk and so on.

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Focus on Intricacy

Polka dots and bobby prints never quite go out of style. However, small and more delicate prints are preferred over the big prints. This is because the more intricate the work, the better it accentuates the figure of the wearer. Since the present call is to look in perfect shape, the designs are thought of accordingly.

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Carfeul Choice of Salwar and Churidar

Patialas, broad salwars and churidars all look good in their own ways and you can pick out any of these. However, if you are particularly on the thinner side, wear patialas and if on the heavier side, wear churidars. Shorter kurtis and long kameezes go well with broader pants and churidars respectively.

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Feel Smart from Inside

While these tricks will certainly play their role in rendering you with a stylish appearance, there are few less known facts. To look good, you need to feel smart and slipping into a pair of high heels fulfills this purpose. Also, remember to get your salwar kameez stitched in the right manner. A well stitched outfit, regardless of its fabric, design, color and so on.