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Saree, the ethnic dress of India, has often been called the most elegant of all garments. It is the regular clothing worn by women in the Indian sub-continent. As a dress it appeals to women of all ages and is gaining a lot of popularity outside India as well. While older women prefer ethnic weaves, the younger ones go gaga over the designer varieties. The overall demand for sarees in the market has thus, risen quite significantly.
The sari weaves a mystical charm around the wearer as well as the onlooker. The folds of a saree have a lot of character hidden in its depths. The allure and comfort of a sari makes it the unique dress that it is.
The way a saree is draped across the body is different in each state of the country. Till up to a few years ago, a saree was worn with full sleeved blouses with no designs at all. The saree was draped according to the ethnicity of the wearer. Toady, the simple act of wearing the saree has been elevated to an art form.
Sarees, today, are paired with sleeveless blouses, cholis and even tank tops. The drape of a saree is improvised to flatter a person’s figure. However, if it is not worn properly, a saree appears extremely bad and can also look ridiculous. Thus, it is very important to wear a sari in the right way and right style.
Wearing a saree can be a little complicated for someone who is not used to wearing it, but with a little practice it becomes much easier. For those who need to know more on wearing a saree, here are a few tips:
1. Fabrics like cotton, tissue, tussar and organza look good on people who are tall.
2. Wearing sarees made of georgette, chiffon or mysore silk helps in hiding a little extra weight and makes you look slimmer.
3. Short women look good in narrow borders while tall women can opt for broad borders without fear.
4. Small and delicate prints look much better than big bold prints. Smaller prints are much more refreshing.
5. For formal occasions where you might be required to walk around, arrange the pallu in pleats. Not only does this look neater, but it is also more manageable.
6. For party wear, pin up one layer of the pallu in a pleat and the let the rest flow over your hand.
7. If you can carry them off, wear high heels. They show off the saree as well as your figure to their best advantages.
8. Wear sensible underclothings. Sarees are cumbersome as it is and you do not need the extra tension of uncomfortable undergarments.
9. Accessorize suitably. The right accessories will make you look like a million bucks, but the wrong ones can make you look dreadful.
10. Be confident of yourself. Believe that you are looking good and you will feel much better about yourself.
Now that you are well versed in the art of wearing sarees, hope you are ready to make jaws drop the next time you wear one.
Born in Punjab, base at Delhi, Manish Malhotra the iconic designer don’t need any special introduction. He is the icon of fashion specially the Indian fashion. He creates the look of the glam dolls of the bollywood there by enhancing the inner beauty.
Designing, styling, patching, diffusing are the areas where he excels. He is pioneer in the field of everlasting bridal and courtier outfit. He never had any professional training in fashion designing but had the full confident in his efficiency. With his patience, he took long 15 years to settle in the fashion industry. Manish Malhotra, an ardent fashion savvy has made his distinct position in the Hindi film world and he has been successful in earning both name and fame. He was the first man to bridge the gap between film and fashion. All superstars and maximum page three celebrites are customers of Manish Malhotra at present and they are fully satisfied with the kind of designs Manish offer them. Aiswariya Rai, Rani Mukherjee, Minisha Lambha, Bipasa Basu, Sushmita Sen and the list goes on who was lucky to wear the designed saris by Manish. Bollywood lehenga is in news. The reason is that some weddings took place of some famous bollywood personalities like Karishma kapoor and Raveena tandon. Karishma Kapoor’s bridal lehanga was a master piece. It was a Intricate Gold and Silver Salma, Dabka and Zardosi Handcrafted Onto Sorbet – Pink Organza Satin – Lined Lehenga and Choli – Golden Ornaments trimmed along one edge of Pure Organza Odhni. Kareina’s Lehenga worn at Karisma’s own Wedding was a PureCrepe Parrot – Green Lehenga, Choli and Odhni with Rani – Pink Borders – All Embellished with Handcrafted Gold and Silver Zardosi, Dabka and Salma with Multi – Color Beadwork are good clothes for dulhan to be. Diya Mirza wore a Indian Ghagra Choli and Odhni in the movie ‘Rehna hai tere Dil mein. Manish is more than just a designer. Not only does he consider each star’s personal sense of style and comfort, but even the characters they play in their film and hence today he’s Bollywood’s leading stylist and designer
Manish Malhotra perfectly knows the blend of colour texture and fashion. He mainly work in georgette, crape and even in silk,cotton ets. His main work is patch and embroidery… Bright colours like red, black, maroon, blue(royal) and light hues are also into his fashion. His style reflects itself in soft colours and fabrics. He favours pale, ice-creamy neutrals, lilacs and lemons for hot, sultry summers. According to him style is a eternal classic. Style is how you are as a person, how you carry yourself, how you deal with people. Poise is style. Good colour sense is style.
He creates magic when it comes to designing the bridal outfit. He keeps in mind the texture preferred, the physique, and height of the bride. He takes personal care of designing the wedding outfit, because he wants the bride to look her best in the very special day.
He loves to create the outfit in an elegant and dignified manner.
He experiments his creativity, dares to come up with new designs and hence surpasses in his work.
He has a vivid collection of bridal outfit of sarees and lehengas. He has the best taste of blending of colours. He creates the choli or the blouse with contrast and compliment. The best color, sequences, embroidery and the cut is seen in the dress creation of Manish Malhotra.
Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is a joint venture organized by Lakme, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty brand in India and IMG Fashion, global leader in the management and production of fashion weeks and designer fashion events. Lakme Fashion Week has been conjured up and created with a vision to redefine the future of fashion and integrate India into the international fashion world. Lakme Fashion Week is organized twice annually.
Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel is in the centre of Mumbai (Bombay), India where this prestigious show is being showcased twice every year. The set on 12 acres of landscaped gardens and water features. Located just ten minutes from Mumbai’s domestic airport and 20 minutes from the international airport, the hotel is in close proximity to Bandra-Kurla complex, Mumbai’s rapidly developing business district.
The ‘No.1 and specialist in the beauty industry, Lakmé innovates to offer a wide range of, high quality colour cosmetics, skincare products, and beauty salons. In addition to Unilever’s worldwide expertise, Lakmé also partners with the leading cosmetic house of international brand. Combining international cosmetics technology with an in-depth understanding of the Indian woman’s needs, Lakmé offers its consumers a holistic ‘Beauty Sutra’ experience through its products and services at the Lakmé Beauty Salons.
IMG Fashion, a division of international sports, entertainment and media company IMG, is the global leader in the management and production of fashion weeks and designer fashion events. Its portfolio of events features Lakmé Fashion Week located in the heart of Mumbai as well as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks in New York, Miami and Berlin, Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden in London, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival in Sydney, SWIM FASHION WEEK at Sanctuary Cove on Australia’s Gold Coast, MasterCard Luxury Week Hong Kong and The Earth Awards. IMG Fashion also represents the international commercial rights of Milan Fashion Week, Moscow Fashion Week presented by VISA, ENK International and LG Fashion Week in Toronto.
With the outlook to redefine the Indian fashion, Indian Fashion Designers have taken steps to create the Indian outfit in their own unique ways without being biased. Keeping in mind the culture designers have crafted the dress with the fusion of contemporary and tradition. The exteriors are inspired by the myriad of simple visual forms in our everyday lives. And, the final product is an interplay of earthy texture and colour, a kiss of fresh simplicity that restores balance in the otherwise chaotic dance of today’s universe. The colours are a combination of soft, shaded pastels, bright solid pastels, traditional jeweled shades. Shades of traditional golden with heavy embroidery sets an unique example of the custom of India. Sticking to the culture of this Indian outfit the pallu of the saree is specially designed in handwork, sequences, patchwork, chikan work and many more. The grace and beauty is looked up to with utmost care.
Unusual fabrics, texturing and detailing, ‘fusion’ of styles ‘patch-worked’ with gorgeous embellishments in a vibrant eclectic colour palette to make the feeling of going back to the ancient and medieval ages. Sabyasachi Mukherjee describes his own collections as ‘an International styling with an Indian soul’. He has been the trend setter with his extra ordinary talent of mixing the colour, texture, still keeping the customs diversified India.
Lakme Fashion Week have witnessed number of designers showcasing their work where by enhancing their talent and opening a new door to create again. Manish Malhotra, Ritu Kumar, Neeta Lulla, Sabyasachi Mukherjee are the eminent designers who have created a mark and has helped fashion reach the zenith with Lakme Fashion Week.
Satya Paul’s evolution from a quintessential Indian designer saree label to a global brand for international couture is rested upon its inherent value of practical response to the entire universe it operates in and not just the fashion world.
The fluid form, flamboyant use of colors and experimental dash are the key-defining elements that render the label a creative freedom to create the works of art and not just fashion garments.
Lakme Fashion Week have even helped new talent to grow like santanu-nikhil, rocky S, kollol dutta and many more.
The understated appeal of their design aesthetic goes beyond the here and now into a realm of pure classicism. While keeping the handwriting essentially subtle with Indian monochromatic tones, the language is most definitely contemporary and silhouette centric. Blacks and whites, pastel shades of gold and beiges teamed with vintage colors like fiery reds, flirty deep pinks, rich emerald greens, and deep chocolates and coppers have in fact become a strong color palette signature of Shantanu & Nikhil.
Bipasa basu show casing the talent of rocky S,traditional yet modern,trendy yet beautiful lemon sari..
Ritu Kumar is a versatile gift in Indian Fashion Industry. Indian fashion is synonymous to Ritu Kumar. She is one of the leading designer diva who has created magnificent contemporary designs with her unique creativity keeping in priority the ancient tradition of India. The wardrobe consist of of swimwear, eveningwear, and traditional Indian wear, specially the bridal outfit of sarees and lehengas, casual wear. She is the perfect combination of style, tradition and dignity. Which wholly reflect in her design too. She was the designers of the gowns and dress of the three winning Miss India.
Ritu Kumar began her career with hand block printers and two tables in a small village near kolkata, and in the last 28 years, sheer perseverance, hardwork and love for the work have helped to produce some of India’s most finest attire and accessories. She belives that everything established on good visual designs can move across all borders whether they are geographical, cultural, and historical. Ritu Kumar also shares her experience of the fact that handmade or boutique designs and sequences are more elegant than the machine made pieces. Handwork is far better because these works are done with extreme care and concern keeping in mind the culture. Under the brand name ‘Ritu’, in the late 60s she was the first woman to introduce the boutique culture in India. She distinctively holds the status of a believer of the heritage in the Indian fashion industry, and she has successfully blend the thread of traditionalism and modernity.
With the depth in the art of traditional craft Ritu Kumar has won the heart of many Indians specially the bride. Ritu Kumar’s forte is traditional Indian clothes – bridal attire in particular on the rich Indian heritage of textile and embroidery and remains classics of all time. Timeless elegance in the wedding day is the secret demand of every woman. Thus wearing a ritu kumar’s creation is the dream of every bride on their very special day.. Ritu Kumar has kept in mind these brides and has created elegant outfit each and every time. Ritu has fostered a unique and unparalleled style of her own which includes ancient Indian handicrafts such as zardozi, bandhani and chikan work and she combines them with a contemporary flair to create spectacular outfits. Each outfit is designed with zari embroidery, embellishments and thread work. Sarees are the best attire in the fashion world. Work over a saree has a variety. Sarees are the part of the vast and vivid collection exclusively created by Ritu Kumar; the saree designs have the distinct touch of genius designer Ritu Kumar. Cholis are the important part of the bridal outfit. Keeping in mind the tradition and elegance it is designed in modern trend. Combining and contrasting colour of the specially designed cholis add grace to the bridal outfit which is the uniqueness of Ritu Kumar.
Not only sarees Ritu Kumar has innumerable variety of bridal collection in lehenga cholis. Traditional lehengas, salwar kurtas with light, muted colours like cream with heavy golden embroidery work and on to darker shades like black, green, purple, magenta. Designed in bright and soft hues and colours and mixing it in a right proportion has helped Ritu Kumar to earn a prestigious name in the fashion fraternity.
Lakme fashion week(LFW),Kolkata Fashion Week(KFW) has witnessed the beauty and grace of the collection of ritu kumar. She has even taken the Indian fashion specially the traditional and bridal outfit internationally and has been acclaimed successfully.
For an Indian bride, salwar kameez form an indispensable part of her wedding trousseau. Of all the traditional Indian dresses, the salwar kameez provides just the right blend of comfort and style. Even though mostly Punjabi ladies have been known to wear salwar kameez suits on their wedding day, brides from other parts of India too are waking up the possibilities of wearing a salwar kameez for their wedding. Bridal salwar kameezes are richly embroidered with a lot of gold and silver zari work, kundan, stones and crystals to make them look gorgeous and dazzling.
What is a Salwar Kameez
The salwar kameez is one of the many traditional dresses worn by Indian as well as Pakistani women. It consists of a shirt like top, a loose trouser and a stole worn around the neck. The top or kameez is tailored like a tunic which is usually knee length, though in some cases it may be shorter. It has side seams beneath the waist line to allow easy movement. The salwar is a pajama like outfit with attached strings to fasten it around the waist. Lastly, the stole, also called a duppatta/chunni, is a long length of clothing made from fabric matching that of the salwar and kameez. The chunni is either hung on one shoulder or draped around the neck.
Types of Kameezes
There are plenty of styles available in salwar kameezes today. Some of them are relevant to the kameez only while the others pertain to the salwar or both. Popular styles in salwar kameezes include the basic fitted kurta where the measurements are form fitting, the Angrakha style which is a replication of the kurtas worn by court musicians with one side overlapping on the other, the Anarkali style which is fitted till the waist and ends in a skirt like flare till mid-calf and the A-line suit which is a flared kameez over a salwar. A number of women also opt for the kurta style suit wherein the kameez is loose fitting with a collared neck and the salwar is usually billowy.
Types of Salwars
The various salwar styles include churidaar, patiala, pathani, pajama and bell bottom trousers. The churidaar is a tight fitting pair of over-long trouser which is buttoned at the cuff and the extra material falls in ring like folds at the ankle. The patiala is flared with a lot of pleats similar to harem pants. It widen from the hips and tightens at the cuff to give an elegant look. The pathani salwar style adapted from the ones worn by Pathans. It is baggy at the top and tapered towards the ankles. The pajama type salwar has a straight fit like that of western trousers while the bell bottom style is tight till the knees and flared out from there in the shape of an inverted cone. The pajama and bell bottom style combines eastern and western sensibilities as fashionistas incorporate western influences in traditional clothes.
Bridal salwar kameez sets are made from rich fabrics which give the finished garment a very luxurious look. Satin and silk are the most popular choice as their sheen and finish make them ideal for weddings. Apart from these, tissue, crepe and even velvet and georgette are considered as good options for bridal salwar kameez sets. The finished pieces is heavily decorated, so the fabric used to stitch the garment is chosen accordingly. The budget, the weather and of course the comfort factor is also a consideration while purchasing the fabric.
Colors of Bridal Salwar Kameezes
While most traditional brides opt to wear red, other colors like golden, onion pink, orange, yellow, green and rose are also quite trendy now. Some designer varieties even combine two or more shades of the same color or contrasting colors for a striking effect. Eye-catching combinations such as red and green, brown and orange, blue and yellow or pink and orange have become quite common. But, whatever the choices you may have, the ultimate decision depends on your preference, time of wedding and what suits you as well.