LFW: Anupama Dayal’s Mughal revival

It’s never easy breaking out of your comfort zone, but there comes a moment when a creative person decides to pushes away all boundaries and steps into unfamiliar territory. For Delhi designer Anupama Dayal, that realisation dawned at a Singapore museum, while viewing Mughal jewellery. “Looking at our own jewellery from the past, I was inspired to design Indian clothes,” she says.  (We also think it’s partially to do with the great potential in the designer bridal wear market).

Naming her collection the Bronze Begum (sort of a celebration of the Indian skin tone), Anupama presented a collection of saris, lehengas and anarkalis for the Indian bride. She allowed herself a wide colour palette, using orange and red, azure blues, deep greens and shocking pinks. But the common thread of her collection was the predominance of gold. Gold was everywhere—from the zardosi and gota work, to the luxurious brocades, and of course, the jewellery. She combined the traditional crafts with metallic embellishments and pearl embroidery.

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The fabrics were rich and luxurious—chiffons, georgettes, jacquards and nets. She often used unconventional colour combinations—blue with orange and pink, tangerine with gold, green with gold, warm yellow with red. In a couple of outfits, Anupama draped two contrasting dupattas for an eye-catching effect.

What stood out most from the collection was the use of heavily decorated dupattas and traditional Anarkali jewellery, especially the hair ornaments and nose rings.

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After the show, Anupama said she would make every customer promise that she would make the most of her outfit by wearing it or individual garments at least five times. But I have a feeling the customer would want to wear it at least fifty times. It will be a precious treasure from the past.

Will you wear a Bronze Begum outfit to a wedding this season? Tell us!

Weekend views: Kareena mixes colours

Now that Kareena Kapoor is not size zero anymore (whatever that means), she’s covering up, but very tastefully. I was pleasantly surprised to see Kareeena in a casual salwar kameez on the reality talent show—India’s Got Talent. The actor paired a white kameez with a green salwar and a light blue net dupatta. Take a look:


Not sexy, not flashy, not in-your-face; instead, very, very sensibly put together. I’d love to wear such an unusual and And we mean the colours. At a time when every actor opts for a super short dress for TV and an evening gown for the red carpet, Kareena chooses traditional Indian wear. And we’ve rarely seen her in a bad sari.

Meanwhile, if you watched Kareena’s latest release We are Family over the weekend, you would have noticed her trendy outfits: bold prints, plaids and checks (all thanks to Manish Malhotra). A moviegoer especially liked her shrugs.

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What do you think of Kareena’s telly and big screen outfits? Tell us!

Inception: Six dream outfits

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We’ve all seen Inception. And we’ve all dreamed about living as princesses in fantasy worlds, wearing the world’s most beautiful clothes. And just as Delhi Couture Week wrapped up, we hunted for the best outfits of the week… six special outfits to make you dream again.

See our dream outfits below, and tell us what you think!

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Celebs: The Sari’s State

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Indian women love the sari, and we love it even more when a famous international celebrity dons the traditional drape at a fancy party. But the shocking appearance of Liz Hurley in a sari sans blouse (aka choli) didn’t go down too well with quite a few women (such as my mom and your mom and most other moms).

But our homegrown Bollywood beauties came to the rescue, and showed us how graceful and non-bosom baring the sari can be. Kajol, Sridevi, Rekha and even Urmila Matondkar rocked the sari at the recent Filmfare awards ceremony. But the lady who can carry off the sari the best is Vidya Balan. Dressed in her favourite Sabyasachi (we would like to see her experiment with designers), the young lady seemed to be saying: “So what if I’ve lost oodles of weight? I like the sari and I’m gonna wear it, gowns be damned.”


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While we like the sari, what doesn’t seem to go too well are the oversized rosary-type beads that Ms Balan might have taken from a sadhu at the Pushkar mela. And why tie back your lovely hair? Maybe she was just having a bad hair day, who knows?

Image courtesy: Santabanta.com

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