With the festivities on in full swing, our tinsel town beauties are ensuring not to miss any chance of playing Dress Up the Indian way. Indian ensembles have a charm of their own and though we all have made a gradual shift to western clothing, we have to admit, nothing defines an Indian women’s persona more than an ethnic outfit. It’s like our alter ego – our second skin that seems to fit in, just right.
With Navratri on, and Diwali just around the corner, this month dig into your cupboards to bring out those chaniya cholis, and the heavily embellished sarees and lehengas. If shopping is on your agenda, then we would say that you take some inspiration from the style files of Bollywood’s prominent celebrities, who are currently at their ethnic best.
Seems like maternity has regenerated all the stylish cells of Kareena Kapoor Khan. The lady is glowing and is showing off her baby bump with so much oomph. At an event in Kolkata, Kareena opted for a cape suit by Anamika Khanna. With that bit of sheer, she gave us a peek to her full grown belly.
Stylist Tanya Ghavri paired the embellished cape with a heavy Amrapali choker which appeared to be an add-on to the cape itself. Kareena finished her desi look with a pair of Jimmy Choo gladiators. Looks like all black ethnic wear is Kareena’s new mantra. We suggest you take a cue and look out for a regal all black piece to make a statement this festive season.
Nargis Fakhri is a definite rock star when it comes to styling up. Mostly seen in her western avatar, the lady turned heads at a recent event in Texas with her desi charm. In a hot pink cape and skirt set from the 2016 Couture Collection of Anita Dongre she looked like a modern day Indian princess. Like Nargis, we too are in love with Anita’s unconventional take on Indian dressing. The cropped cape adorned with silver gota work blended well with the embroidered skirt. Brownie points to ace stylist, Alia Al Rufai for styling this drool-worthy look. A pair of heavy jhumkas, slick back pony and a fuchsia pout rounded up this fantastic look. We are already on our lookout to wear a similar look this festive and wedding season.
If we have to name one Bollywood beauty with that perfect 10 body, it would be Shilpa Shetty. With that curvaceous body, Mrs Kundra added a spark to any ensemble. But we plead guilty of loving her more for her ethnic appearances. Off-late, the mother of one has been giving our soaring eyes quite a fashionable feast with her appearances on the Super Dancer show. Last week she slayed us with her desi looks just ahead of Navratri.
In a striped blouse and patch work lehenga set from Anupama Dayal, Shilpa Shetty looked all set for the 9 days of festivities. With a burst of bright festive colors, she took Navratri dress-up a notch higher. Sanjana Batra, the lady behind this look, amped up the dandiya fever by opting for feather danglers from Deepa Gurnani and a kutch work cuff from Amrapali accessorizing this Navratri special to perfection.
For another round of Super Dancer, Shilpa opted for a draped gown from Amit Aggarwal. The saree-cum-gown set in the muted peacock tones of blues and greens looked gorgeous. The metallic embellished yolk clinched at the waist, accentuated her curves further.
Keeping her accessory game to minimal, stylist Sanjana Batra styled the outfit with a pair of complimenting Minerali earrings.
Pooja rose to instant fame with her debut movie, Mohenjodaro. Blessed with a dusky tanned Indian skin and an athletic frame, Pooja carry’s Indian wear with panache. Her recent date with ethnic ensembles was for a photo shoot for Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop. The lady made for two of the most striking appearances to please the shutterbugs.
Giving a more fusion take for this festive dressing, Pooja took us by surprise in a plain white, Payal Khandwala, wrapped off-shoulder top paired with a heavily embellished skirt from Anita Dongre. This pairing, fresh and unconventional, yet so festive is a must-try this season.
Due credits to Verve Magazine’s Senior Stylist, Shweta Navandar for styling this one. Exquisite earrings and neckpiece from Just Jewellery India and a cuff from Amrapali elevated the Indian-ness quotient. Hair and Makeup artist Mehak Oberoi finished this look with blow dried tresses, a glossy pout and a small stone bindi, for that extra effect.
For her second festive look, stylist Shweta Navandar styled Pooja in a lehenga from designer Krishna Mehta. To complement the heavy embroidered landscape, she opted for a subtle striped blouse layered with a traditional jacket, from the House of Priyal Prakash. Just Jewelery India earrings, Astha Jagwani body chain and Just Shraddha’s ring completed this look.
Karishma Tanna, who is supposedly recovering from heartbreak after her break up with beau Upen Patel, came all guns out to slay the crowd at a garba event. Decked up in a teal floral embroidered lehenga and beige dupatta paired with a heavily embellished fuchsia top, all from designer Payal Singhal, Karishma gave us some major Navratri vibe. Stylist Ankita, styled Tanna’s pretty look with a beautiful pair of earrings and maangtika from SSoul Jewelery. With a hot pink sling and winged liner Karishma looked all set for playing garba the fashionista way.
Soha Ali Khan
Though pictures from Soha’s recent pajama party birthday bash are going viral, we got hooked to her desi look, the Nawab heir, sported at an event lately. We have to agree that royalty is embedded within her genes and in a skirt and top set from Saakshi Kinni, Soha Ali Khan displayed her regal charm yet again. With coral florals set in a muted olive escapade, this one was a breather from the usual bright festive colors. Stylist, Neha Bijlaney accessorized the outfit with jhumkas and an exotic ring from Minerali. If you are not in agreement with wearing the usual pinks, reds and oranges then we did strongly recommend the color of this season, olive.
After a long break, we spotted actress Mugdha Godse donning an ethnic outfit, at the Society Awards in Mumbai. The lady did make for a stylish comeback in a blue draped saree from Mint Blush Designs. The tie and dye top was indeed the highlight of this outfit. Styed by the duo at Who-Wore-What-When, Mugdha made quite an impact wearing the outfit with a heavy choker necklace, earrings and a statement cuff from Aara and Inaayat. Silver peeps from Pratinava and a sling clutch from Anandita rounded up Mugdha’s red carpet look. Folks, we did suggest you try a piece like this for Dussehra, considering tie and dye is currently trending high on the fashion radar.
Hope you got your dose of latest ethnic wear inspiration. Wear your ethnic style this Dusshera and Diwali, after all for any fashion following women, festive dress up is to be taken seriously. Glam up ladies and slay your admirers with your Indian-ness.
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