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Style Files | 5 festive dressing tips from Lakmé Fashion Week

With the festive season and the last quarter of 2016 underway, it is safe to say that we're at the most awaited point of the year. Of all hobbies, shopping is the most preferred. Diet is a cuss word not to be uttered within a 10 mile radius. Monotones and neutrals are given a rest for all things glittery. You catch my drift - there's a celebratory feeling in the very air itself!

So when it comes to dressing up for this special time, traditional wear is the most adored choice. Cue the avalanche of anarkalis, lehenga cholis and sarees. With fashion finding modern interpretations while being deeply rooted, its no wonder that festive dressing has come a long way. So this time around, make the festive season your fashion parade. Take a note from these trends at Lakmé Fashion Week to reinvent up your festive fashion game.

Go bright or go home

Indian model wearing a saree for designer Gaurang at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

While traditional wear has always stayed true to rich jewel tones as well as the tried and tested reds and golds, it is time to go bolder. Bright hues are trickling into festive wear and were spotted all over the ramps of Tulsi Silks and Gaurang. Expect punchy pinks, sunny yellows and bold blues all over those sarees and give it a try it for yourself.

Indian models wearing sarees for designer Gaurang and Tulsi Silks at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis



Get an edge

Indian models walking for GenNext designers at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

Whoever thought that Indian ethnic wear was a drag couldn't be any more wrong. For that, we thank the GenNext show who inspired us with their enthusiastic usage of rivets, leather, combat boots and studs. For a modern, risque element to an otherwise traditional look, this is your answer. Because what better way can you add spunk to your kurta than with a snazzy leather jacket!

Statement jewellery

Indian model wearing a saree and turban for designer Shivan and Narresh at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

There's no shortage of the yellow metal during the festive season, especially since there is a day allotted solely to it. But we're talking about more than just gold earrings and a diamond pendant. Take inspiration from Suhani Pittie and Shivan & Narresh at Lakmé Fashion Week and go a step further. I'm talking body chains, heavy duty chokers and even epaulettes. All it takes is one piece of statement jewellery and rest assured, you'll be the belle of the ball.

Indian models wearing sarees for designers Suhani Pittie and Shivan and Narresh at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis


Unconventional silhouettes

Indian models walk the ramp for designers at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

We've gotten used to seeing festive fashion in a streamlined manner with straight-fitted kurtas and billowy anarkalis. But what if you changed that without moving too far? That's the kind of experimentation that your festive ensemble needs. Turn traditional thinking on its head and style garments keeping only balance in mind. That's all you need for a look that will never cease to elicit a second glance.

Indian models walk the ramp for designer Payal Khandwala at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

Layer up 

Indian models walk the ramp for designer Payal Khandwala at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

When you add bacon to eggs on a Sunday morning, it only enhances the dish to make for a breakfast to look forward to all week long. Similarly, layers are the bacon of the outfit. They can add depth and distinction simply, ensured that they aren't too heavy for our climate. As seen at the Payal Khandwala and GenNext shows, all you need to do is play around with your look. Try adding in a layer or two to turn it into a ensemble you'll crave to wear anything during the year.

Indian model walks the ramp for designer Payal Khandwala at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 at St. Regis

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File

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Dayle

Personal Style | Jungle Fever

I've always been a city girl. In fact, I always seconded the town mouse in Aesop's famous fable - of course the little rodent was better off living in a city with its numerous scraps and abundant nooks! I feel him because I think I'm so habituated to the cityscape, it has become ingrained within me. Yes, the bustling crowds, the blink-and-you-miss-it pace and the blinding lights of Mumbai feel like second nature.

But come the spell of the showers and I start feeling differently. Call it the magic of the monsoon or a joke by the weather Gods, even! Regardless of the reason, all I feel is the need to get away from the city that I've known all my life and go back home. Not for a sabbatical, not even for the whole season, just for a bit. There's something amazing about going back home, back to nature and back to the simple life. The air is fresher and the number of stars dotting the night sky is unimaginable, making me wonder where they hide during the day. Leaves glisten and life is mellow; which makes it feel like here, you can exist and not just survive. So no matter how many times you may leave, aching to plunge yourself into the roar of the city; you know that you'll always be back. Like a wild tiger that can't stay far from the jungle, there's an invisible connection that'll always take you back.

An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup

An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup

An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup
 
Vintage Olive vest {Canada} [previously seen here]  | Zara white tank top | River Island beige pleated skirt {London} | Local stall oxford shoes {Bandra} [previously seen here] | Style Fiesta necklace c/o | Aldo charm bracelet | DIY pin badges | Valliyan Ear Cuff c/o | Zara Sunglasses |
MAC Viva Glam VI lipstick c/o | FACES 'Grey Matter' nail polish

Photography: Leo Alemao / Style File
  
An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup

An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup
  An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup
 An image of a women fashion blogger wearing an olive green jacket vest with a beige pleated skirt and oxford shoes, reflective sunglasses, gold accessories and bronze eye makeup

While in the throes of the monsoon, I finalised on a look that gave an urban safari vibe. With its earthy palette, it reminded me of the abundance of nature back home and collided perfectly with the start of autumn. So I decided to go all out while adding a tough girl touch with the rivets and studs. For my bronze eye makeup, I actually followed Kylie Jenner's 15 step Snapchat tutorial, which complemented the muted look to the tee. And finally, the DIY pins and gold toned accessories knocked it right out of the ballpark!

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Dayle

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