Happy 2017 Maharanis! It might almost be the end of January, but honestly speaking, it usually takes me until around about this time until I finally swing into my groove.
Having just returned from a beautiful and relaxing holiday in Africa, I feel incredibly refreshed and excited to kick-start the year with some fresh and inspiring content. I’m looking forward to 2017 for several reasons. Firstly, this is our second official year of blogging and secondly, we’re expanding. You heard correctly. Our brand new website is launching in April and I can’t contain my excitement. But, more on that later.
I wanted to brighten up your day today with a lovely shoot I collaborated on with some talented ladies in London last year. Featuring the style-staple, the saree and a couple of gorgeous blouse pieces, the inspiration behind the shoot was obviously Spring.
The genius of the saree lies in its versatility. There are over 100 ways to wear the garment and now thanks to fashion influencers, designers and cinema, Indian women are embracing new ways in which to drape your saree. You could perhaps go to the extent to say that we are witnessing some what of a renaissance for the humble saree. With the upcoming Spring season, it’s time to experiment, adapt to new trends and re-invent your style.
The saree is also a very forgiving garment because depending on the personality of the wearer, a sari can adapt to anybody’s body size and shape. – Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Border & Fall
No doubt, our love affair with the timeless saree continues and this year, expect to see more women sporting the drape at weddings and occasions.
Recently, I raved about how much I love House Of Blouse. Rachana and Roopa Reddy have nailed it with their Bangalore based start up. I discovered them about 2 years ago when I was struggling to find the perfect saree blouse and I can assure you, I wasn’t disappointed. You can read more about House Of Blouse in our exclusive interview feature here, but for now I wanted to briefly share my experience.
After spending several hours trawling through the various styles and fabrics on offer, I selected my base neck and blouse shape. The next step was to find the perfect fabric and customise it. For instance, you may want a high neck or perhaps you’d like to adjust the sleeve length. It’s perfect for the style conscious Maharani’s. Finally, using the measurement guide, enter your measurements and within a few clicks, your blouse will be shipped out. There is of course an option to purchase pre-made blouses or you could browse through the gallery to seek inspiration from hundreds of customer’s creations.
I’d say the most challenging step is getting someone to measure you, but aside from this the entire process is seamless. Can I also add how exceptionally good the customer service was! I was blown away by the amount of care taken by the team to ensure that I received these beautifully handcrafted blouses in one piece.
The crop tops fit like a glove and the best part is that they can be mixed and matched with a variety of skirts, sarees, pantsuits and more. No more trips to India. Yay!
So the idea of this shoot was to find creative new ways to wear patterns and style them against a variety of lightweight textures. I wanted to show how simple it is to pair two very different crop tops with bespoke saree’s provided by the lovely Jyoti of Jyoti Chandhok Ltd.
We kept the first look neutral to ensure that the floral georgette blouse shone in that beautiful sunlight. Jyoti’s white and yellow, tussar silk, hand-woven saree was inspired by ‘Basant,’ Spring time in India. She said that the saree would be the perfect haldi function outfit for the bride to be.
We tried 2 pallu drape styles, free style and a more classic look. Both the blouse and saree are so versatile you can create relaxed or more formal looks. Accessories were kept minimal here to highlight the blouse detail. The same applied to hair and makeup. Shalomi chose a natural and effortless look, framing the eyes with the more traditional dark black kajal liner look and keeping the hair soft and tousled.
The next saree was stunning. We turned up the glam quotient by showcasing an eye-catching royal blue raw silk blouse and contrasting it against a vibrant hot pink, chiffon, bandhani leheriya saree.
The saree features intricate kundan stone work and is ideal for any pre-wedding or puja event. I loved how Mandavi kept the accessories minimal once again and on this occasion we opted for a sleek up-do with more defined curls and brightening up the lip colour.
Mairéad of Remain In Light Photography captured the tones and the mood brilliantly. We all had a ball working on this feature. Everybody worked so well to complement each other and being able to collaborate with such a great team of women is what I believe helped make it a success.
Florals and brights have become some what of a Spring staple. As you can see floral print separates are so much fun to style and can be paired with neutrals or bright shades. On the other hand you can opt to make a statement with brighter tones and experiment with colour blocking. Whether you’re adventurous or like to keep your look more subtle and neutral during the festive seasons, flaunt your style with vibrant and sensuous colours and patterns. Express your own individuality and personality!
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