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Much like the business name, Aan’s diaspora appeals to the global woman; strong and powerful, yet graceful and feminine. She is a woman who values art and elegance and would never compromise on finesse.

We recently had an opportunity to catch up with director of Aan By Arti, Ms Arti Badhwar, to discuss her journey into the world of Indian fashion design.

Satya Paul LFWSS15 | The Maharani Diaries

Mid-way through Lakmé Fashion Week and all eyes were on fashion-loving, entrepreneur and wife of Bollywood star, Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan. For the first time ever, Gauri lent her creativity to Satya Paul to make her foray into the world of fashion.

India’s first fashion brand and innovators of the traditional sari, Satya Paul are celebrating an impressive 30 years of designing. Known for their original, colourful and not so conventional designs, the designers have once again proved why they are a force to be reckoned with in the Indian fashion industry.

This year, Satya Paul collaborated with Gauri to present a collection of tropical inspired silhouettes. Titled, ‘A Tropical Wonder,’ they created resort-like ensembles that saw a mix and match of sheer kaftans, tunics and vibrant coloured saris.

A former artist, now interior designer, Gauri drew a lot of her inspiration from Satya’s past collections. They stuck to their signature vibrant, abstract luxurious prints. The saris were adorned with contrasting motifs and borders as well as poetic words. The watercolour tones and unique sari blouse designs were refreshing, refined and sophisticated. A perfect way to close out day 3 of the fashion festival.

Gauri Khan for Satya Paul.

GAURI KHAN FOR SATYA PAUL

“I was an artist and I love colours and Satya Paul’s collections always have some colourful outfits, so that’s what inspired my tropical collection.” – Gauri Khan. 

Satya Paul by Gauri Khan highlights here: http://bit.ly/1Gp80w1 

Are you a fan of Satya Paul’s unconventional sari’s? Let us know in the comments below. 

*All images are courtesy of Lakmé Fashion Week

Anavila - LFWSS15 | The Maharani Diaries

The second day of Lakmé Fashion Week was a celebration of Indian handlooms and textiles. Designers paid homage to the diverse textile tapestry of India, with designs that push the boundaries of regular Indian wear.

ANAVILA

Designer, Anavila Misra’s earthly collection aptly titled, ‘A Summer Stroll’ included beautifully crafted saris in plaid and batik patterns. Anavila took inspiration from nature and rightfully stuck to a neutral colour palette. Her main emphasis for the collection being on the rich and simplistic textiles used in each of the outfits.

The show stopping moment of the show arrived when beautiful Bollywood actress, Dia Mirza gracefully strutted down the runway in a signature Anavila sari.

Natural and earthy tones are popular for the summer season. The stars from Bollywood town are loving wearing Anavila’s lightweight ensembles.

Anavila Misra - LFW2015 | The Maharani Diaries

ANAVILA’S SIGNATURE LOOKS.

GAURANG SHAH

Like Ananvila, Gaurang Shah’s presentation was inspired by Indian traditions, crafts and textiles. The inspiration for this collection was ‘Kalpavriksha,’ which in Hindu mythology translates to a wish-fulfilling divine tree. Shah’s perfectly balanced summer collection is woven by the Jamdani weavers from the Andhra Pradesh and Bangladesh regions of India.

The hand woven soft-toned saris were a breath of fresh air and actress, Vidya Balan shone in the show-stopping pink and gold sari. Gaurang’s collection was truly a celebration of the rich Indian heritage.

Vidya Balan as Gaurang Shah's show stopper.

VIDYA BALAN AS GAURANG SHAH’S SHOW STOPPER.

Designer, Gaurang Shah.