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Sexy shararas and peacock palazzos


THE LEHENGA-SARI Sabyasachi's collection was virtually all about how much fun you could have with this silhouette with black and cream blockprinted petticoats peeping out of the lehenga-sari. It is a style that we have seen before, but this season it is stronger than ever. Ashima Leena loved the silhouette so much that they kept it clean and simple, and Gaurav Gupta gave it a ballgown effect. Thanks to his use of light fabrics and strategically placed embellishments, the demure lehenga-sari was given a feel of uber sexiness. Both Anju Modi and Sabyasachi had their celebrity models (For Anju, it was Madhuri Dixit and for Sabyasachi, it was Sridevi) in this elegant and timeless drape. A lehenga may be too young for some but marry it with a sari and it looks fabulous no matter how old you are.

There is a reason I love and believe in Indian fashion, and that's because we are one of the few countries left where our national dress is not seen as costume. It evolves and is affected by trends so it always stays current and relevant. And this was celebrated at the recent PCJ Delhi Couture Week, where 11 designers showed off Indian finery at its best. With the festive season around the corner, do take a cue from what was on display. Instead of looking to the West, look across the border as the chicness of the begum seemed top of mind for many an Indian designer. The sari too made a comeback but in new and easier forms, be it the sari-dress or the lehenga-sari.

Fabric, textile and thread embroidery were the mainstays of most collections, and while crystals and sequins where still around they no longer played the hero of Indian dressing. It was more old-world charm meeting the practicalities of modern day life.
Fashion always reflects the time we live in and the feeling of the day, and PCJ Delhi Couture Week, told the story of how proud we are of our traditions. We want to wear them on our sleeve but in a stylish way that works for the modern woman. If you want to shine as a fashionista, here are the five new pieces you need to add to your wardrobe this season. . .

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