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Lakme Fashion Week: Indian Textiles Day Part One

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A designated day for celebration of the Indian textile heritage is an unprecedented concept that was initiated under the Lakme Fashion Week banner a while back. In the beginning, the work showcased on that day oscillated between garbled and tedious but a short span of time the vocabulary has found a refinement of understanding and deep appreciation.
The sustainable fashion market was shackled in traditional ‘zari’ saris and shapeless garments. A spate of talented designers with deep understanding of the weaves and a repertoire of clever cuts shifted the premise and shattered the correlation between handlooms and the ‘jholawaalas’. Now these garments are regarded as the preferred clothing for uber chic and style icons.

‘Sustainable Fashion and Indian Textile Day’ at Lakme Fashion Week has been the meeting ground of these designers from the varied parts of the country and the dazzling, glamorous runway. The empowered set of patrons of sustainable fashion now has an address.

The first show #MADEINASSAM, three diverse protagonists of Assamese heritage weaves had come together to showcase the myriad appeal of this textile.
*The first on the runway was Aagor by ANTS craft, an NGO that since 2002 has nurtured about 150 marginalised tribal women weavers of strife torn areas by teaching and providing weaving work, health care so as to afford them the freedom to stay with their families.

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Keenly feeling the disparity and distance in the growing commercial success of textiles and the absence of Northeastern offerings, Pranami Kalita started her label Pariah to bridge that gap showcasing garments skilfully crafted from traditional, luxurious silks like Paat, Eri and Muga.

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Anuradha Kuli of – Naturally Anuradha is an Award Winning Master Weaver with 25 years of intense hard work behind her and has risen from grass roots to a space of nurturing a growing community of weavers. She is a revivalist of forgotten weaves and boldly works with natural dyes and hand-spun Eri threads to offer saris that have an exceptional appeal. Vintage embroidery revivalist Purvi Patel teamed these saris with contemporary cut blouses.

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Sari Style

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While attending a puja hosted by stylist Ami Patel, Kangana was seen wearing a linen Anavila sari. Seeing our leading ladies in simple saris these days has become a rare occasion, so it was nice to her here. She looked great!

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Fan Love!

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Alia and Shahid unveiled another song from their movie ‘Shaandaar’ today with Alia wearing a custom dress made by Ami Patel featuring poems, paintings and doodles sent to Alia by her fans.

The dress was quite a novel idea and a cute way to tell her fans, she loves ’em too.

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Alia Bhatt at Shaam Shaandar Song Unveiling


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Alia Bhatt at Shaam Shaandar Song Unveiling

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Doing Denim

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At the Shaandaar/Close-Up tie-up event, Alia was seen in a custom Ami Patel tee, one that she wore with distressed denims and Zara sandals that we can’t seem to have enough sightings of.

While she looked cute, the strappy close-toe sandals not only felt a bit repetitive, for good reason, but felt too heavy for the casual look.

On an aside, before you get into a conspiracy theory about how we’ve seen both the black and red versions of the sandals on both Katrina and Alia, remember that they don’t share the same stylist. :P

On another aside, this tee reminds me a lot of the Sincerely Jules lips and lashes tee.

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Alia Bhatt at Shaandaar Promotion With Close-Up

Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani

Sari Style

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Sushmita and Ameesha attended the Queenie-Rishi wedding bash wearing sheer saris with itty-bitty blouses but while one looked elegant in hers, the other looked rather washed out in theirs.

We don’t think we have to point who was which.

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Sushmita Sen and Ameesha Patel at Queenie Singh-Rishi Sethia Wedding bash

Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani