In Sabyasachi

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Many of you may already know this but for those who don’t, the upcoming Mani Ratnam movie ‘Raavan’ was also shot in Tamil simulataneously and at the first look event held in Chennai, South actress Priyamani shared emcee duties. She wore a black printed Sabyasachi sari with a mustard pattern border. Love the sari, of course, but am not a big fan of the matching maroon glass bangles. It is also so nice to see her wear mogra (jasmine flowers) in her hair. We rarely see it these days.

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Priyamani at ‘Raavanan’ First Look Event

Photo Credit: Galatta

86 COMMENTS

  1. she has changed a lot ..thanks to makeup and dressing. when i saw her in her first movie wondered who took her as an actress. seems like any ugly betty can be turned into a beauty in the glamour industry. nice sari. and mogra is quite common down south.




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  2. Aren’t the mogras more common in the South? Correct me if I’m wrong, I may be totally off center.
    I love those flowers, I think they’re super feminine and I’m a bit of wannabe flower-child so :)

    Love everything but the bangles. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve grown up in the US with very little Desi influence, but I really love these type of really traditional, very ethnic looking outfits. I really love the idea of embracing and expanding on the “exotic-ness” of being Desi, rather than trying to fuse our traditional fashions into Western culture. It just seems like a bastardization of a beautiful culture, and the result often looks ridiculous. I swoon over these type of Earthy, oriental looks :)

    But that’s just me. It’s how I’ve chosen to embrace my heritage- there’s no point in running from it.




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    • What I mean is, I think we should embrace what makes us different, and not try to camouflage it with whitening creams, colored contact lenses and excess amounts of bling.




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      • ECHO…
        i luv her look from top to bottom.
        i do not mind the bangles though.
        her sari has more of gray so maroon bangles r not that bad.
        n i agree when i visited south India i bought gajra/mogra every day.
        purely desi girl :)luv it




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      • Yes, this is very common in the South. It is considered auspicious – this being a movie/music launch event. This is very appropriate. But there has been a strong Punjabi influence all over the country, for the past decade.

        Most south indian weddings have a Mehendi ceremony and dancing at the wedding these days. And the bride and groom have taken to wearing traditionally Punjabi, or even Gujrati outfits. It is indeed lovely to see someone wear a look, that is more south indian. (Yes, I realize the sari, isn’t really very traditional).

        I was also thrilled to see Aishwarya dress up as traditional Bunt bride at her wedding. It is a gorgeous look. I hope to wear something like that for my own wedding ;)




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      • you get my vote :) she looks lovely head to toe and the south Indians have managed to keep their ethnic identities somewhat intact compared to the north Indians. Kudos to someone like Sabya for making such wonderful sarees..




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        • True, Pdaervo. Love the earthy look. In every wedding i attend these days i only see Manish Malhotra-ish blingy sarees, halter neck blouses and loose hair. Of course, the girls look lovely, and i do like the change, but it’s painful to see them adopt the neo-Indian look with much alacrity, and suddenly turn dismissive of the traditional weave, full blouse, mallipoo/mogra style.




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      • Agreed, i always wear saree to any party in the US and every American seem to think that the coolest thing on earth. Its so much fun to embrace ones tradition, walk proud and question all those curious minds :)




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    • sorry, I may have missed your point, but what does that have to do with the bangles? Glass bangles are very much an Indian thing as far as I know.

      Regarding the outfit, I think it’s quite nice. No complaints. PnP, i really wish you guys would just call a spade a spade. if there’s nothing wrong with the look, then just admit it instead of having to nitpick on the bangles. lately i’ve noticed that you always find something wrong with someone’s outfit. while in some cases it is blatant, in others it’s just contrived.




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      • Haha, no it wasn’t about the bangles. It was about the look as a whole compared to the whole MM movement.

        Although I do have to say that I love wearing “Western clothes”, it’s just that I don’t feel like my Desi clothes should look like my Western clothes.




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  3. interestingly, priyamani is the cousin of another sabyasachi regular – vidya balan, and i heard that sabya did the styling for both versions of the movie (his first film foray?). love the saree – and she wears it very well




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  4. Guess Sabya is a favorite among Palakad Tamils. Vidya Balan and now Priyamani. Like the Sabya sari better on her as compared to the boring yawn inducing Vidya Balan. She gives it a fresh aura. Don’t mind the bangles either.




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  5. I’d really like to know what is wrong with the bangles. I mean, not in an angry way :) But, genuine curiosity? coz I’d dress like this.

    Would you prefer mustard bangles? Please answer this question :) Thanks!




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          • No. You can match bangles to the blouse in this case. Match-much is when someone OD’s on the same color; wear 3+ items of the same color, say shoes, jewellery, outfit, bag. :P




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          • Matching bangles to blouse or bangles/parandi/dupatta is a very north indian color sensibility. The whole ChandnifromYashchopra/sarsonkakhet/manishmalhotranonexistantblouse thingee needs a huge shakeup like this!
            I like that the bangles complement the colors and dont match in a more traditonal or even carefree way. It is more organic than diaphanous cheaply sequineed saris showing acres of bony waist and extra long torso. I like this very much!




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        • agree, bangles look fine and secondly aren’t they matching the lining on the blouse which looks maroonish.
          also, aren’t maroon, red, green glass bangles traditionally worn colors without one making the effort to exactly match them, as long as its not a total clash I think its fine




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  6. It’s a lovely look overall and I love the blouse – so dainty and feminine! But about the sari, I’m probably going to be in the minority here: I look at the body – checked print – and think “older woman.” Like, grandmother older.




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    • Peeps have mentioned that she is Vidya Balans cousin so I’m not too surprised with her draping. Good idea to get tips from a cousin.NOT. Ha!




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  7. It is a look from another era..but God…what an amazing look. She looks very beautiful in a very Indian way here. Love everything..the gajra in her hair, the long thick plait, the sari with the contrast blouse and the bangles..especially the bangles. I love glass bangles and the sweet tinkling sound they make when the wearer moves her hands..my mom used to look and dress like this…still does and she has aged so gracefully. I hope I will look half as graceful when I reach her age!




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  8. This is something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to know…..if you HAD TO wear bangles/bracelets with a saree like this, what color should they be? Black/white/orange/maroon would all qualify as too matchy. So then what…..green? I’d really appreciate anyone’s response.




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    • Well, I didn’t like the bangles because I’m a total minimalist when it comes to jewelry, but because the sari is is printed and has so much color and business in it already, I would say either gold bangles (which, I guess, wouldn’t be glass) or black. I don’t think it’s possible to match too much with black- it’s the one color that works well as a solid monochrome.




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  9. Love the ensemble. The saree, hair, flowers. I dont care either way for the bangles but looks like she went entirely south Indian and the bangles add to that touch.

    She is Vidya balan’s cousin so it comes as no surprise that she went with Vidya’s favorite designer!




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  10. did you know that she and vidya balan are cousins??
    and btw she is doing the role of SHOORPANAKA in ravan which was initially written for Bipasha Basu.(incidentally mani ratnam told basu that he will give her another film!!!!!)




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  11. I like the look, she looks refined. It is so refreshing to see a sari tied in a decent, non provocative way. Shilpa Shetty, are you listening!




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    • Totally totally totally agree with you .. !!
      Thank God someone said it.. I just don’t get the deal about Shilpa Shetty!!
      This is the kind of look that I really like… We can excuse the little off draping here!!

      Sabya rocks as ususal
      !!




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  12. She looks so sweet but wish she had draped it better – it would have elevated the look. I actually love the bangles – it is very South Indian, very traditional.




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  13. I dont mind the bangles, I infact think they complete the traditional look. but may be she can go for different color to match her eariings say dark orange or go for little less number of bangles.




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  14. You still see people wear flowers in their hair in Hyderabad and def. down south – its very commen. The bangles look nice too, traditional, the whole look is lovely. A pleasant change from the Shilpa Shettys and Celinas of this world.




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  15. it is so heartening to see you all appreciate a look so common in the south… yes, hugely different from the mini’s and halter’s but nothing like a classic sari to bring out the desi girls in us!! love love love it!




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  16. now thats totally south india look…
    a) we are almost always required to tie our hair
    b) And obvious pin flowers
    c) More often than not, the saree is not translucent.

    Love the look, priyamani rocked it!!! Reminds me of the times when i was tagged “madrasi” for this look :)




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    • She is a very talented south indian actress who has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam movies. She won National award for her performance in a tamil movie.




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  17. She looks lovely, I think this whole styling is Maniratnam’s influence, can see the way both Aishwarya and Priyamani are dressed when publicizing the film.
    All Mani’s heroines dress very elegantly and tastefully with ethnic influences ( lots of handlooms) right from mounaraagam, geetanjali, roja to bombay and guru.




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    • can still remember the “geetanjali dresses” (cotton handloom mirrorwork skirts and tops), white cotton embroidered sarees in anjali, cotton sarees in roja and bombay and the gujarat influenced handlooms in guru. some of them great trendsetters




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      • Sabyasachi is the lead designer for this movie. Both aishwarya n priyamani have worn his clothes in the movie. So kudos to him! it has also nothing to do with priyamani being vidya’s cousin. Of course, some directors like Raghavendra Rao do showcase his heroines beautifully. Remember Sridevi in Himmatwala?!




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  18. Did u notice that P&P each and every Sabya creation posted here has got so many comments than any designers…people love to talk about his work….




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