Tag: Christian Dior

A Separate(s) Story

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Pairing a Flavio Castellani top with an Ash Haute Couture mini, Divya attended a recent soirée in Mumbai. A pink Dior bag and colorful Sophia Webster sandals were her accessories for the evening.

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Divya Khosla Kumar At Manish Malhotra’s Party

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In Dior

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Wearing head-to-toe Dior (earrings, dress and slingbacks), Kalki attended her latest movie’s screening last evening. While the velvet dress worked well on Kalki, I do wish she had worn her hair differently. A ponytail would’ve added some welcome freshness to the look… A little less stewardess, a bit more Sixties-Mod vibe.

Kalki Koechlin At Jia Aur Jia Screening

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In Dior

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For the trailer launch of her upcoming movie, Kangana picked Dior separates to wear. Understated make-up and pair of nude ankle-strap sandals rounded out the actor’s look.

Though she wears the sporty/casual separates perfectly well, the appearance did leave us underwhelmed. Maybe it’s the Ranaut-effect, we just expect more… And this was not it.

Kangana Ranaut At Simran Trailer Launch


Kangana Ranaut At Simran Trailer Launch

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Sari Not Sorry

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By this point, you probably have caught a whiff of Gaultier’s Fall Couture presentation. The theme was ski culture and among the pieces inspired by exotic and glamorous chalets, skiing destinations and the jet-set who frequent them, were those that were inspired by the sari. And you couldn’t miss them.

The sharply tailored black number worn with white stacked bracelets and a matching choker was an instant favorite. Sign me up for the après-ski cocktail hour. The other black draped dress with thin beaded border instantly reminded me of a Schiaparelli from the thirties. This tells you, much like the Grecian toga, the sari has inspired fashion through the ages. Both fabrics from ancient cultures/civilizations with distinct and distinguishing drapes.

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture 2017

Jean Paul Gaultier’s clothes have a certain whimsy, a sort of magnified alternate fairy-tale reality to them. And so, looking to India for inspiration doesn’t surprise me. Back in 07, it was royalty that did the trick.

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture 2007

Coming back to the sari, it’s been a garment that has always caught couturiers’ attention. Schiaparelli did a draped black number in the 30s, a silhouette which was revised again more recently in 2015. At that time (30s-60s), the sari much like the cheongsam hinted at fetishizing of the ‘exotic’ East by the West. Between that and romanticizing royalty and colonialism, the sari, an elegant garment by itself got the nod of approval to be reinterpreted for the western palette from the upper echelons (and couture buyers).

Schiaparelli 2015 And The 30s, Yves Saint Laurent 80s And The 60s

It’s easy to see the sari’s appeal… The drape is open to designer’s interpretation and even in it’s simplest, unadulterated form, open to the wearer’s. And perhaps, universally flattering.

Balenciaga Early 60s, Christian Dior 1955, Alexander McQueen 2008, Marchesa 2013

After seeing a picture of Hepburn in Life magazine’s May ’62 issue, Jackie Kennedy asked Oleg Cassini to create a version of the original Hubert de Givenchy design for her. She wore the pink sari-inspired silk chiffon (beaded with porcelain and rhinestones) gown to a White House state dinner honoring President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan in 1963. Incredible how the dress seems just as timeless today (could be the Hepburn-Kennedy effect too)!

Audrey Hepburn In Givenchy, Jacqueline Kennedy In Oleg Cassini

However, it hasn’t always been only saris. Other silhouettes, textiles and craft have heavily influenced designers outside of India as you will see in a snapshot of images below. The sari though is just a tad more special. The garment is uniquely dependent on its wearer. Each time it lends itself to the aesthetic of the wearer, both in how it is draped and styled.

Chanel 2012

Hermès 2008

Among the young in India, saris are not as popular. But that is beginning to change gradually. Re-interpreted silhouettes, sari-inspired gowns are like gateway drugs to the real thing. And every time a designer is influenced/inspired by it, it’s a notch for Team Sari. This timeless garment needs its due and it’s happening, albeit bit by bit. Have you heard of The Sari Series? We are thrilled to announce we are associate producers on one of the How-To-Drape films and can’t wait for you all to see it. We love our saris and are so excited to be able to lend our support in a small way! Yay saris! And that’s Sari, not sorry.

Elie Saab Couture 2016, Isabel Marant 2016

Photo Credit: Life Magazine, Style.com, Vogue, Met Museum

In BCBG

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For a round of promotions/interviews, Richa picked a BCBG sheath. Pairing the body-con dress with Dior pumps, the actor rounded out her look with a simple ponytail. The dress looked great on her. If we could change one thing though, it would’ve been the shoes. Pair of classic black pumps would’ve done the trick here. Or white/dove grey ones for contrast. The light beige ones that she had on were neither here, nor there. Ankle-up, no complaints.

Richa Chadha At Inside Edge Promotions


Richa Chadha At Inside Edge Promotions

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