Oct 30 2007
Every Tuesday, we will try to highlight interesting blouse designs.
A blouse can make or break a saree, but you already know that.
Here are some creative blouse cuts and examples of interesting symmetry.
Oct 29 2007
Hmm.. I would have liked to have seen that. DNA India Reports:
Our source says, “Beyonce entered the hotel at about 11pm and quickly went to her room to change. To everybody’s surprise she came down draped in a pretty silver saree.” After entering the club she danced away in the special room inside Enigma where she and forty five crew members partied the night away.
She requested the DJ to play Bollywood songs and the lady also attempted to do a bhangra-style jig with Daler Mehendi’s ‘Bolo tara rara’ and the ‘Rang De Basanti’ title track. She also requested the DJ to play songs from her latest album. And to the envy of all women at the party, she was absolutely comfortable in the saree and could manage all kinds of dance moves with it. Beyonce sipped on a cola and mineral water throughout and she chose not to touch alcohol at all. For dinner, she chose Indian chicken curry with garlic naan.
I would have loved to have seen her DANCE in a saree, she is such a great dancer.
I’ll post her pictures when they are available, but I did hear that the concert in Mumbai was great. Here is a picture of her with Mehndi (henna).
Oct 23 2007
I wished I could say that I like this saree; I don’t; I wished I could say that I hate this saree, I don’t; I wished I could say that it’s an average saree, it isn’t. So I am going to have to cop out and say that this is an “interesting saree”.
Well, turns out this is not a saree at all! Click on the picture below for a better view.
What she is wearing is a “faux saree”, just one more way for Meghna Naidu to show a little more skin!
Oct 22 2007
“They make the wearer look so slim and sexy,” says Kolkata-based designer Preeti Jhawar who retails from designer stores like Ensemble in Mumbai.
Delhi-based designer Anju Modi says , “I once demonstrated it on stage. It looks good on the ramp. But…”
These designers are discussing the latest style of draping the sari. Move over petticoats, the quintessential feminine wear now has a new, masculine partner — trousers. The ying and yang of dressing.
Yes, the hep crowd no longer prefers draping the six yards over bulky petticoats. The demure saree is now all set for a transformation, in keeping with the busy lifestyle of the modern woman, for whom comfort matters as much as classic chic.
So, the bulky petticoat which for generations served the dual purpose of keeping the saree tucked in and modesty, is being given the heave-ho. The place is now being reserved for the trendy trousers. “It’s a trend and a major one as socialites, models and just about everybody is now preferring to wear trousers underneath the saree. Even chudidars are popular with many,” says Shaina N C who showed the same at the Saree Drape in Hyderabad last year. After experimenting with double length saree for select clientele, the Mumbai-based designer seems to have voted for this trend.
A comfortable style, they all say, but then is it really? How would you deal with the practical problem of taking it off if you have to visit the restroom? Preeti is clueless about how. “God knows,” she says, “maybe they could put a zipper or something…” Even Chintan, a Mumbai based designer seems stumped. He guesses that a pre-stitched saree would be the answer.
Besides extolling the comfort value, Shaina too is unaware of the practical difficulties. “Since you tuck the pleats into the trouser, you don’t have to fear it falling off.” Right, but it still poses that practical problem — can you strut around in a saree tucked into a trouser the whole day long? Or is it just a glamour wear that you primp up in for a few hours of exotica? Can you comfortably wear a saree over trousers or chudidars and still perform all your activities?
When in doubt, consult the experts. In this case, the original diva of fashion, Shobhaa De, who long dispensed with the petticoat but didn’t replace the bulky wear with the slimmer trousers. Shobhaa shimmered around at high society dos, slim figure silhouetted in a saree and nothing else. Just a plain old nada around the waist and lo, the saree stays in place. Practicality meets glamour, 21st century style.
The ’90s woman pushed the saree to the back of her cupboard as being too traditional and impractical for the bustle of the work place, but the 21st century woman is willing to give this symbol of traditional Indian beauty its due place in the wardrobe. With modifications, to suit her needs. So the petticoat, which is seen as too bulky, too restricting and just too unglamorous is consigned to the back of the wardrobe. Just think how it hides all the curves (of course, lard too). But if you take the trouble to work out and have a well-toned figure, why hide it behind yards of material? A trouser or chudidar beneath gives a far more sexier and slimmer silhouette and makes you feel a part of the glamorous set.
The six yards of saree hasn’t had so much attention focussed on it since Zandra Rhodes tried to westernise this quintessential Indian garment in the ’80s. But now the saree is all set for another revival. In today’s world of flux where the east blends seamlessly with the west, it is but natural that the sari’s new partner is the trouser. Just think how much more comfortable Vijayshanthi will now be executing all her stunts. Just leap up and kick, secure in the knowledge that the trousers won’t trip you.
Oct 21 2007
A great designer Black Saree for Pujo; sorry no pictures but the author has a few words to share:
My black Saree – the designer saree that Didi had got me during my visit to India this June… is awesome! And awesome was the upper that Piyu had designed for the saree …! So, I could not wait to be in the crowd in that black saree…
Anyways, I was dying to get in the pandal and find someone who had a better saree than I had (which I doubted so much)!
Yup, only a designer black saree can make you feel that way!
Oct 21 2007
Morris Louis created abstract paintings that ARTnews characterized as “rivers of color.” Combining the control of color-field painter Helen Frankenthaler and the spontaneity of action painter Jackson Pollock, Louis often poured paint in directed streams onto his canvases. His stated goal was to “convert physical paint into stabbing light.”
Satya Paul turned it in to a gorgeous saree:
I probably would have put the colors on the pallu and on the border, but the bold Satya Paul house design has the colors and the “river” running down the pleats as well.
The effect is stunning.
Sunny is a designer in Los Angeles. He loves the fluidity and fluency of a saree and believes that when a woman wears a saree, she not only adorns her body but she also adorns her soul. His design ethos is that “simplicity never goes out of style.”
Indrani is a video journalist in Kuala Lumpur. She seamlessly blends east and west by doing the Bharat Natyam steps and Tango, without missing a beat. She has an infectious smile, a youthful sense of the fashion and a timeless sense of the style.
Rupa Gupta: A writer, editor and journalist, Rupa has been in the media for more than two decades. She has worked as Editor with major publications, both in India and abroad. a keen eye for fashion and current trends. Her sense of aesthetics transcends the hype and always finds the true beauty.
Liza Varma is a former Femina Miss India and well known model in Delhi. Today, she is a leading Fashion Choreographer with over 1000 shows to her credit in India and abroad. She is also a member of the Fashion Design Council of India and a Consultant with Shoot Talent Management. Her client list is the who’s who of Indian fashion industry.
Misty is a student in London and has her fingers on the pulse of London fashion industry.
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