Click for a better view of some of the most interesting blouse designs.
Some very distinctive and sexy blouse design. My view is that one should make the blouses fanciful but not intricate. As you can see in the picture, for the model on the right, the design looks eye catching but it also looks as if it is not fitted right. I like to avoid creating a design that is prone to that kind of unwelcome variation.
Tarun Tahiliani showed some pretty art deco T shirts a few years ago. In some situations, with the right saree, an art deco blouse would look really stunning.
This is not it, but you get the idea.
From Chalo Mumbai, an interview with Shefalee Vaudev, Editor or Marie Claire.
At any given Fashion Week in India, the front row has every fashion editor worth her D&G glares, dress in the best of designer wear, most of the time, borrowed and Western.
Now, picture a Kanjeevaram-clad Shefalee seated amid the “established” dress coded, her choice of garment almost squashing every rule in the book, in effect redeeming a garment that’s inherently Indian!
“A certain section of India’s fashion fraternity doesn’t think I am fashionable, but I’d rather wear something I strongly associate with,” says the editor, who replaced the choli with a tank top, when she wore sarees in third year of college.
The 6-yard has stood by her through various jobs, as feature editor at Cosmopolitan, assistant editor at India Today, and now, editor of the Indian edition of a UK fashion magazine.
Why else would she not own a single “designer” saree? “They are terribly overpriced. Besides, I can’t relate to sarees trimmed with Swarovski hanging there for posterity.
I’d rather invest in a Neelambari from Benaras, or Patola from Gujarat,” says the Delhi-based editor.
I do not agree with her trepidation and complaint about the “designer saree”, I do not agree with a it a single bit but I understand it fully. One day, I will run in to her and I will explain to her the non-linear relationship between mundane, good, great, excellent and extra ordinary.
OK, a quiz for all of you saree-lovers out there:
How many sarees does Shefaliee Vasudev own?
Nope, keep going!
She owns 500 sarees!
Do you know what India needs? Saree Exchange parties! Raid the closet for saree parties.
I wanted to do something that was ‘double-breasted’ without actually being so. Of course, I was also doing the Kimono thing.
This is the result.
1 Pink/Salmon Art-Silk Sari – Rayon of a very nice quality (6 yards)
6 yards of poly/cotton blend for the lining
Time: About 8 hours
Zari borders make for a nice gold accent
Long Belt to make a contrasting obi bow
Sleeves attached with opening under the arm, so you don’t have to wear the sleeve and can move it out of the way when needed
Pleated on the shoulders for extra room
One size really does fit most
I stumbled upon an amazing site called Sari Safari. The US-based online Indian ethnic saris store, is owned by Melinda Williams, a traveler cum entrepreneur. According to the site, Sari Safari only specializes in indigenous handloom sarees in pure cotton and pure silk from all over India. Unlike many other Indian merchants, Melinda crave for the village crafted, exotic and rare type of textile and fabrics.
Sari Safari offers an adventurous experience for its new visitors. And also check out the site’s blog here.