This saree is from designer Dhruv Singh’s “Chokher Bali”collection (Festive-Winter’13) … and he made it as a tribute to Binodini. Chokher Bali is a Bengali novel written by Rabindranath Tagore, and he needs no introduction I’m sure. In 2003, Rituparno Ghosh directed a bengali film based on this novel with Aishwarya Rai in lead as Binodini.
So cheerful! These girls, each holding a different prop, are from a postcard that was marked 1909. However, the style seems earlier to me. We get some detail of the saree fabrics, and the oldest model wears a velvet choli, something more common before the turn of the 20th century. The border print on her spotted saree is a bit different too. Maybe they were sisters, but there was no more information…. And I wonder what happened to them, if as middle-aged women they welcomed independence for India.
Daylight saving starts today, it means Spring is closer than you think…but what is Spring without brilliant riots of colour? This photograph by Tarun Vishwa for ELLE’s July edition 2013 under the watchful eyes of the creative director Prashish More and fashion director Malini Banerji … reminds me of the sensual scent of spring with its gorgeous colours; royal blue, crimson, fuchsia and plum.
There are probably a zillion saree ads out there today, and increasing by the day too. I have to admit, unless it screams ‘creative’, it gets skipped over with a single click without any mercy and you cannot blame me for my Internet ADD syndrome, or my short attention span and whatever else you wanna call it.
Ruth Saint Denis (1879 – 1968) embodied many goddess in her time as a dancer, including Radha, Quan Yin, Ishtar, and Isis, just to name a few. Among many photographs of her posing in sarees, this particularly one stood out because of the saree blouse. All those “beads” sewn on her blouse, could they be pearls??
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.
Abhi is a student in San Francisco and showcases sensuous saree pictures.
Kamini is a model in Los Angeles and loves to accentuate the best a saree has to offer.