October 31, 2010 3:35:02 pm
If you want to splurge on a Diwali wardrobe,here is how to do it
by Lecoanet Hemant
This is detox fashion organic,permeated with oils and herbs and dyed in vegetable colours. The kimonos and tops are soft and comfortable. Wrap them around you while you relax in some Me Time,or meditate. Or use them as sleepwear.
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Price: Rs 3,000-5,000
Contact: Lecoanet Hemant,Gallery,MG Road,New Delhi
This limited-edition clutch for Diwali and the wedding season provokes two thoughts. One,the Indian market now inspires global luxury brands to create special offerings. Two,nothing like Tods for understated distinction in the midst of festive excess. In four silken hues,this clutch is a must-lust.
Price: Rs 1,02,000
Contact: Tods boutique,
DLF Emporio,Vasant Kunj,New Delhi
Call 011 46662700
by JJ Valaya
The Alika is a smart cross between a sadri and a jacket. Wear it with slim trousers or body con dresses and high heels for western sophistication or pair it with saris,tunics or lehngas for an Indian look. Whatever you do,remember this embellished,limited-edition couture classic is the hero of your ensemble.
Price: Rs 2,00,000
Contact: JJ Valaya Life,222 The Gallery,Mehrauli Gurgaon Road,Delhi
Call 011 26801984
Buying a Salvatore Ferragamo shoe is like bringing home a DNA strand of the Italian luxury label. Put your feet into these flat,bow-centred ballet shoes. These look chic with dresses,jeggings,leggings and churidars. And come in six colours. I love the one in antique rose.
Price: Rs 18,000
Contact: Salvatore Ferragamo boutique,DLF Emporio,Vasant Kunj,New Delhi
Not too ethnic yet not too western,well finished but with a hand-made feel,this Kalamkari printed bag in indigo with leather handles commands attention.
Price: Rs 1,200
Available at Fabindia stores
Saris with boots and jackets?
If thats your winter mandate,head to Aavaranaa in Chennai for a luxuriant Kanjeevaram. You will find light,easy-to-drape versions of the traditional weave. There are contemporary designs and beautiful ombres at this niche shop run by sisters Vijayalakshmi and Surya Krishna. Their purple Kanjees are particularly stunning.
Price: Rs 2,500-15,000
Contact: Aavaranaa,15 Asoka Street,Alwarpet,Chennai
Call 044 24988292
Whats a new wardrobe without old stories? Add old laces,embroidered yokes and antique brocades to saris,kurtis and palazzo pants. For petit point lace in English rose motifs,old Parsi gara borders,rich jamevars and muted Benarasi brocades,step into Shri Balaji Saris at Hyderabad. It stocks heirloom saris and vintage pieces sourced from royal families and select old stores.
Price: Rs 500-10,000 per metre
Contact: Shop No. 21/2/518,Vinayak Dwar,Near Laad Bazaar,Charminar,Hyderabad
Call 040 24578677
M.A.C Dare to Wear
This eyeshadow range by M.A.C is inspired by (well,who else?) Lady Gaga. The purple eye shadow will delight the truly experimental. My favourite is Zingy blue. Line your eyes with a blue eye pencil and apply Zingy under the lash for a smokey eye look.
Price: Rs 900
Available at all M.A.C locations
Dior Christal 8
And if you really,truly want to splurge this Diwali,then do it on a Dior. Christal 8 (8 was Monsieur Diors lucky number) with a mother-of-pearl dial looks like precious Parisian jewellery. The grey,white and gold colours of the house of Dior enhance its elegance.
Price: Rs 9,80,000
Available at the Dior boutique,Hotel Taj Mahal,Mumbai
by Suhani Pittie
Suhani Pittie is a petite princess who lives in a 200-year-old palace in Hyderabad,and loves traditional ghaghras as much as black tights. A grunge begum herself,her jewellery collection by that name combines quaint,old-world charm with the bold appeal of contemporary design. This coin necklace with a semi-precious emerald pendant is a stunning,stand-alone piece. It is worn best with simple,monochromatic garments,perhaps a white shirt or a plain chiffon sari.
Price: Rs 5,500
Available at select fashion stores across India. Details on http://www.suhanipittie.com.
Call 040 32002159/24741251
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