Festive chic

Diwali festivities are around the corner and it’s the time to go all out and embrace your convival spirit. The very mention of the festival of light brings to mind – elegant card parties, boisterous family sit-down dinners and fun late nights with friends. Laughter, banter, flower arrangements, flickering diyas and delectable delicacies – all make it truly an evening to remember.
It’s one of the rare occasions when fashionistas don’t shy of sporting vibrant colours, statement-making embroideries and traditional jewellery. Think pinks, oranges, reds, blues and golds with the traditional chikankari, zardozi and badla work and you can draw a Diwali sketch in you mind!
This season is all about taking the classic route of the gota patti and intricate mirror work. My festive line is high on sexy silhouettes, which marry structure and fluidity, weaves which spell history and colour blocking that exudes playfulness. I’ve referenced the new-age fashionista, who’s in touch with her roots yet has a modern outlook. My muse this season is today’s confident dresser, who enjoys dressing up and isn’t scared to experiment and has a strong sense of personal style.
I have toyed with tones of peacock blue, deep wines and ochre yellows – all of them spell an artisanal, autumnal soiree. It’s time to don the lehengas, shararas, cholis teamed with net saris and accessorise the looks with high heels and stunning minaudieres. For young girls, who enjoy flirting with Indo-Western fusion, I have also introduced ikat skirts, quilted sherwanis, dhoti salwars, floor-length mul kurtas and the on-trend off-shoulder velvet blouses.
Channel your inner soignee with my pearl-encrusted concoctions and own every room you walk into with my statement pieces accented with laser cut works. Every stylista should definitely invest in the cape or the cape-utta (a hybrid of cape and dupatta), which has been quite the talking point both on the runways and the racks.

Also, the ubiquitous sari gowns make for a nifty celebratory options as they are modern yet traditional.

Complete your festive looks with smokey eyes, pale lips and a messy chignon. Also, if your ensemble is already bejewelled and embellished then opt for minimal jewellery and don’t clutter it with too many accessories and let the ensemble do all the talking. Comfort is key so a pair of comfortable jewel-toned mules or comfy flats or ornate juttis would add to the festive finish. And most importantly, don’t forget to wear your radiant smile. Season’s greetings! Have a chic and cheerful Diwali!