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October 2009
Fashionably Festive
Sherry Roy
It's that dress-up time of the year again. The time when jewellery is brought out, sarees and ethnic wear matched and accessorised, and desi fashionistas go on a massive shopping spree to look glam for the non-stop partying. And if the Lakme Fashion Week and the Kolkota Fashion Week II are any indication, this festive season would be as colourful as ever.

Veteran designer Neeta Lulla, the Bollywood trendsetter with costumes of the era long lost, agrees. Neeta showcased a stunning collection of Indian wear - sarees and lehengas – with striking western embroidery at the Fashion Weeks that kicked off this festive season. Her jackets have wider necks this season, and dhotis are making a comeback. And the dusky Sameera Reddy set the ramp on fire in them, to make an understatement.

Bright traditional colours would be Neeta's choice this Diwali, along with some ivory on them. And she should know, with the elegant look of Chandni, the underdone colors of Yuva, to the majestic Devdas and Jodha Akbar and two decades of dressing up people behind her. Even Aishwarya Rai trusted to let her design her marriage wear. The saree remains chic and classic — being most exotic and sensual. If draped differently and worn with interesting blouses, it looks formal yet trendy. Women still wear Indian stuff, and men kurta pajamas, but on the whole people are dressing like it's for regular trendy parties. The mood and outfits change from party to party. A traditional Diwali card party with diyas everywhere would have preferrably more ethnic wear. But people aren't so adamant on wearing strictly traditional Indian clothes anymore; they're doing their own style thing.

Dressing up Men
Men who are really bored of what they've been getting, could try some shiny suits, jackets, with metallic fabrics and asymmetrical collars. In the chic sense you get very clean lines, but with a quirky look. Or, try a mix of anything and everything — modified sherwanis with trousers or jeans for a traditional yet funky look. Colours can vary — dark lime or shocking pink pintucked-kurtas or a black kurta with an orange churidar — for that hint of colour with a quirky touch. You can still be on the ethnic route, but with a funky touch, by teaming bandhgalas and sherwanis with jeans.
 

    
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