Just because it’s festival time doesn’t mean you have to turn up at the party looking like a Christmas tree. Though we usually tend to go all out during this time of the year with bright colours and ‘lay-it-on-me’ embellishments, there is much to be said for quiet sophistication and understated glamour. With sleek lines, trendy cuts and muted embroideries, you lay claim to class, and make a fashion statement that speaks much louder than words.
Several designers this season have come up with looks that are all about unusual silhouettes and embellishments that whisper luxury. Here’s our pick of looks from this year’s winter-festive collections that will make you stand out amidst all the noise and bling of the festive season.
Tarun Tahiliani: Always happy to experiment and push the boundaries of the traditional sari, TT’s latest collection called ‘Easy Glamour’ featured lungi-dresses and sari-gowns in a whole variety of silhouettes. (See a review of the collection here.)
Niskha Lulla wearing Neeta Lulla
Neeta Lulla:Fashion101.in panelist Neeta Lulla had her daughter Nishka – who is an acclaimed designer in her own right – walk the ramp for her winter-festive bridal show. Niskha wore an innovative layered single-tone skirt with a thigh-high slit in front, paired with an embellished crop top and a dupatta draped like a sari pallu. (See a review of the entire collection here.)
A model in Kavita Bhartia
Kavita Bhartia: A satin dhoti skirt paired with an embroidered, full-sleeved bandhgala top will ensure you catch eyeballs for all the right reasons. Paired with tights, you also ensure you stay warm in winter! (Read also: Five ways to wear dhoti pants to a mehendi function.)
Jyoti Sachdev: Bangalore-based designer Jyoti Sachdev often comes up with sleek looks that stand out amidst the heavy designs you see everywhere during the Indian festive season. Jumpsuits are trending this year; add an embroidered jacket to raise the formal quotient. (Will jumpsuits suit your body shape? Click here to find out.)
A model in Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna
Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna: The designer duo are at the top of any fashionista’s list when it comes to festive dressing, whether for their Indian ensembles or Westernwear. Their new collection offers asymmetrical kurtas paired with straight pants that would set quite the tone for a sophisticated winter. (Here’s how you recycle your wardrobe for the next party.)
A model in Masaba Gupta
Masaba Gupta: Though not one for large doses of Indian embellishments and traditional dressing, Masaba does sneak in a touch of India to add spice to her designs. This pair of red dhoti pants paired with a bright red top that carries her signature prints has all the festive colour you’ll ever need. (See a review of her show here.)