Hanadi Merchant Habib in Raw Mango by Sanjay Garg outfit
It was day one of Couture Week in Delhi, and I was super excited to wear my Raw Mango by Sanjay Garg outfit. My mom had bought this for me a few months ago, but I wore it for the first time at Couture Week. It was the simplest ensemble but it was super chic.
The best part was how comfortable the whole outfit was. I could have worn this all day long. Sanjay Garg has just got himself a new fan!
Kurta and gharara: Raw Mango by Sanjay Garg
Headband: Dolce and Gabbana (available at Kitsch and Rock'n'Shop)
Clutch: Charlotte Olympia (available at Kitsch and Rock'n'Shop)
Photography: Surbhi Sethi
Location: Taj Palace, New Delhi
Swipe ahead to see all the pictures and two more looks.
Silk kurta and gharara from Raw Mango by Sanjay Garg
The mint-green silk kurta had the tiny round gold specs embroidered all over it and a little keyhole at the back where the button was. It came with a gorgeous bright gold and green gharara, which looked so pretty and feminine under the kurta.
Charlotte Olympia clutch
As always, I love to accessorise so I decided to wear a heavily embellished headband to make a statement and chose a fun, transparent perspex Charlotte Olympia clutch with an ornate gold dragon on the clasp.
The gorgeous bright gold and mint-green gharara from Raw Mango by Sanjay Garg
Hanadi Merchant Habib in a mulmul dhoti from from Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla collection and jacket from Sue Mue.
My love affair with the dhoti began in 2013, when my mother picked up a pair of mulmul dhotis from Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla for Eid. The tailoring was exceptional and I loved how the fabric had a little stiffness so it didn't have a fall in it. I've seen a lot flowy dhotis but was never a fan of those. And after we bought that pair, I never found one remotely similar to it until I came across these black ones from Sue Mue.
One thing about this garment is despite how traditional it is, it's extremely versatile and can be paired with almost anything. I wore my old pair with a Nehru jacket, a tank top, a denim jacket, a formal shirt; the possibilities are endless!
Jacket, dhoti and choker: Sue Mue
Earrings and ring: Vaitaanika by Ageerika Hari Location: Dusit Devrana
For this particular shoot, I paired the dhoti with a long, ivory coloured silk jacket with some embroidery on the side and buttons featuring Rajasthani mirror work on them.
I am a huge fan of Sue Mue's cuts and the jacket fit like a glove. Again, the silhouette of the jacket is such that it can worn formally, or casually with jeans or a pair of tights or even a mini skirt thereby adding a bit of a contemporary touch to an Indian look.
Earrings from Vaitaanika by Ageerika Hari and choker from Sue Mue
In terms of accessories, I have recently discovered jewellery label Vaitaanika. I've been so obsessed with their jewels that I have shot four looks wearing Vaitaanika!
Ring from Vaitaanika by Ageerika Hari
Such fun stuff with gorgeous craftsmanship. I urge you to check out the boutique in Shapurjat.
Hanadi Merchant Habib in Sue Mue's new ready-to-wear collection
Last week, I had the pleasure to attend Sue Mue's new ready-to-wear collection launch and it was a real treat. Inspired by Rajasthan, the collection featured some beautiful clothes. What I loved about the clothes was how Rajasthani embroidery had been given a contemporary twist, so nothing looked too traditional. The outfit I chose for this shoot was an anarkali style jacket in raw silk with gota patti work and resham thread embroidery worn over a pair of printed pants.
Jacket and pants: Sue Mue
Maang teeka, earrings and cocktail ring: Vaitaanika Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood Location: Dusit Devrana
What did you think of my full-blown Indian look?
Jacket and pants from Sue Mue
What I really liked was how the entire outfit was so light and how easy it was to move around in it. Furthermore, the printed pants gave the entire look a really modern touch. The structured high collar immediately attracted me to the jacket because I feel that gives out a very regal vibe.
Maang teeka, earrings and cocktail ring from Vaitaanika
Shooting Indian outfits is a new territory for me, so I decided to go all out with the Vaitaanika ethnic accessories. The designer's cocktail ring collection is exquisite and features some fine craftsmanship. I selected this pretty maang teeka (which was a huge deal for me because the last time I wore one was when I got married), with delicate earrings and an oversized, green statement ring.
Back look of the jacket from Sue Mue
Shooting this look was tricky because the weather was constantly misbehaving. So it turned out to be a mix of an indoor/outdoor shoot! Anyways, I was just relieved we managed to get some nice shots because the Dusit Devrana is just such a pretty hotel and it would have been a shame to come back without taking photographs in their property.
Fashion addict and full-time mom, Hanadi Merchant Habib was brought up in Dubai and studied in Toronto. Now based out of Delhi and Dubai, she blogs at Desihighstyle.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. This post was first published here.