INNOVATIVE SAREE BLOUSE DESIGNS ’19

by Vijaya Durga Ram

Regardless of shape, size or style…a saree looks great on every woman.

We have seen a huge lifestyle shift and culture change, where we accepted the western wardrobe graciously and have made tremendous advancement towards experimenting pretty much all the styles we see on the international magazine and yet, a SAREE somehow always fits in, stays perfectly in trend and will always do.

Through different generations, it has been worn in so many different styles.

And, I would say, that’s the best part! Let’s get creative and add in a streak of our own style to the blouses! 

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A saree is the trendiest wear for girls! It looks more comfortable and stylish for women. However, the blouse is what makes or the breaks the perfect saree look. It’s is the vital element of the saree look. Every year we are blessed with new saree blouse designs. Here, we have a shirt blouse that is draped with an indigo-dyed saree. The abstract elements on the blouse makes it trendier as by combining both traditional and fusion elements. 

Here are some of the looks that I found really interesting!

Pradaini Surva, fashion model.

A Sheath turtleneck top, with an illusion neckline that just grabs the look of this simple and elegant cotton saree to the next level. The waist belt and the shoes add an extra fusion vibe to the look!

You Need To Check Out Sabyasachi’s New Collection Which Is Perfect For Summer Brides!

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Sabyasachi’s  Fiza – Spring Summer 2019 collection has made us go wowww! Everything from the silhouettes to the cuts, created over a series of adorable colour palettes, left us in awe! The exquisite jewellery, flowy embroidered fabrics and the strikingly shot collection have us glued to his Instagram profile, as he updated one post after another. We also noticed a freshness in styling and also, instead of going heavy on jewellery he switched to dainty but timeless pieces, super apt for summers. Is that an inception of a new trend?!  Whatever it may be, but it literally melted our weak hearts.

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Yami Gautham,Actor.

Indigo dyed Indo-western saree with a mustard embroidered shrug!

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Taapse Pannu,Actor.

Taapse Pannu at one her recent movie promotions, wore a thin striped shirt blouse and saree. It came off too strong on her and I just found it overwhelming!

The tie and the bindi just make it look effortlessly stylish yet traditional!

 

 

 

 

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The talented Ms. Arati Basnet seeks immense amount of keenness in brand endorsements, business, modeling, fashion, singing, gardening, painting.
Arati who grew up in the city of Kathmandu, has always been inclined towards art, music, painting, fashion, media, modelling while seeing the world in a different way. Her works exudes her confidence.
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Arati easily dabbles into media and handles press conferences and has been a part of taking interviews. She has phenomenal experience in handling press, organizing events and working with celebrities.
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My Fashion Motto?
Wear stuff that brings out your personality
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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?

Undergarments matching my see through dresses, stoles matching my dresses, different size handbags matching the occasion I go to, shoes appropriate for driving and walking .
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You wont catch me wearing?

A man’s suit
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My favourite party attire?

Marriage – saree;
Party – pants and tops
Official party – kurtis.
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Brands I love?
W and Stop to shop.
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A fashion blunder you have made in the past?

Jumped into the pool in a transparent swimming costume!

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Dressire x Designers : Hina Shukla

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An entrepreneur and a Managing director of H&S Designers. Her studio has a wide range and combinations of materials to work with and a wide range of colors, patterns and styles to choose from. Though most clothing worn for everyday wear falls within a narrow range of conventional styles, unusual garments are usually sought for special occasions such as evening wear or party dresses.
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What is the inspiration behind your designs?
As we all know inspiration can come when we least expect it and at times from the most unexpected place . I was inspired by looking at the ritual in the wedding “sola shringar” . The 16 colours make me go crazy and I start to visualise dresses matching to that.
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What are the key elements for you when designing a collection for each season?
According to me the first and foremost key is the colour, silhouette and texture of the fabric.
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What challenges did you face when launching your brand?
Well abandoning another career and dedicating whole day and night was the biggest challenge. But as they say entrepreneurship comes with a host of challenges. Rewarding challenges, but harsh challenges nonetheless, I faced the same too. Then comes Rule making – It’s fun to be the boss until you have to enforce something. Sooner or later, you’ll have to come up with the rules in your business, from how many vacation days your workers get to what the proper protocol is when filing a complaint about a coworker. These details aren’t fun to create, and they aren’t fun to think about, but they are necessary for every business.
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What are your plans for the future?
In next few years, want to see my stores in top 10 countries of the world. In few Asian countries we have already started like Thailand and Malaysia etc.
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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India? 
Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my grand mom gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. “If you’re different, you will stand out.”
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What advice would you give to young women readers who want to follow a similar career path as you? 
My advice to young women is to NOT be overly obsessed with their career path when they start out, to try out different avenues to help them learn what is the best fit. They will know soon enough.”
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What sparked your interest in fashion?
I originally wanted to be a fashion designer. During my free times I used to design clothes for Lord Krishna and Radha which made me realize my creative part . And I love to be creative. Always wanted to experiment new things and when I thought about this venture many ideas started floating in my mind.
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What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your company?
You are nothing without drive and determination. Two fundamentals of business. Without them, you will be stuck at the start line. These two attributes will drag you out of bed, no matter how bad it gets, get you into work, and push you onwards. They separate the men from the boys, and the women from the girls. They will determine your success or failure. You need them, and if you don’t, you have to develop them.
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How would you describe your brand?
H&S is a team of talented, driven, dedicated, innovative and ambitious individuals.
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Trendsetter of the Week : Seema Punj

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Seema Punj is an Astrologer, Numerologist and a Vastu consultant.
She began her career in this field in 2006 and she has more than a decade of experience inspiring, practicing, coaching wellness and hands-on healing.
She invites people to transform, to feel good about themselves and to live their lives to the core. This versatile personality uses her wide-ranging knowledge to empower people to accomplish their full potential in their drive towards Personal & Spiritual growth.
My fashion motto?

I personally feel, just dress how you wanna be addressed. Your dressing style reflects your personality. So I personally prefer to look graceful and comfortable.

3 words to describe my sense of style?
Elegant, classy, stylish.
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One thing that most people don’t know about me?
I am a very humble person. You can rely on me. I’ll never let you down but my attitude is totally based on how one treat me.

The first thing I notice about people?
Looks do matter but what matters most is your attitude, your behavior. And this is what makes you worthy.
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My style secret?
Confidence, carry yourself gracefully. One can look good in any dress if it is carried well.

If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is…. ?
1980s

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At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?
Elegant.

Trendsetter of the Week : DR. Anjali Chaugule

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Dentist. Model. Artist. Dancer

A dynamic dentist by profession, an elegant Argentine tango and salsa dancer, an aspiring model, a passionate shutterbug, an artist at core, an eternal optimist and an epitome of elegance is what defines her in a nutshell.

Dr.Anjali is a stained glass and canvas artist, she loves to sketch, loves origami, modeling and loves to do everything that is creative and that which inspires her and fuels her creativity. She is an ardent lover of jazz and country music, exotic destinations and picturesque places of beauty. She has traveled internationally to UK, Japan, Paris, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok, Dubai with regards to her continuing professional development as a dentist and for her love of dance.

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She believes that “Each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint and the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you!!

Her mantra for life is “There’ll never be another now, I’ll make the most of today; there’ll never me another me, I’ll make the most of myself”

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Her philosophy for life is simple- You never fail until you give up; don’t seek aid, seek strength; don’t look for miracles, let your actions construct them for you; don’t pursue stories of other, unfold your own adventure! You never know what is next but trusting your instincts, planning for your life, a little hard-work & incredible support by your family will take you places and you will see how beautiful Life is!

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What is your fashion motto?
Each day is a page in your fashion story. I don’t really believe in any fashion rules, I think fashion is more of self expression – wear whatever you want with STYLE because personality isn’t just the first thing people see!
3 words to describe my sense of style?
An amalgamation of classy, elegant and creating my own signature always!
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The first thing I notice about people?
Smile.
I will most likely form an opinion about someone based on whether or not he or she smiles. Smiling is a universal sign of friendliness, and wearing one makes you immediately more approachable. Think about it. If you need to ask someone a question or are looking for someone to talk to – would you approach a person who’s smiling or one who’s scowling?
A warm and inviting smile goes a long way. It is a quick and easy way to let people know that you are friendly. Smiles welcome people. They build trust before you ever speak a word. When you first meet people, ensure you greet them with a smile to avoid being judged as rude or disinterested.
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If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is….  ?
I would choose the Peshwa era..I loved the makeover of Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra in Bajirao Mastani because of the grandiose demeanor which was reflected through the make up artistry and the gorgeous attires!
At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?
My wardrobe should speak “A blend of The Systematic Stylist and Trend Trailblazer!!”
She is an organized woman in every aspect of her life, from her categorized closet and inspirational boards to her calculated shopping trips. She is at ease taking fashion risks but does her homework to achieve fashion perfection. She is energized by novelty, always looking for ways to push her comfort boundaries and aims to create looks that no one else has seen before. She has a diverse wardrobe that is organized like a work space to facilitate the creative process.
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Trendsetter of the Week : Kanya Kishnani

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A diction expert and a fashion blogger, a communication and a behavior coach, Miss Kanya Kishnani, is an anchor who holds credit to host events from all genres vis-a-vis fashion, corporate, international brands, pageants, awards, launch events, and fundraisers to highlight a few domains.

Kanya holds an MBA in Human Resources from the prestigious PACE University in New York City and during her stay in America, she was the official emcee for three years at a party that witnesses the most glamorous side of Indian diaspora in New York City called ‘Jalwaa’.

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Fashion is her passion and Kanya also ran a high couture studio and a grooming academy for some time when she returned to India and later decided to not commercialize her passion as much.

Presently, she works with a lot of societies that promote Women Empowerment through various events by being their official emcee and has the rare caliber to add a flavor of her rich and invigorating international experience to each event that she becomes a part of.

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She was recently awarded ‘Delhi’s Best Anchor for 2017’ at Magicka Women Entrepreneur Angel Awards .

Some shows to her credit are: Iconic Awards 2017, Charismatic Delhi 2017, Magicka Angel Awards, Dine with Delegates-Italy and India, Style Divas by Tia Jewels, Heart and Soul Women Rising Awards, the launch of a luxury brand’s magazine called The Red Velvet Column etc.

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My fashion motto?
Fashion can be created and recreated. Blend it with GRACE!
 
3 words to describe my sense of style?
Elegant, Simple and Sensible!
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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
Black jeggings (unlimited) / Zara Tees (Unlimited) / Spaghettis (All possible colors)/ Jackets / Comfortable, yet attractive night wear 
My favourite style influencers?
Kim Kardashian, Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor
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You wouldn’t catch me wearing? 
Any accessories. I can be called a ‘Zero Accessory’ Girl!
 
My favorite party attire?
Business Suits! I like to keep it formal!
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Who should everyone be following right now?
I think one must follow oneself! Our instincts help us to decide the Best!
 
 The first thing I notice about people?
Diction, I am helpless as that comes to me very naturally, the sense to judge people on their choice of words!
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My style secret?
Wear a Smile and a great personality! That helps to impress! Also, dress to the occasion without a fail! 
 
The best fashion advice I have ever received?
Less is More!
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If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is?
The Naughty Nineties inspired by the Late Victorian Era – Tailor made suits are just wow from that era!
 

Trendsetter of the Week

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Name: Manya Pathak

An Engineer and MBA from SIBM Pune, Manya has worked with many big corporates like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, Vodafone to name a few. She left the corporate world behind to start her entrepreneurial journey along with her husband who is an MBA graduate from IIM Calcutta and who is one of the owners of the successfully running Ministry of Beer chain of restaurants.

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Regania Banquet is a place where you celebrate happiness and caters to all your hospitality needs impeccably. It boasts of a magnificent 22000 sqft of beautiful and serene property, in the heart of south Delhi. Regania Banquets symbolises elegance, sauve and grandeur and its essence of royale.

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My fashion motto?
Always wear Kohl and brighten your smile.

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3 words to describe my sense of style?
Classy, graceful and glamorous

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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
Hot pink top, little black dress, knee length boots, red leather jacket, black silk kurta

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My favourite style influencers?
Angelina jolie, Malaika Arora Khan and Sonam kapoor

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You wouldn’t catch me wearing?
Mustard yellow anything

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My favorite party attire?
Off shoulder dress/Gown

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My favorite work attire?
White blazer and skinny pants

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Brands I love?
AND by Anita Dongre, Micheal Korrs

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My go to must have accessory?
For Indian – Chandbali, for western – grey pearl earrings

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I would not leave my home without?
Kohl in my eyes

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