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! 


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.


Yami Gautham,Actor.

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


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!





Trendsetter of the Week : Shivani Pahadia Sharma

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Name : Shivani Pahadia Sharma
Spanning 20 years when she started modelling at 30 (married and with 2 kids!) to being a Master of ceremonies to practicing law in 2010 for about 4 years, Shivani Sharma is now finally giving that up and handling a subsidiary of a multinational company as executive director.


My fashion motto?
Be yourself
3 words to describe my sense of style?
Sporty, edgy, minimal
My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
A pair of jeans, denim jacket, black Tshirts, loose linen pants and dresses which have a fitted bodice and full skirts
My favourite style influencers?
Sandra Bullock, Sushmita Sen, Deepika Padukone
One thing that most people don’t know about me?
That I bake the best chocolate cookies in town!
You wouldn’t catch me wearing?
Peplum tops with jeans
My favourite party attire?
Skater dresses preferably in black.
The worst trend to ever become popular is?
Low waisted jeans
The first thing I notice about people?
My style secret?
Knowing what suits me and staying away from what doesn’t!
If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is?
The 60s in Europe & USA-the sheath dresses of breakfast in Tiffany! 
At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?
That I am a strong independent woman 

Divas of Dressire : Mahima Yadav

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From a computer engineer to a certified Global Business Manager from IIM, from a self established entrepreneur to Mrs. India International, from a multi national company employee to Mrs. India Earth, Mahima Yadav has earned laurels in almost every field she has been into. A fashionista and a keen enthusiast, she is Mrs. Style Icon, currently a Fashion consultant and groomer in the Fashion and Beauty Industry.
A versatile personality, acing multiple roles of a badminton player, a passionate swimmer, a dancing diva and a motivational speaker. She believes in painting the beautiful canvas of her life in various colours. Be it the subtlety of deep blue sea, or the vibrance of red hot sun, she has the quality to win hearts in no time.
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Having learned the social issues from her civil service aspiration, she has a heart of gold to uplift the needy, especially the woman.
A beliver, an achiever, she has won many laurels for herself in sports also. She is a hard worker who always keeps in mind, “ Success comes before work only in the dictionary.”
A girl from small town in UP to an International beauty star, She is Mrs. Photogenic and loves to get clicked.
The dreamer in her says,”I aim at stars, in case I don’t reach them, I can safely land on moon. Her message to the youth is, “ Plan before you act, Act before you regret.”
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Divas of Dressire


L to R Sulakshana Monga, Saket Modi, Asha Kamal Modi, Liza Varma, Charu Parashar, Anju Modi and Jainee Rajni Sharma with Models

L to R Sulakshana Monga, Saket Modi, Asha Kamal Modi, Liza Varma, Charu Parashar, Anju Modi and Jainee Rajni Sharma with Models

JASHN is a first of its kind Indian fashion event in Toronto, it brings together leading and new age Indian designers, intended to make Indian fashion go global and strengthen Indo-Canadian ties. Initiated by experts in the fashion industry and business management, with the core idea of taking the flourishing designer Indian market to people across the world and to help the new and young designers gain global recognition.


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Namrata Chandra

Former Miss India and a renowned name in the Indian fashion industry, Liza Varma celebrated the press preview (22nd February, 2018) of her first ever international fashion week, JASHN – A lavish affaire`, to be held in Toronto, Canada, this April.

Vidya Varma Bhasin, Liza Varma and Sukansha

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Models at Jashn Preview

From April 27th to 29th, 2018, the event will be a three day fiesta of fashion, art and culture. With the expected footfall of 1000+ per day, 50+ Indian and International designers and exhibitors, the event is a catalyst for B2B & B2C interactions and cross culture opportunities.

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Hosted by K Boulevard, Saket, the party was attended by one and all from the industry including renowned Indian designers Anju Modi, Charu Parashar, Sulakshana Monga, Rajni Sharma (Jainee), Asha Kamal Modi (Art Karat) and Satya Paul. The Vogue Wedding Company, the luxury wedding advisory service from fashion bible Vogue, also showed their support to this great concept by associating with JASHN.

Prominent names from the industry also graced the event with their presence and showed their support to Liza Varma.

Anupama Mehra Katyal VLCC Vanity Cube & Reena Verma and Pankaj Verma

On the launch of her first international intellectual property event, Liza Varma said: “My vision and mission of life is to promote Indian fashion, talent  and lifestyle to the global market, I see huge potential in the next generation talent, but having worked in the industry for more than 30 years  in the lifestyle event space promoting the same, I see no organised direction to help the talent to reach overseas market, hence we are starting with JASHN at Toronto being a very lucrative market on a fashion week module, focussing on the B2B trend, so we are concentrating on the young generation brides and grooms to create a sensation with the celebrity designers. Having worked for over 40 fashion weeks overseas including Vancouver over the last two years I realised Canada is definitely the first location we should aim at, my Canadian partners who approached me to concept the event are very strong and influential Indians living in Toronto for more than two decades and are from the hospitality and marketing background, so I feel extremely confident with support from Indian fashion fraternity who are present here that we would create an iconic episode ahead.”

Rony Kaula, Amit Talwar, Hida Siddiqui with friends, Rattima from Grover and Grover Collections Thailand and Gurmeet from Nazakhat, Dimple Ghosh,Anju Modi and Liza Varma

Alongwith Liza Varma, JASHN is co founded by Chetan Sharma (a known Indian television face), Sharad Lall and Rajiv Malhotra. Sharad and Rajiv are based out of Toronto.

KBoulevard Owner Megha Diwan, Hida Siddiqui Model, Shilani Sadh Public Relations Specialist, Actor Sachin Khurana

Actor, Singer and CEO/Founder of DGCD|Dimple Ghosh’s Connecting Dotts was seen anchor the event vibrantly who is also the marketing partner, among other associated partners who marked their attendance were Pankaj Bajaj from Trip Tailor who are the official travel partners for the event. Y media, the biggest south Asian media group from Toronto is the official media partner for JASHN.

Top to Bottom : Harish Krishna, Neelam Saxena, Vandana Krishna, Sachin Khurana and Guest, Gurmeet from Nazakhat, Former Miss India, Global Show Director and Partner Jashn Liza Varma

Trendsetter of the Week : Nidhi Sharma

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Name : Nidhi Sharma

New Delhi based Décor stylist Nidhi Sharma Chadha, owner of “Memories” specializes in creating one off, truly unique décor for all kinds of social events.

Memories will make your event an enchanting occasion that everyone will remember for a long time. From wedding design to fabulous parties and corporate events, we can transform any venue into what you had imagined. Our motto is “You dream it, we create it”. Our key focus is on high quality and exceeding customer expectations. We create events that forge unforgettable connections between guests and their host.


Nidhi started modeling when she was in college, just for a bit of fun. She ended up doing some good campaigns such as Pepsi, Airtel, Indian Airlines etc. She also worked with quite a few designers and walked the ramp for them. Soon enough she was selected for Miss India in 1995.

There after, she started flying with KLM airlines as an inflight interpreter. In the few years that she worked with them, she travelled the world and learnt a lot.


“I always felt that the décor and styling done at these parties could have been done in a much better way. I had so many ideas in my mind and I wanted to see them turn into reality. From here on I took baby steps and started doing décor for close friends and family.”



My fashion motto?

I feel fashion fades but style is eternal. Therefore keep it simple yet stylish.

3 words to describe my sense of style?

Classy, Elegant and Minimalistic.


My 5 essential wardrobe elements?

 A well fitted blue denim with a crisp white shirt, a sexy black cocktail dress, nude platforms which can be paired with almost anything, sexy black stilettos are a  absolute must and an elegant blazer with classic black pants.

One thing that most people don’t know about me?

That I don’t diet at all. I eat healthy and I workout. People need to understand that being healthy is a lifestyle and it cannot be achieved by following fad diets.


You wouldn’t catch me wearing?

Bell bottoms.

My favourite party attire?

Any outfit that looks effortlessly stylish with just a touch of bling.


The worst trend to ever become popular is?

“Crop tops” and “ugg’s” are two things that are completely beyond me.

The first thing I notice about people?

I like people who smile and look me in the eyes when they make a conversation. It shows a sense of confidence and sincerity.


My style secret?

“Less is more” so keep it sexy and simple. Spice it up with a statement piece. Also a hydrating face mask before a night out adds that extra glow to your skin.

The best fashion advice I have ever received?

That “short does not necessarily mean sexy”. One can look equally sensuous in a beautifully draped saree.

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

The 50’s. The pencil skirts became hugely popular in this era. The fashion in this era was very elegant, lady like and stylish. Jackie Kennedy being a perfect example of that.

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

I like my wardrobe to have a timeless quality to it. I like buying statement pieces. Clothes to me are like friends, you want quality not quantity.


I’m waiting to splurge on?

 The Bvlgari Serpenti watch.

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