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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Trendsetter of the Week : Kriti Bhatia

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Kriti Bhatia is a PhD Research Scholar (Dept. of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics), Urbanist and an inquisitive sociologist as she likes to be called.
She is the Founding Partner of Jan Ki Baat (India’s largest on-ground election-driven citizen-centric platform).
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She holds her Bachelors in Economics from the Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and Masters in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She pursued Public Policy and Economic Reasoning from the Takshashila Institution, Bangalore. She has worked with the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi for about 2 years (on Regional Economic Integration and political economy and trade of jute in the Indian subcontinent) and has undertaken projects with prestigious organisations like the World Bank (on output assessment of ITIs and ITCs), International Committee of the Red Cross (on Economic security in conflict regions and International Humanitarian Law), TaTa Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (World Bank and MRVC funded project on Engendering the suburban rail network – making public transport inclusive) and with Members of Parliament (providing legislative research inputs on Socio-Economic issues and policies).
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She has authored a number of articles and papers for reputed platforms and has presented her cutting-edge work at various International and National conferences. Her vision is to contribute towards a world free from inequities of Knowledge and income.
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My fashion motto? 
Elegance is key
3 words to describe my sense of style? 
Boho Chic, vivid, Indo-Western
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My 5 essential wardrobe elements?
Long skirts, one-piece maxi dresses, bardot tops, traditional kurtis, jumpsuits
One thing that most people don’t know about me?
Can carry Indian and Western formals with equal ease
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My favourite party attire?
Sweetheart neckline gown
The worst trend to ever become popular is?
Frills
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Who should everyone be following right now?
Olivier Rousteing
The first thing I notice about people? 
Their eyes
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My style secret?
Last-minute accessorizing
The best fashion advice I have ever receive?
Just be yourself
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At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?
Wardrobe full of different hues and breezy attires tend to reflect my sprightly personality
I’m dying to splurge on.. (fashion item)
Perhaps a Chopard watch

Dressire x Designers : Preety Sameer

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My inspiration behind my designs is to make my every client more beautiful.
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What are the key elements for you when designing a collection for each season?
The key elements when I design a collection is firstly the curiosity about transforming what should be into what could be, secondly I try to understand the position and mindset of my client as the stuff that I made is for them only and not for myself
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What challenges did you face when launching your brand?
While launching my brand the very first challenge was to initiate this whole thing as I was a house wife and I had to create my own identity
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What are your plans for the future?
 No particular plans but yes I want to work till my last page and to built my own identity
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What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India?
Courage and passion is the most important key to success. One must have the passion to work on their dreams and it’s the courageous ones who succeed in their career.
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What sparked your interest in fashion?
I was always crazy for Fashion – I would say from childhood I was crazy to see beautiful actresses in beautiful dresses
How would you describe your brand?
My brand name is ‘Preety’s couture” – reinventing your curves, I design and manufacture fashionable clothes for my clients according to their body shape and needs.
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Trendsetter of the Week : Avinka Sardana

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They have organic ingredients from farms and cook in earthen pots.
She strongly believes in living her life in a happy way. She fought her own battles against domestic violence and harassment and overcome all that to help motivate other women.
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My fashion motto? 
Only buy clothes that last forever.
My favourite style influencers?
Desert Mannequin and Sona Mahabatra
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One thing that most people don’t know about me?
That I love writing
You wouldn’t catch me wearing?
Bell bottoms
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My favourite party attire?
Indian handcrafted textile sarees
The worst trend to ever become popular is?
Polka dots
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The first thing I notice about people?
Footwear
If I could go back to any fashion era in history, the one I would choose is?
1980
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At the end of the day, what would you want your wardrobe to say about you?
Beauty in everything
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Dressire x Designers : Priyanka Tejaswee

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June 2011, Priyanka Tejaswee graduated from Symbiosis Institute of Design with three major awards. Perhaps, the only one student to win three most illustrious awards with a unanimous decision of all judges in the panel. It took her absolutely no time to decide her future from then. She decided not to sit for any companies during placements, and launched her eponymous label ‘Tejaswee Design Studio’ within three months of her graduation. As a fashion designer, she opted not to evaluate a design from all angles of psychological, economic, anthropological, or social which is driven by extensive research on cultural influences and arts of the period; not because she is overwhelmed by the work of art but she believed in appreciating artist work from the ‘art for art’s sake’ angle. Today, her label ‘Tejaswee Design Studio’ cocooned in a peaceful lane of Baner, Pune has become five-year-old label and celebrates the contentment of over 3,000 clientele who believe in her design philosophy.

Tejaswee Design Studio is an exclusive service that revolves around the concept of an extraordinary semblance of personality in designs. At Tejaswee Design Studio, our creative process starts after understanding customer’s choice of designs and occasion. From there, we develop an extensive line to suit the requirement of our customers in the budget they are comfortable.
Our concept lies in providing the customer a clothing that speaks their language and not the trend crossovers. We do not force our garment/designs but we understand their requisites.
Majorly a label for designer wear for all occasions.

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Priyanka Tejaswee’s every design is infused with vibrancy and creativity. A one-stop garment hub, Tejaswee Design Studio specializes in unique designs in bridal, ethnic, western, formals, casuals & mix match collection.
With in-house facility for stitching, embroidery, dyeing, fabrics. With creative and unconventional designs, the label participated in exhibitions and has designed collections for a few fashion week designers.

What is your inspiration behind your designs?

I get inspiration from everything I see around myself – the people, streets, cuisine, bazaars and chowks. Inspirations are sudden and organic for me, its not like a creative process that is rigid and time-dictated. I extensively take photographs of every place I visit and at the end of my tour when I sit to see all the images together, my mood board is already ready.

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What are the key elements for you when designing a collection for each season?

I spiral deep into the core theme of my collection where each collection evokes the theme in its true form. For e.g., if my collection is driven by the theme of ‘nostalgia’, I ensure all the elements comes together to weave a story and reach to my client. My primary motto is to romance the lyrical narrative of the theme with day-to-day functionality.

What challenges did you face when launching your brand?

The biggest challenge was to arrive at the best location where the right clientele resides. I have never been worried about setting my proposition and credibility for the brand as the work eventually transpires to the end consumer in the due course of time.

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 What are your plans for the future?

On the design front, we are working on our Summer/Monsoon 2019 collection and are soon proliferating our product-line. A few other exciting things are in the pipeline which will unfold over the course of the year.

What do you think are the keys to professional and business success for women in India?

My only advice is to listen to your intuition and do what you love because when we do what we love is when we develop that strength that supersedes any challenges, roadblocks or failures in the way. Hard work and a right attitude to work is a bonus.

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What advice would you give to young women readers who want to follow a similar career path as you?

Devise a clear strategy for your label. Fashion market today is extremely volatile and is full of competition. In a span of less than a decade, fashion has grown from 0 to 100. Hence, it is indispensable to cut the clutter and come out strong with a proposition that is fresh, original and has a strong character.

What sparked your interest in fashion?

I had an interest in fine arts since my childhood days. I used to scribble, doodle, sketch and paint almost everyday when everybody in my family slept. So, this was always native. I started my small vocation of this favorite pastime of mine and made some good pocket money during my high-school days. It was only during my college days, I realized to make this as my full-time career and earn my employment out of this. The ever-changing nature and dynamics of fashion space always keep me grooved and interested.

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What is the biggest lesson you have learned since you started your company?

Stand with your values. Sometimes, out of occupational interest or operational difficulties, we begin to be functional with our values. But in a long run, those who stand strong and solid with their ideologies and values carve a niche for themselves and qualify to inspire mass with their work.

How would you describe your brand?

Tejaswee is a label that romances with purity of native with an appeal of the modern. Our garments draws direct inspiration from our heritage, exude local charm and explores an expressive idiom with both, East and West.

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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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