Continuing our series of celebs sporting creations from Strand of Silk, we bring to you some more Bollywood fashion sightings of ensembles and labels featured on the online portal.
Just like there is no such thing as eating only one French fry, (even the name sounds better as Fries!) our favourite celebrities have had a taste of our decadent designs and it’s impossible to stop at just one.
Bollywood’s most desirable yummy mummy and every Indian fashion designer’s darling, Malaika Arora Khan knows exactly how to be sexy without ever looking vulgar or garish. Throwing out the old rule of covering up your legs with a low cut neckline or wearing demure necklines with super short pieces, she looks like a million bucks in a strapless gown with a side slit.
The bright fuchsia works beautifully with her complexion while the hint of her slender and toned leg is most definitely Indian fashion’s answer to Twitter handles dedicated to Angelina Jolie’s leg. Raakesh Agarvwal’s original design is just as jaw dropping and way more forgiving for those amongst us who don’t have Malaika’s enviable figure. The draped front and back camouflages a rounder tummy and wider hips ensuring you look just as ravishing without having to berate yourself for that last cookie binge.
Another hot mama who is no stranger to the Indian fashion scene is Lara Dutta. The former Miss Universe, model and actress is also an avid yoga enthusiast so it’s hardly surprising that she continues to be a muse and showstopper for many Indian fashion designers. Scorching the Lakme Fashion Week ramp for Raakesh Agarvwal, this fashionista has transformed into a gold dipped Aztec goddess in his finale design. The cream and gold draped saree with beaded embellishments and shimmer leggings underneath is nothing short of spectacular for any woman who isn’t one to shy away from making a bold fashion statement.
It’s no secret that the British born model and actress loves her curves and isn’t afraid to show them off. Unlike other Bollywood ladies who are busy sweating it out at the gym and living on celery sticks in an effort to become svelte size zeros, Sophie embraces her Indian genes and dresses for her natural body type instead. A regular during awards season and at celebratory bashes thrown by the whos who of Bollywood and Indian fashion this voluptuous beauty is often featured on several best-dressed lists.
Sophie is a true inspiration for real women everywhere by proving that you don’t have to be a stick figure to be immaculately dressed. She attended the IIFA awards in Macau in a black cut out dress by Raakesh Agarvwal that shows off her toned back and fits her seamlessly. The strategically placed cut outs add just the right hint of saucy glamour without looking tawdry. She picked the Indian fashion designer and Strand of Silk favourite again for another outing but a less risqué design for a formal event. The sweetheart neckline gown with a heavily embroidered high neck patch works wonderfully to draw the eye up towards her stunning facial features while the silhouette ensures a snug but comfortable fit.
Shuddh Desi Romance star and Yash Raj Films’ newbie Vaani Kapoor made her presence felt in a fitted gown with architectural and abstract embellishments at the IIFA awards. While she gets it just right for a red carpet appearance for those who are drooling over her gown but cannot find occasions to wear it without looking completely over the top, Strand of Silk has some very similar yet subdued alternatives. A cream embroidered gown in jacquard by Anita Dongre has a similar look with an ethnic feel for those Indian formal functions. However if you would rather ditch the traditional route and go all out contemporary then the nude embroidered gown and regal gold lycra gown by Red Couture have all the drama of the original without the over zealous use of bling making them much more wearable.
If bling is totally not your thing then take a page out of Tisca Chopra’s style notebook and work prints instead. Indian fashion has always thrived with its use of intricate, opulent and varied prints in a myriad of different fabrics. From traditional forms like bandhani and brocade to modern variations like digital florals and abstract motifs there is no dearth of inspiring prints available to Indian fashion designers. Tisca’s damask printed silk gown can be worn to weddings and formal brunches with equal ease making it extremely versatile. Strand of silk features two options by Vijay Balhara that are on identical lines focussing on playing up prints and colour contrasts rather than loading up on metallic elements.
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