Indian festival season has officially kicked off once again bringing with it the annual barrage of celebrity sightings in ethnic wear. Starting with the Ganesh festival and culminating with Diwali, it’s definitely the season for luscious Indian ensembles.
Every year Bollywood’s leading ladies pay their respects to various deities in their most elegant ethnic looks. We must admit it’s a guilty pleasure of ours to stalk our favourite celebrities well in time to put together our own Diwali outfits. And if you’ve landed up here it means you also share our little fetish of keeping tabs on celebrity style for ideas for your own festive dressing.
Each year brings with it a slew of celebrity approved Indian outfits that immediately start trending. This time around it’s been all about shunning heavily embellished ensembles in favour of sheen-rich luxurious weaves like Chanderi and Benarasi with just a hint of embroidery. There is a definite shift towards lightweight and movement-friendly attire that has a sense of ease while also being extremely fashion forward. Heirloom textiles in rich ethnic jewel tones have made a massive come back and bold colour blocking is more prominent than ever before. The subdued pastels of the past seasons have definitely taken a backseat, as even monochromatic pieces need a striking hue to receive top marks in the style stakes.
If you can’t wait to feast your eyes on all the ethnic fabulousness of Bollywood’s style divas then keep reading to find out who wore what and definitely keep going to check out the related products that will help you steal their style. Because while it might not be possible for us all to shine like the stars, it’s definitely within reach to dress like them and feel like a million bucks ourselves.
The diva whose dance moves had the every male heart in India going ‘dhak dhak’ once upon a time, isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. The epitome of ageing gracefully, Madhuri Dixit embraces a traditional Anita Dongre saree in cobalt blue. The woven wonder with minimalistic highlighted embroidery worn with a strappy blouse is a timeless classic that would fit right into any woman’s wardrobe irrespective of her age.
Madhuri Dixit In Anita Dongre
The youngest and newest member of the Bollywood tribe, Ananya Panday wore a cheery bright fuchsia sharara set that complemented the exuberance of her age and charms. Having bagged the coveted role in Student Of The Year 2, this pretty starlet is definitely going to be no stranger to designer labels very soon. Her current Manish Malhotra ensemble with its gota patti detailing is definitely a keeper for all those who just can’t live without their trustee jeans and tees.
Ananya Panday In Manish Malhotra
If you thought anarkali suits are completely dated then wait till you get a look at this stunning piece seen on Athiya Shetty. The leggy lass wore the lime green coloured suit with hand embroidery recently, proving that a beautifully crafted garment never goes out of style. With his expertise in handmade techniques designer Rahul Mishra successfully reinvented the dying silhouette.
Athiya Shetty In Rahul Mishra
Don’t be fooled by the colour of Sanya Malhotra’s lehenga set because it looks deceptively dark thanks to flash photography. If you squint and look reeealllllllyyyyy close then you’re sure to see hints of the bottle green hue on this Raw Mango ensemble. The jacquard printed long kurta and plain lehenga pairing worn with a statement choker makes for serious Diwali dressing goals.
Sanya Malhotra In Raw Mango
Giving us yet another take on the long kurta and lehenga style is Sophie Chaudhary. Her printed version with multiple similar colours and a matching dupatta designed by duo Sukriti and Akriti is absolutely understated yet regal. If you can’t fathom wearing heavy woven fabrics that are unforgiving in the heat then this sort of style is a wonderful alternative.
Sophie Chaudhari In Sukriti & Akriti
The long kurta has never been more versatile as Malaika Arora emerged in yet another variation of it worn with as a sharara. The parrot green Simar Duggal outfit with its luxe weaves and gold embroidery has all the markers of a festive ready ensemble. But the Munni Badnam stunner took it up a notch by also adding some drool-worthy hand candy with the embroidered statement bag by Vipul Shah.
Malaika Arora In Simar Duggal
Just because it’s festive wear doesn’t mean it needs to be all-out drama and that’s just the route that Ileana D’Cruz took with her floor-length layered anarkali. The maroon Ridhi Mehra outfit with its breezy fabric and printed dupatta is all about laid back chic. Take a page out of Ileana’s style file and opt for some oxidised silver jewellery instead of the regular shiny baubles for an instant 2018 make over.
Ileana D’Cruz In Ridhi Mehra
Leave it to Ms. Bhatt to put her own signature spin on already on-point attire. She takes contrasts to a whole new punk rock level with her neon yellow and acid green lehenga choli by Raw Mango. The sharp colour contrasts might come as a surprise to fans of the eclectic label but Alia’s outfit goes to prove that traditional weaves don’t necessarily mean ethnic colours. Something lovers of off-beat combinations will simply adore as an addition to their own festive wardrobe.
Alia Bhatt In Raw Mango
The Zubeida actress carries off vintage with a special panache, which is why this particular canary yellow creation with white resham embroidery by Manish Malhotra makes her look like a million bucks. Karishma Kapoor bringing back the fitted kurta with trousers is definitely something to rejoice for those who are desperately seeking fresh Diwali outfit inspiration.
Karishma Kapoor In Manish Malhotra
Twinning in a similar shade, Kareena Kapoor too picked yellow to match big sis Karishma. However the silhouettes couldn’t have been more different. Kareena’s Raw Mango sharara made with the most opulent of benarasi weaves and contrasting fuchsia pink dupatta, is a Diwali outfit idea that can easily lend itself to everything from religious ceremonies to card parties.
Kareena Kapoor In Raw Mango
The gorgeous star kept it extremely simple with her bright red Tarun Tahiliani kurta suit. Rather than wear a basic churidhar or leggings, Katrina chose to mix things up with a salwaar instead. The anti-fit outfit could’ve looked like a potato sack (and she would still look stunning in it) but with the right cut and fit, the outfit looks effortlessly beautiful. Something like this would be the perfect solution for dos that don’t require too much dressing up.
Katrina Kaif In Tarun Tahiliani
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