Vidya Balan’s looks at Cannes 2013 were both appreciated and criticized. Some said it was traditional and respectable, others laughed and called it ‘aunty-look’. Whatever, it may be…let us go see what definition of Indianwear is for the A-list Indian designers.
1. Gaurang Shah: A handloom authentic Indian saree draped traditionally but given a twist is how I see Indianwear today. For instance, teaming a Kanjeevaram saree with a Kalamkari blouse leaves you with a completely new look.
2. Jenjum Gadi: For me, it’s about glamorous clothes that are essentially Indian with a universal appeal. Like a gota work jacket on a Peter Pan collar kurta and slim trousers, worn with jhumkas — feminine and urban. That’s why when international designers do India-inspired clothes, they have a certain sexiness to them.
3. Kunal Rawal: India is diverse and has so much to offer in terms of silhouettes, embroideries and techniques. The influences on young Indians today are heavily desi and partly western. I like to contemporise traditional attire. Instead of using bling, I achieve this through cuts, insignias and playing with texture.
4. Rina Dhaka: Indianwear cannot be ‘behenji’. It has to be very modern, sexy and stylish. I started doing Indianwear when I was 19, starting with lycra churidars. But I evolved my Indian look with time, moving on to the lycra petticoat. I put sexy into Indian clothes by using stretch, sheer and lycra. Indianwear defines sensuality in an ethnic yet modern way.
5. Raghavendra Rathore: Indianwear is the elegant, classic impression from the early 20s, 30s and 40s, captured timelessly by the aristocratic, political and business classes. Their style helped our culture create the ‘Indo-western’ look.
6. Falguni & Shane Peacock: Going out-and-out Indian doesn’t work anymore. It’s all about change now. A draped sari with a bustier blouse is how I see Indianwear on the red carpet. If a celebrity wore a lehenga, it would look more like a skirt and would have a train at the back. Indian wear on the red carpet should be a right blend of Indian and western wear.
7. Deepika Govind: We have 36 states open to us for inspiration, a myriad ways to approach the drapes of India. My interpretation here, which is inspired by the wrap-around Kerala mundu, has a dramatic kimkhab (brocade) blouse with semi-precious stone detailing — Indian with a modern twist.
8. Sougat Paul: Nothing epitomises Indianwear better than a sari. I see Indianwear evolving day by day, imbibing international trends without losing its essence. Indian clothes are taking on more and more western looks. And so the saree too is undergoing changes to incorporate western silhouettes. My version of a sari has a very glamorous cocktail appeal.
Find the cocktail style in this black party wear saree with a glam blouse, giving you a whole new avatar.
9. Anupama Dayal: The essence of the garment should be inspired by the cultural heritage of India. However, it should be relevant to the times we live in, and wearable in any context and in any part of the world. It should never look like a costume. For me, Indianwear is stylish.
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