Diwali this year is expected to be a low-key affair, given the CMCO extension and rising Covid-19 cases that will keep us anchored to our homes. But don’t let it stop you from dressing up to the nines and capturing your Diwali fashion #OOTDs for remembrance as “the year that was”.
Saris always fit in the ever-evolving Indian trend wheel. We’d say what makes saris one of a kind is their versatility and adaptability. We look to India, specifically at its fashion labels that make the festive months all the way more special. From the hand-painted renditions to the belted ones, there is a lot to choose from. Bollywood’s leading fashion fixtures have embraced these labels.
Here is a look at Bollywood celeb-approved sari labels for the festive season.
Sayanı Gupta in Rhea Pillai Rastogi
Just in case you are on a lookout for something edgy, yet traditional; Mumbai based label Rhea Rastogi Pillai won’t leave you disappointed. This embroidered tulle sari and floral blouse on Sayani Gupta makes for a perfect Diwali night look. Even though the designer is known for her gowns and dresses, lately she has been rolling out uber glamorous saris. Besides Sayani, the designer counts Shibani Dandekar, Manushi Chillar, and Swara Bhaskar as her fans.
Shilpa Shetty in Ridhi Mehra
If belted saris is something you are looking for, Ridhi Mehra’s renditions featuring beautiful ruffles with bejeweled belts will certainly lure you. They are light, breezy, and available in a spectrum of tones ranging from beige to hot pink. Yes, Mehra is a known name among the brides but her masterful understanding of drapes shows out and loud in her saris too. This number of Shilpa Shetty exudes a festive vibe.
Kangana Ranaut in Swati and Sunni
Looking for a perfect festive handloom? Kolkata-based textile doyennes, Swati and Sunaina’s rich repository of offerings will leave you wanting for more. Exquisite renditions of benarasi saris, which can double as heirloom pieces define their DNA. From the traditional temple motifs to the ones inspired by parakeets, their saris are pure works of art.
Mouni Roy in Faabiiana
Jaipur-based Faabiiana, which is the brainchild of mother-daughter duo Kusum and Karishma Luharuwala, blends new-age glamour with ethnic fashion. From exquisite chikankari saris, pre-stitched renditions to even beautiful lehenga saris, just in case you are on a lookout for festive sari labels, this is meant for you. Besides Mouni Roy; Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shetty, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Madhuri Dixit Nene are some of Bollywood’s leading fashion fixtures who have embraced this label.
Kajal Aggarwal in Deep Thee
This beautiful Chanderi silk sari by Deep Thee on Kajal Aggarwal is meant for minimalists who want to embrace tradition with a hint of modernity. If you are a lover of handlooms, Hyderabad-based designer Deepthi Pothineni doesn’t warrant an introduction. A graduate in fashion from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Pothineni’s signature is luxurious saris, salwars among other silhouettes. She has been embraced by the likes of Vidya Balan and Samantha Akkineni too.
Taapse Pannu in Raw Mango
For anyone intrigued by Indian handlooms, Sanjay Garg’s label Raw Mango needs no introduction. Besides being credited for refurbishing a number of Indian textiles he has redefined the way Indian’s used to view sari. His exquisite take on old school motifs and colour schemes, make him one of a kind. Needless to say his experiments with chanderi, silk and even benarasi have been embraced by the likes of Madhuri Dixit, Karishma Kapoor and many more. One of the sure festive sari labels you need to explore.
Regina Cassandra in Picchika
Jaipur-based saree label Picchika launched by Urvashi Sethi can be defined by its handpainted chiffon saris perfect for the festive season. We say move beyond that heavy duty handlooms and instead experiment with these drapes featuring hand-painted roses, peonies, flamingo flowers to grapes and rose apples, you can expect all kinds of botanical wonders on diaphanous organza sarees.
Malaika Arora in Amit Aggarwal
For anyone who wants to veer away from the idea of traditional drapes, concept saris are a great way to experiment. Amit Aggarwal’s renditions with exquisite piping details are up for the keeps when it comes to picking up saris. For those pre-Diwali cocktails, you know where to shop.
This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia India.