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Ebony fashion fair: journey to India

Ebony fashion fair: journey to India – Holiday Fashions From New Dehli, India

Eunice W. Johnson

The dazzling creations that were shown during Indian Fashion Week in New Delhi, India, inspire looks that are perfect for the holiday social season. The annual show was an extravaganza of color and fine fabrics embroidered with gold and other metallic threads that make them perfect for holiday festivities. With tunics, Nehru jackets and saris made of layers of light, airy fabrics–the message from many of the Indian designers is that comfort and style can coexist. The designs showcased were visionary and timeless, and many had an ethereal dimension. Ritu Kumar, whose fashions are marketed in exclusive boutiques in India and Britain, for decades has outfitted royalty and celebrities in her exquisite Indian garments. Her designs also are favored by contestants in the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants.

Then there is Anamika Khanna, age 30, who has been called the “queen of color and exuberance.” Her Indian and Indo-Western ensembles have an international flair, oftentimes with Bohemian influences that deliver a hippy-chic look. Using these stylish creations from Indian designers as your guide, you can find or create a unique, personalized look that will make you the star attraction during this holiday season.

Above and right: Three-quarter-length white/off-white jacket with high Nehru collar and placard button front, worn over slim white pant and accessorized with white bib cap, white scarf and long beads. Sexy sari ensemble (right) of burgundy-red and gold silk is embroidered with gold metallic threads. Both by Ritu Kumar.

Left: Cream-colored sheer duster is embellished with silver, tangerine and fuchsia embroidery, worn over iridescent salmon-hued, multilayered chiffon skirt. Cream-colored top is adorned with dangling ribbon detail. By Monapali.

Left: Daring, sexy ensemble from Suneet Varma features one-strap bodice of appliques, worn over a skirt of layers of pink chiffon with sarong hip sash. hair and purse are accented with matching appliques.

Above: Bohemian East Indian look is delivered with Anamika Khanna’s ensemble of striped top of autumn hues worn over floor-length green and rust-colored skirt embroidered with metallic gold vine motif; thigh-high split reveals aqua blue lining of pleated fabric. Accessorized with gold sandals and multiple strands of beads.

Left: Black sequined two-piece outfit has bodice with red and green floral vine design that forms shoulder strap, worn over slim pant. Accessorized with sheer black stole and black sandals. By Suneet Varma.

Right: Monapali’s elegant sari ensemble is designed of beautiful silvery blue fabric embroidered with pink and metallic silver, with square-neck, midriff top, worn over sheer skirt and zigzag striped, metallic underskirt.

Above: Sabyasachi delivers a more conservative, military-inspired look with royal blue Persian-style jacket with Nehru collar and capelet sleeves, worn over red skirt with gold embroidery and trim. Accessorized with blue turban and shoulder bag of complementary fabric.

Far left: Brighten up the holiday social scene with Monapali’s red and blue sari ensemble embroidered with silver accents. Note: Embroidered hip belt that matches top and skirt trim.

Left: Elegant ensemble pairs silvery white ankle-length brocaded, silk jacquard coat with white pant. Accessorized with white and silver shoes and silver makeup, by Rajesh Pratap Singh.

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