Hey guys! Sitara here with a fun post about fashion and how Rajasthan has taken stage on the runway and in ready-to-wear … intrigued? You should be! As a fashion lover myself, I always love to look for concepts and inspirations in which designers pull their ideas from. Rajasthan fashion is unique, rare and oh so chic! Here is a recap of some amazing designers I have recently discovered and some of my favorite looks inspired by Rajasthan culture.
Anita Dongre is a talented designer out of India whose line is inspired by the rich heritage of Rajasthan culture. I have fallen in love with her aesthetic and lovely sensibility through her work! Her pieces are truly beautiful! You can see the inspiration coming to life through the her bead detailing, intricate lace patterns, hand-done embroidery and vibrant prints. Where the heritage inspiration brings a traditional touch to the garments, the silhouettes are modern, giving it a natural chicness. She plays around with different lengths and fits that she offers to women, which makes her line attractive to women of all ages. Here is one my favorites of hers, the bandi, which is piece usually worn by a man. (See Wikipedia’s definition of a bandhi here.) This version is feminine and again oh so chic! I love the slight opening in the front and the beautiful embroidered detailing around the neck. The pants are called a Sharara, which basically is a wide-leg pant. The print on these were inspired by block printing. (photo credit: Anita Dongre)
What makes this designer even more incredible is she designs bespoke pieces and also offers a bridal couture line. Look at this and tell me this is not breathtaking! I love this photo from her Wedding Diaries Collection. It’s simply brilliant. I love how each family member is designed for and how she keeps it sexy with a little skin showing for the ladies and especially the bride. I am seriously obsessed with everything about this photo! And the kids are killing it! So dapper, so chic, so what fashion is about!
To view the rest of Anita Dongre’s collection, click on the first image.
I also have fallen in love with the 2017 collection from Veronica Etro. She has got the coolest vibe and takes ethic inspiration to the next level when designing her line. What I love the most, is the clothing is not only beautiful, but edgy and cool. I get it and I like it alot! She recently told Vogue that her inspirations come from her travels around the world and you can definitely see her taking some influence from the rajasthan culture. In this photo, the detailing along the hem of the jeans as well as the pockets bring in that India-inspired touch. The rich jeweled colors of oranges, reds and magenta also give a peak from India. It’s very cool to see a designer mix in traditional culture with that of ready-to-wear and Veronica Etro does it oh so effortlessly. Photo Credit: Vogue
You also see her use of the Saree. It’s fresh, it’s modern and perfect for Spring! The casual cool vibe she brings out in her work, makes it feel like a whole new piece. The saree of 2017 I guess you could say! I wish I was this cool and could wear a saree like this! I’m taking notes for sure. I think I spot a camel on the print of the dress! Can you see it?!
Photo Credit: Vogue
The following outfit gives a nod to menswear. The military details, stripes and even leather touches have a masculine feel that makes this coat unique and wonderful when combined with feminine details like a cropped fit and ruffled sleeves. By layering it over a soft feminine dress, you have the perfect combination between the hard and soft. Nothing better than mixing a little hard and soft together! Photo Credit: Vogue
Veronica Etro has so many more amazing dresses, to view her collection and be connected to her E-Boutique, click the image below.
I hope you found this article interesting and are inspired to add a little camel safari and Rajasthan culture into your wardrobe! To add some camel safari into your home decor, click here for inspiration. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! Until our next Rajasthan adventure … Sitara.