When it comes to desi style, I am always looking up to celebrities for inspiration. They are way ahead with their style game and are on to a trend straight off the runway. This time at #LakmeFashionWeek I saw a resurgence of the sharara, flared pants that are usually worn with a kurta. Even recent collections by designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Sanjay Garg showcase the renewal of sharara and it’s sister style gharara.
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Old wedding pictures from Punjab fascinate me. I have many images of Anand Karaj ceremonies that I have collected over the years. They have come from Daulatpur, Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Moga, Bhatinda, Patiala, Phagwara, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Pathankot and many more cities and districts. What is common to them is the quiet dignity, serenity and the wonderful visual language of cultural clothing. It is heartwarming, powerful, and has a strange, unsettling sense of contemporary nostalgia. These are timeless, traditional clothing. You cannot tamper with them. Only present them again, unaltered, to a modern audience. In this context I want to add something- today I do not see myself only as a designer; but also a ferryman between the past and the present. The lady wears a silk mashru kurta, embroidered with ‘tilla’ bel-butti and border, chowki design aari-taari dupatta and a mashru gharara with ‘tilla’ details. The gentleman is wearing a Burma Ivory quilted Murshidabad silk sherwani with Bengal tiger house buttons. Jewellery Courtesy: The Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry Collection. For all jewellery-related queries, kindly contact [email protected] @sabyasachijewelry Photo Courtesy: Tarun Vishwa #TarunVishwa Location Courtesy: Samode Palace, Jaipur @samode_hotels #Sabyasachi #KesribaiPannalal #SabyasachiJewelry #TheWorldOfSabyasachi @bridesofsabyasachi @groomsofsabyasachi
Raw Mango’s Sharara
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Reminiscent of an era by gone: from housing a large collection of royal Punjab portraits to the glass doors bear etchings of the Maharaja’s coat of arms and the illuminated cusped arches – the Baradari Palace transports one to the time of old colonial bungalows of the royal past. @ashishnshah photographed ‘Heer’ at @neemrana.hotels who have restored the palace reusing the original materials: ‘Minton clay tiles in the verandah, Burma teak flooring in the main hall, mosaic chip floors and the thick wooden batons in the roofs.’ Featured: Model @sheryl_bennett99 in ‘Rukmani’ organza sharara & ‘Rajshri’ silk satin odhani Art Direction: The illiberals Styled by: @navelichoyal @kshitijkankaria Vintage Jewels by @kishandasjewellery Visual Communication: @squadron14 #heer #sanjaygarg #festive #bridal #newcollection #patiala #punjab #textile #archive #brocade
But looking back at celeb style, I realised that Bollywood divas have been sporting this trend for some time now. The festive season has just begun and this is the right time to soak in all the inspo that our celebs showcase. So, when it came to sharara trend, I took a look back at my faves for some style tips. Here are some of the B-Town beauties I am taking inspiration from:
1. Kareena Kapoor Khan In Raw Mango
2. Malaika Arora In Seema Khan
3. Shilpa Shetty In Simar Dugal
4. Alia Bhatt In Sabyasachi
5. Yami Gautam In Payal Singhal
As you can see, shararas are quite versatile. Whether you wear them in the same print or contrasting style, the cut itself is quite trendy.
Which one of these looks will you try out this festive season? Tell me below.