Its been a while since we met on this space. There’s lot that’s been going on in my life, some new happy developments and of course, some not so happy ones have been keeping me away from documenting my fashion space.
Guess what?! Past few months your fashion crazy girl was on a roller coaster of another kind; most of the time went by in Track pants and tees; balancing books and backbends; and trying to calm and station them fashionholic; place-hopping nerves… for way too long. But it was a necessary satiety for the hunger of the body, mind and soul.
Won’t lie, some time went in philosophising; rethinking and procrastinating too but i’m back now with a long overdue fashion edit that i created some time ago that had gotten lost in the multitude of data storage, but now that i have it retrieved; its a fashion story i must weave.
The biggest trend 2018 saw was the re-inventing of the timeless Classic… The Magnanimous Saree; the second name of beauty and grace. A masterpiece drape that embraces a woman like no other.
While this garment was re-invented and re-styled in many ways on the ramp and wardrobes of Fashion icons; celebrities and super models from some years now. The contemporary trend saw itself being embraced; welcomed; and adopted by women from every household; age-group and field, nationwide in 2018.
It was almost as if, fashion lovers were hit by a massive wave of Saree Obsessed fashion market… while we witnessed experimentation of blouses a great deal; saree draping styles; a fusion fashion of Traditional Indian Saree with Western garments; cuts, hues and styles reached a new high.
The most amazing part of all this was the younger generation of reluctant saree wearing lasses who dabbled in this garment rarely in weddings; that too often shunning saree for more comfortable and stylish options of lehengas; gowns; dresses etc were now supporting it crazily as the new hashtag #whatstrending fashion.
The market saw an array of newly designed; Saree-dresses; Saree gowns; Lehenga sarees; pre-stitched drapes paired with Dhoti -pants; Long kaftans; Kurtas; some digital prints and 3D embroidery flowy sarees paired with croptops; sheer blouses pallazzos; leggings and even denims, coats and boots !!!
It was almost as if traditional, elegant homebound Saree was out to experience a free, wild psychedelic world not bound by symmetry; convention or humdrum of the tried methods. It felt as if Saree paced and once again embraced the generation that thrives on Change and breaking the stereotypes.
However, the loyal lover; the ardent admirer and incessant hoarder of Saree in me was a little skeptical; even critical at first. Even though i had dabbled in experimenting with the draping styles and even ditched the traditional blouse for much trendy and comfortable and stylish options (see previous blogs & insta pics)…. i thought pairing it with another western garment and accessorising it in totally different look altogether would mar its soul and would be going a bit too far.
But then we shouldn’t be adamant without at least giving the trend a chance.After all its mass popularity in the fashion world couldn’t be denied and the way it won over the hearts and brought the Saree from “Special Occasion Only” closet to everyday “hangers” in the wardrobe.
So, Mekins too set out to style my personal Edit on this trending fashion statement!!
I have always been in awe of Indian artisans and weavers ;for they are the reservoir of great many arts; dyes; techniques; textiles and weaves, though not often given their dues in contemporary times; i often feel indebted to them in enriching my experience of Living in a country as vivid as India.
I like to source my sarees directly from the weavers but it is not always possible due to multiple reasons but in my pursuit of collecting and reviving all art forms of various Indian states on textiles in the form of sarees mostly, i’m on the look out of Indigenous ,authentic ,handicraft brands that work towards the sustainability of the art works and textiles in an organic, fashionable way.
Luckily, I stumbled upon this amazing brand “Jullaaha ” that is in all spirits what i wrote above and much more!
Go through their website and find about the amazing work they are doing in creating such artworks in Saree domain and the unconditional work they are doing with artisans by providing them more work and their dues.Cheers to more such endeavours . This is what is “fashion with Purpose!”
Hence, instead going for the contemporary printed silhouettes; i chose to go Sustainable and hand -painted in my choice of the Staple Saree-BATIK SILK .And i chose to go extreme and Style it with a pair of Denims and an aztec striped print mul mul Beach Halter top !
I wanted to see for myself how i would feel and carry the style on me and then make a call on the trending fashion.
The Saree i received was an absolute delight and its traditional best.. a soft silk, navy blue base and reddish maroon hand-painted batik prints on the border and pallu. Very light weight and super comfortable; easy to carry and style and drape in an experimental fashion.
I chose a broad black belt for highlighting the contemporary styling on the midriff and keeping the saree well-placed; and wore black Pumps with glass heels from Metro Shoes. I settled for a very stylish yet ethnic looking metal box clutch to seal the look.
I did my own makeup and hair for the shoot and chose to go no kajal for the eyes and coloured lids and definitely bold and grunge on the lips. I accessorised with Beaded earrings with a picture of iconic Rekha on them courtesy KraftedWithHappiness .
Also, i Braided my usual curls in a thick, stylish side braid and was ready to shoot.
It took us a couple of hours to complete what we were set out to but i felt completely at ease in carrying this denim -Styled saree; needless to say I FELL IN LOVE with this Indo -western statement.
Now I know why the rage! And in a way i feel, it does bridge the gap and brings the younger generation more into Sarees as they can carry it hassle free and blend it into their untameable and free spirited, uber style of the ongoing Time!
So, for me this Trend is for keeps and would continue to be vogue in coming time as well.
So, Happy Draping the Six Yards Of Magic into the drama of your choice!! Most fashionable way.
Did you like this kind of fusion styling? Would you ever try it? Please share your opinions in the comment box below.
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