Inspiration: India


Karl Lagerfeld’s pre-fall collection “Paris-Bombay” channeled traditional Indian culture . The designer showed his version of churidars, pajama-like trousers drawn tightly at the waist and the ankles which are longer than the leg and made of a stretchy fabric. Over the churidars, Indian women wear long, loose kameez or tunics which Lagerfeld also reinterpreted. (See opening photo and below). It’s a style that if proportionately correct, flatters almost any figure. Diaphanous fabrics, draping, small, repetitive prints, jewel colors and metallic touches also abound in his collection. Look for other designers to follow suit in garments, accessories and even make-up.

Curious about the source of inspiration, I did some research and discovered that for a modest sum one can outfit oneself in the real thing. All ensembles come with the tunic which can otherwise be worn as a dress, the churidars which can be worn with other tops as leggings and generous stoles to cover bare shoulders in air conditioning. This group ships from abroad – 5-7 business days by Fedex or UPS at $16.00. Inspire envy.

Aqua Blue Chudidar Kameez

Imagine yourself hosting a dinner party in this very pretty ensemble. A truly delicious color. Add silver (or crystal) jewelry and footwear, pink or coral tone lipstick. The shape adapts to skim many body types. Dressed up and original. Fit and flare. V-neckline. Beads, embroidery with stones and crystals, and silver work. Lined in silk. Coordinating Stole Dupatta. $106.00

Shaded Georgette Churidar Dress with Zari Workmanship

Just look at the color! For those of you drawn to orange who have trouble finding unique items in this, your color… Imagine how this will look with boots during transition to autumn. Really, it’s an entrance piece. Georgette, Banarasi silk, and chiffon. Fit and flared. Fancy neckline. Sequins and embroidery. Silk lined. Coordinating Stole Dupatta. Wide legged pants might need hemming. $101.00

Brown Salwar Kameez

This elegant version could easily be worn to cocktails, a concert, or a literary reading. Muted pattern and hue make it appropriate to any age. The straight cut creates an illusion of long and lean. Delicate jewelry but not so small it disappears. Long earrings. Not for petite women. Round neck. Sequins. Lined with silk. Brocade hem. Coordinating Stole Dupatta. $102.00

Cyan Blue Chudidar Kameez

Sleek, simple lines grand for slimming. Not for the petite. Rather patrician, definitely ladylike. Wear with or without the churidars. You may be asked whether it’s Lagerfeld. Georgette. Lace, sequin work, and embroidery. Fit and flare. Fancy neckline. Lined in cotton. Coordinating Stole Dupatta. $141.00

Melodic Black Chudidar Kameez

For the confident woman. A strong interpretation with clean color and decisive patterning. Wear with large jewelry and red lipstick-this is not a delicate piece…as an ensemble or a dress. Film festival, creative pitch, dinner at The Waverly Inn? Georgette. Straight cut. Fancy neckline. Lined in cotton. Coordinating Churidar and Stole Dupatta. $95.00

Nylon Chiffon Chudidar Kameez

A kind of grandeur- concert, opera, embassy dinner? Intrigued glances will follow your every move. This one is almost an eastern/western cross-over. Suits vintage as well as young women. All three pieces can be worn in other combinations as well. Art silk, chiffon, viscose. Straight cut, fancy neckline. Sequins. Lined in silk. Coordinating Churidar and Stole Dupatta. $155.00


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