Welcome to the 2015 edition of The Grand Indian Festive & Wedding Season. Card parties are on in full swing and wedding invitations have been pouring in. The time we wait for all year, to get all dressed to the nines in our vibrant, ethnic fineries is here. But ladies, as much as we love your Louboutin Macarenas, Burberry Haymarket Totes and LV Speedys, we hate to break it you that pairing them with Indian ensembles is doing much injustice to them as well as your resplendent Indian wear. So give these a miss at your next cards soiree and instead, chose from one of these aces we have up our sleeve.
1. RARA AVIS’ GUNMETAL CLUTCH
Take this beauty out for a game of poker. With leather as an essential ingredient of her accessories collections, Sonal Verma’s bold sensibilities make this chain-link clutch very, very hard to ignore. Handcrafted in 100% pure sheep leather, with gunmetal encircling, this one will give you a bang for every buck, quite literally! Buy here.
2. PAPA DON’T PREACH’S FALL 2015 COLLECTION
There’s the name, and then some! If you had to pick one statement piece this festive season, please-oh-please let it be one of their edgy bags or clutches. From delicately embroidered satchels in pop colours to beaded wristlet clutches, they’re all you need to raise the bets. We personally love their Ethno Glam waist pouch. Buy here
3. JUDITH LIEBER’S TULIP MINAUDIERE
When all about you revel in the orange headiness of marigolds of weddings, breeze in with some floral effervescence of your own. The Judith Lieber Amethyst Tulip from the label’s classic collection of minaudieres is hand-beaded with Swarovski crystals. Versatile and effortlessly chic, you can team this one with Indian and Western outfits alike making it a true investment piece. Buy here.
4. ANYA HINDMARCH’S CUSTARD CREAM CLUTCH
Turn the quirk note a notch higher with this ‘wear me, don’t eat me’ clutch! True to Hindmarch’s pursuit of finding luxury in everyday items, this silver metal bag comes embossed with the pattern of the quintessentially British tea-time favourite. Too quirky for an Indian outfit, you say? Team it with a jewel-toned chiffon, and when the compliments pour in, send us a note so we can be suitably smug for suggesting it. Buy here.
5. EDIE PARKER’S PRE-FALL 2015 COLLECTION
This genius hand-poured acrylic collection has all your festive needs clutched into one. Looking for something neutral? Grab yourself the Edie Parker nude pearlescent Fiona Faceted. Want to add a pop of colour to that monochrome dhoti-wrap skirt? Go for one of the Soft Lara suede clutches with their marble backlit ends. Be warned, though; choices are hard to make when it comes to these beauties and you may not stop at one! Buy here & here.
6. GIVENCHY ICONIC PRINT CLUTCH
You could completely go the minimalist route this year, with Givenchy’s elegant arm candy that will beautifully compliment those gorgeous Jamawar & Kani shawls. This grainy fabric clutch, with its gold-tone hardware is elegant, subtle but super effective. Buy here.
1. ROHAN ARORA
Ditch the boring gold and silver mojaris and kolhapuris, and slip your feet into one of Arora’s eclectic flats and heels. Using unusual materials ranging from chicken-leg leather and hand-woven khadi. This Calcutta designer’s creations reflect a distinctly Indian edge. Choose from embellished raw silk ballet flats, or heels inspired by iconic Bollywood films. Our vote goes to these kashmiri embroidery stunners, though. Check out more here. You can buy his collection at Zoya and Kimaya in Bombay; Ogaan in Delhi.
2. JIMMY CHOO’S FYONN
This crystal embellished, gorgeous pair from he God of shoes will add the extra twinkle to your festive ensemble. With laser-cut detailing being the on-trend this year, these nude suede stunners with a dusting of crystals will work their magic equally on a pastel Chantilly lace sari or a fiery red draped gown. Buy here.
3. GIANVITO ROSSI’S GLITTERED U-NECK BOOTIES
We wouldn’t have uttered the words ‘Indian-wear’ and ‘booties’ in the same sentence until we set our eyes on these dazzlers. Crafted in suede with a snipped peep toe, Rossi’s signature sculptural shape would work fabulously with ankle-length pants teamed with threadwork jackets. Buy here.
4. SOPHIE WEBSTER’S EVANGELINE ANGEL-WINGED SANDAL
Webster’s iconic Chiara sandal has morphed into the Evangeline this year, taking us on a fanciful bridal/festive flight. These patent and metallic leather sandals are finished with rose gold ankle straps and carries an Angel Wing detail in its new avataar. Choose to flaunt them with your ethnic wear, or your body-con dresses, come summer. Buy here.
5. PAUL ANDREW’S COLUMBUS PUMPS IN RED
When Andrews said he wanted his shoes to be joyful, he sure meant it! What else could one be, when donning these suede and specchio head-turners in blazing red? And with red being the seasonal favourite, you can safely go ‘all in’ on this pair. If you somehow get your hands on them or feet in them then run with it! Buy here.
6. VERUSCHKA BY PAYAL KOTHARI’S CORSAGE
#LeSigh! From the delicate Swarovski embellishments along the foot-line to the entrancing teal blue colour, this pair is for putting your very best foot forward. The sling-back peep-toes in satin and textured fabric will lend dollops of class to any outfit you wish to team them up with. Buy here.
So ladies, Keep Posh & Shine On!
May the Force be with you!