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Images: Hot models sizzle in saris

Last updated on: March 21, 2013 19:45 IST

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So you thought there were just a few traditional ways of wearing the sari? Take a look at what designers at the Wills Fashion Week have done with this traditional garment.

Six yards or nine, the Indian sari is an extremely versatile garment. There are as many ways of wearing it, as there are regions in India.

And yet, despite so many options, the sari continues to lend itself to immense variation.

Designers at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, which was held in New Delhi recently, have experimented with the garment and created some exciting new options.

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Silver stripes meander on sheer black, changing direction according to the flow of the sari created by Reynu Tandon.

A jewelled shoulder and you're ready to party!


Image: Jesse Randhawa sizzles in a Reynu Tandon creation.
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Rajdeep Ranawat is aiming at red carpet glamour with this creation.

A baroque border outlines a Calypso Coral and sheer black sari through which hints of gold peep through.

A sequinned waist-length blouse with a stand-up collar enhances the sari.


Image: Nethra Raghuraman in a Rajdeep Ranawat creation.
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Sulakshana Monga has designed a simple white sari with gold butis and faded gold pleats.

The dramatic, semi-sheer white blouse demands that you wear it only if you don't have an ounce of extra flab.


Image: Sulakshana Monga creation.
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The beauty of this sari, designed by Ekta Jaipuria and Ruchira Kandhari lies in its vibrant colours, redolent of India, and traditional, hand-embroidered blouse.

Don't miss the unusual drape!


Image: Models shows an Ekta Jaipuria and Ruchira Kandhari creation.
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The sheer pallu is back, highlighted by huge round motifs.

The body of the sari, designed by Ekta and Ruchira, is panelled in panels of self-embossed yellow and gold with silver buties.


Image: Models shows an Ekta Jaipuria and Ruchira Kandhari creation.
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Masaba Gupta's colour-blocked sari, in vibrant lime green and coral, is aimed at the young Indian woman.

The black abstract pallu, says Masaba, represents a woman's way of life.

A sequinned coat in electric blue adds to the drama – note the matching blue panel that edges the sari's pallu!


Image: A Masaba Gupta creation.
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The thin orange border adds to the edginess of Masaba's dramatic black 'n' white sari.

The phone booth imprint, which is one of the highlights of Masaba's autumn/winter collection, represents constant wait.

The black cut-out blouse adds a funky touch, while the white coat is a demure screen for this attention-demanding creation.


Image: A Masaba Gupta creation.
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Payal Pratap has worked in the industry for six years, before assisting her husband, designer Rajesh Pratap Singh, for over a decade.

Here, she takes a traditional colour combination and jazzes it with a vest and a coat.

The vest takes inspiration from the traditional Patola weave, while the purple velvet overcoat lends a touch of luxury.


Image: Supermodel Indrani Dasgupta in a Payal Pratap creation.
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Texturing, patchwork, borders and embroidery are highlights of Payal Pratap's creations.

An electric blue skirt peeps through from under the sheer black sari, while a matching electric blue vest overlays the netted black blouse.

Careful white detailing adds to the sari's glamour.


Image: Alecia Raut in a Payal Pratap creation.
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Payal Pratap's creations reflect a sensibility that is modern and independent, yet rooted in tradition.

Huge yellow roses bloom on a black background even as Payal panels the sari with her signature border.

Don't miss the stunning sheer blouse, in textured black.


Image: A Payal Pratap creation
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Dev r Nil's use the sheer pallu to lend this black 'n' white sari their trademark contemporary, quirky look.

In keeping with the theme of their collection, graphic roses border the sari.


Image: Lakshmi Rana in a Dev r Nil creation.
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Bright flowers bloom over this sheer sari by Rehane.

The delicate cut-out and beautiful blouse add to the outfit's overall glamour.



Image: Sheer sari by Rehane.
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The free-flowing spirit of this beautiful cream and gold sari by designer Anju Modi is held together the military style, knee-length coat.

The severity of the coat, however, is reduced with the use of feminine embellishments.


Image: Model Lakshmi Rana shows a creation by Anju Modi.
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The royal gold and white sari ends in a pallu with a layered wood finish...

Dark lace edges the white blouse.

But it's the naughty red, peeping though, that gives this sari the Samant Chauhan touch.


Image: Kanishtha Dhankar in a Samant Chauhan creation.
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Shivan and Narresh's unique signature style is bold, confident & sophisticated.

Check out the use of colour fields, and the dramatic black and white border.


Image: A Shivan Narresh creation.
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Sheer, shaded rose is dramatised with black and sudden flashes of colour.

The shiny red and black border matches the red cuff on the black overcoat in this Sonam Dubal creation.


Image: Diandra Soares in a Sonam Dubal creation.
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India's national bird comes alive in this Sonia Jetleey creation, both in terms of the colours and the peacock motif that runs through the sari.

The textured blouse, too, follows in peacock motif.


Image: Nethra Raghuraman in a Sonia Jetleey creation.
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Chandrani Siingh Fllora's bright summery sari in yellow and blue is enhanced with an exquisite, self-embossed blouse.

The Kolkata based designer, whose collection was dominated by zodiac signs and the designs we share with them, says funky motifs will be a major trend this autumn/winter.


Image: A Chandrani Siingh Fllora creation.
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A beautiful combination of textures and weaves highlight this masterful Tarun Tahiliani sari.

Don't miss the temple border, the traditional contrast between sari and pallu and the sharp edging that highlights the pallu.

Also see: Photos: Tarun Tahiliani brings Maha Kumbh on the runway


Image: ATarun Tahiliani creation.
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The subdued grey is enlivened by the yellow border in this Nida Mahmood creation.

An unusually styled blouse, and the reverse olive green border, are an unexpected but interesting detail.


Image: A Nida Mahmood creation.
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It can be a gown, or a sari – we leave you to choose the look for this lovely batik sari by Urvashi Kaur.

As a designer, she seeks inspiration from the vast heritage that India offers and consistently attempts to restore and find ways to adopt sustainable practices to keep indigenous craftsmanship alive.


Image: An Urvashi Kaur creation.
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