de⋅si⋅pol⋅i⋅tan - 1. of or pertaining to the South Asian diaspora. 2. a blog committed to desi perspectives in beauty, culture, fashion, lifestyle, & parenting. 3. a Bollywood-loving, sleep-deprived mama of 3.
I'm sorry to have slacked off in the posting department of late. Please note that this blog will officially be on hiatus until mid-summer as I prepare to pack my family up and move cross-country. Though I won't be posting, do keep emailing your ideas, comments, and suggestions. Seriously. I can't get enough of them! Also, Twitter and my Facebook page are good ways to get in touch with me.
Sigh. So many gala events, so little time! Freida cut an elegant figure in a bespoke cut-out (haha) Thakoon gown. In addition to the fabulous silhouette, the gown's shimmery, champagne with blush undertones lit up Freida's flawless complexion with a candlelit glow. Gorgeous!
It's another Naeem Khan spotting! This time, the lucky lady is Elaina Watley. Her monochromatic sweetheart gown had Elaina verging on the part of the ingénue. She looks youthful and fresh-faced anyway, so I'd say this gown was a good choice for her (sans those clear strap heels - seriously, the raised hem was just begging for a strappy, embellished sandal confection!). And for the uninitiated, her arm candy is the NFL's resident Salsa King, the so-cute-I-could-pinch-him, Victor Cruz.
Fresh off that semi-disastrous East-meets-West outing (you know, the one where what she assiduously referred to her low slung maxi skirt as a ghagra in an attempt at playing the desi card to stave off sartorial snark), Padma dazzled in a Naeem Khan shift that resembled liquid gold.
Together with Rouble Nagi, Sushmita and her I Am Foundation co-hosted a women's luncheon. While the aims of the duo were admirable, Sush's attire was, shall we say, uninspired. I can live with the plain khaki pencil skirt and those feisty heels, but that grungy plaid vest killed the look.
The new face of The Body Shop in India, Jacqueline wore a pencil skirt and crop top separates dotted with floral appliques. She capped off her look with utterly inoffensive nude sandals. Perfect for springtime!
Just in time for Mother's Day, Riddhima and Neetu grace the cover of "Hello!". As with last time, this edition featured a mummy-beti duo we don't often see in the limelight. Both look lovely. Riddhima's frosty hair, and ice princess anarkali contrast nicely with her mum's rich hued sari. Riddhima's excessive blonde highlights always strike me as a bit jarring. Perhaps Neetu could talk some hair color sense into her.
Neha D. recently attended an event in a Payal Singhal lehenga characterized by eye-catching Banarasi beige and antique gold work. I'm not sure how she fared in the summer heat, but I love her long-sleeved, richly hued blouse. Its simplicity offsets all that heavy silk embroidery. Neha finished off the look with her hair center parted, and easily pulled back, a pair of Anmol jhumkas, and her dupatta jauntily wrapped around her neck. This would be an excellent look for guests of fall and winter weddings.
I'm glad to see Bollywood stars drawing from a increasingly broad range of international designers for their major event looks. But I would be lying if I didn't admit that I still particularly love to see which desi designs make red carpet appearances. For this #TBT, La Dixit attended IIFA Rocks 2013 in Macau in one of her go-to designers: Manish Malhotra. She chose a light blue anarkali kameez with gold embroidery, and a peach contrast border with coordinating net dupatta. The light blue net overlay added a dimension to this floor-length anarkali, a frequent silhouette for La Dixit.