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Though fashion months’ hangover is still  lingering, in India, October marks the beginning of the festive season. Rich jewel tones and embroideries, and heirloom jewellery pieces pulled out of lockers and safes form the core of celebratory dressing. But how do you give your wardrobe a fresh lease of life? So whether you want to veer away from the usual palette of reds and oranges or plan to go down the minimal route, here’s our edit of the best festive collections that can help.

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Image: Courtesy Instagram

Ankur and Priyanka Modi are ensuring that minimalists have enough choices. Be it their jackets featuring a whole range of floral embroideries, dhoti pants, peplum shirts or pleated kurtas, every separate stands out owing to its versatility. Pre-Diwali cocktail looks sorted.

TRIBE Amrapali
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Image: Courtesy TRIBE Amrapali

Though gold is considered auspicious, veering away from it isn’t the worst idea. Just in case you were looking for perfect silver jewels for the festive season TRIBE Amrapali has got you covered. Their latest festive edit Suryakamal comprises of nose pins, bracelets, earrings, rings, necklaces, and maangtikas in gold-plated and simple silver. So, whether you are opting for a floor-length anarkali or a saree, there’s a lot you can pair it with. 

Needledust x Rani Pink Gifts
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Image: Courtesy Needledust

To give your festive wardrobe a wholesome makeover, footwear brand Needledust has collaborated with wedding gifting company Rani Pink to launch a capsule collection comprising of 2 new potli bags in hot pink and ivory with gorgeous mirror work and tassels.

Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor

Monotones are here to stay and who better than Tamanna Kapoor to take cues from. Her festive collection is meant for everyone who wants to explore maximalism. The traditional colour schemes have been interspersed with intricate mirror work and striking contrasts (soon-to-be-brides and their friends can take some major cues). Just in case you want to loop in a decadent lehenga with a minimal choli for Diwali night or even a statement saree, here are your picks.

Good Earth‘s Schezade Mina Bazaar
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Image: Courtesy Good Earth

Good Earth gives you major festive fashion inspiration by bringing an edit of chic contemporary-ethnic looks as a part of Schezade Mina Bazaar from October 4-6. A spectrum of festive ensembles and accessories by Good Earth Sustain along with the latest festive looks of India’s leading labels like Pero, Artisau, and Tilla will be a part of the edit. Imagine a whole range of chogas, shararas, and kurtas featuring zari, resham, and dabka-pitta work.

Raw Mango

The festive season gives textile aficionados a lot of opportunities to drape their favourite sarees and heirloom lehengas. Unconventional hues are a rage this fall, and we say start right with Raw Mango. Think blacks juxtaposed against gold, canary yellows, lavender, and an array of pastels in silk brocade and lightweight organza. Raw Mango’s festive fashion offering Bageecha might have some answers.

Devnaagri
Image: Courtesy Devnaagri
Image: Courtesy Devnaagri

Priyanka Jain & Kavita Jain, the duo behind ethnic label Devnaagri, knowhow to pay homage to rich Indian textiles and immaculate craftsmanship. Their festive couture 2019 collection ‘Alfaaz’ is replete with light sarees, lehengas, and salwaar-kamiz ensembles in rich mashru fabrics, glistening silk, sheer organzas, and cottons embellished with decadent gotta work. The palette suggests a neo-traditional scheme – think apricot, twilight blues, plum, gold, and black.

Anita Dongre
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Image: Courtesy Instagram

Ace couturier Anita Dongre brings forth a rich winter festive collection comprising of rich embroidered velvet ensembles, lightweight chiffon suits along with handwoven Banarasi sarees and lehengas. One look at the colourways will set in the festive mood. From deep greens, greys, rust, navy blues to mustard yellows, there is a lot to choose from. Dongre once again has been inspired by her rich Rajasthani roots. Signature pietra-dura motifs on layered ensembles make for a perfect festive edit.

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.