Think of festive season in India and a spectrum of ethnic wear comes to mind. Even though Indian designers roll out very specific festive wear collections there is something about the quintessential sari that makes it a classic. Whether you are a handloom enthusiast or a concept sari-wearing Gen-Z influencer, saris always fit in the ever-evolving Indian trend wheel.
We’d say what makes saris one of a kind is their versatility and adaptability. And today’s market is replete with labels that make the festive months all the way more special. From the hand-painted renditions to the belted ones, there is a lot to choose from. Bollywood’s leading fashion fixtures have embraced these labels. With Karwa Chauth, Dussehra, Diwali lined up back-to-back, Tinseltown’s finest are serving us some major sari inspiration.
Here is a look at Bollywood celeb-approved sari labels for the festive season –
Just in case you are on a lookout for something edgy, yet traditional this Mumbai based label won’t leave you disappointed. This embroidered tulle sari and floral blouse on Sayani Gupta makes for a perfect Diwali night look. Even though the designer is known for her gowns and dresses, lately she has been rolling out uber glamorous saris. Besides Sayani, the designer counts Shibani Dandekar, Manushi Chillar, and Swara Bhaskar as her fans.
If belted saris is something you are looking for, Ridhi Mehra’s renditions featuring beautiful ruffles with bejeweled belts will certainly lure you. They are light, breezy, and available in a spectrum of tones ranging from beige to hot pink. Yes, Mehra is a known name among the brides but her masterful understanding of drapes shows out and loud in her saris too. This number of Shilpa Shetty exudes a festive vibe.
Swati and Sunaina
Looking for a perfect festive handloom for Lakshmi Pooja, Kolkata based textile doyennes, Swati and Sunaina’s rich repository of offerings will leave you wanting for more. Exquisite renditions of benarasi saris, which can double as heirloom pieces define their DNA. From the traditional temple motifs to the ones inspired by parakeets, their saris are pure works of art.
Jaipur-based Faabiiana, which is the brainchild of mother-daughter duo Kusum and Karishma Luharuwala, blends new-age glamour with ethnic fashion. From exquisite chikankari saris, pre-stitched renditions to even beautiful lehenga saris, just in case you are on a lookout for festive sari labels, this is meant for you. Besides Mouni Roy, Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Madhuri Dixit Nene are some of Bollywood’s leading fashion fixtures who have embraced this label.
This beautiful Chanderi silk sari on Kajal is meant for those minimalists who want to embrace tradition with a hint of modernity. If you are a lover of handlooms, Hyderabad-based designer Deepthi Pothineni doesn’t warrant an introduction. A graduate in fashion from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Pothineni’s signature is luxurious saris, salwars among other silhouettes. She has been embraced by the likes of Vidya Balan and Samantha Akkineni too.
For anyone intrigued by Indian handlooms, Sanjay Garg’s label Raw Mango needs no introduction. Besides being credited for refurbishing a number of Indian textiles he has redefined the way Indian’s used to view sari. His exquisite take on old school motifs and colour schemes, make him one of a kind. Needless to say his experiments with chanderi, silk and even benarasi have been embraced by the likes of Madhuri Dixit, Karishma Kapoor and many more. One of the sure festive sari labels you need to explore.
This Jaipur-based saree label launched by Urvashi Sethi can be defined by its handpainted chiffon saris perfect for the festive season. We say move beyond that heavy duty handlooms and instead experiment with these drapes featuring hand-painted roses, peonies, flamingo flowers to grapes and rose apples, you can expect all kinds of botanical wonders on diaphanous organza sarees.
For anyone who wants to veer away from the idea of traditional drapes, concept saris are a great way to experiment. Amit Aggarwal’s renditions with exquisite piping details are up for the keeps when it comes to picking up saris. For those pre-Diwali cocktails, you know where to shop.