According to mythological stories, Goddess Durga’s battle against Mahishasur, the king of demons lasted for nine days. The ninth day is the final day before the Goddess won over the evil with her power and wisdom. So Maha Navami is also considered the eve of starting anything new. Could it be the new you? The one oozing with style and substance? If you have followed the style stories on Shaptami and then on Ashtami, you might as well be on course to unlock the Durga Puja Lookbook for the final showdown on the auspicious day of Navami.
Now as the dessert after a fine dining, I saved the best firecrackers for the last day of the festival. This look comprising of a red Benarasi saree and Gajra (flower garland) wrapped around a long braid is the cherry on the cake as it surpasses all previous look ideas shared for Shaptami and Ashtami. Nothing like a Benarasi silk for days when you need to dress to impress! Lavish, traditional, aristocratic, elegant – this bling fest look with a kataan silk Benarasi with intricate gold zari work for Navami can be very well passed as a Bengali bride’s attire. Regardless of the variant, a Benarasi has been a part of the occasion wear lexicon of vast swathes of Indian sub-continent since centuries and more often than not, you’re likely to find an old Benarasi lurking in your Mother or Grand-mother’s closet. These are such timeless classics that even a decades old Benarasi is unlikely to look dated if styled with a contemporary blouse.
My Navami look is rounded well traditionally with vermillion on the head, red bindiya on the forehead, shankha (bangles made of conch shell) on the hands stacked with red and gold bangles, Alta painted hand and finally a long braid with fresh jasmine flowers. A royal ‘Saatlada’ (”saat” means seven and ”lada” means layered in Hindi) necklace embedded with pearls is the most prized possession of an Indian woman’s jewel box. What else but this very bridal-ish saree to pair with my commissioned piece having 5 layers. A pair of matched Chandbalis and polki rings were, as if the side dishes to this main course. An intricate gold embroidered clutch and a champagne hued stilettos have finished out this look to perfection.
Being the last day of the Durga Puja festival, Navami is the final day to be in your best avatar before the Goddess Durga is bid farewell until the next year. So make sure you put some effort to have a lasting impression on the last encounter with Her this year.
This concludes the 3-part series on the Durga Puja Lookbook. Incase you have missed the previous posts, make sure to check my posts to be inspired with the Shaptami and the Ashtami look. Starting with a breezy and flamboyant yellow chiffon saree on Shaptami, the look attained some gravitas on Ashtami and finally the style symphony reached its peak with the ultimate style extravaganza on the Navami.
Why not share this post right now on Facebook and Twitter with your friends to spread the inspiration? Do leave a comment below and tell me which of these three looks is your most favourite and what special tweak and twist you are planning to make by yourself to stand out during this Durga Puja festival? Finally, onetimefashionista.com wishes all its friends and families who celebrate this festival – Shubho Bijoya!
What Was I Wearing?
Red Benarasi Saree from Tassels, Kolkata, India
Necklace & Earring from Love For Pretty Things
Red Bangles from Kolkata New Market, India
Gold Bangles (bala/kangans) from TribebyAmrapali
Gold Bangles (Chur/ chunky cuff) from Ratan’s Vardaan Market, Kolkata, India
Ring from Ratan’s Vardaan Market, Kolkata, India
Photography: Margarita Karenko (She is the BEST, if you are looking for a photographer in London, contact HER)
Hair & Makeup: Asma
Concept & styling by yours truly
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.
And don’t forget to watch our vlog below of what went behind the scenes while bringing to you the style stories for this Durga Puja Navami look from Pergola, Hampstead Heath in London.