A day before Diwali, I went to see Kali Pujo. Bengalis celebrate Kali Pujo one day before big Diwali day almost as community affair wrapped under the banner of Diwali. Where there is bhog, there is me! After donning a rainbow saree for my main Diwali party look, I went back to neutrals and attended Kali Pujo wearing this off-white Anarkali with antique gold embellishment that I designed a few years ago.
Blogging here and pondering the number of occasions I have sat through a Hindi film without saying ‘oh I loved what she is wearing, I would like to try this outfit and see how I can style in my way’… If I am to be honest there are a few. So back in 2008, when tasked with the challenge of buying me my very first Anarkali (after its return in the fashion scene), the choice was obvious – with it being wedding season and with plans of my own marriage looming – a natural first choice was a white Anarkali! Again, Bollywood inspired style came to my rescue. I saw Madhuri Dixit wearing a white Anarkali with gold embelllishment in a song titled ”Aaja Nachle”. Inspired by Madhuri’s Anarkali, I took the job of designing my own white Anarkali in hand and created this back in 2008.
What I love about Anarkali outfits are the endless opportunity it offers to style. It goes with anything from Jootis (Indian ballet flats) to high-heels, from traditional gold jewellries to modern pattern. I’m particularly fond of georgette Anarkalis that are designed with long churidar sleeves and pants. As a possible Party/occassion outfit, consideration was made to the fact that this white Anarkali would be worn for long hours; I did therefore keep the heavy embroidery on the top part of the Anarkali – making it a bit lighter on the bottom in terms of weight. But apart from that – I wanted to keep the cut flowy, just so when I turn around, it will create a perfect circle just the once. The front V-neck but round at the back make this Anarkali even more stand out giving a definition and bringing out the best feature of both sides of the top part of the body.
This Anarkali is designed in off-white viscose blend georgette base with antique gold silk thread, sequins and mirror embroidery on the bodice, border and little circles all over. It comes along with matching Churidaar and Dupatta.
With my hair gelled and pulled flat on the front (Kardashian-esque, No!), I finished out the look with a nude lips, smoldering smokey eyes, a citrine ring and pair of pretty jhumkis. Soft, pastel colors always look great if paired with heavy earring or neckpiece, NOT two together, and this was no exception either.
A gold embroidered potli bag and a pair of gold metallic jootis have given this look its finest finishing touch.
If I get to remake this outfit now, I will make it finer with better quality georgette and more Kalis on the bottom skirt. I would also increase the length and take it to the floor. As far as the silhouette is concerned, I’m quite satisfied with what I did with this piece considering it was way back in 2008 (I was SO young, plus I’m NOT a fashion graduate!).
Hope you had a great Diwali celebrating with family and friends. I have a Diwali Giveaway contest going on for you all till 13th of November, so hop on to Instagram and Facebook to take part to win some of the goodies I received as gifts and thought I share them with you all. Good luck!
What Was I Wearing?
Anarkali Designed by Me
Zariin Global Empress Citrine Ring
Jooti from Kolkata New Market, India
Earring from Manikchand Jewels, Kolkata
Hair, make-up and styling by Me