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Friday, June 14, 2024

Classic with an Edge


Old-world charm meets new-age aesthetic


Sanjay Leela Bhansali is back in full vigor with his latest offering Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar. It’s
an eight-part Netflix series that revolves around the lives of courtesans set against the backdrop of pre-
independence India. Bhansali is peerless when it comes to recreating majestic sets and timeless fashion
that one can simply describe as ethereal and otherworldly.
With help from brands and designers, WOW! attempts to recreate old-world charm with new-age
aesthetic fit for young Millennial and Gen-Z women.

Emulate the grandeur of the reigning queen of Heeramandi – played by Manisha Koirala – with Kalki’s
heartstopping Scarlet Red Lehenga Choli in raw silk with 3D flowers and cut dana embroidered
Summertime Flowers and Geometric Motifs; and Aulerth X Suneet Varma’s ornate Heather Head Jewel,
which includes strings of pearls and vintage blush stones of over 12 carats.

Vaishali Agarwal’s elegant dark green organza lehenga from her collection INARA, adorned with sequins,
glitter, cut dana and aari embroidery perfectly complements the graceful Bibbojaan played by the
Hyderabad-born actor, Aditi Rao Hydari. You can add a touch of jewelry to the delicate look with Aulerth
X Tribe Amrapali’s Dance of Dusk structured bangles with 77 carats of dew-drop crystals.

Waheedajaan played by Sanjeeda Shaikh is a survivor who fights her battles wearing some of the most
ethereal pieces including a yellow ethnic attire. Mirror her delicate look with ASMI by Mayank Modi’s
festive Yellow Layered Lehenga made of pure silk and handwoven ikat fabric from the city of nizams.
This piece can be complemented with Aulerth X JJ Valaya’s intricately crafted Amelia Chandelier

A quirky blend of Ruhi Tumbi’s chocolate brown lycra Pant-Saree with floral thread border and Aulerth X
Suneet Varma’s Dilshad Nose Ring makes for a unique look. One that perfectly aligns with the character
of Alamzeb, played by Sharmin Segal, a young aspiring poetess who rebels against her unfortunate
circumstances determined to pave her own path.

Like us, if you were mesmerized by Fareedanjaan’s champagne-colored sequined saree brought to life
by a curly-haired Sonakshi Sinha in the song Tilasmi Bahein, you can recapture the essence of the classic
look in a modern way with Kalki’s dazzling new-age Copper Gold Dress which comes with a braided
waistbelt; and with Aulerth X Shivan & Narresh’s statement charm choker made with Morning Star
stones with chic enamel work.


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