Ruling the Roost in Traditional Wear
When style icons like actresses Sonam Kapoor and Bipasha Basu turn into showstoppers at a fashion event, the designer must be a name to vouch for. Neeta Lulla, a darling of the Indian fashion world, rules the roost when it comes to her traditional clothing designs and elite clientele. Fashion neophytes have noticed her sense of style evolving through the years – from blockbuster films like ‘Hum Apke Hai Kaun’ to period dramas like ‘Jodha Akbar’ and ‘Devdas’ in which her lehengas and lehenga blouse designs were much appreciated. We wonder if she could imagine being called the ‘Czarina of Indian Fashion’ while starting off more than two decades back!
Post a lot of experimentation with varied garment styles and designs, Neeta Lulla got most loved by her patrons for her traditional creations. Having dressed a thousand brides and Bollywood’s prettiest ladies, (like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sushmita Sen, Rani Mukherji, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Juhi Chawla, and Shilpa Shetty to name a few) this designer recognizes her muses, and dresses them from head to toe, turning them into Indian divas in her lehengas and lehenga blouse designs which are unique to her sense of styling. Aishwarya Rai wore a Neeta Lulla designed gold saree and the wedding blouse design was just spectacular to her style.
Neeta Lulla has done quite a lot of fashion shows in different parts of the world such as the US, Canada, Monte Carlo, London, Dubai etc. playing a fundamental part in distribution of Indian fashion beauty with her specialty being conception based fashion shows.
Collections to Remember
The Neeta Lulla designer saree collection features beautiful printed, embroidered and crafted sarees for every occasion. Flat chiffon sarees, designer bridal sarees or sarees for wedding trousseau, kanjivaram silk sarees etc are some of the types of designer sarees that Neeta Lulla excels in. Often, her sarees have unique and carefully designed blouses. Neeta Lulla’s wedding blouse designs not only accentuate the saree but also stand out and grab all the attention.
Neeta Lulla believes that “dressing according to your personal style and underplaying one’s style always works.” Following the same philosophy, she has been dressing up her models like a dream on the platform of Lakme Fashion Week since years. Neeta made her charismatic appearance on the fifth day of LFW 2014, the finale to a wonderfully chaotic and exciting period of time. And this instance, it was Indo western! While the colour palate remained strong and defined – neons and metallic shades of grey and creams, we saw sarees draped unusually to create statement pieces. The lehenga saree blouse designs were simplistic, maintained at elbow length and comfortable at the waist line. Experts comment that the notion of ‘stitched to perfection’ will soon be replaced by ‘ease of fabric and open sewing’ such that a person feels the garment as a part of the body. Neeta Lulla is quite popular for wedding blouse designs as well.
The current collection sure made waves throughout the fashion fraternity, keeping the wizards thinking about “what next”, but this writer gets nostalgic about her last collections that were grand and inspiring in terms of her lehenga and sarees and their blouse creations. A spectacular start to the 2012 show, for instance, had legendary actress Hema Malini performing as Radha (the collection being hailed as Radha), looking like a million dollars in a dark purple lehenga choli and light purple net dupatta embroidered in gold. The blouse designs for lehenga has been done in detail to match the duppata and lehenga. The mythological character of Radha is pious and serene, and so was this collection. Models glided down the runway in the garb of beautiful Radha, a symbol of never-ending love, laden with intrinsically worked-upon lehengas and sarees. The present fashion scene demands an inspiration from the west, and therefore, Neeta warped the style by combining the silhouettes of gowns for the ghagras! The colours remained regal like rani pink, purples and oranges, saffron, emerald and fuchsia.
Creating Blouses Like Never Before
Talking specifically about blouse designs, one cannot help but notice how Neeta Lulla has taken care of every detail, making the cholis and the lehengas seem “made for each other.” It looked like the cholis chose the garments and not vice versa. For example, gold sleeve choli with full length brocade sleeves was coupled with a sophisticated ghaghra in deep maroon and gold brocade with broad gold border, and a shaded silk dupatta. Another beautiful piece was a moss green and gold brocade choli with net sleeves, the sleeves being embellished with appliqué work and a brocade border. A ghaghra in turquoise and gold brocade was chosen to go along with it. Wedding blouse designs are no exception to her collection.
Going further back, LFW Winter/Festive 2011 was another success story as Actress Prachi Desai opened the designer’s show on Day 5. A revival to the age old Sri Hastakala Kalamkari, a technique from coastal Andhra, it is combined with a rich inspiration of renaissance. The outfits had a strong royal touch with rich fabrics and intricate designs flowered around deities, scrolls, temple hangings, chariots and depicted scenes from some of the great Hindu epics. The colours used were deep red, Persian green, rust and gold, which gave the ensemble a heritage touch. Lehengas, fish tail skirts, sarees, corset, jackets, cholis, short kurtis, anarkalis crafted in fabrics such as light silk, georgettes, silk chiffons, French lace and nets with embellishments, ethnic craftwork and cutwork of velvet kundan and metal work. Lavish use of velvet cut work could be seen on most outfits along with traditional prints of Hastkala Kalamkari.
How can one forget opulent lehengas and saris showcased at Aamby Valley Bridal Week 2010? The designer played to her forte to create a collection inspired by the Nawabi ambience. Blouse designs for lehengas have been beautifully done in self and contrast colors for a royal look From double saris to evening gowns in rich fabrics such as silk, brocade, tulle, lace and velvet, Neeta Lulla’s bridal wear was Bollywood glamour at its best. Complete with swarovski crystals and heavy embroidery in a range of colours from pastels to jewelled tones, the ensembles were a medley of textures perfect for the traditional bride and all the pre-wedding occasions such as mehendi and sangeet. Neeta Lulla also kept the bridal party in mind, creating less dramatic pieces for the best friend and sister.
Lehenga and Lehenga Blouse Designs:
While many of the above mentioned collections and work can be bought exclusively from Neeta Lulla’s own website, we look into some special pieces that show a plethora of colours, designs, embroidery and fabric, beautifully rolled into single ‘wow’ creations.
This garment focuses on a full sleeved brocade choli. To give an appearance of a smooth neckline, the shape has been designed as a V on a net fabric coinciding with a broad brocade patch in magenta. To go with it, the designer has chosen a royal blue ghaghra with gold embroidered patches. However, all in all, the choli gives definition to the entire look.
Neeta continues to showcase full sleeved blouses. The model shows off the choli in orchid coloured brocade coupled with the signature net fabric towards the collared neck area in magenta. The neck line being deep can be easily collected with a significant jewellery piece. Since the blouse is coupled with a red saree, a silk and brocade fall and a green pallu, the overall appearance enhances to create uniqueness.
A turquoise green full sleeved net choli with golden handwork on chiffon. Again a low neck line that can enhance your gold neck piece. With it goes an orange brocade lehenga and an orange net dupatta with an embroidered border.
Other extravagant piece which made the spectators turn their heads was – a pear work choli with a pearl detail at the sleeves, with an orange net dupatta with pearl butis and a pearl border. All of this beauty was coupled with a purple raw silk ghaghra with pearl work below the waistband.
While each part of this garment is a deal breaker, the choli brings out the character of the garment in its own way. A see through gold choli with intricate golden and copper hand embroidery, this piece will cover your waist area, keeping the feminine appeal intact. Regality comes at its best with black net cropped jacket over the choli (blouse). The rich looking burnt umber, forest green and gold brocade ghaghra with knife and box pleats lends completeness to the garment.
This hot pink choli with golden pleats is created out of Banarasi brocade. The bright tangerine net dupatta with a pearl border makes the ensemble look versatile, yet complete in itself; while a light pistachio green organza ghaghra with geometric square designs makes it more modern.
This brick red choli with hand embroidery on the sleeves and neckline corresponds a teal coloured dupatta.
A boatneck lehenga blouse design with mega sleeves in orange and lace work in pastel colour is paired with a pink tissue dupatta with silk blue and golden border and printed brocade lehenga, this garment is sleek and elegant for a sangeet and mehendi function.
This choli suits the broad frame of actress Sameera Reddy. A high neck, elbow length orange blouse with mirror work and pink borders, this blouse is overlapped with an attached net jacket with golden sequins work that touches the feet.
Actress Sonal Chauhal sports this beautiful Neeta Lulla creation with a simple beige and brown round neck choli and lehenga.
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