Image: Sonakshi Sinha in Anamika Khanna
The sari has traveled through centuries. Its significance in Indian culture has honored it with an enduring legacy. Fused with contemporary influences and trendy elements, designers have elevated the sari’s style with unique drapes, new-age blouses and indo-western compositions. From street-style inspired styles to fusion festive must-haves and party-ready drapes, Aashni + Co puts the spotlight on new-age silhouettes that are trending right now.
From Gaurav Gupta pioneering the sari-gown hybrid to Anamika Khanna upping the ante with capes, the classic meets contemporary iterations of saris have reversed its age.
Image: Payal Singhal
The traditional Indian sari has been reinvented in vivid modern forms to push the envelope. Stepping up its chic quotient, Payal Singhal pairs her cool printed drape with an even cooler bomber jacket for a street-style inspired spin.
Gaurav Gupta’s take includes sari-gown hybrids revered by millennials for its international appeal. Playing with a perfect blend of fluid and sculpted drapes, the novelty silhouettes are custom-made to suit modern sensibilities.
Image: Gaurav Gupta
Tarun Tahiliani’s futuristic approach is defined by form-fitting cuts, sheer accents and contemporary embroideries that will make you ditch your voluminous gown for that next RSVP.
Image: Tarun Tahiliani
Style-savvy Indian millennials are no stranger to concept saris. Wearable with a nip of the zip, pre-draped saris let you score full marks without mastery in draping skills. Jayanti Reddy’s tailored red sari and statement blouse will allow a bridesmaid to keep the style statement intact sans any fuss while on duty.
Image: Jayanti Reddy
Disha Patil’s metallic ivory has a knack to transition from dawn to dusk effortlessly. To give a conceptual look to your regular sari, take cues from Fatima Sana Shaikh’s polished spin to Sabyasachi’s printed sari and cinch your waist with a metallic belt.
Image: Disha Patil
Image: Fatima Sana Shaikh in Sabyasachi
Not very long ago, the ruffle sari trend made it to the top of charts, and it certainly is here to stay. The lighter flounce of these ruffles promise to create a dramatic flutter.
If you’re hosting an exotic destination wedding, Sabyasachi’s printed versions will lend your repertoire a flirty vibe. Avvantikaa S Parwani, on the other hand, creates a pant-style silhouette that you can slip into easily, trimming it with ruffle accents that shimmy as you sashay at the party.
Image: Avantikaa Parwani
Image: Manish Malhotra
From Malaika Arora, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Tamannaah Bhatia to Katrina Kaif, the festive season witnessed Bollywood fashionistas draping Manish Malhotra’s sequinned saris. Upgrading his signature sequin-sheeted saris in a spectrum of ombré shaded colours, the designer balanced dramatic proportions with matching dual-toned blouses. These sequin-clad saris are proof that you don’t have to settle for anything mundane even for intimate celebrations.
Left to right: Tamannaah Bhatia and Malaika Arora in Manish Malhotra
Shop new-age saris by top Indian designers here.