The end of the year always brings great excitement, and why wouldn’t it? Before the world gears up for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, the globally spread out south-Asian community following Hindu traditions get us all excited for Diwali- The “festival of lights.”
The ones celebrating brighten their homes with lit-up candles and diyas (traditional oil lamps), spreading peace and joy around. Some also go all extravagant with ‘all-nighter’ card parties, karaoke nights, lighting up sprinklers instead of fire-crackers to be more mindful of animals, and never-ending delicious spreads of special home-cooked meals and sweets.
Like every other festival, Diwali is the perfect excuse to go all out and dress up in the fanciest of traditional clothes. And if you are an avid follower of Bollywood, you’d know how grand their Diwali parties are. Celebrities and socialites attendees leave no room for criticism when it comes to their outfits. Rounding off this year’s celebrations, here’s a look back at some serious style inspirations you can take notes from the next time you get a chance to attend a Diwali party yourself or as a guest at a Brown wedding.
- Kriti Sanon
Sanon’s peachy floral lehenga set by designer Anushree Reddy shines through and compliments well with minimal makeup, dainty earrings, and a pulled-back hairdo.
- Navya Naveli Nanda
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter and entrepreneur Navya Naveli Nanda, in this red ensemble by a designer duo and brand Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla, made heads turn her way as she arrived at ace-designer Manish Malhotra’s Diwali celebrations.
- Manushi Chillar
Former Miss World and recently turned Bollywood actress Manushi Chillar’s gleaming silver and baby-pink lehenga with an asymmetric blouse is the perfect outfit if you want something comfortable yet dressy enough to continue receiving compliments on. The pieces are versatile enough to be styled separately for different occasions.
- Sonam Kapoor
The girl who single-handedly brought the culture of styling in Movies and created a market for Fashion stylists in the Indian Film Industry is no less than a Fashion Icon herself. The newest mommy in town is an absolute vision in Ivory and drapes, completing her look with minimal jewels.
- Malaika Arora
Recently killing it with her Fashion game is Malaika Arora. Her indo-western looks are worth pinning to your Pinterest board for when you get invited to an Indian wedding ceremony and want to make a fashion statement in the longest of capes and statement pieces.
- Katrina Kaif
India’s very own Barbie girl has been experimenting quite a bit with her traditional looks lately. This Manish Malhotra Sea-blue saree with delicate borders and shimmer blouse makes her look no less than a fairy.
- Sharvari Wagh
The newest actress in B’town sure knows how to grab eyeballs. Accented with a statement choker, nude makeup, and a gelled-up bun, the red saree with the cowl neck blouse is the ‘It-girl’ traditional outfit of the season.
- Vidya Balan
Sarees, “six yards of elegance,” is one item that has been a go-to silhouette for women, especially during the festive season. Vidya Balan is one of the few from the list of current actors who are known to sport traditional styles with sheer grace and elegance, and she continues to serve us this year too, looking like a literal goddess in this silk saree.