A selection of contemporary Indian outfits by designers Punit Balana and Anavila Misra

Breezy linens, relaxed silhouettes, soothing palettes and a pot full of creativity – Lakmé Fashion Week has a whole lot of semi-formal goodness in store for you this summer. Take a look at our selection of Indian outfits from recently showcased Summer/Resort collections that you can wear to work, intimate gatherings and those smaller pre-wedding parties.

Punit Balana’s Maya in Ethereal Blues

With Karisma Kapoor as the showstopper and a slew of impressive outfits, the show was an absolute stunner. We love the pieces for their versatility, wearability and a high quotient of contemporary chicness.

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New-age lehengas | Call it a modern lehenga or call it an ethnic skirt-crop top set, this outfit makes us wish for more of those light midday events. Besides the rich block prints, the styling of the blouses makes the collection a winner. The bell sleeved cape on the top right is the perfect addition to the outfit, and we reckon you can easily mix it with other pieces in your closet.

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The traditional sharara revisited | On days when you want to wear that absolutely fabulous chunky silver necklace and a stack of bangles, a spectacular salwar-kameez is what you need – and in its avatar of a sharara and short kurta with a sheer dupatta, the outfit becomes all the more lovable.

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A touch of Indo-western | The feminine silhouettes of these two Indo-western pieces coupled with beautiful necklines radiate subtle sensuality.

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Karisma Kapoor’s dual-dupatta anarkali | A brilliant print and endless flare in a fabric that flows like a breeze – this anarkali by Punit Balana is indeed a showstopper. It being worn with two dupattas is something to note. Karisma’s hairdo complements the attire beautifully.

Anavila’s Earthy Drapes

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Anavila Misra, known for her styling with linen, chanderi and a predominantly earthy palette, has come up with a fine summer collection that echoes the same features and sufficient novelty in terms of drapes and silhouettes.

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Worn like a peasant woman | These sarees seem like just what the sultry Indian summer demands of us. They are chic, soothing and very interesting in how they are styled – you could try for yourself this peasant woman drape with a slouchy dolman sleeved t-shirt – it might turn out to be your most fun summer wardrobe experiment.

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Relaxed layers | Wide legged pants (or palazzos, if you prefer to call them that) are not going anywhere – only this summer, you can alternate your long kurtas with shorter ones. The monochrome palette is very soothing to the eye and the long capes create a regal yet effortless vibe.

Which one do you pick for a favourite? And the big question: would you wear the Anavila saree peasant woman style?

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