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Deshi is the way to go!
And why not? Our local designers and producers have now attained a height where they can pride themselves as worthy competitors of foreign products that seep in every year come Eid.
Star Lifetyle presents for your viewing pleasure an assortment of some of the best deshi deals in town. Our attempt has been to showcase the highlights of the season, which we hope will help you choose that 'right' outfit this Eid.
For your pleasure we present, “The Haute Parade.”
While the banarasi revival of the past few years has ensured renewed appreciation of katan and banarasi saris in Bangladesh, this Eid Star Lifestyle takes a slight step outside the box to take a look at traditional saris with less audience attention. This Ramadan, consider rediscovering the timeless appeal of local silk saris, be they in chic polka dots, simple self-striped designs, or classic mono-toned colours. Silk mills around the city rev up their collections for every major festival -- take a look through to pick up your six yards of heritage.
Light, smooth and easily manageable, these polka-dot saris come in different colours and print sizes ranging from pin-head dots to ball prints. Because the base colours of the saris are neutral -- ivory, cream, beige, white and tan -- you would do well to make these your first outfits of the day. Dress them up however, and these saris can be spruced into perfectly elegant early evening ensembles. String pearls, a pair of heels and a vintage watch to bump you up from underdressed to dressed just right.
Because they are neither as casual as light-weight polka-dotted silks nor as dressy as embellished evening wear, these saris are apt for the slower, middle part of the day when you are probably, willingly or unwillingly, out visiting relatives. Because of the house-hopping and the high temperatures that we can expect during the day this Eid, we suggest hair updos that won't require recurring attention before every stop you make. Makeup would be best kept minimal on the same grounds but do make sure to add some colour to your eyes and/or lips so that you don't seem washed out.
The saris come in bold, one-tone colours with multi-coloured striped aanchals that at once contrast and complement the dominant colour of the rest of the sari. Stripes on the aanchal are a mix of silk and endi, adding an element of textural variation to the ensemble.
If you have restricted yourself to (seemingly) natural makeup all day, this is when you have a license to go all out. Wear your hair down or up because both work for dinner invitations and high humidity will no longer be of such concern toward the last part of the day.
As a general note, when choosing deshi saris, whether katan or banarasi or silk, accessories are best kept traditional. Opt for jewellery that will not conflict with the nature of the saris so safe bets will include gold, oxidised silver and pearls.
By Subhi Shama
A WHITE EID PURITY from within
White symbolises purity -- and we could not agree more. Nothing is as timeless in fashion as a translucent, white piece. Given the timing of Eid this year, touching both the summer vibe and romance of the season, the iconic white becomes more of a necessity than a glam factor. But there is no reason for you to compromise on the appeal, the lure and the charm of all that is white.
The classic black and white
Black embroidery on the sari, which also carries hints of black sequins, is not only subtle enough to be worn at casual lunches but also elegant enough to be carried through to dinner. Pair with a trendy halter-neck blouse to add some pizazz that will also work as a trendy counter effect of the general simplicity of the sari.
The timeless -- white on white
The juxtaposed vintage and modern
Shadakalo, as always, has brought out an extensive range of products, based primarily in white with subtle shades of black and grey. And of course there is the quintessential fashion statement -- 'white on white'.
While Ramadan slowly draws to an end, the Eid hype reaches manic proportions. Grab that perfect White piece from Shadakalo, and let your attire reflect the purity within.
By Subhi Shama and Mannan Mashhur Zarif
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