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SHOP THE BEST DESIGNER CONCEPT SARIS AT ENSEMBLE
The contemporary design development on the traditional silhouette of sari drew the foundation of concept saris. Often termed as pre-pleated, draped or a pre-stitched sari, a concept sari is a wardrobe staple for an Indian woman today. From pioneer of concept saris, Tarun Tahiliani to Indian indo-western bohemian styles by Anamika Khanna, Sabyasachi, Arpita Mehta, Aikeyah Couture, Anushree Reddy & Ridhi Mehra, shop wide range of concept saris at all Ensemble stores and website. Explore the high end ultra-glamorous concept saris by Amit Aggarwal, Rohit Gandhi Rahul Khanna, Sunaina Khera, Manish Malhotra, 431-88 and experimental luxe pret styles by Chola, Aikeyah, Antar Agni, Rishta by Arjun Saluja & Divyam Mehta.
The merchandising team at Ensemble works closely with designers to ensure the latest, most exclusive and on-trend collection of concept saris at the best prices, both for our online shop and 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
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Ensemble curates its range of concept saris by collaborating with its various design partners. For casual contemporary styles and eccentric design patterns, Ensemble works with designers like Chola, Aikeyah, Antar Agni, Pot Plant, Rashmi Varma, Rishta by Arjun Saluja & Divyam Mehta. In classic cottons and easy silks, the cut & sew ideology of these creative designers form a unique set of concept saris using contemporary elements like zippers, belts, broad waistbands, smocked pallas and bold buttons. Being a staple occasion wear choice, Ensemble form its gamut of dressier concept saris working with designers like Arpita Mehta, Anand Kabra, Payal Singhal, Surily Goel, Anamika Khanna, Sabyasachi, Punit Balana, Ridhi Mehra, Anushree Reddy and Aikeyah Couture. From traditional zardozi embroidery, resham thread work, buggle beads to bohemian prints & playful elements like ruffles, tiers, french knots & tassels, these designers work with delicate chiffon, georgettes, sheer organza, tulle and richness of silk. For its evening wear category, Ensemble offers avant-garde creations by Amit Aggarwal, metallic wires of Rimzim Dadu, shimmer beads of Rohit Gandhi Rahul Khanna, classic drapes of Tarun Tahiliani, ruffles of Manish Malhotra, sequins play of Sunaina Khera and metallic hues of 431-88.
At Ensembleindia.com, one can find a vast variety of exclusive designer concept saris appropriate for any occasion.
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THE DEFINITION OF A CONCEPT SARI
Evolved with experimental creations by Indian designers, concept sari is basically a pre-draped version of a regular sari. Can be divided into separate components of a blouse and a sari skirt with palla, they have to be paired together to form the complete ensemble. Sari skirt has a stitched pleated front running into a free palla that can be draped in various styles. Skirt has a zipper or the buttons in front or the side seam for the closure. Lately designers have developed a pattern known as a sari gown - of attached blouse with the sari skirt making it easy to wear like a gown, while giving the visualization of a sari. The imagination & execution of pre-draping and thus creating the concept sari goes to Indian fashion stalwart Tarun Tahiliani. Innovating the “chotu sari” in 1993, Tarun built a foundation of draped ideas and started with structured draping in 1995. Sharing his thoughts on his creation, Tarun said in one of his interview with mid-day.com that, “The structured drape in jersey with a tailored gilet is my standard concept sari; it's a choli and it's a sari, but there's no mixing, no pleating, and it has freed a lot of women.”
KNOW YOUR CONCEPT SARI TYPE
The traditional attire of a sari has been modified and manipulated in contemporary ways to achieve the modern version in form of a concept sari. While basic pre-pleated free palla versions build the foundation silhouette, there were numerous creative additions to the concept sari style as well. To name a few, different concept sari designs for those who cannot wear a staple 6 yard sari are the sari gown, jumpsuit sari, pant-style sari, sharara sari, lehenga sari, sari dress and ruffle & tier sari. Influence of western elements on the traditional outfit lead to the development of eccentric concept sari designs. Replacing blouses with western corsets, attaching blouses with skirt sari to make a gown or using tucked in jewelled T-shirts with the sari drape, the contemporary annexations gave a new dimension to the classic wrap.
BEST CONCEPT SARIS FOR AN OCCASION
An essential attire in a bridal trousseau, concept sari is a classic choice of a bride for her many functions. While zardozi embroidered Sabyasachi & a red Anamika Khanna lehenga-sari is appropriate for a wedding reception, the printed drape saris by these designers styled with the belt is a classic choice for a destination wedding. Wear these classic sari versions with your traditional heirloom neck pieces, mathapatti and jhumkas for an authentic bridal look. For a haldi or a sangeet, wear sorbet hues by Anushree reddy, tiered ruffles by Arpita Mehta, pearl embellishment & organza flares of Ridhi Mehra, embroidered prints by Payal Singhal or chiffon ombres by Aikeyah Couture. Pair it with playful contemporary jewellery & structured heels for a fun bohemian look. Wear a mirror work georgette sari with a full embellished blouse by Anand Kabra for a traditional celebration. Pair it with chandbalis, stack of glass bangles and golden wedges. For a dressier cocktail, a red carpet or a black tie – choose tube sari gowns or draped saris of Amit Aggarwal, waterfall sari by Sunaina Khera, molten wire drape of Rimzim Dadu or beaded sequins by Rohit Gandhi Rahul Khanna. Pair them with stilettos and quirk jewellery like ear cuffs and a forearm cuff for a statement look. Tarun’s jersey drapes never go out of style. Classic Tarun drape saris with jewelled bodysuits can be worn for a cocktail night, a retro bachelorette or an exaggerated anniversary dinner. While, subdued metallic and silk drapes of 431-88 will be apt for dressier evenings, a proposal dinner or a birthday eve. Wear them with metallic hoops and embellished heels. Flaunt your concept sari look not only at a big occasion but also for a fashionable casual evening by wearing contemporary concept drape sari styles by designers like Chola, Rishta by Arjun Saluja, Rashmi Varma or Pot plant. Follow some fun styling techniques by wearing the cotton drape saris with a white shirt, a bolero, or a crop top. Pair them with sneakers or oxfords. Appropriate for a birthday dinner, a gallery opening or a fashion forward seminar, it will get you a statement look.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT CONCEPT SARI
Choose a concept sari on the basis of your need, your body type and your personal style. We recommend you to invest in statement pieces. One-of-a-kind avant garde look and whimsical designs by designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Amit Aggarwal or Rimzim Dadu will get you a unique exclusive look. For an authentic ethnic look choose traditional embroideries and woven border designs. Flaunt your perfectly worked out waist line by choosing feminine styles – with ruffles, cropped cholis or beaded tailored jacket. If you are a minimalistic person, we recommend you to have a classic silk black and a cotton white solid drape sari. Can be dressed up or down as per the occasion, they will be your easy companion and give a distinctive look every time.
CELEBRITIES IN DESIGNER SARIS
Sari holds its own charm amongst Indian women from local masses to our B-Town celebrities. Our leading Bollywood actresses are often seen rocking concept sari looks for different occasions like festivals, weddings, celebrations and even for their professional looks. While fashion icons like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Tamannah Bhatia , Malaika Arora Khan are often seen wearing Amit Aggarwal creations of concept sari, the classic Tarun’s muse Shilpa Shetty & actresses like Priyanka Chopra Jonas & Katrina Kaif are seen dazzling in TT drapes. The beauty of concept saris have been reached out to the red carpet of Cannes where Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is seen wearing concept saris by Anamika Khanna and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. Known for her playful and styling techniques, the actress was also seen wearing Arjun Saluja’s red concept sari, Rashmi Varma’s tissue zari cropped sari and Chola’s deconstructed white drape sari for her professional appearances. Kangana Ranaut in Anushree Reddy, Janhvi Kapoor in Arpita Mehta, Parineeti Chopra in Sukriti Aakriti, Sonakshi Sinha in Anamika Khanna , Diana Penty in Gaurav Gupta, Kriti Sanon in Manish Malhotra and Taapsee Pannu in Urvashi Kaur, all the Bollywood actresses have been seen wearing concept drapes by the Indian designers.
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