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SHOP THE BEST DESIGNER SHARARAS AT ENSEMBLE
A sharara is a classic Indian silhouette worn for traditional occasions, weddings, sangeets, mehendis, poojas and many more festive events. Given the evolution of Indian design, a sharara has become a favorite style for designers to experiment with. Shop Ensemble’s curation of shararas, from traditional and heritage styles of Sabyasachi, Anamika Khanna, Tarun Tahiliani, Anuradha Vakil, Anjul Bhandari, Nakul Sen and Anand Kabra to feminine and glamorous versions by Manish Malhotra, Ritika Mirchandani, Payal Singhal, Ridhi Mehra, Arpita Mehta, Petticoat Lane and Itrh.
The merchandising team at Ensemble works closely with designers to ensure the latest, most exclusive and on-trend collection of shararas at the best prices, both for our online shop and 5 stores across Mumbai and Delhi.
EXCLUSIVE DESIGNER WEAR SHARARAS AT ENSEMBLE ONLINE
Ensemble works closely with its designers to ensure the more exclusive range of styles reach our stores. The category of shararas can broadly be broken up into three categories, fully embellished or embroidered, these are worn for formal wedding occasions; light and festive shararas which can be worn for a pooja or festival get together; and indo-western shararas which have more playful and bohemian aesthetic. For its line of heavy shararas, Ensemble collaborates with designers who are well known for their intricate detailing and couture designs, such as, Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi, Anamika Khanna, Rohit Bal, Anuradha Vakil, Anjul Bhandari, Nakul Sen and Anand Kabra. These varieties of shararas are made from luxe fabrics, silk, chiffon, georgette, organza, velvet and tulle. The detailed and intricate hand embroidery reflects the best of Indian artistry craftsmanship, from parsi gara, resham thread work, sequins, chikankari, pure zardozi, mukaish badla, marori work on bandhani, kantha embroidery and foil work.
For light and festive shararas Ensemble recommends designers like Lajjo C, Jayanti Reddy, Punit Balana, Sukriti and Aakriti, Gopi Vaid, Varun Nidhika, Monika Nidhi, Itrh and Simar Dugal. Dugal’s signature gota and block printed sharara; Lajjo C’s aabha embroidered shararas; Jayanti Reddy’s zardozi embroidered shararas and Varun Nidhika’s vintage sequins embellished shararas are all great options for a morning pooja, festival and light wedding functions.
Encouraging the modern art and fusion of contemporary elements with traditional Indian silhouette, Ensemble curate a line of bohemian & feminine sharara sets with its design partners. Bollywood’s favourite cocktail hand embroidered & sequined styles of Manish Malhotra, ruffle tiered shararas by Arpita Mehta, printed glamour & eccentric bodice pairing by Payal Singhal, cape sharara sets by Petticoat lane, mirror work and tulle designs of Ritika Mirchandani and embroidered peplum styles with flared organzas by Ridhi Mehra, they all fall under the sub-category of new-age sharara designs. Watch for idiosyncratic designs and innovations by these designers of pairing tops, capes, jackets, boleros etc. with shararas giving a whole new different angle to the classic kurta-sharara-dupatta silhouette.
At Ensembleindia.com, one can find a vast variety of exclusive designer sharara sets appropriate for any occasion.
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THE DEFINITION OF A SHARARAS
Oxford Lexico defines sharara to be “a pair of loose pleated trousers worn by women from South Asia, typically with a kameez and dupatta”. Traditionally worn by Mughal royalty, a sharara was an embroidered divided panel skirt worn with a mid-thigh short kurti and a heavily adorned odhini. Originally, the sharara pant was heavily flared and was known as a trumpet skirt. Over time, the flare has been reduced to add comfort and ease to the overall outfit.
KNOW YOUR SHARARA TYPE
The classic sharara style involves three components, a kurti, a sharara pant and a dupatta. Over the years, the design of a sharara has evolved to accommodate varying lengths of the kurta, deviations from the original cut and flare of the sharara pant and dupatta drape. The Luckowing gharara is one of the most known variations of the sharara. In this style wide-legged pants are ruched at the knee so that they flare out more prominently. Other versions of the sharara bottoms include farshi pyjamas (an elaborated version of the gharara), fararas (a gharara with no ruching at knee) and Dhaka pyjamas (similar to embroidered palazzos). In place of the typical hip length kurti, we now also see shararas paired with straight kurtas, jackets, peplum kurtas or tops, capes and choli blouses.
BEST SHARARA SETS FOR AN OCCASION
A traditional looking zardozi embroidered sharara by Sabyasachi, an intricately embroidered chikankari and sequins sharara by Anjul Bhandari, or a light weight gara embroidered sharara by Tarun Tahiliani or Patine can be worn by brides for their Nikkah ceremony. A bandhani marori sharara by Anuradha Vakil or resham and sequins embroidered sharara by Nakul Sen is an elegant and flattering choice for the mother of the bride or groom. A piece of heirloom kundan or meenakari jewelry will compliment the outfit perfectly.
Many Indian women are now choosing to wear shararas for formal Indian functions as they are easy to wear and can be light in weight but still make for a dramatic style statement. Arpita Mehta’s tiered ruffle shararas, Ridhi Mehra’s peplum embroidered sharara sets, and Payal Singhal’s printed sharara sets are great choices for a destination wedding or poolside mehendi. Style them with a pair of colourful heels and some flower jewelry and you are good to go! For a slightly edgier sharara style, we suggest one of Ritika Mirchandani’s pop coloured mirror work and sequined sharara sets or an Anand Kabra high neck embellished velvet sharara in one of his striking jewel tone hues.
Anamika Khanna has mastered the indo-western sharara style. Her contemporary take on shararas is seen in her one shouldered sharara cape sets and her choli sharara style. Khanna’s floral, pearl or zardozi embroidered sharara sets are apt for any wedding function from a haldi or mehendi during the day to a sangeet, engagements, reception or cocktail at night. More examples of modern and glamorous sharara styles include Manish Malhotra’s fully sequin embroidered sharara and Payal Singhal’s velvet bolero sharara style. For pooja, festivals and light functions, choose a peplum kurta sharara style by Punit Balana, an ombre chiffon tiered sharara by Varun Nidhika or a gota patti flared kurta sharara style by Simar Duggal. Pair it with gold jhumkas, handcuffs and mojris for an authentic Indian look.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT SHARARA SET
Your personal style, occasion and preferred embroidery will determine your choice of sharara. Invest in a sharara rich in Indian textile and craft as an heirloom piece to pass through to generations. An Anjul Bhandari chikankari sharara or a Patine gara embroidered sharara are examples of such timeless pieces.
CELEBRITIES IN DESIGNER SHARARA SETS
During the 1950’s and 60’s, leading actresses, Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Sadhana & Nanda brought the sharara trend to the forefront of fashion. Kareena Kapoor then brought back the trend with her iconic sharara looks in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Some iconinc sharara looks include Kareena Kapoor Khan in a Tarun Tahiliani chikankari sharara for a Diwali party; Malaika Arora in a Simar Dugal green gota sharara; Deepika Padukone in an emerald matka silk sharara; and Karisma Kapoor in a brocade Raw Mango sharara.
SHOP DESIGNER WEAR ONLINE AT ENSEMBLEINDIA.COM
For over three decades Ensemble has run stores based on curation, quality, service and trust. We thrive on discovering and promoting new talent and providing them a platform. Almost every top designer in India today has begun their journey with us. With our new online shop, we now hope to bring the Ensemble experience to all cities in India and to our worldwide community.
Shop by designer, by occasion or by category, ensembleindia.com gives you access to the latest designer collections and designer bridal clothing directly from the fashion week runway and ateliers of India’s leading designers. The Ensemble Eye section features the most authoritative curation of luxury Indian fashion by our in-house fashion editors. Create a wishlist at ensembleindia.com for our stylists to understand your style and make a shortlist for you and then book an in-store appointment via the website to try it all on! Our stylists will guide you through a delightful journey of discovering the designers and special pieces that speak to your individual style and work for your body shape and budget. Don’t live in India? Our website help chat and Whatsapp business chat are also active. If speaking on the phone is more your style, use the ‘Speak to a Stylist
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