LFW Style Inspiration: 8 Funky Fusion Designer Saree Drapes

There are over 80 different ways of draping Indian designer sarees from classic retro, traditional to trendy, modern to funky styles. Your draping style is an expression of your personal style. To help you pick out a suitable drape, here are some fusion saree drapes from recent Lakmé Fashion Week shows, that we think will shape the future of the modern saree.

In the last six years, LFW has witnessed a sea change in style for this six-yard long sari. We soak up so much of western culture in every aspect of life, it is only natural that some of this has influenced the fashionable designer saree too. Fashionable sarees may change, but the one thing that will bind all of them is grace, beauty and versatility of the classy sari, however modern the drape.

Monochromatic Drape

These bold black and white striped modern saree drape designs by Archana Kochhar at LFW Summer Resort 2014 looked awesome. She is always inspired by monochrome, but this collection year saw a touch of summer with pretty coral red embroidered flowers.

Vibrant Saree Drape

We must mention Masaba Gupta in fusion wear. Masaba revealed her unique saree designs early in vibrant, bold colours, like this mustard yellow and aubergine purple saree at LFW Winter/Festive 2010. Since then, there was no looking back for the young, talented designer. We have come to expect these vivacious looks from all her signature collections.

Masaba redefined the neon saree like no other designer, especially for Satya Paul. Most recently, she paired full sleeved blouses with big, bold printed sarees at LFW S/R 2016. Get bright and bold designer sarees from the House of Simaaya Fashions.

Dhoti-Style Saree

The dhoti saree draping style, first displayed by Tarun Tahiliani on the ramp, gives an instant funky look, much loved by young women of today. It is a true Indo-western draped saree worn with leggings.

Archana Kochhar and Rimi Nayak flaunted dhoti-style sarees at Lakmé Fashion Week in 2012, 2013 and 2014, but the contemporary look by Tarun Tahiliani in 2013 took our breath away! Benarasi dhoti sarees with long sleeved blouses by Ritu Kumar and the sheer creations by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla at LFW S/R 2015 were ingenious examples of blended fashion and chic fusion wear.

Cape Style Saree Drape

Another strong Indo-western influenced saree comes from the cape saree or caped saree blouse. Jacqueline Fernandes looked classy wearing cream creations by Anamika Khanna's "sculpt" collection at LFW Summer-Resort 2015.

Belted Saree Drape

Belted sarees by Nikhil Thampi and Sabyasachi Mukherjee were a huge hit at their Lakme Fashion Week Fall-Winter and Summer-Resort 2015, respectively.

Cross-Wrap Saree Drape

Belted sarees can also be crossed wrapped which look hot in multicoloured fusion prints, like these cross wrap Snakes & Ladder and Ludo sarees by Dig Vijay Singh at LFW 2014.

Saree Gowns

Drape style long evening gowns are all the rage and you can select these and many others from the online or other retail stores.

Pallu and Duppatta Saree Drape

Contrast a silk saree and its pallu with a bright dupatta made from the same silk fabric and what you get is a royal look with a colour balance.

These pallu and duppatta drapes by Swati & Sunaina at LFW 2015 are spot on and sure to make your plain silk sarees come alive instantly!

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