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    1. #1


      The Indian kurta, better known as a tunic, is being touted as the hottest fashion trend for US summer.

      For summer fashion, Bollywood's where it's at

      Summer fashion craze
      The Indian kurta, better known as a tunic, is being touted as the hottest fashion trend for summer. Do you plan to buy one?


      June 17, 2005

      Hollywood, shmollywood.

      Bollywood is now setting the standard for summer fashion. With the popularity of films like "Bride & Prejudice" and even "Bend it Like Beckham," which had South Asians in the starring roles, fashions inspired by Indian and Asian culture are all the rage.

      Djellabas, the long, loose, sometimes hooded garments with full sleeves, better known on these shores as tunics, are on most fashion must-have lists for summer to serve as a stylish alternative to a T-shirt or as a beach cover-up, according to experts.

      "It's a very easy look that one can adapt to their personal style with just a few pieces," said Michael Palladino, director of client services at Henri Bendel in Manhattan. "It's about the exposure people are experiencing from movies and TV, and it allows women who like having an adventure to take a trip in their own closet."

      While summer 2004 saw the Chinese slipper slide on everyone from Madonna to your neighbor, the essential shoe this year is something reminiscent of "Arabian Nights": a flat or mule with a curled, pointy toe decorated with sequins and beads.

      "I love them," Kerry Bowman, 28, of Brownsville said, showing off her embellished mules. "They are comfortable, fashionable and they can go with anything. They are great."

      Rounding out the eye-catching, breezy look are full, gauzy skirts, dark yellow-gold earrings and lots of bangle bracelets adorned one way or the other with ribbons, sequins or beads.

      Palladino said the trend is also popular because pieces can be picked up for a few dollars at lower-end stores; more expensive items that are considered investment pieces will have cache through the years.

      Lisa Templeton, 40, and her friend Susan Kaufman, 50, shopping in Forest Hills yesterday, said they were specifically on the hunt for something to wear with a Indian flavor.

      "I usually go for more tailored, streamlined, A-line looks," Templeton said as she eyed an elaborate skirt. "But I love the look, so I am looking for a book bag that has some embellishment, so I can incorporate the look somehow into what I wear."

      Templeton, a student at a Brooklyn college, said she was inspired by the multiethnic clothes worn by classmates. "I see what they are wearing, and I like it. They are dictating fashion from their own cultures," she said.

      For some, the look is not only trendy but practical.

      "I have the Chinese slippers," said Jacqueline Chancer, 18. "But they are hard to keep on and can make your feet dirty on the subway. So I love these," she said looking admiringly at curled-toed flats she had paired with a gauzy, white skirt. "But it's nice that they look good and they are actually useful."

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      they dont look good at all. They are poorly made. I would rather see a lady in properly made pant suit then in those indian/pakistani monstrocities. God Bless.

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      i've always loved the indian kurta and during my days in brooklyn used to wear it a lot. oh and believe u me, if worn with cool chinese slippers an a pair of worn out jeans...it gives you a real neat bohemian look that gals adore(sayin by experience )

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      Also clothes with Indian style like Kurtas with Indian designs are getting popular because of flood of textile goods from India have swept the US retail stores. Since 2005 there is no quota for textile for India and China and textiles from India and China are going to be seen everywhere.

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      What is more important is what's Kurti key Peechay kiya hey!

      If I have my way, Dhooti will be the trend of 2006.
      Last edited by cat-woman; Jun 17th, 2005 at 04:05 PM.

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      Can we get some pics for examples?

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      ^ so .... attractive

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      Quote Originally Posted by naved_ltf
      i've always loved the indian kurta and during my days in brooklyn used to wear it a lot. oh and believe u me, if worn with cool chinese slippers an a pair of worn out jeans...it gives you a real neat bohemian look that gals adore(sayin by experience )
      It looks gay on men

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      clothes dont make people gay, my friend. its whether or not that particular person can carry off that particualr dress. when ppl wear things that dont suit them or which they cant pull off...they look gay or whatever.
      its similar to the fact that some guys dont look good when they are clean shaven/some dont look good in a moustache etc.
      it all depends solely on the individuals looks, body type, body language and similar such factors.
      btw, there r differnt types of kurtas too...they're made differently for males and females.

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      it's not only a craze in US.. it's also a craze over here..
      ..Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.. ~IK~

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      it started over a year ago

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      This trend has been big for over a year now - every shop you go to has India in it.
      A samurai bares no sign of weakness, even when dying of hunger.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ~*Lay-D Honey*~
      it's not only a craze in US.. it's also a craze over here..

      Where are you located?

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      India arrives: Exotic is the mantra this season



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      Made In India.

      Time was, those three little words on an apparel tag could bring a dress down a few pegs. The cuts were dumpy, the colors drab and the prints indeterminate.

      But this summer, the whole gauze thing is getting a new rep in the fashion industry. The word is out: India pops!

      ''Even Nicky Hilton's new line, Chick, just featured a whole line of Indian skirts,'' said Barry Rosenthal, owner of the Hollywood boutique, Unique Wear, where about 30 percent of the merchandise today is from India, as opposed to the usual 5 percent.

      ``It's reached a crescendo.''

      From department stores to chichi boutiques to mall fixtures like Old Navy and The Gap, everyone wants to sell you tunics or circle skirts that make you look like you just got back from Goa.

      ''Earlier, the Indian looks were not taken by the consumer in a positive manner,'' said Vijay Mathur, director of the Apparel Export Promotion Council, based in New Delhi. ``Now they know it's a rich culture.''

      This is a trend even the U.S. government can get behind. In January, the World Trade Organization dropped quotas on all apparel and textiles, making it easier than ever for stores to stock racks with foreign-made clothes.

      India already has proven one of the biggest winners, with a 30 percent hike in exports to the United States during the first quarter of this year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mathur organizes a New York exposition for Indian garment manufacturers, whose number quadrupled in response to the new freedom, he said.

      But pragmatism influences fickle fashion as much as, oh, numerology. The fact that consumers are snapping up Indian looks at a time when the garments have never been more plentiful is merely happy happenstance, Mathur said.

      ''The fashion has nothing to do with the [end of] quotas,'' he said. ``Designers look to foreign countries for inspiration . . . and the inspiration they receive from Indian culture is great.''

      Mathur ticked off a few companies that rely on his homeland's manufacturers: ''Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Sag Harbour, Wal-Mart, JCPenney, Target, Liz Claiborne . . . .'' American merchandisers have taken note of a marked rise in Indian quality in the last five years, improvements Mathur pegs to the rise of Internet commerce and technological advances.

      At Macy's, racks are loaded with imports, like baby doll camisoles and kurta tops (those loose, collarless shirts known as tunics), in spice hues such as paprika and mustard.

      ''India and its region has the best quality woven fabrics,'' said corporate spokesperson Melissa Goff. ``It's nouveau boho, and these countries truly maintain the authenticity of the trend.''

      Of course, this isn't the first time Americans have embraced Indian-wear. During the 1960s and 1970s, world travelers and hippies gave the breezy cottons their associations with exotic shores, free love and comfy style.

      Today's trendy Indian garb has broader European and American appeal. Cuts are tapered, colors are vibrant and fabric is much more varied. Indian handiwork, such as beading and embroidery, are standouts.

      ''They do an excellent job with embellished products,'' said JCPenney spokesman Tim Lyons.

      Ironically, as Indians have gotten better at making clothes that look Western, Westerners have gotten better at making clothes that look Eastern. At IOS boutique in Coconut Grove, for instance, India apparel abounds. Or so it appears.

      ''This is by a French company but it looks Indian,'' said owner Mark Cherry, holding up a pale pink number with cap sleeves, bugle beads and buttons stitched across the seams.

      The $197 blouse by Love Junkie with the Hindu god Ganesh on the back? Made in the good old USA.

      ''I even have a couple of Chinese vendors who have gone to India and are doing the production there,'' said Rosenthal, of Unique Wear.

      Last month, U.S. officials slapped new quotas on China in retaliation for keeping its currency artificially low to spur exports.

      ''There's a lot of expectations that India will pick up the displacements from China,'' said Stephen Lamar, senior vice president of the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

      So if it seems like it's raining India merchandise now, just wait another few weeks. Soon, it may feel like a monsoon.

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      I don't think I like how mainstream it's gotten. We're not original anymore

      Also, Indian/Paki-made stuff is crap. It may be pretty but it never fits right. I dont' really like kurtas coz ill feel stupid if i spend more than 15 on some american-made something, but I dont want to waste money on indian stuff either.
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