Thursday, March 24, 2011

Maximum India! | Part 3

More from Maximum India!
Here's even more of the gorgeously crafted jewelry from Jaipur Gem Palace

Do check out the rest of my Maximum India experiences here!

A huge necklace with uncut emeralds and diamonds. The back of it features enamel work so the necklace can be worn backwards as well!
Boxes and cuffs inlaid with precious stones. I love the little bird with the emerald hanging from its beak!

This huge necklace was exquisite! It was inlaid with kundan work - a conglomerate of uncut stones. On the back, it was inlaid with minakari (enamel) work, so the necklace could be worn on either side.

 I like to call this the turban bling-i-fier - with emeralds, diamonds, and pearls, it's the headgear of a king!

Opals and emeralds - the perfect combo.

*All photos copyright Undercover Diva (Tania C)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Maximum India! | Part 2

More from Maximum India!
This time, some of the gorgeous, drool-worthy jewelry displayed from Jaipur Gem Palace

The Gem Palace was established in 1852 by the erstwhile Kasliwal family of Jaipur. Jewellers for over eight generations, the Kasliwals even have the distinction of being court jewellers to Moghul emperors. Situated in the heart of the royal city of Jaipur, The Gem Palace is a must-visit for connossieurs of fine jewellery. From antique jewels from the coffers of Maharajas to contemporary designs studded with the precious gemstones, the shop has it all.  
{From the Jaipur Gem Palace website}

Take a look! 
 A ridiculously opulent necklace and headpiece - made of hundreds and hundreds of pearls and studded with diamonds and other precious gems! It was stunning to look at - the photo doesn't do it justice! 

 A diamond brooch and tassel necklace.

A beautiful minakari (enamel-inlaid) box, enamel earrings, and carved bird ring with rubies and emeralds. 

 Ruby and emerald necklace. 

Like I said, absolutely drool-worthy, and most certainly fit for a queen.  
More to come soon! 

*All photos copyright Undercover Diva (Tania C)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Maximum India!

Last night, I went one last time to Maximum India -- a amazing celebration of Indian culture at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. I'm on spring break so I was totally relaxed and I took a ton of pictures. Check out some of the cool stuff below!

 Gandhi's last speech written out in porcelain letters shaped eerily like bones.

Spice art in the Kennedy Center Cafe! 

The very cute Hi! I am India exhibit featured floors covered with facts and cartoons about India, colorful Mohra chairs to sit on, children's storybooks, Indian cartoons and a whole lot of fun!
I loved all the beautiful art inside the storybooks! 

Stay tuned for more from the Kennedy Center!! 

*All photos copyright Undercover Diva (Tania C)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2011 | Pria Kataria Puri

This time around, Pria Kataria Puri's collection was inspired by Marrakesh, Morocco. I loved the collection! Scroll down to see why :)

Loved all the aqua - the saris, kaftan-y dresses, and the kaftans!!

 The collection featured some cool headgear - glittery head wraps and multicolored scarves studded with sequins and beads. I loved the orange bikini - so fierce!

 One set of clothes featured cream cloth with a repeating motif of what appeared to be buttons, with fringe, jeweled collars and hems, and empire waists.

Love Love Love all the bright, cheery summer colors - 
goldenrod, hot orange, cool green and as mentioned above, aquamarine. 


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2011 | Babita M, Malini A, and Masaba G!

 Babita M's collection was influenced by the baoul singers of India - wandering minstrels that roam around singing, often clad in oranges. The clothes were very earthy, with aviators that added a glam touch. Many of them were in hues of cream, green, and brown, and many featured scripts on them. I liked the glam-boho, unstructured and unrestricted feel of the collection. 

 Malini Aggarwala's collection was very easy-breezy-chic. There were a lot of kaftans and unstructured, flowy clothes, which i loved. Also really liked the color palette - white and cream with liberal doses of bright turquoise, golden yellow and orange. And, needless to say, I LOVED the accessories - they added so much bunch! Favorites are the two necklaces shown in the last picture - the red beaded one and the turquoise one. I want them NOW!!! 

Masaba worked her signature strength - mixing up bold colors with clean silhouettes, fun colors, and lots of prints in the form of footprints and polka dots. Her collection, as always, was vibrant and youthful, and perfect for summer. Love!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2011 | Eina Ahluwalia

I recently saw this collection by jewelry designer Eina Ahluwalia, who I had not heard of before. Regardless, I instantly fell in love with this collection of hers. The clothes were centered mostly around reds, blacks, and whites, with refined embellishments in the form of golden zari borders. I loved the combination of simple, clean, silhouettes paired with ridiculously eclectic and gorgeous statement jewelry. Favorites from the jewelry included the trident cuffs (featured with the gold and white sari), trident headpieces, and the fanged necklace in the first photo.
This is definitely a designer I will be on the lookout for in the future!


Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2011 | Anita Dongre and Anamika Khanna

Lakme Fashion Week is upon us! First up in my review are collections by two lovely ladies - Anamika Khanna and Anita Dongre.

Anamika Khanna's collection featured an eclectic mix of menswear with traditional Indian finery. The dominant colors were black, white, and gray, with punches of magenta and aubergine thrown in. I loved the combination of cropped dress shirts with flowing lehenga skirts, and also really liked the embellished jackets. {Source and Source}

Anita Dongre's Timeless Collection featured soft hues of cream, eggshell, white and dust pink, with gold and silver embellishments. I loved most of the pieces - they looked effortlessly feminine, summery, and very clean. There was just the right contrast between embellishments and plain-ness. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


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Monday, March 14, 2011


A lot of stuff is going on at the moment...including the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. It seems wrong and almost cruel to post about fashion and other such frivolous things when so many people in another corner of the world have lost homes, jobs, lives, and loved ones. Nearly 500,000 people are homeless, and the threat of a nuclear meltdown is constantly looming, since the coolers in the nuclear reactors have lost power or have been damaged by the tsunami.

In addition to the damage already done, the aftershocks keep coming and officials are predicting another strong earthquake.Things are not getting any better, any time soon. So please, take a moment to read the news and pray for those who have lost so much in Japan.

Undercover Diva

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Maximum India!

The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, has a gem for the month of March - an awesome showcase called Maximum India. From March 1st to 20th, the Kennedy Center will showcase India's jewelry, crafts, food, dance, music, movies, theatre, and tons more.
I'm super duper excited to be living super close to DC! This weekend, I am going to see a free performance by Kailash Kher, one of my favorite Indian singers.Tomorrow night, there is a performance by Madhavi Mudgal and Alarmel Valli that will features two Indian classical dance forms - Odissi and Bharatanatyam. 

Other stuff that I'm really excited about:

Bharti Kher: I've Got Eyes at the Back of My Head (awesome bindi art!)

    Check out the gorgeous brochure for the showcase here. ENJOY!

    (Note: all images are from the official Kennedy Center website)

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