This Thursday many of us celebrate Diwali, also known as ‘the festival of light’ which is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in autumn. It signifies the victory of light over darkness, which is why those celebrating decorate their house with diyas (lamps) and light them, to bring light into their hearts and homes. It is a beautiful moment to spend with loved ones and an occasion for many to dress up and celebrate. Which is why today I want to focus on festive looks for Diwali.
Theme: ‘light’ and ‘Illumination’
Traditionally people buy new clothes for Diwali and opt for bright colors. I want to interpret the ‘light’ and ‘illumination’ theme differently. Simply because I grew up in Europe to a South Asian mother and a European father. When cultures merge, cultural traditions and festivities become different. Which is why I want to create a westernized Diwali look for those who celebrate Diwali in the West. Although those in India who feel inspired are more than welcome to join!
The victory of light over darkness
Diwali is celebrated in autumn, a dark and rainy season for those living in Europe. Today on my way home from work something beautiful occurred. Whilst in public transport I glanced outside and in the distance I saw rays of sunshine break through thick grey clouds, illuminating the area underneath. Another example are the sunflowers standing proud in my garden whilst a storm is testing their strength and there is little to no sunshine for them to bask in. To me this is a great example of the victory of light over darkness!
My look for Diwali: White and Gold
To the human eye rays of sunshine on a dark day look white, just like little lamps lighting up a dark street seem white or yellow-ish. Which is why I decided my perfect Diwali look this year should consist of white, gold and floral details. It is all about
brightness, happiness and warmth. Gold adds a little bit of glamour and is a must have during the festive season. I have selected four looks from the latest edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week for inspiration. I opted for both traditional Indian looks and contemporary pieces to embrace the East meets West theme.
Check out the looks in the gallery by Rabani & Rakha, Manish Gupta and Rohit Bal to get inspired and let me know what you will be wearing this Diwali.
The Fashion Orientalist wishes everyone a Happy Diwali!