Durban celebrity fashion designer, Haroun Hansrot, recently accompanied journalist Sacha van Niekerk on a walkabout town to take a look at what’s trending in the world of Eastern wear in the build up to Diwali...
Showcasing the best in international Indian clothing, jewellery and makeup; seasonal outdoor fairs and Durban’s array of Eastern wear boutiques are the perfect spots to get your Diwali shopping done.
Saris with flourishing floral patterns; rows of beautiful hand-beaded juttis; genuine leather sandals; Eastern wear with a western twist; sheer, exquisitely beaded garments - some reminiscent of 1920’s flapper attire - can be found across these platforms in Durban.
Among the traditional wear, modern outfits with prices ranging from R320 to R800 are also available at some fairs. Spotting a delicately beaded cape, Haroun said, “Capes are all the rage at the moment and can be worn over saris, if you want go for something less traditional.”
When leather jackets and sneakers are being worn with saris, anything goes in the realm of fashion. Picking up a pair of dazzling chandelier earrings from a jewellery stall, Hansrot explained simple ways to blend Eastern and Western wear for a more fashion forward Diwali look. “Add an Eastern spin on your everyday clothing items by pinning earrings on anything from denim jackets to blouses.”
Accessories are for experimenting with, sari belts can add something a little extra to outfits by accentuating the waist. Whether it’s a chain of bells, beads or jewels, they have a quality that elevates ordinary ensambles. “Imagine how gorgeous a sari belt would look around the waist of a black velvet dress?” said Hansrot.
If bling isn’t your thing, silk chiffon saris with digitally printed designs are a stunning alternative. Admiring the bold colours and patterns, Haroun said, “It’s a more casual, yet elegant look. The soft flowing fabric drapes beautifully and compensates for the simplicity of the outfit making for a wonderful look for Diwali.”
With the skirt of saris and lehengas just brushing the floor when worn, shoes are often left for last. Embroidery, beadwork and laser cut leather add extraordinary detail to simple sandals and juttis. “If you’re looking for something very elegant and bling for the evening or something exquisitely casual, I think handcrafted sandals in genuine or mock leather are a wonderful option. The detailing, colours, shades and brocade lining would go down so well with either casual or more formal outfits.”