Sabyasachi Dreaming

A selection of images from Sabyasachi, Dolce and Gabbana and Aashni and Co.

Aashni and Co, the London-based destination for all that is uber cool, ultra-luxurious and cutting edge in Indian fashion is now stocking Sabyasachi headbands.

…the word ‘headband’ may conjure up images of those black velvety Alice in Wonderland numbers that frankly can look a little…prissy…and not in a good way

A Sabyasachi headband is a different kind of head-band all together

It’s really more like a tiara! When ever I’ve worn one of these beauties they simply make you feel more graceful and as though walking taller. These headbands are part of Sabyasachi’s signature look, which first started appearing as part of the styling of his catwalk collections in 2011. See the two pics below from his show at Lakme A/W Festive.

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This rich, decadent mood was also prevalent on international catwalks. In early 2012, Dolce and Gabbana‘s AW/12 Italian fantasy that borrowed from religious  imagery, Italian architecture and painting was a notable example: and headbands were also being given a new twist as ultra-covetable accessories.

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Along with the rich brocades Dolce’s headbands, were decorated with pearls and crystals rather than the traditional Indian embroidery technique of Zardosi (gold thread embroidery using beads) and the intricate flowers that are a signature of Sabyasachi’s bands. Dolce’s signature over the top styling included huge earrings and statement necklaces, whereas in Sabyasachi’s pieces the embroidered collars on the blouses were left to speak for themselves.

The very best designers sniff the winds of change, place a finger on the socio-cultural pulse so to speak, and manifest whole epochs in the small details of fashion. The Sabyasachi headband is one such example. A perfect expression of the regal, proud and patriotic mood of India resurgent expressed through a crown-like accessory replete with heritage luxury of traditional craft techniques.

Perfect when styled up to the nines with ethnic chic, I’ve also realised that one of these Sabyasachi beauties looks rather fetching with a vintage Alexander McQueen tuxedo suit in black I own. The jacket from the suit which has beautiful lace-inset detailing that curves from back to front  is pictured below, and imagine this with tapered tuxedo pants, smart black heels and a jewelled clutch, topped off with the Sabyasachi headband.

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