Indian Express

  • 27th January 2013

Spotlight:  Ritu Kumar

These two dresses, which started out as kurtis were purchased in Mumbai with the Screen Actor’s Guild After Party in mind.  An intoxication with all things Indian has never waned since colonial times, and now it is easier than ever to access the most lavish Indian designs from coveted labels without packing any bags.

Ritu Kumar Dress
Ritu Kumar Dress




Ritu Kumar is a leading Indian fashion designer, based in Delhi but her universal designs are available at boutiques worldwide and online.  Patronized by such style icons as Princess Diana, Jemima Khan and many Miss Indias her unique creations will set you apart elegantly at any event, black-tie or cocktail casual.    Find more beautiful designs a

Ritu Kumar Collage


Style Tip 1:

Look for lavishly decorated bridal kurtis and ask your favorite tailor to make them into a dress.  The aqua and burgundy dresses below began as kurtis as well.  The dupatta doubles as a gorgeous gauzy wrap.

Ritu Kumar Magenta
Ritu Kumar Dress


Style Tip 2:

Invest the time in locating an expert tailor in your city of residence.  Any kurti can be made into a gorgeous gown with a few snips and tucks here and there.  If you are a lucky Los Angeles resident, we recommend:

Paul’s Tailoring

9417 W. Pico Boulevard, 1/2 block east of Beverly Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90035


(He did the above dresses beautifully and quite economically)

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