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    This season, dress like a Nawab, dine like an emperor and invest in palace-inspired jewellery

    While Kate Middleton’s wardrobe grabs international headlines with Alexander McQueen coat dresses and Jane Taylor hats, back home we have brands like Raw Mango making saris inspired by maharani Gayatri Devi. The festive theme is amped with designers like Raghavendra Rathore and JJ Valaya who, enamoured by our rich Mughal heritage and Rajput lifestyles, are offering jodhpuri pants, bandhgala achkans and lehenga cholis. Our pick of all that is royal:

    Text: Sharmistha Maji

    CanaliButton up
    Inspired by the opulence of the Nawabs, Canali’s jackets from the Nawab Collection have been flaunted by the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Imran Khan. This year’s royal blue is in 100 per cent cotton velvet with silver metallic buttons to give you that royal edge. At `1,10,000. Available at the store in Bergamo Mall, KNK Road. Details: 42050956

    Monisha-JaisingLeather love
    Leather has always found fans among the royals. Turn bratty princess by flaunting Monisha Jaising’s ebony leather skirt with gold thread work, embellished with white crystals and intricate 3-D embroidery of the gates of the City Palace, Jaipur. Team it with a white cotton shirt with kaliras and choodas and you are good to go. Over `2 lakhs. At the store in DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 011 40570285

    Trip to remember
    A favourite of English kings, Globetrotter’s orange-and-tan extra-deep suitcase is a treat. The vulcanised fibreboard body Globetrotter-cand leather corners and straps, hand crafted from fine British calf hide on original antique sewing machines, give it that added elegance. At `97,761. At the store in ITC Maurya Hotel, New Delhi. Details: 011 23023256

    prince-jewellersChettinad detail
    Exude South Indian royal charm with this bangle from the Chettinadu era. Made of 22 carat gold and weighing 168.850 grams, it features elephant motifs. Wear it with a pure silk sari to liven up your traditional look. At `8,10,222. Available at Prince Jewellery, T Nagar. Details: 42668181

    Kingly treatGood-earth
    Dine like an emperor with this Serai charger plate made of fine bone china, where the art illustrates the story of Emperor Jehangir and Noor Jahan. They crossed the snowy Pir Panjal on elephants, no less than 13 times, to spend summers in Kashmir. At `3,800. Available at Good Earth, Nungambakkam. Details: 43087878

    Foot work
    The handcrafted Jodhpuri juti from Raghavendra Rathore’s Autumn-Winter Groomswear collection 2014, made of silk brocade, draws attention with its dabka work inspired by the forts of Rajasthan. Team it with a bandhgala for a formal do. 03(1)aaaaaaaaaaaOver `12,000. Available on order at the store in Zainab Villa, Mumbai. Details: 022 66713638

    Princess diaries
    Channel a queen by flaunting this Amrapali maharani ring made of silver with gold plating. Featuring a mirror, the ring was worn by Bollywood royalty like Sonam Kapoor during the promotions of her upcoming film, Khoobsurat, a story of a princess. At `3,700. Available at Amethyst, Royapettah. Details: 45991633

     

     

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