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These designers were having more fun with the drape than is legally allowed

By ELLE team  February 4th, 2017

As much as gender fluidity reigned as the dominant theme of Lakme Fashion Week’s Summer/Resort 2017, designers couldn’t resist the occasional nod to the traditional drape. Pre-constructed silhouettes were everywhere because — let’s be honest — few urban millenials can claim mastery over the drape. By dictating the structure, designers were free to roll the dice with fabric choices.

Shweta Kapur’s polyester metallic sari shone bright at one end of the spectrum, while Sailesh Singhania stuck to hand-spun khadi with real gold zari. Nupur Kanoi turned to Gujarat’s famous bandhini technique on silk while Payal Singhal chose a sexier route with her sheer saris. 

Wondering what to add to your wardrobe this summer? Pick your favourite from among our top picks.

Summer saris you’re going to love 

431-88 by Shweta Kapur

When your best friend's cocktail party is threatening to turn into an all-night rager, this metallic pre-draped ensemble will be your saving grace.

Ka-Sha by Karishma Shahani

Warning: Guaranteed to start many, many conversations. 

Payal Singhal

Yoga-toned body that deserves to be showed off? Payal Singhal's sheer number is happy to do the honours.

Sailesh Singhania

Romanticism ruled at Sailesh Singhania, where organza blouses were paired with hand-spun khadi saris. Valentine's Day dinner for two, maybe?

Divya Sheth

Gingham that won't make you look like a Kansas prairie girl, served up fresh by Divya Sheth.

Amoh by Jade

We're ready to hit the sangeet dance floor in this pre-constructed sari with dhoti pants.

Naushad Ali

Begone annoying pallu that refuses to stay in place without an army of pins. Naushad Ali's sleeved sari is just, plain smart. 

Nupur Kanoi

Contemporary bandhini in a pre-draped sari? We could get on board with that,