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history repeating: accessories at lakme fashion week

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When it comes to Indian accessories, everything old is new again. Two designers who presented collections as part of a special accessories showcase at LFW are turning tradition on its head with bold statement pieces that utilize antique techniques and textiles. Little Shilpa, designed by Shilpa Chavan, has been on the Indian style scene for years and Chavan has apprenticed with Philip Treacy. This season she sent out a series of necklaces that encase gold- and silver-threaded brocade sari pieces in Plexiglas, along with a host of inventive headgear. Malaga, designed by Malini Agarwalla, re-creates the splendor of Mughal-era handicraft with stunning pieces that incorporate rubies and emeralds, along with semiprecious stones like turquoise, into exquisite evening bags that Leiber fans will be dying to get their hands on.

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