In 2007, Vogue will join Cosmopolitan, Maxim, and a slew of other fashion and lifestyle magazines to publish editions in India. Conde Nast, Vogue‘s parent company, will launch the new Indian Vogue in response to growing middle-class incomes and the new trend of consumerism in India. The launch couldn’t come at a more appropriate time, given the heavy Eastern influence felt in Western fashion markets lately. Western designers, and American fashionistas, have embraced the opulence and colorful boldness of Indian style in a big way. To get an Indian-inspired look yourself, think bright colors, rich fabrics, daring patterns, and lots of gold embellishments. For clothing, ZenTrend.com is a great place to start. Their Signature Collection embroidered skirt, $95, finds the perfect blend of decadence and function in its flowy magenta crushed silk and hand-beaded belt. If its East-meets-West jewelry you’re after, there are tons of options. Rosena Sammi, a Sri Lankan-born lawyer-turned-jewelry-designer, offers a more wearable take on the intricacy and detail prevalent in the jewelry of India’s Royal Court.
Find her gold bangles and vermeil fashion line at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and at the Deepak Chopra Center in New York. Designer Cheena Chandra strives to find “the balance between the Eastern aesthetic, and the Western sensibility.” She does so with great results: her detailed gold and gemstone chandelier earrings, $1,050, will lend a regal Eastern air to whatever you choose to wear.