By : Juhi Bansal


The Diwali special shoot for Femina is something I’ll cherish forever. The obvious reason aside, it was also largely because I almost didn’t make it. When Kinjal from Femina called me for the shoot, I was still in Mcleodganj. We had to move the shoot a little bit so I could be a part of it and she was kind enough to go to the Asopalav store to pick up an outfit of my choice. (She sent me pics of outfits from the store!).

I flew back from Mcleodganj the night before the shoot and as rejuvenating as the trip was, I was tired to my bones and carrying enough holiday weight! But, nothing comes before posing right 🙂

Thanks to ace photographer Kavan Solanki from Designshoots, I looked as good as I did. He’s a magician!

And a big big hug to Ayesha from Hyatt for hosting us :).

Also Read: My shoot for India Today

Diwali for me for the last few years has been either an anarkali dress or a saree. I have gotten so bored of it that I knew this year it will be anything but those! I chose this beautiful gown for Diwali this year because it is very chic yet very understated in it’s elegance. It’s not unnecessarily heavy or gaudy like the usual festive attire and I don’t have to worry about the embroidery cutting into my flesh 😉




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I wanted statement pieces which would stand out. Also, because the gown is so simple, I needed the jewelry to bling it up a little. I chose diamond and ruby earrings which gives the outfit just the right sparkle and chose a rose gold stone bracelet which accentuates the upturned cuffs of the jacket.

The gown is very comfortable to carry. I can practically do all my running around in them without any worry whatsoever. The faux dhoti knot in the front of the gown gives it just the right edge and takes the look up several notches! It is not your simple gown mind you! The floral jacket has intricate work which adds just the right amount of festive glitter without going over the top. The gown has a very contemporary cut and drape without compromising on the fall and I simply love that!

I am infamous for flouting rules especially when it comes to fashion. So for me this gown is very very apt for Diwali. It’s the right mix of elegance and festivity. 

  1. Outfit: Asopalav
  2. Jewelry: Star Jewelry
  3. Clutch: Flea market pick from Mcleodganj
  4. Shoes: Charles & Keith
  5. Pics: Kavan Solanki
  6. Location: Hyatt, Vastrapur
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  • Reply Shradha Biyani October 16, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Looking gorgeous sweetie

  • Reply Saima Mehraj Moini October 16, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Lookin pretty juhi

  • Reply Priyanka Agarwal Chopra October 16, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    You look lovely!

  • Reply Juhi Bansal October 17, 2016 at 5:24 am

    thank you so much didi

  • Reply Deepak Mittal October 17, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Gorgeous Juhi

    • Reply Juhi Bansal October 20, 2016 at 4:20 am

      Thanks Deepak

    • Reply Deepak Mittal October 20, 2016 at 5:33 am

      Koi contact nahi aajkal….
      I think u live in ahmedabad…
      I regularly comes to ahmedabad….
      But koi contact nahi hone se mil nahi pata…

  • Reply Pranshuta Arora October 17, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Those shoes❤️

  • Reply Pranshuta Arora October 17, 2016 at 11:04 am

    And you look gorgeous

  • Reply Juhi Bansal October 19, 2016 at 5:37 am

    thank you so much Ribhu..I love it too 🙂

  • Reply Juhi Bansal October 19, 2016 at 5:38 am

    thanks Pooja how are you doing?

  • Reply Lipi Ray October 19, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Looking beautiful

  • Reply Sudakshina Stephan October 19, 2016 at 6:18 am


  • Reply Vimal Bali October 19, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Kudos to you Juhi!

  • Reply Juhi Bansal October 20, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Haha thanks Drasti. We ll miss you tomorrow

  • Reply Shraddha Goyal October 20, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Amazing pic..lovely smile Di…

  • Reply Juhi Bansal October 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

    thanks Tripti…how are you doing?

  • Reply Juhi Bansal October 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

    haha thanks so much Sonal 🙂

  • Reply Sumandeep October 21, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Love love love this look!! The jacket is so cool!!! The colours look good on you Juhi.. Can you tell us what make up you used for this look.

  • Reply Kavan Solanki October 22, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Beautifully written Juhi n thnx fo mentioning my brand. It was a pleasure working wit u.

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