Anamika Khanna’s Couture show commenced on the second day of the couture week illiciting a divided opinion amongst its audience. For me however, the collection demanded a second look for it to be appreciated for its finer details. What Anamika thrives on is moving away from the usual eastern couture and experimenting with new silhouettes and shapes which we definitely got to see in her show giving a modern twist to Indian wear.
Held at the The Leela, Chankyapuri, off-site show had the old-world charm of the ballroom and a nature-inspired set with trees and plants giving it the feel of an abandoned castle. Anamika Khanna’s strength lies in the draped couture pieces that echo indian silhouettes but are western in nature and that is exactly what she showed in the collection. From sharara inspired pants, Maharashtrian-style sari draped skirts, Scalloped hem cropped capes, palazzos, saris, lehengas, jackets and dhoti pants. Use folds and tucks gave basic skirts and blouse a whole new dramatic look. Lace shararas with lots of frills looked different. Embellished lace blouses with heavy thread work were teamed up with sequin sarees. The good thing about Ms. Khanna’s show was she had broken down the traditionally inseperable bridal wear by deconstructing them and then transforming them into chic couture separates.
Tonal embroidery was executed so finely that they looked as if motifs were woven into the fabric. what was impressive was that most of the fabrics were created by Khanna herself, from scratch. So what looked like lace was actually her take on chikankari done in a way to give the impression of French lace! Simply leaving one in awe of Khanna’s deft control over her textiles. Using tiny pearls, intricate thread embroidery and floral motifs on saris, lehengas, skirts and long jackets in tones of white, salmon pink, gold along with pops of red, blue, silver and gold, added colour to the very predominantly soft hued palette of the collection. Though towards the end of the show, one did get to experience bursts of yellow, red and purple ensembles accented into the collection.
The Accessories was another high point of the collection. Gilded mohawks, Khanna’s contemporary take on the traditional maang tikka, caught my attention instantly, while the layered necklaces and metallic belts were interesting
Don’t be surprised if this exquisitely crafted, cutting edge and super modern take on Indian wear makes its way to Sonam Kapoor’s wardrobe. Pssst! shes already sported one of the pieces.
Images Courtesy: Viral Bhayani, Style me India and Miss Malini