New Delhi: Designer Anita Dongre showcased her Winter ’17 collection titled ‘Tree of Love’ on Day six of the ongoing India Couture Week 2017 in the national capital.
The collection, inspired by the designer’s love for trees and the Bishnoi tribe, pays homage to the Bishnoi community’s spiritual reverence for nature using intricate weaves and embroideries that celebrate fine Indian craftsmanship and a way of life.
Anita shared the idea and inspiration behind her collection and said that her collection was a tribute to the Bishnoi tribe.
“My collection ‘ Tree of Love’ is a tribute to the Bishnoi community, who have always worshipped nature and truly done everything to protect it. Everything was embroidered, a lot of people saw some of the pieces and thought that the embroidery was a print, but it’s not. There was not a single print in the collection, everything that audience saw was an embroidered,” she said.
The designer added, “I am very proud of my ‘beautiful’ women artisans. They have done an amazing job. My men’s collection is always very classic, and you really have to come close to see the embroidery. I don’t know whether people were able to see it or not. My men’s collection has detailed work. I think it was just perfect for this wedding season.”
The collection combined traditional weaves and exquisite embroideries with silhouettes influenced by contemporary styles for both brides and grooms. Every ensemble told the story of nature in hues of blue, rich maroons, inky black, and a stunning emerald green.
Anita also shared, “Tree of love is a collection that is special to me. It is inspired by everything I love and respect- memories of childhood summers in the garden with my grandfather and the spiritual reverence for nature that the Bishnoi tribe shares. I’ve married together my love for trees, rich Indian craftsmanship and music into one collection making this a true work of joy.”
Anita Dongre’s outfits were complemented by stunning pieces from Pink city, her fine jewellery label of uncut diamonds. Starting with a contemporary presentation of minimal jewellery, the show built up to resplendent bridal couture with layered pieces. Also part of the collection was classic menswear looks. The designer made a strong statement with the showstopper look in traditional red flanked by her bridesmaids in classic gold.