One of the leading and celebrated fashion designers of India, Anamika Khanna, exhibited her collection Luxury 2017 ‘Happily Ever After’ as installation pieces at The Kila, Mehrauli, in the capital, marking the beginning of India Couture Week 2017.
The installation show by the designer was attended by the who’s who of the fashion industry including Masaba Gupta, JJ Valaya, Sonam Kapoor’s mother Sunita Kapoor and others.
Luxury 2017 – which delves into historical references at the same time keeping in mind that the bride is new age, educated and with a mind of her own – is an amalgamation of the various rituals of the Indian wedding and the clothes relevant to them.
Expressing her thoughts on the collection, designer Anamika Khanna, in an exclusive chat with News18.com said, “We were looking at the whole wedding which has different functions -mehendi, lunch, cocktail and the pheras, that’s what we are trying to do. We are trying to do the spaces, clothes and jewellery accordingly.”
Divided into stages or so to say wedding functions, Anamika’s collection showcased in detail garments one could wear at every occasion.
Elaborating on the technique used in the collection the designer added, “Different functions use different techniques and there’s a huge range. Since it’s a couture collection, there is no repetition of anything. So far, the kind of techniques that we have are almost hundreds. There is thread work, metallic, zardosi, there’s everything in the whole collection.”
The designer has used different techniques and embellishments for the outfits based on which function they have been created for. For instance, outfits for the wedding lunch had embellishments ranging from thread work to various techniques of zardozi. Garments for mehendi featured embellishments including gota, old kinaris, dori work and burnished gold and silver work whereas the cocktail ensembles looked more experimental with zardozi burnt to black, beating silver metal, tassels and beadwork.
The collection is ethereal and romantic, yet eclectic and experiments with border shapes.
“It goes from one strength to another as we go from function to function,” said the distinguished designer about the collection’s colour story which varied from one function to another.
For the welcome lunch, the colours remained pastel, ranging from ivory to washed blues, jades and beautiful pinks. For mehendi, the palette shifted from pastels to mustards, deep Indian purples, corals and reds. For cocktail of course, one had to be a little bolder and experimental therefore black and metallic gradually became a part of the colour story as one shifted from one occasion to another. The wedding ensembles featured the classic Indian colours including pinks and reds and also a few unconventional colour options like ivory, purple and a hint of orange.
The silhouettes ranged from the traditional lehenga, sharara, right upto the quintessential draped sari. The collection also featured jackets, a clever replacement for gowns, the beautiful veil, traditional choli and the bandhgala blouse.
Besides the amazing designer outfits, what also really stood out were the jewellery pieces that enhanced the look of the garments. Like every wedding which isn’t complete without the jewellery, this event too would have been incomplete without the stunning pieces from Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, whom the designer collaborated with for the show.
On FDCI India Couture Week celebrating it’s 10 year, Ms Khanna said, “I am proud to be a part of this gang.”
India Couture Week, will be held from 24th to 30th of July in New Delhi.