Muslin draped trees and multiple ramps snaked through the venue of the very stylish Tote and were spread over two areas – indoor and outdoor as the dazzling show by Anamika Khanna set the mood for the Summer/Resort 2011 season of Lakmé Fashion Week.
Presenting one of the most ethereal collections, but with a marked androgynous touch; Anamika’s creations gave women’s wear an ethnic Indian look but with elegant masculine touches for silhouettes and detailing that ranged from regal Indian royal clothing to comfortable daily men’s wear with the dhoti being a major inspiration for the designer.
To the vibrant drum beats of Anup and Martin of Nirv-a-Funk, the show choreographed by Anu Ahuja, opened with a delicate white mul kurta splashed with chikan work teamed with fluid pyjamas and discreet shimmering embroidery on the hem. Anamika then unleashed a line of black, white, purple, red and grey ensembles which were all perfect summer wear.
There was exquisite silver cutwork for the luxurious long jackets and waistcoats, as well the lehengas and kurtas, while voluminous elephant pants, tiny figure hugging cholis, sober shirts with wide cuffs, belted jackets and tailored coats presented the right feminine line but with manly touches.
Embellishments were at strategic places like sleeves, as panels or edged hemlines and borders. The fabric line up was ideal for sultry summer with mul, cotton and silk being the favoured choice. The print story at the end of the show was in muted abstracts or large circular motifs.
Some of the stunners in the show were the silver cutwork waist coat, the embroidered cutwork asymmetric blouse, jackets and coats, the long sleeve blouse with rouched detailing, the very interesting black and white waistcoat with peplum edge, the swirling red lehenga with large embroidered hemline, long floor length sheer coats, the cute black short peasant blouse, the high slit lean kurta and the sheer voluminous skirt over churidars.
The trousers were either multi gathered or skin tight leggings/Jodhpuri pants. Collars made an impact as they rose to cover the neck while the gorgeous shawls with glittering silver embroidered borders were arresting in their visual beauty.
Indian craft and embroidery was used cleverly as Anamika ensured that they were additions to the beauty of the garments. The beautiful matching silk mojris were the ideal footwear created by Anamika.
Practical, timeless, comfortable and visually beautiful is how Anamika Khanna’s collection for Summer/Resort 2011 could be described; and from the way the ladies in the audience admired the creations, they will surely be great sellers too.