Traditional weaves find space at LFW
Traditional weaves find space at LFW. The rich Indian weaves by Anita Dongre was an initiative for promotion of handlooms in modern retail.
The rich Indian weaves by Anita Dongre was an initiative for promotion of handlooms in modern retail.
Known for her experiments with textiles, Anita Dongre ended day three at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014 with her breathtaking pastel collection called “Varanasi Weaves” which was a tribute to the traditional Indian fabrics. Inspired by the hand-woven cottons of Varanasi, Anita’s show was a visual treat of prêt separates for textile and fashion lovers. The gorgeous Dia Mirza glided down the ramp in an ethereal self designed lemon lehenga and long sleeved blouse followed by models wearing waisted full-sleeved dress and maxi. Soon there were pretty pastel sections that offered a mélange of creations.
For modern bride
Dedicated to the modern bride, Gaurang Shah’s “Chandbali” collection was a splendid line of regal ethnic wear.
Combining the patterns of the antique odhnas from the Akbarnama with khadi, Gaurang ensured that the outfits had all the richness, beauty and auspicious touches of bridal finery. Motifs like gow-mata, chand-suraj, Buddha-pada were combined with Chandbali like embroidery. The colours caused a riot on the ramp as garments in surkh red, gulabi pink, zard yellow, narangi orange, sabz green were designed into majestic styles.
Reviving the jama, achkans, angarkha, sadri, shaluka, floor length kalidaar and lehenga with assi kalis, Gaurang ensured that the 21st century bride had ample options. Bringing to centre stage the ancient Jamdani weaving technique, Gaurang’s “Chandbali” collection was poetry in fabric form as he presented the odhna weaves on organza while the embroidery on khadi recreated the antique zardosi style.
To end the show Gaurang had his favourite muse, the beautiful, elegant, dimpled Kirron Kher in a shocking pink brocade sari that glided down the ramp to thunderous applause.