Anita Dongre, a metaphor of supreme craftsmanship painted the town red with her ‘Tree of Love’ Collection showcased on the sixth day of FDCI India Couture Week 2017. The designer has a bespoke bridal trousseau collection that reflects the glory of India in gottapatti hand embroidery, traditional gold foil and handspun Banarasi weaves.
The ‘Tree of Love’ collection was inspired by the Bishnoi Tribe and the designer’s affinity towards trees. Paying tribute to the tree hugging tribe, the designs featured intricate weaves and embroideries that represented the finesse of Indian craftsmanship.
Speaking at the occasion the designer said, “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.”
The collection was a combination of traditional weaves and exquisite embroideries, and contemporary style silhouettes for both brides and grooms.
There were tabards, embroidered by SEWA (Self- Employed Women Association), styled with tulle skirts, Mushroo and hand embroidered tea-length dresses with exquisite gottapatti lehengas. The colour palette of the collection reflected hues of nature with shades of blue, maroon, ink black and emerald green.
The garments were accessorized using obi belts, to hold drapes, embroidered flat shoes, cross body potli bags, and pieces from Pink City, the designer’s fine jewelry label of uncut diamonds. The show started with presentation of minimal jewelry and finished off with magnificent bridal layered pieces.
Inspired by her muse – the woman of today, Anita Dongre completed the look with nude makeup, with a touch of gold on the eyes, along with center parted buns for hair.
The collection also featured some classic men’s wear designs. The show ended with the showstopper walking down the ramp in a traditional red lehnga, surrounded by bridesmaids in classic gold.
To set the mood for such intricate Indian craftsmanship, the venue resonated with sounds of sufi music by Devashi Sahgal and her band, seated amidst a foliage formed out of metallic trees.