Indian fashion designer, Anamika Khanna is best known for her eponymous label, Anamika Khanna which is much revered in the industry. The designer carries a strong sense of amalgamating India’s rich crafts in global contours. At the India Couture Week that begun on July 24, designer Anamika Khanna came up with the most unconventional showcase with mere installations presented in a stimulating manner. With justice to her collection ‘Happily Ever After’, the designer constructed her entire collection encompassing the various rituals that are a part of the Indian wedding. The collection is truly dedicated to the extraordinary brides of today who are modern, educated, and stylish and have a mind of their own. Here’s a sneak into her collection:
‘THE WELCOME LUNCH’ attire
The very first function that takes place to welcome the guests in a wedding is the warming up wedding lunch. The couples getting married are expected to look like they’re getting married and nothing ordinary. So the designer, keeping in mind the importance of the first official gathering, designed the most ethereal and romantic, yet eclectic collection. The color palette for the collection remained pastels, ranging from ivory to powder blues, jades and beautiful tones of pinks, all embellished with dainty zardozi work.
‘THE MEHENDI’ attire
Mehendi, one of the most important and fun-filled ceremony in the Indian wedding culture is when one can experiment without limitations. The silhouettes can range from the traditional ‘Lehenga’, the ‘Sharara’, to the quintessential ‘Draped Sari’ with enough room to play with bolder colours like mustard, Indian purple, coral, and red. The designer’s collection is embellished with gota, old kinaris, dori work and burnished gold and silver work.
‘THE COCKTAIL’ attire
The Sangeet or the Cocktail ceremony is when you can keep traditionalism aside and step into the sassy shoes. The designer explored fringing fuchsia and emerald organzas; burning out the zardozi to black, beating silver metal, experimenting with tassels and beadwork.
‘THE WEDDING’ attire
Wedding, the concluding day of all the beautiful ceremonies, calls for serious zardozis, the finest hand works, traditional benarasis, the classic Indian ‘Lehenga’. The designer expands the horizons in terms of colour preferences, by not sticking to the mere red tone; the collection includes colour like pinks, ivorys, purples and a hint of orange.