Time stood still, at Anamika Khanna’s display of her latest couture collection, and then it went back into time – to the time where romance lived and breathed. Her collection, ‘When time stands still’ is her honest attempt to bring back the romance in the fast-paced lives of today’s times.
The ramp was festooned to make it look like a part of a mystical jungle, where a few models posed as statues, clad in pristine white gowns and jade coloured head-gears. The collection saw modern versions of lehenga-cholis, sarees, gowns, annarkallis and her signature capes. Interesting and atypical ways of draping the odhanis was seen.
The designer used a whole lot of ivory, powder-pastels, black and few hints of red and mustard in her entire collection. The most subtle, yet detailed 3d flower petals in organza, thread work, zardozi and the traditional ‘kalamkari’ and dori work were engraved over her garments.
It was pleasing to find that Khanna specifically used silhouettes that flattered the peculiarly beautiful Indian body shape. That included fuller lehengas and skirts, oversized and structured jackets and higher waistlines. The designer ensured there was something for all body types.
A marriage between ‘was’ and what ‘is’, her timeless collection of classics never really fought between being modern or traditional. A treat to the eyes & ears, the audience was spellbound after the display of her collection.
by – Deesha Bondre