Ashima Leena at AIFW AW/17
    March 20, 2017

    Ashima Leena’s fall winter collection titled “Charukesha” is an opulent twist conjured by interweaving motifs that adorn the architectural realms of Khiva, exhausting the influence of blue pottery and the vivid radiance of Shiva in his jatadhari edifice that comes to the force in the designer’s visual ode to it.

    The palette descends rapidly through the iridescence of indigo and into an impermanence of blue, as pansy purples and turquoise are greeted by a contradiction of anthracite and eggshell, and hints of vermillion; like motifs that have withdrawn themselves into the Iznik tiled minarets of an ever traveling caravan of print exaggeration … giving birth to a dimension of modernism that is captured through delicately sculptured skirts, quaint pashmina blouses, tribal gilets, asymmetric kurtas and deftly composed sarees that are juxtaposed with scaled metal details, luxe stone embellishments and appliqués painstakingly crafted to mark an excursion of patterns overlaid with yards of French tulle.

    The grandiose is muted into a quiet elegance of gravity, rooted in the quintessential modern woman, lending once again, an air of sophistication that embraces the classic with a touch of trend.

    The story is taken further into Orientalism, a dynamic and continuing dialogue between the East and West through a design sensibility that remains unabashedly evocative yet unengaging.Charukesha is a manifestation of the continuous, an anthology of the monumental and the majestic.

    Contributed by – Jasleen Kaur
    Pics by- Khushal Agarwal

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