Anamika Khanna, Kareena Kapoor Give LFW Summer/Resort 2018 A Spectacular End
Last year, when Anita Dongre announced that her closing act for the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2017 would be presented at the Bandra Fort, we were kind of intrigued to find out how the designer intended to transform a rustic place like that into a runway worthy of a finale collection. As it happens, Anita stunned us as much with the venue’s makeover as her collection itself. A year from that mesmerising night, we have yet another designer, unconventional in thought and bold in attempt, who chose that very location to give the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 a spectacularly grand finale. Enter: Anamika Khanna.
The designer closed the LFW 2018 last night on February 4 with her exquisite and experimental (as she likes to call it) collection that was centred around the ‘Nudes Reinvented’ theme of Lakme Absolute’s new range of nudes for various Indian skin tones. With her uncompromising and unapologetically individualistic collection, the designer won a million hearts yet again.
Deets of the night are right below…
Despite Anamika’s design brilliance, the highlight of the night was her stunning showstopper, Kareena Kapoor Khan, who’s been the uncontested finale showstopper for several seasons of LFW now, courtesy of her association with Lakme. The actress was seen sporting a beautiful black number from the collection that featured a mix of classic and classically deconstructed silhouettes, a signature of Anamika. Working an interesting version of the pant saree, Kareena was seen wearing a pair of fringed, wide-bottom pants that was teamed up with a 3D floral-embellished, sleeveless crop-top. From one shoulder of the top sprung out a floral-sweeping drape- front and back- crafted out of the same floral-embellished fabric.
Kareena’s outfit was accessorised with a pair of artistic, statement-making ear cuffs that gave the otherwise classy look a funky, boho vibe. Her dark, raven hair was sleeked back in a centre-parted manner and her look was finished off with dramatically winged eyes and nude lips.
It’s as the designer said in a statement herself, ‘Kareena can make something really simple come alive.’
Boldness in design, unconventionality in silhouettes and an overall effect of pronounced sartorial drama are typically what define any piece from Anamika Khanna’s collection. So when you have a sartorial genius of her calibre claiming that she has decided to “push the boundaries” (as was told to a popular fashion mag) to get rid of the “fashion fatigue” she’s been experiencing, you would know better than to expect the expected. As it happens, the designer truly lived up to her word and erased the line between what we know as fashion and fashion as the ultimate expression of wearable art extended all the way to the horizon. With individuality being the core of her design aesthetic, it was only to be expected that Khanna’s inspiration would rest not in inanimate objects, historic masterpieces or natural beauty but in the very being the garments are designed for. Logically then, the designer took inspiration from the millennials who, as she says, ” are not bothered by social norms and literally wear their attitude on their sleeves.”
With an inspiration as unique and bold as her design sensibilities, Anamika presented what was not just her boldest and best work as yet but also one of the most dramatic sartorial stories the Indian fashion scene has ever witnessed. Take a look…
1. Silhouettes: As surprising as it might seem, despite all its unconventional drama, the collection largely comprised of easily wearable pieces mixed and matched with other pieces from or outside of this collection. These included one-pieces, shirts, crop tops, shrugs, jackets, Indi-coats (one of her signatures), skirts and pants, all sealed with her signature stamps of inventive drapes, asymmetric hems, creative deconstruction and interesting layering, all lending to smooth, flowy silhouettes.
Incidentally, the classic Indian drape also underwent several deconstruction and reinvention process as saree-inspired drapes that went with pants, skirts and one-pieces were as much a part of the collection as were gathered sarees, jacketed sarees and belted sarees.
And then there were the lehenga skirts that stayed true to their classic form but received westernised twists by way of the tops, the layers or the drapes that they were sent out on the ramp with.
2. Colour Palette: Anamika’s seemed to be the most interesting colour story by far at the LFW, one that started out with nudes and then saw a sudden transition to bolder tones. With ‘Nudes Reinvented’ as its theme, the narrative started on a neutral note with beige, ecru and cream.
It then shifted to a bold crimson with an unexpected bang, not in a bad way though.
Once introduced, tones of red then made sporadic appearances juxtapose black and white. Incidentally, pops of hot pink, ochre yellow and azure blue, either incorporated in the prints and embroideries or included as part of accessorisation.
3. Prints, Embroideries & Embellishments: Though solids and monotones were dominating trends in the collection, there was enough inclusion of the designer’s signature busy prints and intricately embroidered patterns taking over the whole garment to make this a truly Anamika collection. Sharing the stage with the beautiful busy prints were also floral motifs, geometric shapes and polka dots.
Adding a hint of glitter to the otherwise non-bling collection was the traditional zardosi work which shared the canvas with other decorative details like cut-work, 3D floral embellishments, fringes, ruffles, feathers and even tassels in a rare few cases.
4. Fabrics: With silhouettes as fluid and drapes as flowy as that of Anamika’s it made the use of fabrics with great falls a mandate. So the collection saw ample use of georgette, organza, chiffon, satin dupion and crepe among others.
While every piece from the collection seemed to be great work of art, our favourite from the collection happens to be the showstopping number sported by Kareena Kapoor for its relative simplicity and the fact that it needed no extravagance to stand out in a lot of sartorial masterpieces…
Image Credit: Viral Bhayani