Anita Dongre | India Couture Week’16

Epic Love by Anita Dongre opened on a free-spirited, lighter note with chintz-inspired printed lehengas that were teamed with Bohemian blouses. The designer’s signature gotapatti work breathed life onto the prints. The classic Indian styles blended seamlessly with contemporary long, column tabards which gave the wearer a beautiful illusion of height. The lean, sleek silhouettes brought modern relevance into bridal couture. The beauty of this collection lies in its versatility – the Bohemian gypsy tops can be paired with a printed lehenga just as beautifully as it would go with a pair of silk pants. Fringe-finished sarees with tie-up tops that wrap around the drape add a contemporary twist to the classic saree.

Moving gradually on to a regal palette, jewel-toned solids in rich wine, orange and the classic reds, creams and golds took center stage. Gotapatti work was seen across the collection – first on the prints and then teamed with thread work. The monotonal ensembles of the collection gave Epic Love a beautiful end with a promise to brides for beautiful new beginnings…

Heirloom-like pieces from Anita Dongre’s jadau jewellery label Pinkcity and antique silver pieces from the Anita Dongre label added to the folkish charm of the show. Stunning maang-tikas, large nose rings, intricate haath phools, chunky chokers and necklaces adorned the outfits.”

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