Anita Dongre‘s Couture 2017 collection, ‘Tree Of Love’ may be rooted in tradition, but certainly caters to the needs of the millennials. Lehengas with pockets, obi belts to hold drapes in place and cross body potli bags all highlighted the designer’s love for utilitarianism. While the embroideries remained traditional, the silhouettes were designed keeping a contemporary bride in mind – one who is resplendent, confident and radiant– a woman of today. Beautiful SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association) embroidered tabards were styled with tulle skirts, Mushroo and hand-embroidered tea-length dresses shared stage with exquisite gottapatti lehengas. Every ensemble told the story of nature in hues of blue, rich maroons, inky black, and a stunning emerald green.
Anita Dongre’s outfits were complemented by stunning pieces from Pink city, her fine jewelry label of uncut diamonds. Starting with a contemporary presentation of minimal jewelry, the show built up to resplendent bridal couture with layered pieces.
Completing the look was the nearly nude make up by Sonic Sarwate, Global Senior Artist, M.A.C Cosmetics, inspired by her muse – the woman of today. A touch of gold on the eyes and a modern take on the centre parted bun for hair, celebrated a fresh, lighter aesthetic.
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As for my look on this day at Couture Week, I chose a beautiful Michael Kors jacket with a paisley pattern, cinched at the waist with a thin belt. Paired it with a pleated black midi-skirt from H&M and my gunmetal Margherita Star Heels from Coach – which you might remember from my instagram stories recently. To finish the look, I added a gorgeous cuff by Gaurav Gupta for Confluence encrusted with indigo light Swarovski crystals.
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All photos of me + backstage images are c/o Tarun Chawla