Sculpted beauties by Anamika Khanna at her star-studded grand finale of Lakme Fashion Week

After the venue shift fiasco and a two-hour delay, Anamika Khanna’s grand finale of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 got off to a stunning start on the ninth-floor lobby of the Palladium Hotel on Sunday night. 

  • Published 27.03.15
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After the venue shift fiasco and a two-hour delay, Anamika Khanna’s grand finale of Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 got off to a stunning start on the ninth-floor lobby of the Palladium Hotel on Sunday night. Using a winding staircase for the entry and the lobby as the ramp, Anamika unveiled her collection, interpreting Lakme’s beauty statement of the season — Sculpt.

In a t2 interview earlier, Anamika had promised “an experimental and edgy interpretation of sculpt” and the collection lived up to every word of it. Bare-bodied men in black dhotis opened the show, followed by a group of girls in white, who stood like installations on one side of the ramp throughout the show. 

“I had planned the show with the museum in mind and not a hotel lobby. These men in black dhotis were meant to be the museum guards and the girls were meant to be the museum installations,” Anamika later told t2. But honestly, no one would have thought even for a moment that the show was conceived for a different venue and it was a last-minute stitching together of people and props, so picture-perfect was the choreography.

One after another the models came cascading down the stairs, looking like sculpted goddesses in colourless, shapeless garments. Dresses, saris, capes, jackets long and shirt, tops, ponchos... in semi-sheer, crushed white fabrics were worked upon with metallic silver and gold. Strands of gold in abstract shapes around their necks, hair pulled back in tight plaits, adorned with gold bands. Black crept in slowly and seamlessly into the collection, first as small hints in underlayers, then as ombre-dyed black blending into white fabrics, and then boldly as full ensembles. The blacks, too, were adorned with silver, gold and a dash of bling.

Soft, fluid and deconstructed, the collection is all that Anamika stands for — intrinsically Indian with an eye on the globe.

Smita Roy Chowdhury
Pictures: Pabitra Das

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