Tales from the Past

Anju Modi presents a couture collection that treads a fine line between the past with the present on Day 2 of India Couture Week 2014 in the city

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Published: July 19, 2014 4:43:24 am
(Above) Kangana Ranaut walked the ramp for Anju Modi; a model sports the dhoti.  Kangana Ranaut walked the ramp for Anju Modi

This one is an age-old story, a story about reincarnation, a story about the collision of the past and the present. And crossing this time zone was “Manikarnika”, designer Anju Modi’s female protagonist, on Day two of the India Couture Week 2014 in the Capital on Wednesday.

Inspired by the beauty of Ajanta-Ellora caves, Modi created a line that was contemporary, yet evoked a sense of history. Fusion wear, her signature style, was a part of this collection too and the dhoti was a clear favourite. Models walked the ramp in dhotis paired with cholis, long kurtas and short coats. But the look that stood out was of male models sporting a formal three-piece suit paired with dhotis. It’s time to ditch those pants, we say.

Modi brought familiar silhouettes on the ramp with pleated lehengas, saris, cholis with skirts, angarakhas and sherwanis. Tussar silk and khadi remained the primary fabrics and velvet too made appearances as male models sported velvet jackets and drapes. What makes Modi an exciting designer is her grasp over the story she wants to narrate every season. The motifs on the bottom of lehengas and saris were evidently derived from her travels early this year to the caves in Aurangabad. Modi applied Kashmiri needlework, also known as kashidakari on blouses and cholis; zardozi too was used abundantly. The kashidakari work in white exuded femininity
and elegance, which balanced out the opulence of zardozi.

The Delhi-based designer told her story in three parts. She began with easy colour combinations such as blue grey and gold, then went on to darker shades such as brown, mustard and her favourite red and ended it with black, white and gold. Models sported dull gold headgears that worked perfectly well with the ensembles.

The show ended with the Queen of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut, sashaying down the runway in a gorgeous black-and white long sleeved choli with a high-waisted, broad-pleated lehenga.

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