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AIFW AW’16: Sassy and Sustainable

Anita Dongre's “Earth Song” was inspired by all things nature — from the mustard dry leaves in autumn to the lush green of a forest patch, from the deep blues to the earthy browns.

Written by Somya Lakhani | Updated: March 19, 2016 5:05 am

ANITAFloral for Autumn-Winter? Groundbreaking. Well, not really groundbreaking but Miranda Priestley would have definitely pulled out a smile at Anita Dongre’s show on Thursday evening. Titled “Earth Song”, the collection is inspired by all things nature — from the mustard dry leaves in autumn to the lush green of a forest patch, from the deep blues to the earthy browns. With foliage on the ramp, and the soft melody of Let her go by passenger, Dongre set the mood right for her range. Modern silhouettes and traditional weaves and block prints formed the line, comprising shirt dresses, jackets, pleated loose pants and jumpsuits. Block printing is in plenty in “Earth Song”, as are glimpses of kantha work and metallic highlights on long jackets and overlays. The collection is also dipped in tie and dye techniques such as bandhani and shibori, and Dongre uses fabrics from Bhagalpur and Bhujodi. The collection is sustainable, and a part of Dongre’s label called Grassroots. Apart from this USP, what really works is her consistent effort of juxtaposing contemporary with the traditional, and the supreme importance of wearability across her brands.

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