One of the most awaited shows of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2015 is undoubtedly Anamika Khanna’s finale presentation. The Kolkata-based designer’s rendition of cosmetic giant Lakme’s theme “Sculpt” has fashion watchers intrigued and curious, especially when the otherwise reticent designer confesses that she plans to have fun with the collection and not follow
Khanna, known for her unique blending of traditional drapes and age-old embroideries with global shapes and contemporary silhouettes has, over the years, not only become part of an elite line of couturiers but also acquired a growing celebrity following with fashionistas such as Sonam Kapoor, Neha Dhupia and Jacqueline Fernandez favouring her looks on the red carpet.
On March 22, she will present her interpretation of Sculpt in a “sharp, edgy and experimental” collection at a secret “historic” location. “A certain image comes to mind when we think of the word sculpt. I’ve decided to completely deconstruct that image,” says Khanna. The collection will see the designer revert to a “purity of form. It’s a collection of contrasts. I’ve taken Indian shapes, deconstructed them and re-moulded and sculpted them in a very organic way. There is a marked contrast between structure and fluidity,” she says.
The distinction will also be seen in the colour palette where Khanna’s favourite ivory will meet black, gunmetal and a splash of pretty pastels in her trademark muslin and organza. Her forte lies in embroideries and this collection will also see zardozi embroidery given sculptural proportions with a three-dimensional depiction.
It will be Lakme brand ambassador Kareena Kapoor Khan, who will don her showstopping creation on the finale runway. With fellow Kolkata designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee set to open LFW on March 17 with an off-site show, and Khanna prepping to close the event with a grand flourish, it looks like this edition of LFW will have more than a passing Bengali influence. “It is definitely a proud moment for us,” says Khanna.