Eminent fashion designer Anamika Khanna came out with a fusion of traditional elements of different states like Maharashtrian-style sari drape, Lucknowi chikankari work and the traditional maang-tika in her collection on the second day of PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013 in the Capital.
"I wanted it to feel like the collection belonged to many years ago... almost like a vintage feel. Every garment drew inspiration from India. There are skirts for which the inspiration came from a Maharashtrian sari," Khanna said post her showcase.
Khanna incorporated interesting headgear to highlight the overall look of the models who sizzled on the ramp in her creations.
"The idea was to present powerful women...the mohawks if I may call them, drew inspiration from maang-tika (a head ornament) and it gave a more modern and powerful look," she said.
Against the backdrop of a forest-inspired stage, models displayed attires which were different from the traditional bridal wear colours of deep red, orange or fuchsia pink.
"I've used lots of colours, but they are quiet. I don't want to follow rules..You expect red, orange, fuchsia for a bride, but I want to do my own thing," said Khanna, who used blue, light red, green, muted silver and gold.
Khanna, who even experimented with the dupatta and used it as a cape, used self-created fabrics to give her garments the desired effect.
The work looked like intricate lace work, but the designer says it was embroidery.
"It's an inspiration of chikankari, which we tried to present as lace. We took a base fabric and developed it. All the fabrics were washed, dyed, bleached and embroidered and treated," she said.
-With inputs from IANS