The ace designer Anita Dongre closed the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort’17 with her collection ‘Alchemy‘ under the open winter skies and against the grandeur of the majestic Bandra Fort, putting the ‘grand’ in the Grand Finale from the moment it was lit up.
Being the showstopper, Kareena Kapoor Khan was the main highlight of the show. She made many eyebrows up when she arrived in the stunning finale ensemble- a gorgeous gold flared floor-length jacket in hand-woven tissue from Chanderi. Anita’s signature hand cut gota patti was intricately crafted with motifs of prancing deer, jungle vines, and blooming flowers, embellished with Swarovski crystals. The jacket was paired with a pristine white silk organza gown. It was teamed with custom-made silk shoes with gota patti detailing and her angelic beauty was highlighted by makeup artist Donald Simrock.
Further, her Alchemy collection included Kora whites with hints of gold & the palette gently transitioned into pastel pink, blush-peach, flesh, aqua and sage, and finally, glazed gold. Beautiful hand-woven tissue and Khadi with silk organza, chiffon and tulle were used. The ensembles were adorned with delicate embellishments of zardozi, dori and tonal embroidered intricate motifs. Gota patti embroidery took on a fresh perspective with a medley of zardozi, cord work and sequins to give the ensembles an incomparable cutting-edge look.
The contemporary diffusion character of the collection was justified with styles in tabards, bias skirts, duster coats, short jackets, dresses and gowns along with the sheer and breezy styles of flared crop tops, pleated elephant pants, and blousons. The jewelry was kept classic and minimal with Kundan earrings and pearl drops. The men donned bandis, kurtas, sherwanis and bandhgalas in earthy, natural and pastel tones.
It was the first time the historic, old Bandra fort hosted a fashion show. The history lent the venue a character that was befitting the theme, the clothes and Anita’s passion for nature. Lara Dutta, Juhi Chawla, Diana Penty, Kajal Agarwal, Shriya Saran, Shabana Azmi, Pooja Hegde, Kiara Advani, Sangeeta Bijlani, Pernia Qureshi, Sona Mohapatra and Gul Panag were also present to support their friend from the front rows.
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