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DESIGN Anamika Khanna presents “Indian Androgyny” as part of Lakme Fashion Week's Offsite Show today. A sneak peek…

Anamika Khanna
Anamika Khanna

F orget mannish pant suits and square-shouldered jackets.

Design ace Anamika Khanna follows her heart and gives androgyny an all-new spin at Lakme Fashion Week. At the prestigious Offsite Show, a prelude to the pageant, the designer presents “Indian Androgyny” — a significant departure from the girlie froufrou that usually sweeps the ramps.

“To me, androgyny is about a few masculine touches even while retaining the strong feminine factor in my garments. Traditional Indian attire such as the angarkhas and bandhgalas lend themselves so beautifully to this quirky blend. It's an interesting take — a reworking of the vintage to give it a modern edge,” says the designer, who is a recipient of several awards.

Her creations are available at happening fashion houses across the globe.

Touch of royalty

The Offsite Show at Tote, Mumbai, today, gives the designer a platform to recreate the world of Indian royalty and celebrate the power of today's women with silhouettes that are “strong and mannish, yet elegant and graceful.” Though airy muslins, handwoven khadi and intricate zardosi are predominantly used, the designer has played with textures and crafts for that touch of grandeur.

“As a theme, Indian Androgyny, has not been tackled here before. It's a huge challenge to pick out men's wear concepts and bring it to women's clothing. Besides, though inspired by royalty, I have to make it wearable. So I was careful in my choice of fabrics and crafts. Every piece I've created is something I'd love to wear. It's not on-your-face masculine. So I guess this is something that could percolate mainstream.”

About the setting for the show, Anamika says, “There are plenty of surprises. In sync with the theme, the ambience would transport guests to a new world of contradictions.”

Going against the grain is not something new to Anamika. “Creativity has to be the core of any collection. I'll walk that extra mile to achieve it,” smiles the designer, who has earlier dared to use black in bridal lines and experimented with contrasting silhouettes. “I like to marry crafts and different looks to come up with something refreshing. Fashion must have a touch of whimsy. Otherwise, it could get boring.”





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