Just when we think we’ve pinned down our dream ‘I do’ look, a designer goes and releases another collection. Making us swoon this time is Anita Dongre’s AW18 collection named Odyssey.
And a journey it certainly is, taking us from the majestic forests of Ranthambore to the exquisitely crafted palaces of Rajasthan. Influences come from nature, the stillness of stones and trees full of life, as well as mystical creatures.
The designer label said: “This season, we celebrate the promise of togetherness, enveloped in the warmth of fine silks and Benarasi weaves.”
Expect intricately adorned textiles packed with embroidered motifs, all inspired by the wilds of Ranthambore. There’s signature gota patti along with handcrafted dori, sequin, pearl, zari, zardozi and cut dana work.
The colour palette rotates around jewel tones like deep reds, greens, blues and softer pastel shades, enthused by the colours of the vibrant birds and lakes of Ranthambore. The lehengas are classics with varied styles of cholis and contrasting dupattas. These are the magical stories of Ranthambore, ornately placed on fabric with luxurious crafts of the land.Combing through the heritage crafts of India, we’ve threaded stories of Rajasthan in the collection. Embroidered and printed with precision, motifs are inspired by the jaali windows, the baroque architecture and ornate arches of Jaipur, Rajasthan.