I don’t think there is anything that can be said about the genius of Anamika Khanna that hasn’t already been said.
For me, she is a designer who has brought modernity to indian silhouettes without compromising on traditional embroidery. Also, never in the past did I deconstruct pieces of indian outfits and wear them interchangeably. Her clothes have allowed me the freedom to wear indian silhouettes easily with western clothes. My favorite being her dhoti pants with a blazer and tank top. (I’ll have to do a blog post on this for you).
Her team made shooting at her flagship store and building on my favorite pieces a seamless experience – and as someone working in retail, I value customer service above all else. Here are some looks from her latest collection. The Bvlgari collection is my favorite to date. Each one of these pieces is stand alone and yet blends together so well. Living in New York with limited storage space, I sincerely value investing in pieces that are multi dimensional.
I also tried on a bridal lehenga for good measure. I paired it with something simple because I felt like I was already carrying my weight in embroidery. For the first time, I have a true appreciation for what brides go through on their wedding day, wearing such heavy clothes and jewelry. Kudos to her for making it look light like a chocolate cake layered with gold leaf.
I really like the simplistic design of her store – clean lines with minimum adornment. There are lots of references to old palace woodwork but her use of modern photography helps create a beautiful balance. She now also offers jewelry from her sister – Suhani Pittie, pieces that go back well with her clothes.
So to this formidable designer, I take my hat off and say, I can’t wait to see what you create next.