Anamika Khanna’s ReGals

How fitting that Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 kicked off in Mumbai with my soul sister (and given our mutual collection and affection for shoes, likely my sole sister as well).

Anamika Khanna showed her “Indian Androgyny” S/R 2011 collection offsite at a racetrack a few days ago.

For me, the collection told a few different stories – which I’ll share with you in future posts.

One that stood out immediately was her subdued take on regal dressing.

Anamika Khanna Summer Resort 2011 brocade jacket and jodhpurs on
Recalling the Rajputs at Anamika Khanna Summer Resort 2011, in regal purple.
This image easily recalls those black and white photos of the maharaja set, no?
Anamika Khanna Summer Resort 2011 lainga and cropped shirt on
The traditional lainga skirt gets a modern companion.
Anamika Khanna cropped white shirt and neckpiece Summer Resort 2011 on
The traditional cropped sari blouse meets the classic collared white shirt.

With the West so accustomed to the colour and tamasha of filmi clothes – things that they often associate with the notion of Indian fashion, Khanna showed us options that perhaps Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda or Rajmata Gayatri Devi would  have chosen, or recent royals may wear.

Anamika Khanna skirt jacket and dupatta Summer Resort 2011 on
Borrowing from menswear and India's rich history of textiles.
Anamika Khanna white churidaar suit and dupatta Summer Resort 2011 on
Equally classic as a white shirt in the Motherland: the white churidaar suit, draped with a little drama.
Anamika Khanna white churidaar suit and dupatta Summer Resort 2011 on
You don't need a lot of embellishment to stand apart from the crowd.

True maharanis are graceful, not gaudy.

Anamika Khanna white lainga suit Summer Resort 2011 on
The perfect wedding dress for a western bride with eastern flare?

India may be breeding fashion designers faster than we can keep track of each season. For me, Khanna won that race seasons ago. She’s not just an Indian designer. She’s a fashion industry veteran, who happens to be based in Kolkata.

Anamika Khanna lace jacket Summer Resort 2011 on
The new band-gala, according to Anamika.

With Khanna’s signature nod to traditional Indian crafts, men’s tailoring and modern aesthetic, her pieces are sure to be coveted by Rajasthani Royals and regular, everyday fashion mavens from Reykjavik to Rio.

Anamika Khanna Summer Resort 2011 red embroidered dupatta and churidaar on exshoesme
One of my favourite colour combinations - and the only reason I wear skinny pants is because of my churidaar obsession. Going to need this.
Anamika Khanna Summer Resort 2011 pink embroidered blouse and white pants on exshoesme
Because Maharanis take days off, too - perfect for brunch with the girls at the Udai Villas in Udaipur. White croc Kelly bag, required.

Images courtesy of Lakme Fashion Week,,,

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