Anamika, Ole!

My sole/soul sister, Anamika Khanna is just that for a reason. She has a unique take on Indian fashion – which to me, isn’t really Indian fashion per se, but offers a keen view of the world from her home base, which just happens to be in India.

Her Spring/Resort 2011 collection at Lakme Fashion Week in March, 2011 (I’ve been collecting and saving these images for a while), told a few different stories. One tale that I read from the “Indian Androgyny” collection told of India’s regals.

Another in the library of this collection seemed to come from the colour and spirit of Spain. I loved Ms. Khanna’s take on toreador threads and her matador muses.

Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Matador Embroidered Jacket on Exshoesme.com
A Spanish jacket, by an Indian designer, using a Persian embroidery technique: zardozi.
Two matadors get ready for the ring on Exshoesme.com
Two matadors get ready for the ring.
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Matador Embroidered Jacket and High Waist Pants on Exshoesme.com
Matador mama.
Matador on Exshoesme.com
A matador, in perfect attire.
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Cropped Top and Long Shirt on Exshoesme.com
Easy, breezy, fitted, flared.
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Embroidered Vest and Trailing Shirt on Exshoesme.com
Leave a trail for others to follow.
Toreador by Christian Courreges on Exshoesme.com
Christian Courreges took some wonderful black and whites of toreadors.
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Long Jacket on Exshoesme.com
There is drama in simplicity, too.
Toreador by Christian Courreges 2 on Exshoesme.com
Toreador by Christian Courreges.
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Cropped Embroidery Detail on Exshoesme.com
Cropped, yet topped.
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Tweed Jacket on Exshoesme.com
Tweedy toreador.
Anamika Khanna Summer Resort 2011 Black and White Embroidered Vest on exshoesme
I love the idea of layering an intricate vest over simple black and white.
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Collar Tied Shirt on Exshoesme.com
Investment dressing, indeed.
Toreador by Christian Courreges 3 on Exshoesme.com
Toreador by Christian Courreges.
Elena of Spain Dressed as Torero on Exshoesme.com
Elena of Spain.
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Pink Lainga Skirt on Exshoesme.com
A lainga, the colour of a bullfighter's cape.
A Vivid Matdor on Exshoesme.com
The piercing colours of a matador's profession.
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Purple Lainga Skirt on Exshoesme.com
The lainga, simplified. This is why I love Ms. Khanna's designs. She takes the fuss out of Indian dressing.
Matador Magenta on Exshoesme.com
Matador magenta.
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Pink Skirt and Cropped White Shirt on Exshoesme.com
Look at that fit!
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Pink Embroidered Lainga Skirt on Exshoesme.com
It moves like the matador's cape - with yards of fabric.
Spanish bullfighter Rivera in a costume by Giorgio Armani on Exshoseme.com
Spanish bullfighter Rivera, in a costume by Giorgio Armani.
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Red Embroidered Dupatta on Exshoesme.com
A dupatta that doubles as a bull detector?
Anamika Khanna Spring Resort 2011 Red Long Skirt on Exshoesme.com
While bullfighting may cross a moral line for many in the modern world, its uniform can serve as inspiration for modern mode.

She may be a quiet one, but her clothes are the work of a master storyteller.

Image sources: 2, 17, 19. via Wikipedia; 4. via Ian Macky; 7, 9, 14. Photos by Christian Courreges; 15. via RoyalDish.com; 22. via Spain Society Fashion; all others are Anamika Khanna runway shots via Lakme Fashion Week, rediff.com, bharatstudent.com, indianfashionpolice.com.

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